Top Tips for Getting Through Nursing School

Nursing school is one of the most stressful times for a nurse-to-be. Between hardcore studies, clinical practices, and the never ending stream of evaluations, exams, and other deadlines, it may seem that it is impossible to manage it all. But, as many experts in the industry point out to students, tackling nursing school can be made easier by following some useful advice from the people who know what it’s like.

NurseZone’s Luara Gilbert puts the test of stress into perspective for students reading her words of wisdom:
“Sometimes, nursing students forget how stressful school can be—and forget the coping strategies developed during the school year. “It is easy to let stress dictate your emotions,” Fraley said. “When you start to feel anxious, use that emotion as a trigger to remind yourself all that you have accomplished thus far—and that new challenges better prepare to you to be a nurse.”

Setting a realistic expectation is another key to success. “I didn’t realize how different nursing school was from other programs,” Thibeault recalled. “The first year for me shook my confidence—even the confidence of those fellow students who had been a patient care tech or CNA. Then, just when we got into the swing of things, clinicals began and the worry started up all over again.”

Gilbert’s other advice in this article: avoid the drama and call it a day. Read more at

Stress is the result of many hours working toward that coveted degree, but it can be avoided to a certain extent by working smart (and not harder.)  Scrubs published 10 great tips for avoiding the stress by working within a structure you can live with, including:

  1. Self-care is crucial. Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, exercise and apply what you’re learning in nutrition class to yourself. You have to be able to take care of yourself before you can take care of someone else.
  2. Work hard with a system that works for you. Different study systems work for different people, and even for different classes.

Read the whole article: 10 Great Tips for Nursing School Students

No one knows better what it’s like to struggle with the challenges of nursing school than those students who are in the fire trying to finish their degree and get into their specialty field of choice.

Heather Keys is a nursing school student who blogged regularly about her experiences at nursing school.  She said:

“Well, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned over the last year and I think it’s time I gave you some insider information. Here’s a few things I’ve learned that may or may not help you out in school.

  1.  If you are thinking about going to nursing school but aren’t there yet, volunteer at the hospital. I’m serious, it’s not just for old ladies and community organizations. I was privileged enough to volunteer for a couple semesters at Hermann Memorial Hospital in downtown Houston.”

Read more at her blog: I am a Nursing Student

More Reading:

Confessions of a Student Nurse

Tips on Being a Mom and a Nursing Student