March 3rd, 2021

Nursing School in a pandemic

You'd think going to school would be like being in a vacuum. You only have to focus on getting A's and passing the NCLEX. It's certainly more than that.

But you're certainly more than a student. Even though you want to think ahead, study ahead, plan ahead, remember to be in this very moment. Remember: where you were a year ago today, you were likely working your butt off to get right where you are right now. Celebrate you. Celebrate everything you've accomplished.

Find your resiliency in every accomplishment and choice that brought you to this point.

And as you're going through each class, remember that resilience can be found in so many subtle ways and in the most unlikely people.

Look for the best in every situation and remind yourself why you're here. You're never alone in this journey.

Tags: Managing stress, Mindfulness, Purpose/Meaning, Resilient

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Hi Lorraine:

Thanks for joining our conversation and sharing your perspective. You obviously have a really positive outlook. Have you always been that way? Or did you develop it in the pandemic? If so, do you have advice for others who also want to have such a positive approach to life? Is there something more nursing educators could do to help all nursing students reach that point?

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Hi, Cindy! I think this is such an important conversation to have considering the structure of nursing school has certainly shifted.

Nursing school is hard. And if we start with that honest truth. everything else gets put into better perspective. No matter the circumstances we're in or how privileged some us really are, the level of difficulty of these classes remains unchanged.

It may be easier said than done, but find your people. If it's one person or five, don't isolate yourself from building camaraderie with people who want the same things you do. Zoom makes it more difficult, yes, but that's what makes it so imperative to make it a priority. Commiserate and rejoice with people who will uplift you.

I think being able to have such a positive outlook on life and in certain situations is a privilege. I have been privileged to have had opportunities to foster and grow my perspective.

I think this forum is such a great way to help spread that perspective so that others might not feel so alone.

And as for nursing educators, transparency, communication, and passion are so important. Be transparent with how difficult it is to be a nurse. Communicate ways to be the most successful. And remind yourself why you're so passionate about what you do. Being passionate about your profession will manifest in the way you educate your students. If you find yourself questioning your passion or feel burnt out like many nurses are, be honest, reflect, and share that with your students. Because it's a reality of nursing that people try to prevent, but continues to plague our professionals.

I ask myself every day why I want to be a nurse. It's the foundational question that keeps me motivated to work hard every day. <3