Lifestyle Changes That Prepare You for Nursing School

Two important factors in determining how well you do in nursing school are your initial attitude and outlook. There's no denying that becoming a nurse is rigorous. While anxiety is normal when facing a new challenge, you can improve your chances of success by preparing properly.

Millions of currently employed nurses will attest nursing school is challenging, you can succeed with adequate preparation. This article will show you five lifestyle changes to help you succeed in nursing school.

Lifestyle Changes to Help You Succeed in Nursing School

Here are some lifestyle changes you can adopt to help you attain success in nursing school:

Make a timetable

When you learn to make the most of your time, you can have a more satisfying and successful nursing school experience. If you want to succeed academically, you need to make the most of your peak cognitive hours. You also need time to relax and care for yourself. By sticking to a schedule, you can keep your stress levels down and get everything done.

Have a deep understanding of medical terminology

To ease the strain of starting nursing school, you should get familiar with common medical terms and phrases. Read as many nursing-related articles or blog posts as you can find. Becoming familiar with medical lingo prepares you for success in school and the rest of your career.

Be organized 

It's safe to say that every single nursing student has felt completely overwhelmed at some point during their studies. You can easily feel helpless and overwhelmed with the huge load of work at school. If you're struggling with anxiety, you may find that a bit of organization goes a long way.

Staying organized is as easy as getting yourself a day planner or downloading a calendar app and using it to keep track of due dates for tests, projects, and other activities. Marking the dates in a calendar gives you a little more control over your time. This is because you can block out certain days or certain hours of the day to dedicate to your studies. Write down tasks that you consider absolutely necessary so that you can set your priorities right. Begin with the easiest task on the list, and keep at it until you get to the most difficult.

One of the best ways to make the most of your study time is to have a well-organized study area. Turn off the TV, radio, and anything else that could prevent you from concentrating on your work. Make sure you install adequate lighting and a comfortable place to sit. Taking these steps will allow you to study for long periods without dozing off.

Get Ready to Read Quite a Bit

Be prepared for days when your assignments will choke you. One way to prepare for such days is to have a proper study routine.

The best way to learn something is to practice doing it over and over again. Trying to memorize everything in one sitting is counterproductive. Separate the difficult sections into manageable chunks. Read and digest each section, then summarize them before moving on.

Have a sleeping routine

Getting a good night's rest can improve your mood, mental clarity, reaction time, and physical health. Adequate sleep is crucial if you want to maintain your health and concentration levels throughout nursing school.


As you prepare to get into nursing school, the life changes discussed in this post should help you. Beginning nursing school on the right foot by prioritizing your mental health and developing good study habits can profoundly impact how you feel throughout your time there.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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