As a nursing student, you’re already working towards a great goal: becoming a nurse! As we head into the New Year, here are some additional resolutions to consider that can help keep you on track and contribute to your success. The best New Year’s Resolutions involve small, measurable steps that are achievable so that you’re setting yourself up for success.
Here are five resolutions to consider that will help advance your education and, eventually, your nursing career.
- Make Connections
Networking is important in any industry, including nursing. As you move through your nursing program you will have an opportunity to meet others in your field. Stand out by taking steps to make connections. Your clinicals are a great place to start. When you find an area of interest, introduce yourself to the people who are already working there. People are often willing to help those who are following in their footsteps. Ask for their email address and if they’d be willing to connect. Or send a LinkedIn connection invitation. The more people you know, the more opportunities you may have in the future.
- Improve Time Management Skills
Nursing students are often juggling school with work and family. It can feel like you don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done. Ease your stress by finding a productivity and time-management strategy that works for you. It can help to keep track of your responsibilities by using a planner where you can record your schedule as well as dates for assignments and tests. Sometimes it’s the simplest tools that can make the most impact because they’re easy to use consistently.
- Develop Good Study Habits
You already know that Cramming for an exam doesn’t work for long-term. The human brain just can’t focus effectively for an extended period of time. Instead of one long study session, plan for frequent shorter sessions. It also helps if you understand your particular learning style. If you are an auditory learner, you learn best when you listen to material. Visual learners absorb material when they read or watch videos. And experiential learners learn by doing things hands-on. Finally, forming virtual study groups can provide a way for students to learn from and support each other.
- Identify Your Weaknesses
If you’re honest with yourself, you probably know the areas in your life that could use some improvement. Acknowledge them and make a pledge to get help to improve them. For example, if you know you are prone to procrastination, you might find an accountability buddy who can help to keep you on track.
- Take Time for Yourself
This one can easily be overlooked with everything else on your plate but is very important - take care of yourself. You’re probably dealing with stressors on multiple levels. Taking care of yourself can help you recharge your battery so you can continue to work hard. Take breaks. Pencil in time for some fun. And make sure you’re eating healthy and getting enough sleep. Physical activity is important, and it doesn’t have to be a strenuous gym session. Even a short walk can be refreshing. Your role as a nurse is to care for others, but don’t overlook the care you need for yourself.
If your New Year’s Resolution is to get on the path to a career in nursing, Fortis can help. Click here for more information or call us today at (855) 436-7847 and speak to one of our career counselors.