5 Must-Knows When Preparing for Nursing School

Posted on June 23, 2016  in  [ Nursing & Health Care ]

Looking to take your nursing education to the next level? By enrolling in a BSN program, you will be exposed to knowledge that can help you become a leader in the nursing profession.

If you are a registered nurse going back to school to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you may be wondering how to be successful. Here are five must-knows when it comes to preparing for your BSN.

Think Ahead

When getting ready to start nursing school, you can never be too prepared! Be sure to buy all of your textbooks and necessary supplies before your classes begin. This way, if you want to get a head start, you can begin familiarizing yourself with the course material in advance.

In addition, it is important to ensure you have all of the other supplies you need to be successful, such as notebooks, pens, highlighters and a laptop. When your classes begin, you will be thankful you thought ahead and prepared all of your materials!

Get Organized

Staying organized is a key factor in determining your success as a nursing student. If you are a working registered nurse, it is important to create a schedule that gives yourself time to focus on school.

A great way to keep your priorities in order is to purchase a planner where you can keep a running “to-do” list, because when you have things written down, you are less likely to forget them. Ultimately, when it comes to staying organized, develop a system that works best for you!

Network with Classmates and Faculty

While in nursing school, making connections with your peers and professors can be very beneficial. There is a lot that can be learned from other professionals in the field, so be open to developing relationships with the individuals you meet along the way. You never know what opportunities these relationships can lead to in the future!

Stay Balanced

While maintaining a career and attending school can be time-consuming, it is important to stay balanced by making time for yourself. In addition, it is important to maintain the relationships you have with family and friends. After all, your family and friends can be your support system while you pursue your degree!

Focus on Your Passion

At the end of the day, it is important to focus on the passion you have for the nursing profession. When times are difficult, remember that earning your BSN can provide you with many benefits in the long run.

By advancing your education, you will be able to improve the quality of care you provide for your patients. Ultimately, the hard work you put into nursing school will be worth it, as it will prepare you for a fulfilling career.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions prepares graduates to provide quality care centered on best evidence to meet the unique needs of the populations they serve. To learn more about healthcare degrees at GCU, visit our website or contact us using the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communications degree at GCU.

Lauren Abraham

Lauren Abraham is a senior at Grand Canyon University studying communication with a minor in marketing. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living in the Valley.
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