You got on the honor roll, volunteered, and participated in extra-curricular activities in high school. On top of all that, you did it while juggling with a part time job. You get accepted into nursing school with a scholarship and you feel ready to take on the world!
After going through a few semesters, you realize that your study methods are not enough and that you passed by just a point or two. Now you are barely participating in activities and you may or may not have a job on the side while in college. If you get one more F, you just may get kicked out of the nursing program.
You ask yourself, “Is nursing not for me?” or “Maybe I should have gone into accounting.” You might look for a sign that says you should not give up.
Well here it is.
The only thing that defines whether you should or should not be a nurse is you. Nursing is for you only if you truly want to be a nurse. It is time to think like a nurse and come up with a plan to pass with flying colors.
Think Like Your Professor
You know the materials, but you’re struggling because you can’t seem to choose the best answer. Professors choose questions that are similar to the NCLEX. They like priority questions, select all that applies, and assessment questions. They choose questions that determines your understanding of patient safety. If you want to get ahead of the game, then go to your local library or bookstore and grab a NCLEX book.
You’re not studying for the NCLEX so why would you even think about doing that when you have so much to study for?
If your exam is on the Endocrine Disorder and Integumentary Disorder, then go to those chapters in the NCLEX book and answer practice questions. The more you are used to answering NCLEX style questions, the better you will be prepared for your own exams.
The next time you ask yourself if nursing really is for you, change your question and ask yourself, how can you prepare for your dreams?
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”
– Arthur Ashe