1. Embrace the experience
Nursing school is just a small part of your nursing journey. Even though it may seem like it will take forever to graduate, you will be walking across that stage before you know it. And then, all you will be focused on is not tripping and falling on your face!
2. Attend all classes and turn in assignments on time
Even though it may be a beautiful day outside and you are tempted to lay by the pool, please just attend class. You are paying for the class, why not go? That would be like ordering a Starbucks and then just leaving it on the counter for someone else to claim. Also, turn your assignments in on time. Part of nursing school is showing that you can be responsible. Doing both of these things will keep you on track and will prevent you from falling behind.
3. Stay organized and prioritize
You are probably staying organized if the inside of your planner looks like a chaotic rainbow. If you are not organized, go out and buy multi-colored pens, highlighters, markers, and post-it notes. Spend some time on creating a routine that you will be able to follow on a daily basis so that you can get into a habit. To prioritize, make a list of your assignments and exams by due date and percentage of your overall class grade. Then, start working to check them off.
4. Study with the smartest student or find a study group
Studying with others will help you review all the information and gain different perspectives from your peers. Quiz each other over and over again. If you don’t see an increase in your grade, find another study group and do what works best for you.
5. Join and participate in your nursing student association
Nursing school is not just about making the grade, it is also about being involved and participating in professional associations. If you think employers just look at grades before hiring, you are wrong. Employers want to know what kind of impact you are making in your community and if you dedicate part of your time to professional development.
6. Remember, there is more to life than school
While school should be one of your top priorities be sure to make room for your friends, family, and YOURSELF! It is possible to balance all of these things as long as you stay focused and ahead of the game.