Surviving Nursing School 101
Be Prepared…. Nursing School Ahead.
Textbooks…√ Pens and Pencils…√ Flashcards…√ Notebooks …√
But Wait…You’re Not Done Prepping Yet!
There are a few more issues to address. Whether you’re starting your first semester or your last, proper prepping is always key to your success!
Clean Up Loose Ends!
I can’t tell you how many times students say, “I didn’t realize how much time I really spend on school.” And it’s true; you will be spending a large portion of your time on school. So, before your semester begins, tidy up all those last minute odds and ends, don’t leave anything unfinished. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!
Budget! Budget! Budget!
You must budget both your time and money; after all they go hand in hand. Take the time to sit down and go through finances, for example; your living expenses, tuition and school costs. Now, budget how much time you’ll have for schoolwork, keeping in mind your class time, clinical time and most importantly your study time. By budgeting both time and money, you’ll remove a lot of stress that can get in between you and school.
READ and STUDY!
Get out that reading list or study guide that has been given to you, and if you didn’t get one, call, email, text, or go to the nursing department., Do whatever it takes, get your outline. I’m not saying you have to read the whole book before your semester starts, but you should have an understanding of what’s to come. If you don’t have an idea of the subjects, it’s like trying to hold a conversation with someone in two different languages.
You’ll thank yourself for taking the time to now to square away schedules, readings, budgets and any of those loose ends that can hamper your success in this upcoming semester.