1. Buy a NCLEX content review book like Prentice Hall/Mary Ann Hogan or Saunders NOW. They usually go for between $40-55. NCLEX review books will lay out nursing topics in a much easier format than your assigned nursing school textbooks. All though out nursing school, I was able to study less than my classmates by using these books but yet get higher test scores. You will likely be more ready for the NCLEX too by the time final semester rolls around.
2. At clinicals, always choose the sickest patient so you have a higher likelihood of practicing more nursing tasks
3. If you like to study in groups, then go for it. But if you are a lone wolf when it comes to studying, stay that way. No need to change your study habits if they're working for you.
4. Always eat breakfast. And ALWAYS bring plenty of snacks and water to clinical.
5. Work out at least 3-5x a week.
6. Always make a good buddy in your clinical group. It makes clinical go by faster and you'll look forward to go to clinical.
7. My school used Nursing Diagnosis Handbook by an author named Ackley. On the website, https://evolve.elsevier.com/
, you can look up NANDAs much easier than the book and generate care plans pretty easily. These are also evidence-based articles linked to all rationales in your interventions. You will impress the heck out of your professor with the amount of evidence-based articles you cite in your care plan (if they requirement citations).
8. Google APA OWL. You'll figure that one out soon.
9. Wear good shoes to clinical. I use Dankso brand but there's more out there. Research AN for more suggestions.
10. Keep reading AN in general in order to get a feel for nursing culture and learn new things.