Nursing School Survival

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  • Specializes in Cath Lab, OR, CPHN/SN, ER.

Help! We're trying to get a shirt put together for our class, and I'm in charge. We're probably going to do a top ten list, with the title being Nursing School Survival Rules...Any ideas? Thanks in advance!


154 Posts

How about........

When you have a 7 page paper to write over spring break, don't wait until the Sunday night before it is due to start it!




129 Posts

1. Beer

2. Wine

3. Prozac

4. Valium

5. Therapy

wonderbee, BSN, RN

1 Article; 2,212 Posts

Specializes in critical care; community health; psych.

Medicate PRN for pain

Learn to write very very small

Nurse, heal thyself

The instructor is ALWAYS right

Patients are people too

If in doubt, wash your hands is always a good answer

JHACO has nothing to do with Michael Jackson

Live, love, learn, work, collapse and wash your hands

Standard precautions are not something used to prevent pregnancy


11 Posts

1. Family members calling for info can wait, if you are busy taking care of pts.

2. Don't use gel ink pens.

3. Get a palm pilot.

4. Chart early, chart succinctly.

5. Get a pedometer and don't feel guilty about not "working out".

6. One code a day gets the heart rate up to the "target zone".

7. Always get lifting help... your back has to last you the rest of your career.

8. Trust but verify.

9. If you are overwhelmed... SAY SO! It's the only way you will get the help you need. 30-60 minutes is all the help you may need.

10. Nursing supervisors are there for a reason.



159 Posts

Rob Schneider says, "You can do it!"


1,326 Posts

When in doubt: nausea, vomitting and abd. discomfort are always side effects of medications.

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

The correct answer is always "patent airway" or "handwashing"

When in doubt, wash your hands.

If it moves, ambulate it. If it doesn't move, turn it and reposition q2

The instructor is always right.

Remember the 11th commandment: Thou shalt not cross thy sterile field.


109 Posts

Specializes in Acute Med, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.

death is nature's way of telling you to slow down

Specializes in PCU, Critical Care, Observation.

If you can survive nursing school - you can survive anything! Bring it on!


69 Posts

1. Accept the fact that you will see your study group more than your family.

2. Good shoes, good shoes, good shoes.

3. Vicks vapor rub is your friend.

4. Your classmates are your family now, and remember, you don't always like your family.


1,214 Posts

Get a lot of chap stick!!!

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