Now is a good time to develop a your work ethic. Preparing to become a nurse you will need to be able to work hard and know as much detail as you can to do this job accurately. Having good study habits and spending plenty of time reading and studying will help prepare you for the work ethic needed to be successful in the nursing. Developing your work ethic and mental strength will help bring you to your goal of becoming a nurse. Being a nurse is a lot of responsibilities as you have other people's well being in your hands. So preparing yourself for the responsibilities that you will be taking on is a good way to get ready for the nursing field. You should also develop your organizational and accuracy skills so that you will be able to prioritize and prepare the legal medical documents as a RN.
Reading publications such as the American Journal of Nursing or Science Daily can help learners stay aware of current trends and issues in the field of nursing. Following these publications also provides insight into some of the challenges facing the profession in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Hope this helps Jordyn
John recommends the following next steps:
As you are orienting at Baylor (or other schools as others read this answer) the nursing program’s present students and faculty can provide recommendations on-campus/ off-campus organizations. You may be interested in organizations on-campus/off-campus that aligns with your interest. Look to see if non-nursing organizations’ mission, vision, and goals align with the role of nursing. For example, a volunteer organization on campus could provide you experiences in working in various communities to learn about other’s experience, positive aspects, and challenges related to healthcare.
All the best.
American Nurses Association (2021). Nursing students. https://www.nursingworld.org/membership/student-nurses/
American Nurses Association (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements (view only for members and non-members).
I would recommend getting involved in things you are passionate about that revolve around healthcare and/or nursing. It's great to get experience in a hospital or clinic setting as a volunteer or a nursing assistant, as the hands-on experience will help you at the bedside as a nurse. There are numerous ways to get involved outside of that as well, and organizations that are advocating for inclusive healthcare, racial equality in healthcare, and equal pay for women in the field are some things you may want to get involved in. Look into local organizations if you would like, but definitely focus on what YOU care about, not just what looks good on a resume.
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