A BSN Student’s Guide to Nursing

 

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A nursing student’s life will always be laborious and compelling. Intellectual, physical, and sometimes emotional demands can be encountered in the Nursing discipline. Most Registered Nurses at present had experienced the same predicaments and challenges, in varying degrees, before becoming the great nurses they are today. The prime way on how to deal with the BSN life is to have this realization: It’s never easy to become a nurse. One must pour on a great deal of hard work.

As they say, “it is easier said than done”. The good news is it isn’t as hard as it seems. Relax and calm down while checking out these practical ways on making it through your BSN years:

RECOGNIZE THE MEANING IN NURSING.
In order to enjoy Nursing, one must indulge in discovering the beauty that lies in it. Find out the immeasurable wonders of Nursing and opportunities to implicate positive things through it. privilege of being able to become a professional nurse, to touch people’s lives, and to make a great difference. One would surely realize how splendid a nurse’s role can be that becoming one, though difficult and challenging, is indeed fulfilling.

BE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE!
Envisioning your self in the near future as a Registered Nurse sure is a great way to start! Your mindset should be geared towards its achievement! Then, you have to devise ways in order to achieve this ambition. Begin by knowing your goals and priorities. This is a great means to jumpstart your way in reaching your RN dream!

BE A STUDENT NURSE.
Let’s face it: from this very point, you are still in college. This means that term papers, examinations, recitations, related learning experiences, and tons of other school works are inevitable. Faced with all these, focus and perseverance in order to keep up with the game! Do not rush things. You can’t be a RN that easy! Since you are still in your BSN years, do what a student nurse ought to do. That is, to learn… learn… and LEARN hard.

WRITE RIGHT.
For individuals who have a “photographic” memory, information retention sure is a piece of cake. However, what if you’re not one of those people? That is where note-taking is held indispensable. When you jot down things in your notepad, make sure that you write only those important pieces of information. You don’t have to take down your lecturer’s words in verbatim. The secret is to listen first. Then, paraphrase into much simpler words acceptable to your level of understanding. This way, you are able to assimilate information instead of just plainly writing them down. Have them handy so you can review them anytime!

APPLIED NURSING
Learning in BSN is based on theory and application. Related Learning Experiences (RLE) provide concrete correlation between what you have learned in lectures or read in textbooks and what you encounter in the actual practice. Memorization and return demonstrations of nursing procedures are not enough in fully understanding the Nursing discipline. It’s a whole lot different and diverse in the actual clinical setting. No matter how uninteresting for you an area could be, it is still very essential to attend your scheduled clinical duties. In the area, be initiative. Communicate with the client or their family and always make yourself available and willing to assist. Explore the client’s responses to his disease process and determine cues that warrant immediate interventions. Ensure your client’s safety and comfort. Don’t just sit somewhere and wait until the shift is over.

PROFESSORS, NOT TERRORISTS!
Professors are there to facilitate your learning. If you don’t understand a certain concept that much, don’t hesitate to raise this concern in class. You can also pay a brief visit to them in the faculty area during their consultation hours. They would certainly value your enthusiasm to learn. It would also be helpful to do your own share of reading to augment the output of your lectures. On the other hand, you might find some of your professors strict or intimidating. Unknowingly, their composure might just be a part of their professional style. Avoid hasty judgments and misconceptions. Discover their teaching strategies and regulations so a harmonious professor-student relationship can be established and maintained. Be aware of your demeanor and be in your best decorum at all times.

HAVE FUN!
Once in a while, BSN students should learn how to seat back, relax, and enjoy. The best way to do after a week of compelling school activities is to give your self a break! Spend time with your friends and loved ones. Catch a movie, do some shopping, or have a trip to the karaoke bar—name it! Having fun is a great way to “buffer” the stresses of the BSN life. However, this should not jeopardize your study routine.

EAT AND LIVE HEALTHY.
Always begin your day with a hearty and unhurried breakfast. Try to obtain and ingest nutritious meals and snacks within the day. When it comes to rest, establish your study routine to coincide with your circadian rhythm in order to maintain a proper sleep-wake pattern. It is best to read and review lessons after an adequate sleep. And finally, try maintaining an active lifestyle for improved circulation and performance. You don’t necessarily have to be enrolling in a gym. Walking on a nearby luncheonette instead of riding a cab or climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator are just some of the simple and practical ways of doing this.

SMILE.
Nothing beats a jolly and outgoing disposition. You have to be serious in your studies to finish your nursing degree. Nevertheless, don’t prevent it from flashing your most radiant smile. And hey, always share it to everyone around!

And most of all, BELIEVE. Never fail to trust in your own capabilities. No one out there can help you except your own self. Nursing is not as complicated as others demonstrate it to be, you just got to have the faith and the heart to fulfill it. Always hold on to your RN dream! Good luck!

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