1. Set your priorities rightOnce you have registered as a nursing student, you need to make sure that you have clearly defined your mission and priorities; one tip is to list down your reasons on choosing to be a nurse and what inspired you to enroll in the programme. Some students say that they chose to be a nurse because it is a noble job, while others say that they want to follow in the footsteps of their relatives who are nurses.
It is also crucial that you determine your career goals and state in detail what you will need to fulfill your career goals in the areas of education, working experience and the specified certifications. As the saying goes, “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal”. Hence, if you are currently faced with many difficulties in reaching your goals, you need to make modifications to your plans, which may come in the form of a better study plan or a more time-structured clinical practice.
2. Stay organisedIt is crucial that you jot down any related meetings and activities for the subsequent weeks ahead in your study calendar and place them on your study desk or wall. In doing so, you will be able to effectively construct a study plan and accomplish the assignments that are due accordingly.
3. Always allocate time for clinical practicesA nursing programme requires students to undergo clinical training at the end of the semester. To achieve skill competency, students need to allocate time for clinical practices.
Each nursing faculty provides a skill lab for students to practice nursing procedures. Whenever you get the opportunity, you can go to the lab and do clinical practices. Apart from that, the nursing faculty can provide a monthly incentive for students to do clinical training in labs, as this will inspire and encourage more participation from other students to do clinical practices.
4. Take advantage of the resources available to you in campusThere are many useful resources available on campus that are usually overlooked by students, such as materials that will provide you with career guidance, effective writing and studying skills, advice on taking care of your physical and emotional health and a list of student activities that you can participate in.
Moreover, students can access the online database that is provided in every library of the nursing school to search the latest nursing journals and evidence based practices. The effective usage of these resources can help you to get through your studies, teach you good time management skills, provide advice for your study course and assist you with all health concerns that arise over your time at college.
5. Keep in touch with your instructors, lecturesSeek assistance from your nursing lecturers or instructors if you have difficulties in academic and clinical training. If possible, you can find a peer tutor; this could be a student who has formerly taken the same class as you, as he can guide you throughout your study course, be your motivator when you are down and keep you on the right track.
Often, there is an academic centre that is available in your faculty which can provide you with valuable information on study support group, workshops for effective learning and time management skills and tutors for different classes and subjects.
The accelerated nursing programme was designed with the purpose of challenging students, so that they can be well-prepared with the board exams and real work practices. Following the tips above may perhaps help students to be more familiarised with the system and aid them in their career. MIMS
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