Preparing for your nursing education is not a walk in the park. There will be plenty of times when you have to do a ton of things in a short span of time. Nursing is not like any other course that takes minimal preparation. What you are actually preparing for is a career right from the get-go.
There is a list of things to do that will go a long way as far as preparation goes. So jot them down and start tinkering on that list in preparation for your nursing education.
This is a to-do in your list that demands constant attention. Nurses are organized people. Learn to organize, set priorities and make a monitor out of it, so you may know your progress as an aspiring nurse.
Get a Group
Don’t isolate yourself. Nurses don’t work that way. They even create bonds with their patients. They talk and spend time with them. It takes a gathering or a committee of medical practitioners to perform an operation, not just a single nurse. Grow with your fellow nursing aspirants.
Go Get It
Keep things in perspective. Never lose sight of your ultimate goal which is to graduate and be a successful nurse. Stay motivated, even if you are discouraged at times, because you will learn from it. Don’t also be afraid to ask questions from your teachers or superiors when you have any.
Get Some Sleep
This may well be a trivial matter, but because nurses work with different time schedules, it is best that they grab some rest in between their shifts. And what better time to start conditioning yourself with work shifts than in nursing school.
Try to connect with your fellow classmates immediately after enrollment. This will eliminate the pressure of handling your lessons alone. Always remember, you don’t work in isolation; there are doctors and medical specialists you need to get in touch with so that you can survive your nursing education.
Creating larger, more extremely trained medical employees will improve access to higher-quality, more patient-centered and more cost-effective care. That is especially important now: Demand for medical care is growing as the population ages and millions more individuals are entering the medical care program under the Affordable Care Act. Nurses, the largest segment of the medical care work force, provide critical care to our members, many of whom are aging and managing multiple chronic health issues.
That is why AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) jointly released the Center to Champion Nursing in America six years ago, to help the medical career better serve consumers. When a subsequent, groundbreaking Institute of Medicine (IOM) review called for transformation of the nursing career, AARP teamed up with RWJF to launch a nationwide strategy to implement the report’s recommendations. These focus on nursing education, practice, leadership, diversity, data, inter-professional collaboration and more. Since its creation three years ago, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action has organized action coalitions, groups of nurses and health professional champions comprising business, government, academia, consumer groups, philanthropy and other sectors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The coalitions have so far jointly raised more than $6 million and released projects to advance nursing education, build the nursing workforce and expand access to nursing professionals and other advanced practice nurses. Seven states have removed major barriers to advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) practice and proper care, and one state has given gave APRNs full practice authority and expanded prescriptive power. Nine action coalitions, meanwhile, have been funded to test models to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses, a key IOM review recommendation. And leaders of national organizations comprising nursing education and community colleges have come together in support of nurses’ advancing the training and learning.