The Best Habits of the Strongest Nursing Students

schoolBeing a Nursing Student is no easy journey! Here’s a list of the characteristics typically found in a great Nursing Student.

They read the required material. The best nursing students are prepared and read the assigned material prior to class. They come to class better able to understand the material being discussed, and they’re able to question the information that they don’t fully understand.

They ask questions. They aren’t afraid to ask questions until they actually comprehend the information. They also realize when they need help, and don’t mind asking for it when needed.

They know how to critically think. The best nursing students will ask what and then they will ask why. They understand the pathophysiology behind processes (or they keep asking questions until they do). They are always thinking Why is this better for the patient?/What is this doing for the patient?

They want to learn. They’re eager for information. They want to learn more because they want to provide the best care possible. They want to understand what they’re learning.

They keep an open line of communication. They talk to their professors. They keep faculty updated on any issues they’re having before missing class, skipping assignments, or being late. Their professors always know who they are.

They know what kind of learners they are. If you’re an auditory learner, it’s pointless to try reading the book or your notes while your professor is lecturing. Actually listen! Know what kind of learner you are, so you’ll study smarter, not harder.

They support their classmates. The best students lift up the people around them and don’t try to knock everyone down. If they see someone struggling, they offer to form study groups or offer helpful insights.

They know how to manage their time. They prioritize and manage their time effectively. They’re efficient, and they understand their time is valuable.

They make good decisions. If it’s the weekend, and they have an exam on Monday, they’re not going to party so hard that the entire weekend is wasted, forfeited to a couch and a bottle of Tylenol. They know when to study and when to play, and they don’t underestimate the time needed to be prepared for a lesson or an exam.

They’re accountable. They don’t try blaming other people for their actions. If they don’t do well on a test, they think of ways they can improve their grade, they won’t focus on how hard or misleading the questions were.

They don’t read into test questions. When they answer exam questions, they don’t play worst-case-scenarios in their head.

They don’t stay up all night studying. They know that sleep is important, and although they may study hard, they know when it’s time to go to bed! They understand that you don’t retain the information well after an all-nighter.

They realize it’s all about the nursing process. They learn quickly that everything in nursing is about the nursing process. They realize very early into their program that every aspect of nursing involves assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating. Once they realize this, everything begins to make more sense, and care plans become a breeze!

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