5 mistakes to avoid in your nursing education

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Anyone who has completed nursing school can tell you where they have floundered in their education. These could be big mistakes (the school they chose) or small mistakes (“boy, I didn’t read that instructor very well”).  Here are five tips to help you side-step the most common pitfalls.

  1. Gain some first hand knowledge of the field before choosing it as a career path
  2. Make a careful assessment of your short- and long-term career goals
  3. Go straight through to higher degrees if your goal is set there
  4. Avoid changing schools and leaving too much time between achieving goals
  5. Accept that nursing school will be a MAJOR part of your life

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5 Responses to 5 mistakes to avoid in your nursing education

  1. Linda

    Realize that nursing school is only the beginning. You will NOT know it all when you graduate; in fact, you will actually know very little about the real world. Find a nurse you believe is a good role model and get her/him to mentor you.

  2. Julie

    Don’t appreciate the LPN comment. I don’t regret starting out as one. I’ve worked along side graduate RNs. They knew theory but nothing about patient care and/or clinical skills. I get what you’re saying but everyone achieves their goals differently. I have no regrets; I’ve enjoyed the path I’ve taken to earn my RN.

  3. Chelle

    Agree with Julie– LPN comment was uncalled for. Getting into RN programs is difficult and most have a wait-list that years long. Starting with an LPN program is a great way to get your start with nursing instead of wasting years trying to get into a RN program.

  4. Leeann

    Sorry. I’m going to be a nurse, but I’ll be using my local community college’s LPN program for the benefit of saving money, then moving on to a university for the RN program.

  5. Char

    I agree with what the others have said about the LPN comment. I just finished the LPN program at my local community college, the reason i started here instead of the RN program? I can get done faster and I can also use this to get into a University that has an LPN to BSN program that is faster to get into than the local community college’s RN program, plus I needed to be able to work and make money to help pay for my BSN, and working as an LPN will help me in the long run. Not everyone has the ability to get into an RN program quickly, and not waste time waiting for an acceptance into the program