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Updated by Meagan Hollman on Mar 14, 2013
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9 Tips for Nursing Students

You knew you wanted to be a nurse when you went to a job fair in Junior High and talked to that woman in scrubs. She had the biggest smile you’d ever seen because she loved her job. Now you’re attending a nursing college in Utah so you can fulfill the same dream. If you take these 10 tips as seriously as you do your future, then there’s no doubt your career goals will be reached.

1

Use a Planner.

Use a Planner.

Your life as a nursing college student will be above average crazy because you’re going into nursing. Keep a planner to write down all of your daily to-dos, including what homework is due. When your clinical training starts at one of Utah’s hospitals, a planner will become even more necessary.

2

Take Good Notes.

Take Good Notes.

You learn a lot of information at a nursing college in Utah. Writing it all down will help you learn and stay organized.

3

Ask Questions.

Ask Questions.

In nursing, if you don’t know something you can’t afford to just let it slide. Don’t worry about looking stupid. Chances are, there are at least five other students in the class wondering the same thing.

4

Make or Purchase Flashcards.

Make or Purchase Flashcards.

Flashcards are great quizzing tools for medical terms that can be tricky to remember. Plus, they’re portable, so you can study anywhere.

5

Record Lectures.

Record Lectures.

Your professors at a Utah nursing college want you to succeed. They will be able to help you overcome any academic problem and reach your career goals. Don’t be afraid to get to know them.

6

Form a Study Group.

Form a Study Group.

Teaching others is a great way to retain and recall information. Study groups not only help you learn, but they provide necessary support. Your study buddies are fellow nursing students attending the same Utah college, so they know what you’re going through.

7

Review Every Day.

Review Every Day.

Repetition is the key to retaining the hundreds of terms nursing students need to know. Studying every day will help lower stress and save you from cramming the night before an exam.

8

Have a Regular Sleep Schedule.

Have a Regular Sleep Schedule.

Your brain needs adequate sleep to be able to function. If you party all night long, you’re going to fall asleep in class and miss the entire lecture.

9

Take Regular Breaks.

Take Regular Breaks.

Put the book about nursing procedures down for a while and go watch TV with your college roommate. Or go on a hike—there are hundreds of trails in Utah waiting for you to walk them.