Everyone chooses to become a nurse for different reasons. For me, it was when I was around four when my father was electrocuted. He would call me "Nurse Hannah" to go and put Neosporin on his stitches. I loved the feeling of helping my father at a time of vulnerability when he was not able to perform certain tasks for himself. I originally went to college knowing I wanted to be a Nursing Student. However, life had a different idea for me. It was my first Anatomy class in college, and I did not really realize how hard this class was going to be. I ended up dropping the class as my grade was beyond repair.
After switching from Nursing, to Biology and Spanish, and then to Social Work, I honestly did not know what to do at this point. Then, my Aunt passed away from Stage 4 breast and ovarian cancer. She was a Nurse and after seeing how the nurses she had were treating her, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse again. From that moment on I kept moving forward and now approaching my last year of college, there are a lot of things that I have learned and I know that there are many more things to learn. I have compiled 10 things that I feel are the most important for Nursing Students to know.
10 Things Every Nursing Student Should Know
1. Nursing is not what you think it will be
- Nursing is dirty. This is something that I did not fully expect. Every time I would go to clinical I would never know what to expect. That is what nursing is, you never know what will happen next, and that's okay.
2. Do not worry about your GPA
- The huge thing I always worried about is my GPA. I started the Nursing Program thinking that I will have a 3.5 or a 4.0. WRONG. The further I have progressed in the program, I have realized that my GPA is not that important and that in the end, if I received a B, I should not be disappointed in myself.
3. Every answer to a question is correct
- How the NCLEX (the nursing boards) are set up, every answer to a question is going to be correct. However, it will be your job to find the "most" correct answer. What I have found out, is that there will always be two answers that you will be able to throw out right away. There are many study books that help you with this type of question. Below I have attached some of my favorites.
4. You will always be tired
- No matter how much sleep you think you are getting, you will always be tired. It seems like there are not enough hours in the day to be able to do everything that you need to do. I have found my love for cold press/cold-brewed coffee. It seems to have enough caffeine to keep me awake. Also, I have learned the benefits of taking 15-minute naps during the day.
5. Reading 300 pages in a night is border-line impossible
- Reading 300+ pages a night just will not happen. Skimming has become my best friend. I go through the book and find the key concepts that are relevant to the content we are going through in class.
6. Being not okay is okay
- After being in the program for two years now, it is perfectly fine to take a day for yourself. You are the future of nursing. You need to be able to listen to your body. I find myself laying in bed all day on a weekend because I am so overly tired. Sometimes I eat more than I should and drink too many glasses of wine. On top of this, you are also with patients who can make an emotional impact on you. When someone asks if you are okay and you truly are not, tell them what is going on. This will be the most beneficial thing for your emotional sanity.
7. No question is a stupid question
- Nursing is tough. It will require you to ask many questions that to you might seem stupid. Just remember that if you have a question, the person next to you is probably having the same question.
8. Make sure you maintain a social life
- Nursing School can easily take over your life. I have found that I have done better in school while still hanging out with my non-nursing friends. They give me a break from the everyday struggles that most nursing majors go through. They help me keep my sanity and are always good people to talk to about the program and some of the things that I have experienced.
9. Your mom will be your best friend
- Throughout school, and defiantly the nursing program, I have found myself calling my mom for than once a day. She is my best friend. Most of the time I am freaking out about deadlines, crying because I had a bad day, or I just need to talk to someone. She always has an open mind and gives me great advice on what to do. I am so grateful to have her in my life.
10. HAVE FUN
- Yes, nursing school is hard, but it is so important to have fun. Make sure you make time to hang out with friends, and overall, enjoy being in the program!
Nursing Is Hard and I Love It!
Nursing is very hard, but I absolutely love it. It is such a rewarding major. It is such an amazing feeling knowing that you are able to help others and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Another piece of advice that I would want to give someone is to never give up on your dream. I almost did, and I could not see my life any differently than what it is now. I have worked so hard to get where I am and I would not change it for the world. I love what I do and I can not wait to see what will be in my future!
© 2018 Anna
Beth on June 03, 2018: