So you were accepted into nursing school and that alone was a great accomplishment, but now you're knee-deep in classes, homework and clinicals and may be wondering how you will survive to achieve your goal of becoming a nurse.
Being a nursing student isn’t easy. You're faced with learning new material, new faces and places, math tests, medical terminology and all the challenges of nursing school.
How about a few tips on surviving this difficult time in your life?
If you’re nervous, worried and scared that’s okay. You're afraid of the unknown and let’s face it there is a lot at stake. You have worked very hard to be where you are, so try your best to relax and buddy up with someone in your class. It will help you realize that your feelings are completely normal.
Learn your way around your clinical facility. As a nurse that worked in a new facility every other week, all over the U.S, I can tell you that the facility you
are assigned to for clinical rotations will seem like a maze to you at first, but you will learn your way around and most people are pretty helpful when you have that lost, glazed-over look of confusion on your face. Make a point to walk around the facility several times, to get used to it and make a mental map.
You will meet some mean people along the way. Don’t ever let them sway you or influence you in a negative way. Let the things they say go in one ear and out the other. Allow them to teach you “how NOT to act” as a nurse.
Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know the answers to things. Nursing school is for learning. You’re not supposed to know everything right now. But never act like you know the answer to something when you don’t. This is a biggie, even when you become a nurse. You must be willing to say “I’m sorry, I don’t know the answer to your question, but I will find someone that does and get back to you.”
Keep your word! If you say you’re are going to do something, do it!
If you are not organized then work on it. You have patients that trust and depend on you.
Study yourself silly and although it’s difficult, try to make some time for yourself. Don’t procrastinate, do your homework assignments on time. This will alleviate some of the stress that comes with waiting till the last minute.
Tired? Yes, you are going to be tired, but get used to it. Nurses don’t get much sleep.
Um. Bathroom break. Yeah. Get used to not having those.
You are going to want to throw in the towel, when things get tough! Don’t do it! Never give up. If you need to cry, then cry and move on, just don’t cry in front of others. You have to be strong!
As a nursing student you are going to have some dirty tasks. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and don’t think that when you become a nurse, you won’t have to do these dirty tasks, because you will. So, learn how to do them well
Don’t ever forget what nursing school feels like. Once you become a nurse help the next generation of nurses.
Above all have fun. Nursing school can be a fun experience. You are constantly learning new and exciting things, so try to make the best of it. Good Luck!
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