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What makes a great nurse? what are good methods of studying?

I want to make a positive impact in the world by caring for others, saving lives, and helping others get closer to achieving their goals in life.I am the first in my family to attend college. I am also the oldest of 3, I push myself to be great example for my brothers. Ive been working in a nursing home since I was 16 years old as a certified nursing assistant. Caring for others is something that comes natural to me. I grew up watching my grandmother being cared for when I was a child due to her being shot in the spine and becoming paralyzed from her C7 and down. My little brother was also born with wolf parkinson white (wpw) which is a heart disorder. With either being in the hospital because of my brother and watching my grandmother being cared for motivated me to be someone to help others. I want to be able to save lives one day I want to be the best nurse I can be. I can achieve my goals by attending college with 100% motivation to succeed. Once I become a nurse I want to work in the hospital either in the surgery room, ICU, or Emergency room. working full-time at a nursing home and a full-time student is thought but knowing what an impact I will make in the future pushes me to strive to be the best. What makes a great nurse? I am also diagnosed with ADHD so I have a hard time concentrating and stay focused. what are good methods for studying? #futurenurse #lifesaver #registered-nurses #caring #diligent #firstgenerationcollegestudent #rolemodel #nursing #medicine

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Maya’s Answer

Congratulations on being the first of your family to attend college! I am also a first generation college graduate, and let me tell you, it is the best feeling on graduation day walking on stage and carrying your diploma. You taking the initiative to further your education shows that you are a strong and resilient person so I can only imagine the type of nurse you will be. To answer your first question, yes, it is possible to work and go to nursing school at the same time. Is it easy? No, but it is so worth it in the end and will open up many opportunities for you once you become an RN. While attending nursing school full time, I worked as a phlebotomist at a hospital and was able to balance going to school five days a week and waking up at 1 am on the weekends to go to work. It was tough, but to answer your next question, if you have good study habits and time management, it is possible to both work and excel in nursing school.

Some studying habits I used or saw other people use in nursing school:

- Repetition, Repetition, Repetition: Exposing yourself to your learning material as much as possible will not only help you retain it in your memory, but also understand and apply the material. Some ways I did this is---reading the syllabus and researching ahead of time so I can understand the lesson before going to class. It was also difficult for me to concentrate so sometimes I would do this by watching a video on YouTube or reading my text book if I was up for it. Take notes while you do this. Second, type up all your notes during class, and after class, reorganize the notes so it will be easier to read once your final comes around! Third, I personally like to write out my notes again because it helps me memorize it easier. You can make this fun by buying a cute/cool looking notebook and fun pen colors. :)

- Always look up something you do not know and try to UNDERSTAND it rather than just memorize. It will be a lot easier to apply as a nurse and will be helpful for NCLEX style tests. Also, ask or email your professors if you do not understand something you learned in class that day.

- Mnemonics: These personally helped a lot, and you may already learn some in nursing school, but it's even more helpful to come up with them on your own. You can even make up a funny song or acronym to make it fun. :)

- Work together with trusted classmates and make a google doc of all your notes for a study guide. I recommend to do this with only 2-4 people and classmates who actually follow through with their work. I personally didn't use this option often but I saw many classmates do this.

Hope this helps, good luck Yesenia, I believe in you and know you can do it!

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Good methods of studying start with time-management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>