3 Bad Habits Nursing Students Should Break

Ah, nursing school.

So much studying. The harder you work, the more there is to know.

Let’s be honest.

Nursing is the hardest job you will ever love, and getting there is no cake walk.  Trying to accomplish everything isn’t easy; sometimes a bad habit or two makes its way into the picture.

Here are 3 bad habits nursing students should break:

1. Cramming for finals

Take a breath! Trying to shove a semester’s worth of information into your head in one night does not work. Besides, you know the material. You’ve read it, you’ve heard it in lectures, you’ve worked with it in clinical. It’s in your head.

Nursing is about critical thinking,  not about spewing rote facts onto a piece of paper. Use the time before a final to review notes, refresh your memory. Understand the concepts and you can work out what you need to know on the final.

2. Holding back in clinical rotations

This is your time to absorb everything you can, take advantage of it! Being in the clinical environment can be intimidating, but the way to get over the nervousness or the fear of a new procedure is to do it!

Be the first person to raise your hand if there is a chance to watch something interesting; if there is a procedure to be done, be the first person to volunteer to do it! Yes, your hands may be shaking and the adrenaline pumping, but the sense of accomplishment and confidence that will come from mastering the task now, rather than later, is worth it.

Clinical time is precious in nursing school. Use every minute to your advantage.

3.  Thinking online classes are easier

Online classes should never be considered a “break” from regular classes. They actually require more discipline and study than traditional classes.  An online class can feel more casual because of the flexible hours,  but you must be disciplined enough to set those hours and complete the requirements.

Online classes are awarded the same units and are graded with the same diligence as traditional classes. They should be treated in the same manner.

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Nursing school is tough, but you will get through it!

There isn’t another profession on earth where you will leave at the end of the day knowing you made a difference in at least one life.

Every single day.

Trust me, it’s worth it.

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