Nursing School Tips: From the Perspective of 5thTrack
#1) Time management is the top priority. Look at your planner and write out the material you will cover each day for the next week on a dry erase board and check it off at the end of the day when you finish it.
#2) STUDY STUDY STUDY. Keep up with each week’s reading assignments and do not fall behind. There will be too much material to catch up on later if you put it off.
#3) Get involved with the nursing school and make connections. Become part of an organization like S.N.O. or ask how you can help out.
#4) If you do not understand a topic, get help as quickly as possible. Don't move on because all of the information adds on to each other and you will see it again in the future.
#5) Have a medical dictionary next to you when reading and always look up a term that you do not understand.
#6) Speak up at clinical. Let your preceptor know how far along you are in the nursing program, what you are capable of doing, and what skills you want to participate with.
#7) If there is a hospital you really want to work at when you graduate, try to work there as a CNA while in school.
#8) Study in groups before tests after you have reviewed all of the material on your own. Then divide a study guide up between members to save time. Barsema Hall is open 24 hours for late night group sessions.
#9) Do NCLEX questions on the subject you are about to be tested on as part of your review.
#10) Set one day aside each week to be free of studying and take a mental break.