Nursing School Advice
On nursing forums, one of the top questions is “What would you do differently if you could go back to nursing school?
” Here’s some nursing school advice from those who have been there.
- 1. Do not be scared of all the things you are learning. Your nervousness and fear will hurt you more than it will help you.
- 2. Some nurses and medical personnel are grumpy. Don’t let that hurt your feelings or hinder your desire to learn.
- 3. For me, reading chapter after chapter after chapter while trying to do all of my 5 million assignments did not allow me to retain any of the information. Go to class, study relevant information according to your syllabus, and don’t over-stress yourself.
- 4. I would practice all the “select all that apply” questions that I can. – this may not mean anything to you yet… but it will.
- 5. First semester I looked at care plans as “stupid paperwork”, second semester I realized they were changing the way I thought about subjects. Embrace them!
- 6. LEARN! Don't memorize!!! It seems like its not a big deal at the time but oh….it is. Learn it right the first time and you save yourself a lot of headache and time.
- 7. Set your life up so you won’t have to work or can work as little as possible. Do what you have to. I lowered my cost of living, took out extra loans, scrimped and saved and begged. I am so glad I did it that way. I watched classmates with kids & jobs struggle, fail and drop out. Don’t blow this by setting unrealistic expectations. Set yourself up to succeed. You’ll pay off the extra money. I did.
- 8. Take WHOLE DAYS OFF from nursing school once in a while. Like, a whole day where you do nothing for or related to school. Whatever floats your boat, a day at the beach with family or locked in your basement grotto alone with World of Warcraft and pizza. Just take a day off here and there.
- 9. Don’t be resistant to technology.
- 10. Be FEARLESS! Even when you aren’t!