Nursing school is tough, but it’s not impossible. It’s important that you enter nursing school knowing that you’re going to work hard. Taking the proper steps will help you to overcome challenges and remain stress-free. We’ve put together a list of five ways to help you be successful in nursing school.
- Plan ahead. Use a planner, whether it’s pen and paper, an app on your phone or a website. Planning ahead is essential in staying on top of your workload. Look at your schedule a few weeks in advance to map out the assignments you will need to complete and exams you will need to prepare for. Being a proactive planner will help you to make time for things that are important to you, which is essential in maintaining a balance in your life. With balance in mind, also mark down family functions and time with friends in your planner as well. It’s also perfectly fine to schedule some time alone while not studying into the mix too. Everyone needs to unwind and time for yourself can get lost in your busy schedule.
- Make friends with your cohort. Making friends with your cohort is beneficial for many reasons. Your classmates can best relate to you, and they often have a clearer understanding of your circumstances than other people in your life. Getting to know your cohort is also important for forming study groups. While you should not undermine the need for individual study, group study sessions allow you to work through problem topics and ask questions that others may be able to answer. Knowing your cohort well also gives you a professional network for when you graduate. You’ll want to stay connected with fellow nurses as you move throughout your career, knowing that they’re going through similar circumstances.
- Start with broad concepts. Before you start studying, you need to know what you’re going to be tested on. The best way to do this is to go through your notes and make a list of the broad topics you will be expected to know. This will provide you with a rough outline, and then you can begin filling in the details. It’s always best to get organized before you delve into the course material. Your brain will be able to better store the information you’re studying when it’s organized. Remember to take studying one step at a time. Concepts will click if you read and study the way you’re supposed to. Put in the time and the rest will take care of itself.
- Put your health first. Though you’re going to be busy while in nursing school, you must prioritize your health. In order to do your best, you must feel your best. Getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night, eating healthy meals and exercising regularly are a few ways in which you can remain focused on your health. Your profession will be looking after others’ well-being. Why not start with your own?
- Stay focused on the end goal. It’s easier said than done, but don’t get discouraged. When you feel overwhelmed with how many things you are trying to balance, take a step back to remember why you decided to pursue nursing. Once you regain focus, you’ll be able to complete your tasks one by one with a clear mind. Looking towards the end goal is important so you don’t get caught up in the little challenges you’ll face. It might be a good idea to pin a picture of your inspiration for nursing in your study space or inside a notebook you use. Keeping your eye on the prize and why you started in the first place puts things in perspective.
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