Nurses, What is the best advice you got in high school that has stuck with you?
I hace almost finished my first year of high school and I am taking college course through dual enrollment with a nearby community college. This year has been stressful and I am struggling to stay motivated.
Developing good study skills takes practice and gets easier over time. Remember to stay motivated, stay focused, address weaknesses, and maintain persistence during challenging times. Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career that requires hard work, dedication, compassion, and professionalism.
Study skills are important. Schedule your studying if you need to keep on task. If your chosen community college has a nursing program, see if you can meet some students who have already started the path!
Remember to take care of yourself. Nurses can't take care of patients if they don't practice self-care.
If you are a freshman in HS and taking courses at your local community college, then I'd ask this: are you allowing yourself time and the ability to enjoy other interests? Working in the medical field in any role (or being a student) can be very intense and while it is also rewarding, many people burn out because of the high levels of stress and challenges. Being able to have balance in your life is what will allow you to not only survive in those moments when you will have doubts about your career choice, but give you perspective. Focus, dedication, hard work, and determination are all wonderful traits and attributes, but we are all human and we require time and space away from school and work. This time allows us to develop outside interests, hobbies, and relationships that are removed from our roles and having these other pieces as a part of your life gives you something outside of the job to focus on and enjoy. It grounds us.
If it helps, think of it like this, your identity - who you are as a person - should be much more than your job title. Doing what we need to do should be balanced by doing what we like or love to do. If you can keep that in mind and try to maintain some level of balance, you will be better prepared for the challenges that will inevitably come your way.
Good luck and so great to see someone with such a great start!
Wise words from a very elderly English teacher.
But you asked nurses this question, so I am going to share with you the best advice I received from a nursing school instructor. BE NICE. Always be nice. Patients and their families are unlikely going to know whether you are doing a good job clinically, but they will always know whether you are kind, and that is what they will remember. So both gave the same advice, both are right.
For you, a high school freshman going to junior college, I would say it is important to treat yourself with kindness too. If you are struggling to stay motivated, I would take a hard look at why you are dual enrolling, whether the courses are serving you well (are you taking them to be impressive to colleges, or because you find real value in them?), and if doing so will burn you out before you get to your chosen college major. For nursing, you are guaranteed a nursing shortage for as long as you will work, so trying to get to the top of the group is less important because there just are not enough nurses so you are going to get into school. So my advice. Take courses that excite you, ignite your passion. These will lead you where you need to be. Best of luck!