Rules for nursing students to live by!

  1. With the start of a new school year coming up, I thought it would be fun to start a thread of "Rules for nursing students to live by!" Composed, of course, by nursing students!!

    I'll start with:

    1. Get a years supply of Vitamins because a normal sleep pattern is not something you will see for a long time!

    2. Make sure your chocolate supply is in the high numbers for those stressful moments.

    3. Get a large supply of TV dinners, or cook ahead of time and freeze so that on those long study nights the microwave is your best friend!!

    4. Learn that the instructor is ALWAYS RIGHT!! Whether you can proove it or not.

    I'll stop there for now....and let everyone add their own rules for nursing students.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   bedpan
    3. Get a large supply of TV dinners, or cook ahead of time and freeze so that on those long study nights the microwave is your best friend!!
    Hot dogs work also - And never forget the HUGE pot of spaghetti made on weekends - cheap and very nukeable!
  4. by   essarge
    Almost forgot.....shut off phone during study time. It seems friends and telemarketers have radar and call only when you are trying to study!
  5. by   det01
    Never say - "I'll just take this weekend/tonight off from studying - I'll catch up later" b/c

    1) with the speed a lot of classes go - you probally won't be able to catch up as easy as you think

    2) that is a bad habit to get in to

    3) do the words "pop quiz" mean anything to you?
  6. by   Jen2
    1.) Stock up on the Vicks Vapor Rub to apply under your nostrils for those not so pleasant odors.

    2.) Plan nights out with all the people that are closest to you before the semester starts, you won't be seeing them for awile.
  7. by   maire
    1) Have a back-up for childcare
    2) Have a back-up for your back-up for childcare

    Honestly, I can't stress this enough. Woe unto the nursing student whose daycare provider calls 5 minutes before she's due to walk out the door to clinicals and says, "I am not feeling well this morning, can you make other arrangements for your child(ren) today?"

    3) Develop good study habits early. Do not procrastinate. Prioritize!

    As long as you set up a schedule and stick with it, you'll do fine. But slack off and you get buried.
    :uhoh21:
  8. by   Ann42
    ~Don't count on having Sunday night to study. (it's taking my daughter a while to learn that one. Guess it goes along with "Do not procrastinate.

    If you have a family to care for:

    1. Become intimately familiar with easy crockpot recipes.

    2. Train your children, if old enough, to take over many of your household chores such as, vacuuming, dishwashing, laundry.

    3. Accustom yourself to a less than perfectly neat home.

    4. Encourage your kids to study when you are studying!

    5. Practice taking VS on your children, spouse, friends...etc.

    6. Between semesters, don't wait for the first day of school to begin before studying. Get your books and start right away! (I've already started on my A&P for the fall.)

    7. Take each day one at a time!
  9. by   essarge
    Make at least ONE day per week "my day". NO studying, no books, just go shopping, watch television, or be a bum. No stressful activities allowed (Sunday has always been my day unless there is an exam on Monday....then it is switched to my next day "off" from school).
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    these are great.
  11. by   Bevi
    Originally posted by essarge
    Make at least ONE day per week "my day". NO studying, no books, just go shopping, watch television, or be a bum. No stressful activities allowed (Sunday has always been my day unless there is an exam on Monday....then it is switched to my next day "off" from school).

    Is that possible?!?!?!?!

    (i sure hope it is)

    Essarge, what semester are you in?
    Great thread btw!
  12. by   essarge
    I am (finally) in my senior year. And yes, I still take at least one day per week for me only. Sometimes it is hard but, I've found, that if I don't and am continuously thinking "nursing classes", I approach burn out much faster!

    One of the things that I have done is make sure that there is no television in my study area and listen to classical music. Seems to make my brain retain things better. A study of music and studying showed that when a student listens to music with words, the brain just jumbles things and makes the % of retention much less.
  13. by   nekhismom
    Rules:
    1) Never, ever, ever even imply that your nursing instructor is not correct, or that what she says is not what the book says.
    2) Never try to show the instructor the book and ask her why you got that answer wrong.
    3) ALWAYS have a study partner
    4) Always have a back up study partner
    5) Do NOT forget to pray every opportunity you get for patience, strength, retention of material, and good days at clinical!
    6) Try not to tell the kids it's "fend for yourself" night for dinner more than once a week.

    I love the crockpot and spaghetti suggestions!

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