Nursing school is an exciting new way to get your foot in the door of a lifelong love affair with the world of medicine. As a nurse, you will command instant respect by members of every profession, both from their acknowledged contribution to mankind and recognized commitment to assisting others. Nursing can be rewarding, challenging, inspiring, and still provide financial security and allow career longevity.
Nursing can be a convenient local occupation but is also full of opportunities to travel and see the world while helping people heal. The possibilities for private and community nursing careers are endless, from research to publishing, from HMO hospitals to research clinics and beyond. An exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling future awaits you.
But first, the long road to the qualifying exam must be traveled with many stops along the way. The depth of the material and the breadth of the detail might intimidate you. The program of nursing school classes and the practical considerations of absorbing so much material in a limited amount of time, as well as the importance of understanding critical biology and chemistry concepts, demands an aggressive and proactive approach.
The fact is, much of what you’ll learn in nursing school is available at the library bookshelf, on TV, on YouTube, or at the bookstore. The challenge of nursing school is to learn the material, review it for testing, operate it in clinical practice, and retain the knowledge from the nursing school experience for career use. Nursing students can begin fashioning core knowledge bases inside their mind and set the stage for academic success later on.
In nursing school you will be trained to provide critical care. This is a term that denotes the necessary and time-sensitive application of the knowledge of diseases and syndromes, physical illnesses and bodily conditions that must be addressed immediately or detractions of quality of life will instantly occur. Performance in detecting symptoms, evaluating the patient’s needs, providing treatment and assessing ongoing patient administration requirements is a hybrid of common sense and applied medical knowledge.
Basic subjects like anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biology can be studied in depth for enrichment. If you’re apprehensive about the pace of nursing coursework, you can prepare ahead of time. There is no law that prohibits aggressive preparation of subjects before admission to nursing school.
Advanced nursing knowledge can never be learned too early, as nursing builds on many familiar concepts and grows together in an interrelated network for an understanding of the human body as a whole. This knowledge will not function in place of nursing school coursework but will help you “drill down” into the text better and gain more depth of understanding from ancillary sources. Such nursing students remember connections between subject matter and classroom or research examples immediately, instead of trying to catch up at the last minute.
Complications of myocardial infarction and disorders of the entire respiratory system can be a good place to start reading before the class schedule, labs and testing pressure even begins. But any “body” of knowledge such as anatomy, especially of the heart, nervous system, brain and spine can’t hurt. Just electing to study diseases by their pharmaceutical treatment methods, the trade/commercial drug names involved, and how the patient presents can save a huge amount of headaches come exam time.
Get the jump on your final exam and start studying today!