Keep your Enemies Close, but your Classmates Closer

I really like finding Nursing School articles. I think that with more knowledge comes power.
When I do come across cool articles I like to share them with everyone so here you go!

How to Become Close with Your Classmates in Nursing School

Posted On: September 4,2013 | Written By: Kendall Kilander

build relationships in nursing schoolWe know nursing school is tough, but you’ll find strength in numbers. In Olivet Nazarene University’s accelerated nursing program, you’ll travel through the 16-month program with the same group of classmates (your cohort). You’ll spend a lot of time with your fellow nursing students, so we’ve come up with three ways in which you can become closer with them.

1. Introduce yourself to as many other students as possible.

Don’t wait for someone else to approach you. Take the initiative to reach out to the other students in your cohort. Throughout nursing school, no one will be able to relate to you better than your classmates. Chances are people in your cohort will have had many different life experiences. You won’t want to miss out on all of the valuable insights that your classmates have to contribute.

2. Form study groups outside of class.

Our nursing faculty will be available to answer your questions throughout all of your nursing courses, but your classmates are also a great resource! The best way to study is to teach someone else. Take turns teaching tough concepts to the other members in your study group. If you can correctly and thoroughly explain the course material to your classmates, you’ll be well prepared for any exam. Remember, everyone can benefit from group study, even if you usually prefer to study alone, and time spent with a group should not replace individual study.

3. Take interest in your classmates’ lives outside of nursing school.

This last tip is to help you connect with your classmates. You’re going to want the support of your cohort. But, it’s a two-way street. Take an interest in their lives outside of nursing school. Whether you’re a recent college grad or an adult learner, nursing school isn’t easy. You’ll seek the support of your classmates. Between your coursework, clinicals and study groups, you’ll spend a lot of time with your classmates. You should make an effort to get to know each other personally.

New School Year New You!

The first week has sailed by, and now we (as I), am on to the second week. This post is a tad bit late. However, I figured some may not have been fully prepared for this new school year. The saying goes:

Better late than never.”

And I am so serious, I stand by this quote although I should not! When in all actuality, if you FAIL to PREP, you are PREPPING to FAIL! No one likes failing so, I think it is a good time to PREP. For those that have already prepped for the already started school year, let’s go ahead and let the ones that haven’t, prep (me…sort of!)

New School Year New You

Get Organized || Some professors have their syllabus already online for you to print out. They are actually trying to help you out by giving you a sneak peek into the semester’s roller coaster of a ride.  I printed all of the syllabi I could get my hands on. I also, went ahead and bought all the necessary school supplies I need in order to separate each class. My blue folder for one class, yellow for one class and purple for another. The same goes for all of my binders. I also purchased a large family calendar so that I can track what is going in class everyday and every week. By doing this I could also write down Dave’s schedule and that way we can both see what the month holds. Oh yeah, and be sure to be active in KEEPING organized, it is easy to become organized the hard part is staying organized.

Make a Routine || I’m pretty sure I’ve heard a bout making routines a bazillion times, so I’m sure everyone else has heard it once before. Well I’m here to say it another time! In all seriousness routine making a following is key to having a swift morning, midday and night. Your body and mind will get to know what comes next in line. Routines really do help to make things run smooth and get you in the habit of  knowing when to start and stop your homework, or when to stop with your down-time and hop on your study-time. For me, in the morning I take my dogs out, make coffee, feed the dogs, pack my lunch and sometimes dinner. The I pack Dave’s lunch, hit the shower, get my clothes on, pack my bag and sit outside with Dave and part for the day.  My evening  and midday routine has not been set. All I do thus far, is go to class ( I use the same stairway), then use the computer lab til 2:00 pm and then study for my next and head to my next class at 4:00 pm. Putting alarms in your mobile devices help you to keep on track with your routine.

Get a Designated Study Area || DSA…designated study area, which is really self-explanatory.  Find a good area to study that will not distract you. I don’t like the library because their are too many snickering people there. I go to the commons and sit there or I stay in an out of sight place outside.  This helps me A LOT!  Also, Dave and I turned a closet space into an office and I study there when I am at home otherwise I’d find myself leaning over to catch what he’s watching! -__-

Once Again Make a Routine || I’m pretty sure I’ve heard a bout making routines a bazillion times, so I’m sure everyone else has heard it once before. Well I’m here to say it another time! In all seriousness routine making a following is key to having a swift morning, midday and night. Your body and mind will get to know what comes next in line. Routines really do help to make things run smooth and get you in the habit of  knowing when to start and stop your homework, or when to stop with your down-time and hop on your study-time. For me, in the morning I take my dogs out, make coffee, feed the dogs, pack my lunch and sometimes dinner. The I pack Dave’s lunch, hit the shower, get my clothes on, pack my bag and sit outside with Dave and part for the day.  My evening  and midday routine has not been set. All I do thus far, is go to class ( I use the same stairway), then use the computer lab til 2:00 pm and then study for my next and head to my next class at 4:00 pm. Putting alarms in your mobile devices help you to keep on track with your routine.

Get an Amazing Planner || Some people, not I, think that planners are overrated! I say, for me, they are very much needed! I would lose my mind, marbles and all the above! I also place sticky notes in my planner too! I am planner and list obsessed and I like it that way. It keeps my organized, and when I do forget to write things down in my planner I think I have nothing else to do!  I accidentally double book appointments and I’ll have to cancel one, which is why I write down almost 98.9% of my thoughts and plans into my planner. I Erin Condren’s Life Planner. She’s got planners for EVERYTHING and she adds to her website almost daily! I also enjoy these planners as well: May Books and FiloFax.

Gather up Some Support || We look to Tumblr, Pinterest and a bunch of other social media websites for “inspo.” My Tumblr is filled with fitspo and fashion inspo! I also have a ton of “careerspo” to keep me motivated, to support me when I feel like giving up. Trust me go on Pinterest or on Tumblr type in your career of choice, or even what you are taking during the semester and you will find people who are struggling with the same things as you.  My favorite support on Tumblr would be  Total Pre-Med Move.

Stop, Drop, & Organize [no.2: Resume and Cover Letter]


Stop, drop, and organize

We all know that our ability to speak or our lively personalities will not be the only factor getting us that job. In order to even get that interview an impressive resume must be in order. If you don’t know where to start you can see counselor or a school adviser. I sat down with the internship adviser at my school and she was very thorough with me.
Your resume is more like your first impression. You have to put yourself in an employer’s situation. If you have 100+ resumes to read how would you pry through all the applications and resumes? Most read some and some read most. (hehe). But seriously don’t assume that the employer will read the entire resume.
Did you know companies that receive a multitude of applications run a computer program that scans resumes for the same keywords they used in the job description. So when you write your cover letter use the same keywords that the company has used in the job description.

Resume and Cover Letter

Name and Contact Info
Include all your basic information and your blog or website as well. Make sure that before submitting your blog information you have all typos and errors cut out.
Career
Right after you contact information include main highlights of your career so far. If you don’t have any yet just include highlights of jobs that you’ve worked while going to school.
Education
Here is where you will type universities or colleges that you have attended. Also include the major that you were or are pursuing. It is also good to mention any workshops, semminars, or courses that you have taken that are related to your career.
Keywords
Include keywords that were used in the job descriptions of the jobs you are interested in. If you don’t have any keywords off the top of your head do some searchin’ and find some words. When you do this do not go over-board when putting them in your resume.
Employment History
Begin with the most recent job position and then work your way down. Mention any accomplishments during each position. If you have none then do not include one for that job. It is important to showcase your skills, awards and achievements.
Professional Memberships and Interests
Mention all of your volunteer work, and hobbies. This is where you want to show the company that you are a well-rounded individual.