How to Survive Nursing School
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How to Survive Nursing School

Now that you have been accepted and are attending nursing school you may find yourself after your first week of classes asking "How am I going to survive at this rate? With this much information, in such a short time?" The pressure on students studying in this field can be overwhelming! However, there are many ways to help you survive.

Now that you have been accepted and are attending nursing school you may find yourself asking "How am I going to survive at this rate,with this much information, in such a short time?" The pressure on students studying in this field can be overwhelming! However, there are many ways to help you survive.

It takes about 7 hours of sleep  for information to move from our short term memory to long term memory. At the rate of which you are receiving information in nursing school, sleep will be crucial. Without it you will find yourself not remembering much of what you learned in your 17 credit hour quarter. Which in turn will make the following quarter, even harder. So make sure you always get a good nights sleep.

Peppermint is good for the brain. Peppermint brings mental clarity, and your busy brain needs it. Add mint to your diet. Wether it be peppermint tea, or sucking on peppermint candies. You can add mint leaves to your salads or pastas. You can also go an aromatic route by applying an essential oil in the peppermint scent to your wrists or neck. The extract can also be poured into your bath bringing much relaxation, and clarity. These oils can be found at almost any health food store and usually for under $10.00 a bottle.

Eat healthy every day. Certain foods allow the brain to function better. Eggs in particular help with memory improvement while salmon will help you think faster. Blueberries will help with long term memory, while adding flaxseed to the diet will improve senses. Foods high in protein yet low in carbohydrates will wake up the brain. Proteins provide amino acids which in turn make neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters carry signals from one brain cell to another. They need fed to function properly. The better you feed them, the better they will work for you.

There is a wonderful Website that I found that was designed for nursing students to study. If you go to www.studystack.com you can find games, flashcards, practice tests, etc. and you can even make your own to submit. You can also purchase discounted flashcards, coloring books, and other learning resources on websites such as craigslist, eBay, half.com. The coloring books come in handy when studying the human body. It may sound corny to color in a coloring book in college, but it truly does work. It is also relaxing.

Buy and make a lot of flashcards! Put them on a ring and carry them everywhere you go. Pull them out in line at the grocery store, at the bank, or any time you have a few free minutes. By having them on you at all times, you can study without even realizing you are studying. While in nursing school one must be submerged in the material. It must be seen in the car, on walls in the house, on the refrigerator, mirrors, etc. By doing this the information is coming in sections, consistently. Your success rate will be much higher, once submerged.

On test day wear bright colors! Brighter colors stimulate the brain. You can keep your brain awake by wearing something bright if you attend a school that allows you to choose what you wear. If you have test anxiety wear blue. Blue has been proven to be more relaxing and soothing for the brain. Don't forget to eat light, but healthy prior to taking your test also. A heavy meal will make it harder to focus, and allow room for drowsiness.

Lastly, green tea will help enhance your mood. The polyphenals aid in dopamine production which is key to keeping a postive mental state. It is also a natural form of caffeine. Mixing green tea and peppermint tea wether you drink it iced or steaming hot, will do amazing things for the brain.

"Take good notes and never miss a class. Get a study group, and get it fast! Say a prayer and hold on tight, everything is going to be alright."

© 2010 Angela Bininger

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