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What I Wish I Would Have Known Before College

There is no step by step guide to survive school while pursuing a higher education degree. Many people describe college as some of the best years of their lives. However, higher education is a dramatic lifestyle change that can be hard to adapt to for many students. As a recent graduate reflecting on my college years, there are a few things I wish I had realized before I entered college. Here are a few things I wish I would’ve known, including stress, studying and money management.

In high school I was a three sport athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, the secretary for the student council and part of many other committees. I balanced these activities very well and loved every minute of it. However, the set schedule I was used to changed when I came to college. You are in charge of managing your schedule. No one is there to guide you along. This can be a major change of pace for many people. So my tip to you is to set a schedule. Sit down and plan out your week. Designate times to do assignments, tests and to study. Stick to your routine. Your grades will thank you.

If you had poor study habits in high school, it’s time to make a change. Students are often shocked by how much effort they must put into their classes. Even though students are often told how much time and effort they will have to put into their classes, they are typically stunned when they are actually expected to do it. If you’re really struggling, reach out to your advisor for helpful tips on how to manage your course work. They may also have resources available to you to make studying easier or more enjoyable! Don’t take on more than you can handle. Some students can handle four courses at a time while others may only be able to focus on one. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, that’s okay! Progress isn’t linear. Lastly, ask friends and loved ones what worked for them or look up studying tips online. If one method fails, don’t give up! Everyone is different, you just need to find your niche.

In all honesty, college was the most stressful time of my life. When my routine was no longer existent, I found that I had to discover new ways to manage stress and anxiety. It wasn’t until my junior year that I was able to find ways to manage that stress that worked for me. I found that what worked for me didn’t necessarily work for my friends. I had always been an extremely active person, so I naturally gravitated towards fitness to take my mind off of whatever I was stressed about. Going to the gym at the end of the day helped me relax and refocus. Other stress relievers can be painting, reading a book or even just watching a movie or tv for a little while. Find a healthy coping mechanism and make sure to incorporate it into your new routine.

Last but not least, money. Money can be a huge concern while earning your degree, and managing it can be difficult. My advice would be to set a budget or allowance for yourself. You can make it weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. Factor in the cost of your loans, along with other expenses such as books and materials. When I made my budget, I also included money for food, extracurriculars along with how much money I would put into savings. I really stress putting money aside for savings. When my senior year rolled around, I was able to pay off my whole first semester with what money I had put aside which saved me the stress of paying more interest on my loan. Every bit counts, save what you can, when you can.

For many students, college is a whole new world and what comes along with it can be stressful and overwhelming. Finding what works for you during this time is extremely important. Sometimes, though, a little guidance can be helpful — take it from people who learned the hard way.

Is This Really Worth It?

There comes a time in every person’s life when they question if they’re on the right path. Perhaps you’ve been studying for 4 hours a day, multiple days a week, and still don’t pass that exam. Maybe you don’t feel the same excitement you felt during the first week of your job. It might even be that you have loved one’s telling you you can’t do it. All of these factors may cause you to ask yourself why you’re making the sacrifices it takes to become a nurse.

This week, Distance Learning Systems decided to reach out to RN’s and see why they chose the nursing field and why they stick with it. These men and women have offered us insight into their lives and careers.

Everyone has a story, and one day, so will you.

1. “I chose to be a nurse because I’ve always felt called to help others. Even though nursing school was hard, the day I saved my first patient was when I knew it was all worth it.” – Sam, 42
2. “It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I have had my share of disappointments, but it is from my own experience I am able to draw the perfect pleasure of nursing. I was a psychiatric nurse and worked with youngsters who had issues with drugs and abandonment. I became very enlightened and gained abilities to intervene in many cases.In one case, as the young lady was leaving she said to me, “I’ll never forget you, what you said to me, as long as I live.” I guess that one instance made my life important to someone.” Maureen, 61
3. “ I wanted to become a nurse so that I could impact people’s lives during some of the most difficult and traumatic times that they may ever experience. I always knew that I had a heart for helping others and nursing was the perfect career to make a difference. They say that nursing is a combination of art and science and I truly believe that. I wanted to care for patients’ minds, bodies, and spirits which is the holistic approach that nursing is centered around. I have stuck with nursing because I honestly cannot see myself doing anything else after the experiences that I have had. Saving a life or being present when someone takes their last breath are moments that I believe are a privilege for me to take part in. The skills, compassion, diversity, and connections are all reasons that keep me coming back shift after shift. I have seen healthcare teams work together to completely change the prognosis for a patient which is extremely rewarding. Nursing is a career where I have been able to use my talents and knowledge to make a positive impact on others.” – Judy, 25
4. “ I am a supervisor in a nursing home where I oversee 50+ residents. I comfort my residents while they are alive, and I comfort their families when they pass. They give my life purpose. At times it seems as though money is the most important thing., I am proud to know I matter and make a difference in someone’s life.” – Jason, 56
5. “When I was about 6 years old, I was sent to the children’s hospital in our state for some health complications. I ended up needing surgery and check ups every 3 weeks. Since I was there so much, my family and I formed a sort of bond with some of the nurses. They even threw me a little surprise when I had an appointment on my birthday. I never forgot how well they treated me and how comforting they were. I guess that was the motivation I had to be a nurse and why I stuck with it. I wanted to touch lives like they had touched mine.” – Jamie, 29
6. “When my husband passed away, the nurses were there with him every step of the way. They made his last moments comfortable. They earned my trust. To see everything they do and how hard they worked, that’s what inspired me. I became an RN at the age of 50.” – Sharon, 58
7. “I knew I wanted to be a nurse as long as I can remember. I’m not exactly sure why, I just felt drawn to the profession. It’s not a job for me, it’s a calling.” – Rebecca, 22
8. “Nurses run in my family. My great grandmother, grandmother and mother were all nurses. Seeing how fulfilled they were with their jobs and hearing their stories made it an easy decision for me. Was the road to becoming a nurse easy? Heck no! But was it worth it? Absolutely.” – Joanna, 44
9. “I didn’t know I wanted to be a nurse until my sophomore year of college when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was so young and so scared. My doctors and nurses touched my heart and saved my life. I believe it’s my life’s duty to repay the favor and serve others.” – Sydney, 31
10. “God called me to be a nurse. I woke up one morning and knew that’s exactly what I was created to do. I enrolled in school that very day and have never looked back. I’ve been a nurse for over 20 years now.” – Charlotte, 49

In times as uncertain as these, remember why you’re doing it and who you’re doing it for.

Getting Ready For Your Nursing Education

nursing-school-launch-01-bigPreparing 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.

Get Organized
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.

Get Connected
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.

Steps to Becoming a Competent Nurse

DLS71A nursing education has its own procedure. You can’t just finish a certain course and be eligible for a nursing job. There are steps that you need to do for you to become a legitimate nurse.

First, you need to complete an accredited nursing program. This can be accomplished through nursing diplomas, associate programs for nursing and even a bachelor’s degree. This is your initial step before proceeding to a higher level of nursing education. After which, you need to pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The purpose of this exam is to assess how much you have learned after taking associate courses in nursing. This exam is crucial since it will pave the way for your nursing license.

And speaking of license, nurses should have proper licenses for them to function as legitimate nurses. It goes without saying that those who don’t have licenses of their own are not allowed even to diagnose a patient, let alone take care of them.

After completing these initial three steps, it is advisable that any nurse should get employment. This is the fleshing-out part of having a nursing degree. Unless you do this employment thing, your calling as a nurse is not so much complete. When you are employed, you have the opportunity to widen your options as well as developing certain skills like decision-making. Get training, if need be. This will further enhance your capability as a nurse and will increase your chances of getting promoted if you so desire to become a preceptor or a medical specialist in the future.

These are the steps to becoming a competent nurse. These may vary depending on the need of the hospital. But with these steps, your chances of becoming nurse are as sure as a waiting patient just outside your door.

 

Taking Good Care Your Nurses

Nurses are in high demand. The demand is so high, that many consider the number of RN’s available to be a near catastrophic deficit. All across the US and even abroad, nursing courses are a dime a dozen. With so many needing medical attention, chances are the need of providing more medical staff such as nurses and doctors would still be among the highest in terms of enrollees in our colleges and universities.

And leading the supply of nurses in the country is the Distance Learning Systems Indiana, Inc. (DLSI). Since 1999, DLSI is constantly providing customized educational programs as well as test preparation products for our potential nurses.

Nursing EducationNo longer is a nursing education done in the four corners of a classroom, DLSI offers the concept of learning information at a distance. It offers flexibility and an environment that suits every student as he intends to learn from DLSI’s unique educational program.

Recognizing the inherent differences in every student, DLSI addresses each need from its Blended Learning Program, an interactive, classroom-based online video classroom where nursing students could test-out programs to supplement their education or even credit requirements.

They offer free nursing seminars, superior course materials, tutoring, and even financial assistance to augment the growing demand of producing more competent nurses in the country. Nursing education has come a long way with DLSI. It is their goal of preparing them for a successful nursing career, not just mere medical staffers in some private hospital out there.

DLSI has its national passing rate at 97%, one of the highest in the country. They simply take care of your nursing education so these new nurses could take good care of their patients. And with its mission statement of providing affordable and appropriate access to higher learning, you can be sure that the quality of nurses they will not only heal the sick but also improve the condition of their lives as well.

Five Misconceptions About RN Classes And The Truth You Should Now

A student pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse must enroll in major nursing subjects. These RN classes are the foundation of a student’s medical skills and knowledge. Passing these RN classes is one of the requirements for a nursing career. However, many people still have misconceptions about these types of classes. Most students who failed in RN classes neglect verifying the information they got and continue believing in hear-says and rumors.

Below are Five Misconceptions about RN Classes, and the truth:

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Students don’t need to study to pass RN classes.
In contrast, some nursing subjects are complicated and involve difficult topics to cope up. Students must develop good study habits to help them adjust with tough lessons.

RN classes are useless in the workforce.
Many of the principles and nursing procedures learned in RN classes are important in the daily task of a nursing professional. The skills and knowledge acquired in these type of classes is useful in a medical work environment.

Professors in RN classes don’t have actual experience in hospitals.
The Professor and teachers in RN classes spend most of their time in classrooms. They choose a different career which is focused on teaching. But still, many of them have prior work experience in hospitals and other related work environment.

RN classes are simple and students can still purse a career without them.
If a student wants to pursue a career in the field of nursing, enrolling RN classes is a major requirement. Many students believe that RN classes are simple and are not really important for a career. But the truth is they are wrong. More and more hospitals are requiring the majority (usually 65% of nursing staff) to be RNs. By 2020, that number is expected to rise to more than 80%.

RN classes only happen in school campuses and classrooms.
The internet has provided a new mode of conducting RN classes. Students can now participate and attend RN classes even if they are not physically present in campuses and traditional classrooms.

The Role of RNs In Hospitals

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Hospitals and other medical institutions employ different kinds of medical professionals. Every employee has an important role in the medical workforce. These medical professionals are needed to achieve the medical and institutional goals of hospitals. Most of the patient care duties in hospitals are assigned to RN’s. These types of medical professionals are responsible for assisting patients in their basic medical needs. An RN plays a key role in Hospitals and medical institutions. Without them, the specific medical goal for a patient will not be realized.

They are the front liners in providing medial service to patients.
One of the most visible employees in hospitals are RN. You see them In important areas of the hospitals like the E.R. And operating room. You also see RNs checking bed ridden patients. RNs are the front runners in medical servicing. RNs spend most of their time interacting with patients. An RN is primarily responsible for assisting patients with their needs. The duties of administering medicines to patients are also assigned to RNs.

RNs keep the work place active.
Try to visit a hospital and observe the kind of workplace it has.  Often times, you see a nurse rushing in back and forth. RNs hold many functions in hospitals. They perform both medical and clerical duties which are needed to provide efficient medical service to patients. RNs do keep the working pace active in hospitals and other medical institutions.

RNs collaborate with other medical professionals in managing disorders and illnesses.
An RN usually works hand in hand with other medical professionals like doctors in managing and treating various medical conditions. Doctors hand over medical orders and instructions to RNs. In relation, An RN informs and updates the doctor about the current medical condition of a patient.

Why Choose Distance Learning System

Distance Learning SystemsChoosing the right educational institution is not easy. Students find it difficult to find the best institution that can provide the best online education they need. One renowned educational institution for providing good quality online learning program is Distance learning System. Their service include Online Learning Programs, Blended Learning Program and a variation of Supplemental Courses. Distance Learning System was established in 1999 and is considered to be America’s number one educational publishing company providing test preparation services and products. They also pioneered in offering customized educational solutions to distance learning programs for students with busy schedules.

High Quality Education
As experts in offering educational services to students, DLSI has been a venue for high quality online education programs. Students will acquire the right learning and knowledge that they need in their career. Distance learning system offers a list of highly qualified tutors and instructors that can help a student prepare for a board exam.

Convenience
DLSI is one of the first online educational institutions offering distance education program thru the internet. Students seeking online education can rely on DLSI. Distance learning System allows students with busy schedules to participate in online classes that can be attended from any location. DLSI offers students an opportunity to be educated right in the comfort of their homes.

Best Preparation for Board Exams
Preparing for difficult board exams is tough. Many people failed in these types of exams because they weren’t able to acquire the best and effective preparation for it. DLSI offers the best preparation for difficult board exams. DLSI adapt effective review strategies to ensure a passing grade in these type of exams. The current DLSI national Passing rate is 98%. Many individuals acquired their professional licensed like RN’s and LpNs thru the help of Distance learning System. Now, If you’re searching for the right review center for a board exam, then DLSI is your perfect match.

Degrees in Nursing Education

Nursing education consists of the theoretical and practical training offered to nursing staff with the purpose to prepare them for their duties as health care experts. This knowledge is offered to nursing staff by experienced nursing staff and other medical professionals who have qualified for educational tasks. Most countries offer nursing education programs that can be relevant to general nursing or to specialized areas including mental health nursing, pediatric medical and post-operatory nursing. Courses leading to an autonomous registration as a nurse typically last four years. Nursing education also provides post-qualification programs in specialist subjects within nursing.

nurse-education-medical-schoolAmong health professional teachers, justifications continue about the ideal balance of realistic planning and the need to inform the future specialist to handle medical care and to have a wider view of the practice. To meet both requirements, nursing education and learning is designed to create a long term student who can adjust successfully to changes in both the concept and practice of nursing. An associate degree in nursing often is the entry-level certification for RNs. Their clinical work in two-year programs allows them to sit for the same licensure examination as nursing staff with four-year degrees.

The difference is in the training. Bachelor’s level courses include classes on such topics as management or leadership, along with more specialized training in areas like public or behavior wellness. Nationally, 60% of all nurse candidates in 2011 did not have bachelor’s degrees, according to an April 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Solutions Administration. In Michigan, approximately 42 % of RNs had affiliate degrees, while 46 % organized bachelor’s qualifications, according to a 2014 survey by the Michigan Center for Nursing, a project of the charitable Michigan Health Authorities.

The share of RNs holding master’s degrees in nursing was about 9% in the same study. Fewer than 1 % obtained doctorates in nursing.