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10 Ways to Achieve Success in Nursing School

10 Ways to Achieve Success in Nursing School

Beth Anderson | RN, BSN

4. Keep Things in Perspective

Nursing School is nerve-wracking, there is no question about that. But it really helps to keep things in perspective. You are working your butt off but there is only so much you can do. Have you gotten a grade you are not happy with? Vow to to better and move on instead of dwelling on it. Not getting along with your clinical instructor? This clinical will be over before you know it and you will be ready to start the next one. Do you feel overwhelmed? Remember, each and every nurse out there has gone through what you are going through now. Even the best nurses on the planet had to learn how to start IVs at some point in their careers.

5. Stay Connected to the Outside World

When I was in nursing school, many of us used to wish we could just sit down and read a book or a magazine that had absolutely nothing to do with nursing. In retrospect, I wish I had actually taken the time to do this because it probably would have helped me to maintain my perspective.

It’s great to stay focused on nursing, but life goes on all around you and it will help you to not lose site of that. Do you have a hobby that you’ve been ignoring? Take some time on a Saturday afternoon to get back into it. Spend some time with your kids/spouse/friends doing something that is fun. Then, when it’s time to get back to the books, you will feel rejuvenated.

6. Take Care of Yourself

Yes, you will be pulling some all-nighters to get that term paper done. Yes, you will find yourself toiling away in the library and will have no choice but to hit the vending machine. These things are inevitable aspects of nursing school. The key to staying in shape is making sure you counteract that with some healthy habits. Take a long walk on your lunch break. Take some deep breaths. Eat some healthy food. Spend the weekend catching up on the sleep you lost the night before a big exam. You will be glad you did.

7. Invest in Comfortable Shoes

Happy feet= happy nursing student. Not much more can be said on that subject! I personally have always been a big fan of the Danskos, but Crocs are a close second as far as comfort is concerned.

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    SeatonRN2012

    over 4 years ago

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    Awesome advice. I plan to attend in the fall at Nicholls State University. I work full time and I have two small kids and This is just what I needed to hear.

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    TAJAY21

    over 5 years ago

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    WOW THANKS I NEED TO READ THIS I'M STARTING MY FIRST CLASS ON 01/05/09 IN MIAMI,FL I'M A LIL NERVOUS AM SINGLE MOM PLUS WORKING FULL TIME

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    newdiva

    almost 6 years ago

    2876 comments

    This is very useful advice. Thx!

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    Egypt28

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    wonderful advice.Thank you very much

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    Terace

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I really enjoyed it.

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    Jocy04

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Perfect advice:)

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    gwapalicious24

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    excellent advice. : )

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    tsa_momma

    over 6 years ago

    16 comments

    Just what I needed. Very helpful.

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    partingon89

    about 7 years ago

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    Really Helpful! Thanks!

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    karatekid

    about 7 years ago

    4 comments

    Great Advice!

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