Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is imperative to get through nursing school. Nursing students need to manage their health in order to stay in good physical shape to handle all of their responsibilities. Eating healthy meals, exercising, and drinking plenty of water are just some of the basic things that nursing students should do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The better shape a student is in, the more functional their brain will be. It is also a good habit to be in for a career in nursing. The better nurses take care of their body’s, the better they can care for patients.
Nursing students need to set measurable goals that are realistic. Setting measurable goals means setting goals that lead up to one big goal. For example, a student’s end goal will be receiving their Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, but to get to that point, they need to accomplish a number of smaller goals. These goals can be quarterly, by each semester, or from class to class.
Study buddies are very helpful in nursing school. Nursing students should work with a study buddy so that they can relate what they are going through, help each other, push each other, reduce stress, and have fun. It also helps to be able to swap ideas with someone, provide notes for missed classes, or add some clarity to difficult topics. If nothing else, study buddies get the satisfaction of struggling with somebody else.
Nursing Students need to learn how to prioritize and handle their most pressing responsibilities, tasks, or issues first. Prioritizing is going to be an important aspect of succeeding professionally as a nurse, so nursing students might as well start to learn how while they are still in school. Making a list of every task that needs to be done, and ranking them by importance is a helpful way of staying organized and prioritizing a nursing student’s day.
Lastly, nursing students need to make sure that they are taking some time to do things for themselves. Nursing is a career based on helping and caring for others so it may come naturally for nursing students to forget about themselves. But, nursing students need to take care of themselves if they are going to be able to take care of others.
Bethany Kludt is looking forward to completing nursing school and receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.