5 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Become a Nurse

5 Reasons to become a nurse

What does it mean to be a nurse? While there are many answers to this simple question, anyone who is a nurse will describe the meaning differently. From taking care of patients who are at their weakest to having the opportunity to change the entire experience for a patient, there is no doubt nurses bring a lot to their communities.

Here are five reasons why now is the time to become a nurse:

1.Nurses are in high demand. Did you know that there is a nursing shortage? A nursing shortage that over one million nurses are needed to remove the need?

The nursing shortage is experienced by both large and small communities. Within your own community, there are health care facilities in need of trained and qualified nurses to help take care of patients. In many facilities, the nursing shortage has become more of a concern.

Facilities are not able to provide enough nurses to maintain staffed units. Understaffed units lead to a risk in the quality of patient care provided. Facilities are highly motivated to bring competent nurses on staff that they have developed recruitment strategies such as sign-on bonuses that are very attractive to job-seeking candidates.

The numerous nursing positions available across the country give nurses the freedom to relocate easily at any point during their career.

Why not join a profession that not only helps you grow but a profession that will celebrate having you on board?

2. Nurses enjoy financial and career stability. Widely known is the handsome salary nurses receive annually. To review nurse salary by state, read our latest blog article Nurse Salary by State: Which US State Pays Better. According to the article, a nurse’s salary may reach as high as $94,000 per year (see California statistic).

While we don’t endorse becoming a nurse strictly for the financial gain it provides, the nursing profession offers a sense of financial security that many other careers do not.

Likewise, nurses have career stability and mobility. An important factor is ensuring that the career path you have chosen will be able to sustain you for years to come. Nurses will always be needed in patient care. For example, patients have more interactions with nurses than they do with their doctor.

Again, nurses are in high demand.

3. Nurses are one of the top most trusted professions. Gallup Poll released research that showed nurses ranked the highest for the 15th year straight for ethics and honest. Check out the research by clicking here.

Joining such a prestigious profession lends a sense of beyond self, respecting humanity, and integrity (which, by the way, are three Nightingale values).

Enjoying work is the key to a happier life. While nurses experience many situations that are devasting, they still have the opportunity to make a difference in their patient’s life. What a rewarding career to choose.

4. Nurses are endeared and loved by their community. Have you heard the numerous stories told by nurses of how they ran across past patients and their families, and were thanked for what they did? Can you imagine how it would feel to be appreciated for helping someone in their most vulnerable, weakest moments?

A popular quote by Maya Angelou, “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Everyone can reflect on an experience they had with a nurse. Why not be the person they remember as their “superhero?” Not all superheroes wear capes. Sometimes they rock scrubs and slip-resistant shoes.

5. Make the jump and become a nurse like you have always wanted to be. Many people go about their lives without pursuing their dream job. Why? Maybe because of time. Maybe because of financial burdens. Maybe even because they believe it is too late to be a second-career adventurer.

Whatever the reason may be, toss the idea aside and evaluate where you are and where you want to be. Eventually, you will conclude all these reasons are only excuses that are barricading you within your comfort zone.

Make the most out of your life and enjoy a career that is rewarding, challenging, and constantly giving back.

Start by researching nursing schools that fit your need and get moving! It is up to you to make your dream career happen.

Nightingale College’s President and CEO, Mikhail Shneyder, said, “Although your educational journey may be difficult at times, you will reap the reward of utmost satisfaction when holding your nursing diploma for the first time and nothing will ever compare to the fulfillment that improving and saving the lives of others will bring!”

Are you ready to get started on your nursing journey? Can we recommend Nightingale College? Check out our ADN and RN-to-BSN Programs.

We are ready to help you become the nurse you have always dreamed of being.

Become More Focused to be More Productive: Productivity Distracters


How does your focus rob you from reaching a high level of productivity? Let’s explore.

It’s ten o’clock Tuesday night (or any night, you pick). Wanting to get enough sleep to attend the early morning clinical you have been assigned to, you decide to get to bed at a decent hour. Tucked into bed, your eyes are glued to the brightly lit screen. One more pass, scrolling mindlessly through your Facebook feed. Before you know it, an hour—maybe two—have passed. Fast forward to clinical the next morning and you are exhausted, not ready to tackle the day nor have the focus to learn.

How about another situation? Imagine this. You sit down motivated to start studying for the big final exam that will determine whether you pass the class. Checking your schedule, you’ve set aside three hours to dedicate to throwing yourself into your studies. Note cards positioned right above the pencil, a bottle of water and snack at the ready. Twenty minutes in, a ring disrupts the silence. Lucky for you, your friends just commented and liked your post, sparking a conversation that has you smiling ear to ear and laughing. Finally, you check the clock an hour and half have slipped passed without notice.

Let’s explore one more example. Today in class, you are learning something new and something that you really didn’t understand from that week’s reading. The instructor is reviewing the subject in detail. Hammering on every possible angle and answering questions that would have been helpful to know, but you missed it. You weren’t focused. Instead you were stealthily checking your phone. Going through your emails, replying to texts about the weekend plans, and quickly clicking on every Facebook notification that rang on your phone. Refocusing on the class topic after all notifications have been answered or in the very least reviewed with delicate attention, you notice that you missed every single detail and the instructor has moved on to the next topic.

In each scenario, something valuable to that moment was stolen—focus and ultimately, productivity level. Time is unforgiving and before it is noticed, hours have passed with little productivity.

We are all victims to technology and it is hard to really unplug from our electronics and focus. Focus on bettering ourselves, our knowledge, and our future. However, it becomes more challenging when we are fighting the urge to reply to a text, scrolling one more time through Facebook to watch those quick cooking videos or check out what our friends are up to, and answering less-than-urgent emails that can wait until later.

How many of you reading this have been in such a situation? A situation where you reflect, knowing that you could have been more productivity if only you had unplugged from those darn electronics. Writing this, I know there are more instances than I can count.

Committing fully to nursing school is a continuous effort. Yes, effort because it requires a lot of focus to nail those nursing concepts and skills. After all, a person’s health will be in your hands.

Let’s talk about three strategies to help you become more productive with your time in nursing school and ways to leverage your attention to succeed. Of course, this is not a thorough list but top recommended strategies.

Unplug from those electronics. First, let’s cover the number one distracter: your electronics. Staying connected with others is important. Living in the twenty-first century, technology regulates almost all aspects of day-to-day activities. When it comes to studying and maximizing your focus, unplug from your electronics.

Turn your phone on silent and tuck it away out of view. You won’t be sidetracked when your phone lights up with a message or tempted to reply. Trust me, those messages will still be there when you are ready. If you live with family or roommates, let them know that the time you allotted is your focus time and to not disturb you.

Disable any notifications on your computer that will distract your attention. A computer and access to the Internet does not make is any easier to focus. With a click, you can be looking up the best prices for the vacation getaway that you are looking to book or shopping the latest trends at your favorite boutique. But how will that help with your upcoming exam? It won’t. So, disable your email notifications and do your best not to divert away to the Internet, if is not necessary.

Take frequent breaks. It is reported that a person can normally hold focus for about twenty minutes. Twenty minutes of uninterrupted study time is plenty to get you started on the right foot. Frequent breaks allow you time to get up and walk around, stretch, and grab a snack. Refreshing your mind is crucial to focusing. Focus hard for twenty minutes then take a quick ten minute break.

Have you found yourself often loosing track as you started to drift away from focus to start thinking of other things? Whether it be daydreaming about what you will do to celebrate the end of the semester or your dream job, there is a time for that and it is not during your set study time.

Take time during your breaks to let your mind wander, but make sure you have the power to draw yourself back in to study mode. A great way to get back into study mode is to put on music that helps you focus or take one to two minutes after your break to review where you left off.

Set a to-do list. Many people benefit from making to-do lists. While you set aside time to study, jot down several things you will accomplish during that time. Going to review your class notes from the other day? List it. Wanting to get started on the homework you have been putting off for a few days? List it. Needing to answer a few discussion questions and looking to email your instructor with questions from last night’s reading? List it.

You will be more productive if you know what you want to achieve during the time. Plus, every time you check an item off your to-do list, you will feel more productive.

What are some ways you stay focused and harness your attention to be more productivity?

Looking for help staying focused? Visit with the Learning Advising and Life Resources (LALR) Department and review the services the department offers that can help you and your productivity. Helpful article include Time Management, Study Skills, and Test Anxiety and Studying with ADHD.

The Unexpected Journey to Becoming a Nurse: Meet Brooke Forney

Brooke Forney
Nestled in Pocatello, Idaho, scrapbook-loving and kayaking enthusiast Brooke Forney joined Nightingale College in December 2016. As an adjunct faculty member at Nightingale College and now NCLEX Success Coach, Brooke has the opportunity to not only share her nursing knowledge with our learners but provides individualized NCLEX coaching to help learners build the confidence needed to tackle the NCLEX-RN.

Brooke is an experienced nurse with twenty-eight years under her belt. However, she didn’t start out wanting to be a nurse as she imagined herself as an interior designer.

For me nursing is the most rewarding, diverse, and flexible career. There are numerous opportunities to expand your career in a wide variety of venues. YES, there is a tangible satisfaction in helping others achieve goals, whether it be in health promotion or nursing education. Having an influence on patients, students, and the community is the greatest reward in nursing.

What is your current position and at what DDC are you located?

Adjunct Faculty in Pocatello, Idaho and as all of Nightingale’s NCLEX Success Coach, which came about in the middle of April and I am loving it.

As the Learner Success Coach, how do you help learners succeed? Describe your job.

Our NCLEX Success Coaching Program focuses on both test taking strategies and mindset development. Both are important to be successful on the NCLEX.

What do you love most about being the Learner Success Coach?

Having a license to practice is the only thing standing in your way of earning the coveted title of RN and the salary to pay those loans back, nailing down the job of your dreams, and boosting your confidence that you are prepared to practice nursing. Yes, it’s scary. That’s why Nightingale offers a NCLEX Success Coaching Program to decrease your anxiety, boost your confidence, and increase your competence to pass the NCLEX using evidence from cognitive psychology, NCLEX testing, and mindset research.

What do you enjoy most about being a nurse and now instructor to future nurses?

I like nursing because it’s a profession that never stops giving. You learn new things every day, and the opportunity for growth is almost unlimited. I feel so good inside when I see improvement in my patients and when giving emotional support by holding hands of family members who have just experienced tragedy. It gives me inner peace that I can help somebody.

You have had amazing success with our learners. For learners and even grads getting ready to tackle the NCLEX-RN, what is your advice on preparation and one tip you would provide to them?

I know how hard it is to put your passion to work every day whether it’s in the classroom, hospital, or corporation while managing the (sometimes overwhelming) demands of being part of a rigorous institution as well as a contributing member of your family and your community. I want the learners to know it doesn’t have to eat you alive, that Nightingale is still in their corner.

What school did you graduate from with your nursing degree?

Weber State with my ADN, Boise State with my BSN and soon my MASTERS through WGU.


Nursing learners face challenges throughout their time in school and right after graduation. From your experience, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self just starting your nursing career?

Find a mentor…If your hospital or workplace doesn’t have a mentorship program, it’s a good idea to find one yourself. If you work with a nurse whom you admire and is simply awesome at what they do, you can watch them quietly and learn from how they go about their work. This is a silent mentoring relationship where you just learn through association and observation.

What is your favorite memory as a nurse?

O.M.Goodness…She was a retired military nurse from Hills Air Force Base and worked at Davis Memorial where I was doing my preceptorship in L&D. She was very straight forward and I am a people pleasure so you can imagine the doom! We had a young patient who was delivering her first baby and for some reason she chose not to have an epidural and screaming “I can’t do this! No, No I can’t do it!” This nurse slapped her as hard as you could imagine on her buttocks (which was up in stirrups) and said “Did you feel that? That’s what you do to children so quit acting like one and push!!’ The room was silent and that little girl pushed! She delivered four pushes later. Later that night the same nurse asked me what I was going to name my baby but before I could answer, she replied “Sha-thead?” and giggled. That is not the way a L&D nurse spells this particular name…I’ll let you figure it out.

Some people follow their “dream jobs” from childhood. Did you always want to be a nurse? What attracted you to the field?

No, I was going to run off to the big city and be a famous graphic artist or interior designer but then I married and started thinking of children and my spouse still needed to finish his degree and the next-door neighbor told me she was going to nursing school and how much money they made. As soon as I started school, the bug bite me and I have loved every minute of it.

What brought you to Nightingale?

I just started into education at St. Luke’s in Boise, Idaho when we relocated to Pocatello. There was an ad in the paper for adjunct faculty so I sent in my resume. Susan Jero, Chyleen Tucker and I met for a late lunch and by the end of the meeting, I was talking to Ms. Jero as if I had already had the job. We all laughed and I have enjoyed being part of Nightingale ever since. Absolutely love it here!

What are three characteristics every nurse should have?

  1. Honesty – to yourself and others
  2. Integrity – or your dangerous to others
  3. Passion – if you don’t have the passion you will never be happy

Where are you from?

Pocatello, Idaho but after I married, we lived in Logan for 17 years and I would move back in a heartbeat.

Share three of your hobbies.

  • Scrapbooking
  • Interior Design
  • Kayaking

What is one thing on your bucket list that you look forward to checking off?

Go back to Europe but this time with my husband and spend an extended time in Ireland. Both my husband’s family and mine are strong Irish.

Goals are so important. We are quickly embracing the second part of 2016. What is one thing you hope to accomplish by the end of the year?

To complete my master ASAP and without killing anyone.

Share two truths and a lie. We will leave it to our readers to figure out what are the truths and which is the lie.

  • Have a passion for Mini Coopers and now own my forth one
  • Love snakes…find them fascinating
  • Want so badly to move in the “Tiny house” community, becoming a learner in materialistic items

What is your motivation in life?

My best friend…my husband Shawn Forney. He is absolutely brilliant to me and is always encouraging me to follow my dreams. Education and continuing education is intriguing to him and I find that passion very interesting and want to share.

Share anything else you would like our readers to know about you.

I am a grandma to one very energetic little boy named Daxtyn. My husband and I have always joked about “who was our favorite child” then Daxtyn was born. Tt was never questioned again! I love this little boy with every breath I take.

Along with Daxtyn, I have two wonderfully handsome boys who are nine years apart and the best of friends. Jacob is 28 and Daxtyn’s father, and my forever baby boy Justin who is nineteen.

We have two dogs: Henry is a 105 pound German Sheppard and Toby our newest member is a mini Yorkie and weighs 5 lbs.

As mentioned above, I had a best friend all through junior high and high school and then life threw us in totally different directions. Twenty years later I reunited with this wonderful man and he became the father my boys both deserved. I can’t imagine my life without him. We have so much in common and spend some of the funniest adventures together. I am truly blessed with all the trials and tribulations my life has given to me.

I am excited about this new journey I have just started with Nightingale and all its employees. I just adore my colleagues in Evanston, Pocatello and Twin Falls and am excited to get to know each of you within the Nightingale walls.

Bests of the Nightingale Blog Posts

Popular Nightingale blog postsThe Nightingale blog consists of articles ranging from nursing school anxiety to test taking tips and career development. With the help of all departments, especially Learner Advising and Life Resources (LALR), we can write on a variety of topics that benefit our learners, graduates, and even users who happen to land on our blog.

But which posts are considered most popular? Here are our top 16 Nightingale blog articles that have been measured on the number of views.

How to stay motivated in nursing school

Popular Admissions questions and answers

How to effectively study and hold down a full-time job

5 tips to beat procrastination

First day of nursing school lab: What to expect

Destress this season in 10 steps or less

A crumpled mess: Why clean scrubs matter

7 tips to overcome test anxiety

Nursing school study apps to try

4 recommended study guides to prepare you for the NCLEX-RN

The interview

NCLEX Confessions with a graduate: Summer Kervin

10 tips for starting the semester off right

14+ tips to get you interview ready

11 tips to writing a memorable cover letter

43 tips to a strong resume

Looking for a specific article? Cruise through our blog posts at www.nightingale.edu/blog.

How to Write a Professional Email

how to write a professional emailLost in a world of informal communication, it is common to not know how to write a professional email. With the average person receiving fifty texts per day (click to read the study), we get caught up in the “lols” and “jks” of today’s communication. Often, it is difficult to find the words that are the foundation to a professional email.

Part of a successful education is mastering the skill of professional email writing. While nurses are seen more hands on working with patients, communication is vital, including written communication.

Instant communication is a benefit of email messages; however, it comes at a high cost. Misspelling, incorrect grammar, and the use of “u” instead of “you” are only a few examples that depict an unprofessional image. Scurrying around to undo a sent email message does not have to be in your future if you learn the basics to professional email writing.

When speaking with instructors and faculty at school, potential job connections, or coworkers, it is important to remember to be professional in all communication. Welcome to the blog on professional email writing.

Here are some tips to help you write a professional email.

Choose an appropriate subject line and make it count

It may be easier to come up with the right subject line after you complete your email. Make it short, sweet, and to the point, but also formal.  Visualize the subject line like the title of a paper; make sure each word is capitalized, and it summarizes the main reason for the communication.

Your subject line is the first thing read by the recipient. Be sure that the subject line makes the right impression and is not misleading. A great email subject line can set the tone for the remainder of the email. No matter what tone you are interested in relaying, professionalism is key.

Make sure you address who you are emailing and say hello

You may just address the person with their name (using Dr., Mrs., Ms., Mr., etc.) or say Hello (then add their name). Refrain from using “hey” or “hi”. This isn’t any old email being sent out to a dear friend. Take your reputation seriously. Make sure the recipient knows you meant to send the email their way.

Address the person in the correct way

Especially in the medical field, it is important to address the recipient of your email correctly. If the person is a doctor, address them as Dr.  If you do not know whether the person is married and they are a female, it is okay to write Ms.  If you do not know the recipient’s title, a quick search on the school or company website might give you the answer.

Make sure you use the proper and formal tone

Remember, this is not a text message to your friend. You must write in a professional tone.  Think about the person you are writing to.  If you are writing to a professor or boss, you want to ensure that the email is as formal as possible.

Always sign your name (first and last)

You may write sincerely or just simply put your name and title. The more popular sign off is simply “Best.” With several different ways to sign off, it can be hard to decipher which sign off is the best for the situation. For more information on sign offs, click here to read 57 Ways to Sign Off on an Email.

An easy way to make sure your email has an appropriate sign off is to select a generic, professional sign off (such as “Best”) and set it on automatic. When you send off an email, every response will have your selected sign off.

Check for grammatical errors and typos before sending

Reread your email and make sure you do not have any grammatical or typographical errors. First impressions cannot be undone with a click of a button as some email can be.  Do not count on spellcheck.  Again, make sure you are using proper English and not abbreviations.

Eliminate exclamation points or all capitals as these can make it come across that you are yelling or in the very least, upset to a certain degree. Lastly, check for run-on sentences.  Remember, you want to write this email as if you were writing a paper for school.

If you are angry, do not send the email just yet

When reviewing your email, if you find several statements that may come across as angry or see several sentences or phrases that are IN ALL CAPS, save the email to your drafts and wait until you calm down before sending it. Once you are calm, go back and check the email.  Make sure you edit it before sending to reflect your calm state.  There may be things in the email that you typed out of anger and do not want to send.

Be professional in all further communication

Great, you’ve sent out the initial email and have received an email response. This is no time to let your professionalism guard down. Continue the communication in a professional manner. While you may be tempted to add some individual flair to the email, it is okay to show your personality through emails, but do so in a manner that will not put your professional reputation in jeopardy.

Still address the receiver of the email in your correspondence.  You may start out by saying “Thank you for your email” or “Thank you for getting back to me”.  Just make sure your writing is consistent.

When you send a professional email, it shows the recipient that you are serious about your education, your job, and their time.

If you need help, please contact Samantha Hanlon, Counselor in Learner Advising and Life Resources.  She is happy to proofread emails and help you write a professional email.

“Please remember to always try to send all instructors and faculty professional emails and use your Nightingale email.  It is great to start practicing this skill before you start your professional career and we are here to help you do that.” – Samantha Hanlon

Nightingale College Announces Accreditation Status of the BSN Program

Nightingale College Official Announcement

Nightingale College celebrates the initial accreditation of the baccalaureate degree nursing program by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 30, 2022 . With such an achievement, the College is able to offer an accredited RN-to-BSN Program to licensed nurses who are ready to take the next step in the nursing education and career. We are excited to share this news with our community and look forward to continue to serve our nursing education in communities throughout Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

“All of us at Nightingale College are thrilled with the CCNE’s recognition of the quality of our baccalaureate nursing program! This achievement brings the College closer to realizing its mission of elevating health care throughout the nation and the world!”

Mikhail Shneyder, President and CEO of Nightingale College

Read our full press release by clicking here.

Nightingale College Welcomes New Collaborators to Team

Nightingale College Official AnnouncementThe Nightingale College collaborators strive to elevate the organization in a manner that helps us achieve our long-term goals to improve communities our nursing graduates serve. But to help us reach our goal, we need our team to consist of exceptional and dedicated individuals. For that reason, we are excited to announce that the team at Nightingale College continues to grow and brings on more talented individuals. This week is the College’s New Collaborator Orientation Week that allows new collaborators to orient to the College and learn more about what the Nightingale Difference truly is.

We’d like to welcome the newest team members to the Nightingale family.

Beth Messinger, Instructor

Judy Elquist, Instructor

Erika Gunter, Instructor

Shane Otis, Instructor 

Amanda Nussbaum, Instructor

Nightingale College Celebrates Spring 2017 Graduating Cohort

Congratulations to the Spring 2017 graduating cohort.

Full Graduation

*We apologize for the absence of sound. We are working on improving this process for our next graduation.

Faculty Address

Delivered by Susan Jero, MSN, RN

How to stay motivated in nursing school

motivated in nursing schoolStaying motivated in nursing school sometimes can be a challenge, especially with those looming exams and strenuous homework assignments seem to keep building up class after class. It is easy to lose motivation during nursing school and fall victim to the nursing school blues. You begin to count down the semesters, maybe even months, to graduation when you are able to celebrate your hard work and take the next step in your nursing journey.

As the days go by, you slowly start to see that motivational triumph losing its effect. Whether it is caused by stress, anxiety, or school burnout, getting out of the rut seems impossible. Go ahead and admit that motivation dwindles away after some time and that you are in desperate need of a pick-me-up. All learners experience burnout and lack of motivation some point during nursing school. The question that needs to be answered now is how to stay motivated in nursing school before you reach the brink of motivational withdrawal. The beginning of the new semester is the optimal time to freshen your mindset with positive and motivational thoughts.

While there are several causes resulting in motivational withdrawal, one thing is constant, which is being in a motivational rut is not productive, effective, or efficient. Nursing school is a commitment requiring 100 percent of your focus and effort; it is energy consuming.

Let’s help you find your motivation.

Celebrate your successes. Even if you are just starting nursing school, it is important to keep celebrating your successes no matter how small or large. A pat on the back for a job well done will do wonders for your motivational health. Arrived to class on time when you struggle with time management? High five! Did well on an exam? Treat yourself with a dessert of choice. Studied until one in the morning but finally understand that one difficult concept? Do something you enjoy to celebrate.

No matter what you deem as success, celebrate it with a reward.

Take deep breaths. Remembering to take deep breaths when things get overwhelming calms down the mind, allowing you to focus on the task at hand. Too many times, learners allow themselves to get overwhelmed and it is unnecessary. You are in control of how you handle tasks and your outlook. Do your best to not let the stress overcome you, depleting your motivation. Next time you struggle with motivation during school, take a moment to just breathe.

Say positive affirmations. Saying one thing and doing it are not the same. However, saying positive affirmations and living by them is an exception to the common saying. By saying out loud positive, motivational statements such as “I can do this” and “Snap out of it! I have to get this done.” all have a positive effect on your conscience. As those troubling thoughts fight their way in, meet it at the door with your positive affirmation(s) and shut the door before you allow the negative thoughts in. Many learners, not just in nursing school, continue to fight with negative self-reflective thoughts that steal their motivation. Don’t let it happen to you. You are a nurse! Fight like one.

Set your goals. It is proven that if you write your goals down and share them with someone you trust, it can improve the likelihood of you completing your goals. Find a few goals that you want to crush this semester, draft them down, and share your goals. Motivation increases when you are able to cross goals off of the list; the feeling of accomplishment and accountability fuels your motivation to continue going. Go ahead and set attainable goals. Let’s see what you can accomplish.

Look for help. School has often gotten the bad end of the stick, being referred to using terms such as fun sucker, lame, and pointless. However, attending a program comes with perks. Utilize the resources available to you like Learner Services. Sometimes all that is needed to spark motivation is knowing that there are people to support you who have endless amounts of resources at the ready. Instructors know first hand what it is like being a nursing learner. If you can’t find the motivation, ask instructors and other learners for suggestions on how to get motivated again.

Discovering motivation can be both internal and external. Look for opportunities, like improving your mindset, that you can do to help improve your motivation. Likewise, search for the external support tools and services that will help you keep going.

What keeps you motivated in nursing school?

Learning the Ropes as a ADHD Learner

Understanding ADHD

Have you wondered if you have ADHD?

ADHD is an abbreviation for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD includes inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which many ADHD learners find it challenging to focus, retain information, and ultimately, learn. While only about 4% of learners are affected, many other learners have one or more characteristics of ADHD.

Here is a breakdown of some of the characteristics of ADHD.

ADHD signs

Don’t assume at first glance that you have ADHD; however, the degree in which an individual is affected by it varies on a personal scale.

If you associate with any of the signs of ADHD and are looking for further information, contact the College’s Learner Advising and Life Resources Department for personalized suggestions and additional information.

ADHD and Learning

Finding it hard to concentrate on learning objectives and retaining information may be a symptom of ADHD. You struggle to keep up with concepts and staying on top of assignments. It makes learning more of a challenge, but your passion to complete nursing school is the only determination you need to keep going. While some may tell you that to learn and stay current in nursing school, a learner with ADHD cannot succeed, we see you as a learner who is excited to learn and become a nurse, but needs a few suggestions to hone those learning skills.

That is why we compiled a few quick tips and tricks ADHD learners can try.

ADHD Information Sheet Download

Download our information sheet on Studying with ADHD by clicking here. With more insights into various aspects of learning and ADHD, our information sheet will get you started in the right direction.

Study Tips and Tricks for ADHD Learners

Before you start: The first step is to recognize that your current learning pattern(s) and habits may be more of a hindrance during your learning times. Simply stated, the way you are studying—whether the environment or study materials—are not helping you, leading you to feel a bit overwhelmed, maybe even stressed.

Understanding the learning style that best helps you will improve your chances of succeeding. Uncover your learning style by reviewing our blog on learning style.

Here are some study tips and tricks that can help you if you have ADHD or any characteristic of ADHD.

  1. If you need help following instructions, try to simplify the instructions to a basic one or two points and go from there. You can either verify this with your instructor or ask if you instructor can help you break it down.
  2. If you need help with notetaking, which many learners need, some good tips are to study with a friend; ask your instructor for more information; take frequent, but short breaks. Contact LALR for more information on how to take good notes, and check out our blog post about note taking! Click here.
  3. If you need help concentrating, you can find a quiet place to study, create a study plan (if you need assistance with this, please contact LALR), avoid all distractions, try meditation and yoga (these are both great for ADHD).
  4. If you need help remembering, try to keep your notes organized and in a specific place, make a list of things you need remember (you can even keep this on your phone so you don’t lose it). If you need help getting organized, please contact LALR.
  5. If you need help with learning in general, make sure you take care of yourself and get what you need. Patience can be hard for people with ADHD, so please come to LALR if you need help with anything. It may also help to figure out your learning style so you are able to learn the most effectively.  You can see our blog post about Learning Styles by clicking here.

Meet Samantha Hanlon, MA, PPS (or our Counselor, Learner Advising and Life Resources)

Samantha is your go-to contact when looking for information and suggestions on a variety of topics including managing ADHD and how to find a study plan that works.

I am more than happy to assist you in creating a study plan and helping you figure out how you learn best.  If you need accommodation in your classes due to your ADHD, let us know so we can assist with that.  Learning can be challenging when you have ADHD, or even a characteristic or 2 of ADHD.  We are here to help you throughout school so you can succeed and learn how to learn with ADHD!