There are two quotes that accurately depict the pros and cons of life in the nursing profession.
- When you’re a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.
- Nursing – When you’re not sure whether it’s Saturday or Tuesday.
It’s true. Few professions come with more rigorous training or a more rewarding feeling than nursing. But for those among us with the calling to a career in life-long caring, it’s a no brainer. It’s what you were meant to do. It’s what you have to do. So, to better prepare yourself for the challenges of nursing school, we’ve put together these tips to help you reach your goal of becoming one of the elite professional changing lives every single day with their care.
- Knowledge is power – Learn what your specific nursing school requirements are. It can be stressful enough to be in nursing school but make sure you get informed about the curriculum, the schedule and any prerequisites and financial requirements you may face so there are no surprises. Arm yourself with a clear picture of how your education will affect your routine so you can put an effective support system in place. Speak to a financial counselor to budget what you need for your education.
- Speaking of support – You’re going to need it. If you are working during your nursing training, it will be important to seek out a program that fits your schedule. If you have children, seek support from family members and friends so that you can pursue your dream without too much upheaval to your family. Online study sessions and tutoring are a great way to make sure you are keeping up and also a great way to interact with other nursing students.
- Network with nurses – Nursing blogs and forums are a great way to get a little bit inside the nursing profession and get information straight from other nurses. Make an effort to reach out to nurses you may know and pick their brain. Ask about the good, bad and ugly side of nursing. Not only will you be better prepared but it’s also a great way to make industry contacts. Reach out to local hospitals and clinics and ask if any staff members would be willing to share their insights and answer some questions. Also a great way to make connections with prospective employers.
- Get your mind and heart right – Probably the most important thing is to truly consider the emotional impact nursing school and nursing in general, can have on you. The hours, the pressure, the ups and downs of unpredictable and sometimes, sad outcomes, all can take their toll on your emotions. Make sure you seek emotional support from loved ones and your instructors when you need it. Having people to lean on and talk to about your experiences can make all the difference in how you handle stressful situations.
Yes, nursing is a profession filled with highs and lows and the challenges that are part of getting there are not always half the fun. But…. they are undoubtedly worth the effort. And let’s face it folks, in the world we live in, good nurses will always be in high demand. If you’re considering a career in nursing, finding the right school to get your education is essential. The Nursing Program at Daytona College is helping students get hands-on training from skilled instructors who teach real-life nursing skills in a supportive and collaborative setting. Contact Daytona today to learn more or to schedule a tour of our campus. Our team of dedicated staff is ready to help you find your way to a rewarding career where the challenges are great but the rewards are many!