Keep your study group small, otherwise it turns into a party in no time.
For studying... your are probably in for a shock on how they test you. If Jacksonville uses Kaplan to give their "standardized tests", look for the Kaplan's NCLEX-RN Strategies for the RN Licensing exam book. It gives you hints on how to answer the questions. It might not make sense at the begining, but it will once you understand the nursing process, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and the ABCs (Airway, breathing, circulation).
Get a calendar, every time you get a syllabus, write down your due dates and clinical days. That will help you stay on track. I never used to do it until nursing school... it really helps !!!
Stay away from drama. It will only hold you back... is not worth it!
Go with the flow of the program. Many times the institution or professors will change their mind at the last minute. Don't let that get to you. Your life will be easier if you just accept it and move on. They will make you angry at times, just don't let them notice it.
I recommend you to not make vacation plans during your program. Stay available at all times... it might just save you from getting big headaches and problems with family.
Be professional at all times... ESPECIALLY during your clinicals. Kiss butt and don't tell a seasoned nurse what he/she is doing is wrong. Just tell your professor. Believe me... those nurses will not hesitate in reporting you and the next thing you know is that would not be allowed to continue your clinicals in that location. I've seen it happen in Central Florida, several times.
Be humble, learn from others (even if it's the wrong thing... as long as you recognize is wrong), be professional, prudent, wear clean scrubs
, shave, look your best all the time. The hospitals will not say it, but they notice these things! Your character and disposition will make or brake you.
Fasten your seatbelt, it's going to be a bumpy ride... but it's all worth it in the end!!!!
Good luck to you !!!