Something that has served me well through my time in nursing school...learn the basics of the skills you will perform in your job as a nurse, from bedmaking to vitals to IV therapy, and practice, practice, practice! It will make you feel more at ease when the time comes to perform a skill on a real patient if you feel as though you have some idea of what you are doing. Also, take advantage of your role as a student and spend time getting to know your patient, even if it is just through friendly conversation. They will notice and appreciate it, and when the time comes to be out in the "real world" working as a nurse, you'll wish you had that kind of time to do that.
I'm currently an LPN (as of June 2003) and working on my last year of nursing school, to graduate may 2004. Best of luck to all of you!