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?

Facts about Nightingale College and Its Learners

Facts about Nightingale College

What should you know about Nightingale College and its learners besides the fact that the College specializes in nursing education and our learners are on their way to serving their community as nurses? Making the decision to enroll in any nursing school takes considerable thought. Such a decision requires enough research to find the best school that fits your needs. While it may seem that many schools are the same, the smallest differences may be the deciding factor. The main point is to always look at all the options before jumping in with both feet, especially with such a big decision.

To help make your research easier and to show what Nightingale College offers, here is a list of just a few milestones and facts. However, we suggest not just relying on what we say in this article but contact our Admissions Advisors by clicking here to learn more about the College and its nursing education programs.

Nightingale College proudly offers nursing education programs that challenge learners with the latest evidence-based concepts and train learners the necessary skills to treat patients in a variety of environments. One of the most attractive aspects of the nursing profession is career stability and mobility. With over one hundred nursing professions, nurses have the ability to practice in different health fields and the opportunity to advance quickly, if determined to do so.

Up and coming Nightingale College revolutionizes the way nursing education is delivered. Check out seven of our main facts we’d like you to know.

Nightingale College is a full-distance (blended) nursing program. A main advantage to Nightingale College is the ability to deliver nursing education online. Learners have access to a portal that houses their classes, assignments, discussions, and exams. However, not all nursing education can be instructed online. Nursing learners need hands-on training. We help learners receive the necessary training through our on-ground labs, simulations, and clinicals. Our on-ground components allow learners to learn and practice the skills needed when providing patient care. Learners are supervised and instructed by one of our faculty members.

Coming to school and sitting in a lecture hall for a few hours is not the way we do it nor do we think it is the best way to learn. However, attending a program that has any online component entails the learner to be accountable for their success in the program. Skim through our blog to find helpful articles on communicating online and attending class online.

Nightingale College has an RN-to-BSN Program. We know how important nurses are to their communities and the impact they have that surpass the community boundaries. Nurses are able to influence health care. To become a licensed nurse, nursing learners need to graduate from an ADN Program then pass the NCLEX-RN. However, until recently, nurses did not have to pursue higher degrees to remain a nurse. With the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80% of nurses be BSN prepared, health care employers are beginning to see the importance of having BSN-prepared nurses on staff. Currently, many open positions list a BSN Degree as a preferred qualification.

We want our learners and nurses to succeed, so we designed our RN-to-BSN Program to help licensed nurses get their BSN Degree quickly and locally. The Program features full-distance delivery with two projects (Community Health Project and employer-focused Capstone Leadership Project) to help BSN learners advance their knowledge. Nursing is a profession requiring lifelong education. We want to make sure our nurses in the community are educated and providing quality patient care.

As a bonus, our ADN Program alumni receive $50 off per semester credit with the Alumni Tuition Waiver. It is important to prepare for your future as a nurse whether you are still in nursing school, a new nurse, or veteran nurse. Click here to visit our RN-to-BSN Program website.

Nightingale College features accelerated programs. Accelerated may scare some away, but for those who are up for the task, come join the fun at Nightingale College. Our programs are meant to be completed at a quicker pace than other nursing programs. As an option for people pursing nursing as a second career, our program’s method of delivery (see first point) allows learners to continue to work while attending school. We do not recommend working full time but we have seen it done by many learners who were successful. It just takes organization and dedication to sticking to a set routine. Check out our recent article on juggling studying and a full-time job. Click here to read our post.

Nightingale College is accessible to learners in various states that have been approved. Part of our mission is to bring nursing education to rural communities and communities that are struggling with the nursing shortage. Communities do not benefit when residents leave to attend school, often times not returning after graduation because of the available jobs in larger cities. We discovered that residents who are educated locally tend to stay local after graduation. We are dedicated to helping our rural communities provide nurses who are qualified and passionate about serving their neighbors.

To learn the states we have partnerships in, visit our DDC-dedicated page and click on Prospective Learner. Click here to head on over.

Nightingale College trains confident, competent, and compassionate future nurses. In today’s world, it is all about having the confidence to know you are doing right by your patient, the competence to understand the needs of your patient, and the compassion to help them along the way. Our curriculum is grounded in the three C’s of the College. Learners are introduced to the three C’s right when they attend New Learner Orientation. Do you think you have the confidence, competence, and compassion to be a nurse? You’ll need to apply to the school first to know if you are tough enough to be a nurse. Challenge accepted?

Nightingale College uses unique terms. As you have already deduced, we use “learner” in replace of “student.” A student, according to Merriam-Webster, is one who attends school or one who studies. A learner, by definition, describes an individual who gains knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience.

Why did we make the switch in terminology? Learners immerse themselves in nursing concepts, become curious to why certain things occur, and ask questions. When these three actions occur, we know the act of learning is effectively transpiring. The challenge to learners embodies full understanding of a concept with internal and external motivation of providing great patient care. Students emulate what they assume the instructor wants to see and receive knowledge to only pass the test and class. The challenge to students incorporates knowing concepts for a brief period of time with internal motivation of passing the class as center focus.

We challenge our learners to gain the knowledge and skills that will mold them into nurses, information cemented in their brain so they ready to better serve their patients. We encourage them to become lifelong learners as health care is an ever-changing and advancing field.

Ultimately, it is better to be a learner of something than a student of something.

Another term that is unique to Nightingale College is the use of “collaborator” instead of “employee.” Just as a heads up if you do come across the term.

Nightingale College has high interest in rural health care. As mentioned above, the current status of health care in our rural communities is worrisome. These communities are being affected to a higher degree by the nursing shortage than their urban counterparts. To advance the discussion, more and more people are retiring in rural areas to escape the busy lifestyle. Population in rural areas grow although the younger population migrate to other locations. Who is there to care for the community when the younger generation chases opportunities outside of the small community?

We want to help residents stay local to serve their family, neighbors, and community. Additionally, we want to help rural health care facilities staff their units with quality nurses who have a means of advancing their education past a CNA, LPN, and ADN level.

Nightingale College Learners (Our Favorite Subject)

Nightingale College offers a fun, education-focused environment designed for learners serious about their nursing future.

Nightingale learners are self-motivated future nurses. Can we boast a minute about our nursing learners? One thing each learner has in common with their fellow cohort is their determination to succeed. With a blended environment, learners need to be motivated and accountable to stay on top of didactic learning and online discussions and assignments. They are responsible for asking the right questions, which can be difficult to learn when first engaging in an online environment.

Nightingale learners are looking to serve their community. Learners supporting our own mission helps us deliver better service to communities. Banded together with the help of our learners, the College is able to work with health care facilities to support local education and local employment.

Nightingale learners are dedicated learners who are ready to serve their communities as nurses upon graduation (and after passing the NCLEX-RN). Enough said.