This week brings the first month of nursing school to a close. How has it been an entire month already?!! We have our first set of exams coming up and I for one am in a complete panic mode about our first Patho/Pharm examination. Here are just a few thoughts about the first month of nursing school.
PREREQUISITES ARE IMPORTANT
Those Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology classes will come in handy. Trust me! A&P and Micro were my favorite science classes, so I am able to recall the information as needed, and trust me, you will use them. So attend your classes, pay attention and participate as much as you can.
You can’t do nursing school alone, trust me. A fellow classmate will understand a topic more than you do, and might be able to help you understand things better. I know a lot of people are used to studying alone, but in nursing school you don’t cram and brain dump on a test, you study to understand and also to save a patient’s life one day. Also, trust me – fellow nursing students will understand best what you are going through.
FRIENDS & FAMILY
I have already lost a couple of friends in the month since I’ve started nursing school. You have to explain to your friends, family and significant other that you are basically not available for everyday fun and jams like you used to be. You are constantly busy with work and assignments for nursing school.
READ/STUDY EVERY SINGLE DAY
Listen Nursing school is NOTHING like high school or getting another degree. Nursing school is hard and will probably be the hardest thing you’ll ever do in your life – and this is something I have heard from veteran nurses. You have to read and study a little everyday if you want to get ahead a little or just to keep up with the class. There is a lot of material to cover and cramming before and exam will only hurt you.
MAKE TIME FOR YOU
While nursing school is hard, you need to carve out some time for yourself. I started going to yoga classes and also started waking up earlier to meditate and do my devotions. Trust me it is a struggle. But, I don’t believe in snoozing, so I am up with the clock.
I suffer from migraines so I need to get at least 6 hours of sleep in order to function, plus you need to sleep so you can store all the information you learned that day in your long term memory. However, you need sleep to be able to function and take care of your patients – so sleep!!
At my school, our professors have an open door policy and will make time to meet with you if they are unavailable. Your professors should become your best friends – they want you to succeed. Utilize them.
Being a nurse is a calling, it is a service. You are responsible for people’s lives and well being. So make the most of nursing school, and remember – Treat your patients like how you would want o be treated one day.