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Among the list of common misconceptions about attending nursing school is the one that says that successfully getting through the program means simply making the grade. While studying and absorbing material is essential for anyone planning to build a career in nursing, there is more to making sure you’re getting all you can from your learning experience than simply hitting the books.

Standing out and networking during your time in nursing school could mean having an easier time finding a job in the future, learning more from others based off of their personal experiences, and learning to better connect with others (which is important for anyone in the medical field.) If you’re interested in standing out throughout your time as a nursing student, there are four key steps to follow:

  1. Don’t be shy. The best way to prove that you’re making an honest effort is to ask the questions lingering in your mind. There is always someone who knows something that you don’t, and it’s never a bad idea to try and better understand something you’re curious about. Whether it be something about a lesson in your classes, or about the nursing program you’re a part of, there is no such thing as a bad question!
  2. Be prepared. Juggling your responsibilities will come more easily to those who are organized and plan ahead of time. Coming prepared to class and school, and having a schedule of all of your assignments or test dates, could help prevent the feeling of being overwhelmed throughout your time in nursing school. Aside from benefiting your sanity, being prepared can show instructors and potential co-workers that you are organized and easy to work with.
  3. Work with others. Keep in mind that your peers are moving up with you. Lean on one another for support when you begin to feel stressed out, or don’t understand a certain concept in class. There is always something to be gained by forming friends or establishing study groups with individuals who compliment your strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Go the extra mile. Whether it be by volunteering your free time for an instructor, or getting ahead in assignments, those surrounding you will always appreciate your preparedness— especially your instructors. While you may be busy and have a lot going on outside of your nursing program, it’s important to show that you can 1) manage your time effectively, and 2) give your all.

The biggest takeaway from this? Always do your best. Be organized, show interest, and never be afraid to ask questions, because it will, in the long-run, benefit your career.

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