By Kristen Ponticelli
I remember being a freshman in Anatomy and Physiology class and thinking “When am I ever going to need to know this?” Believe me; you will need to know it. Everything you learn in your nursing classes is built on your knowledge from previous classes. This is something that I did not fully realize until I was a senior in Critical Care.
I want to give all of you some tips I wish I knew while making my journey through nursing school.
- Use the resources Molloy offers.
Molloy is an amazing place to be. The new nursing lab is beautiful. Make sure you use it. Do not just go in there and chat with your friends because it will not help you in the long run. I know that some of the tasks do not feel realistic on the manikins, but it is important to practice the steps of the tasks. The more confident and comfortable you are with the steps, the better you will be when you have to perform them in a clinical setting.
If you are struggling in a class, do not be afraid to approach your teacher and ask for tips on how you can improve. Go to them early in the semester. Do not wait until the last test of the semester to ask for their help. All of the teachers I’ve had at Molloy do have our best interest at heart and are willing to sit down and talk with us if we need help. You can also get a free tutor by going to the ACE center.
- Develop a study plan.
The information we learn in our nursing classes is information we must remember. It is not information that you can just memorize and forget after you hand in your test. As you get notes, go through them and see what you don’t understand. Start studying at least one to two weeks before each test.
Try to find another person or two to study with. These should be students that take school as seriously as you do. Being able to explain a topic correctly out loud means you understand the topic. Studying with another person is also a good idea because they may understand a topic you don’t and might be able to explain it to you and vice versa.
- Take clinicals seriously.
Clinicals are an extremely important part of our education. I know that at times you may feel out of place on the floors (we’ve all been there). Be confident in your abilities and ask if anyone on the floor needs help. Do not just sit around because it will not help you in the long run.
Although we may be intimidated by our clinical professors sometimes, they are there to help us. Do not be scared to reach out to them and ask them questions. You may think you have a stupid question, but most likely another student is probably thinking the same exact thing.
I have had a wonderful experience during my four years at Molloy, and I’m hoping the same for all of you. Always believe in yourself and you will make it through!
Image courtesy of Kristen Ponticelli.