The beginning of something new is always the most difficult, as you take time to adjust and figure things out. Your first year as a student nurse is no different, but there are ways to make it easier.
Plan your time
Whether studying in person or online, like Wilkes courses allow you to do, you will need to plan your workload and realistically look at how this will fit with your other commitments. First, prioritize your obligations and decide which you can get someone else to help with. If you have children, can your partner or a family member help a little more? Or if now you won’t have time to do the household chores, maybe someone else can do a little more than their share.
Then you can plan out your time and allow a little more than you might need if case study and work placements take longer than you thought they would, or something unexpected happens.
Don’t try to do too much
You might want to impress, but if you try to do too much or complete work quickly, you will probably struggle to take in the information and your work may be incomplete. It’s much better to make use of the time you’re given, take longer to absorb the information and gain a better understanding of what you have been taught. Break down the information until you reach a point where it makes sense, and you can process the next thing. Most importantly, take care of yourself.
Don’t pretend to know something
It might seem like everyone else has the answers, so you should too. Yet, if you’re unsure, you should ask. It might be that others didn’t know either but were afraid to ask. It’s better to ask now, than wait until later when you really should know. Remember, your first year as a student nurse is the time you’ll learn a lot, and nobody expects you to know everything yet.
Rely on others around you
Making friends and forming a support circle with other student nurses will give you people to vent your feelings with if things become overwhelming. You can also ask them questions if you feel unsure. Even if they don’t know the answer, it will be comforting to know you’re not the only one.
You could also try to find a mentor who has been at the stage you are now. They will be able to offer guidance and advice.
Don’t compare yourself to others
It’s easy to compare yourself to someone else, especially if you feel like you’re struggling in one area and another person is breezing through. Remind yourself, they probably struggle in other areas which you are better at. Think of your environment as a place where you work in a team, helping, encouraging and learning from each other.
Remember that the beginning of something new is always the most difficult, as you take time to adjust and figure things out. Your first year as a student nurse is no different, but there are ways to make it easier.