Starting Out: 10 Ways to Better Prepare for Nursing School

If you’ve just started nursing school or are a prospective student, you probably have some anxiety pertaining to how to prepare for it. Here, we list out ten of the most trusted tips to help you find success in your schooling.

  1. Study for Your Pre-Admission Test

At Roseman University, we require our prospective students to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). It’s a pre-entry test that will allow us to assess your academic preparedness in Science, Mathematics, English, and Reading. We require a TEAS overall score of 58.7%, graded at a maximum of 12 months prior to the date of your application.

  1. Solidify Your Support System

Nursing school can be taxing in many ways for a lot of people. It consumes large amounts of time and requires most of your attention, so having a strong foundation in your network of support can help you find more success in your schooling, mitigating any unneeded stress or anxiety that would compound on top of your already busy workload.

  1. Practice Organization

As we said, you’re going to be busy, and not the type of busy where it’s going to be okay to be unprepared. Organization can help you bring balance to an otherwise dizzying schedule. Between your activities outside of the classroom, friend and family relationships, studying, and clinical, you’ll be happy that you’re already great at organizing.

  1. Be Prepared to Be Tired

If you haven’t got this already, nursing school requires a lot of you. You’re going to have days where you’re exhausted and losing sleep, but that’s just part of it! Be prepared to deal with the tiredness by knowing that you can power through it. We also suggest that you consider investing in some strong coffee.

  1. Stay Hydrated and Eat Well!

We’ve all heard the phrase: you are what you eat, and it’s true! If you put good things in, you’ll always get good out of it. Adapting a healthy diet and reminding yourself to drink your fluids is a great way to keep yourself as mentally alert as possible.

  1. Sleep As Much as You Can

We already warned you about being tired, but the best way to mitigate this is to sleep when you can. If you feel like you’re not performing to the best of your abilities because of the workload you have on your plate, we suggest taking a brief nap. Make sure to set an alarm though! This sleep will help you regain focus and better take on your tasks at hand.

  1. Exercise!

If you’re ever feeling stressed, exercise. No matter if you’re lifting weights or going on a jog, the movement will help you feel much better both mentally and physically. The chemicals your body releases during exercise can make you feel more positive and will help you to deal with the stress of schooling.

  1. Record All of Your Lectures

If you’re not a great note-taker or auditory learner, then recording your notes can be a saving grace. You can listen to them whenever you want and review what was covered if you can’t fully remember.

  1. Make Time For Leisure

We know it’s hard, but at Roseman University, we believe that time for leisure is essential for success! No matter if you’re taking a walk or going on a weekend hiking trip, these breaks will help you come back to your studies feeling more ready than ever to take on anything life throws at you.

  1. Remember Why You Started

Nursing school will be trying, but keeping the reason you started in focus will help you find balance when you’re feeling low. Remember that you’re doing this for the greater good — to help people in need, and to make a difference in the world around you. This should ground you and help remind you why you’re making these sacrifices.  

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Ready to Apply?

If you’re interested in becoming a nursing student at Roseman University, all you need to do is apply! Visit this page and click “Become a Student” to begin your application process.