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Faculty Speak: Tips for Succeeding in Your Nursing Program and Career

by South University
May 7, 2015 Faculty from South University's College of Nursing and Public Health share advice for succeeding in nursing degree programs and nursing careers.

Faculty Speak: Tips for Succeeding in Your Nursing Program and CareerWhile nursing is an incredibly rewarding career, it's also one that takes an impressive level of hard work and dedication. In honor of National Nurses Week, some of our faculty in the College of Nursing and Public Health took the time to share advice for students entering the field and those returning to school to advance their career.

Advice from Sharon K. Broscious, RN, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Program Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs
South University, Online Programs, College of Nursing and Public Health

  • Follow your passion and look for the best fit for your goals.
  • Be committed. Nursing education programs are demanding of student time and attention.
  • Have a plan and several back-up plans!
  • Be open to learning from everyone – not only your instructors but other students, healthcare providers, and patients.
  • Don’t give up because you are challenged.
  • Have a support system or plan in place for child care, transportation, and computer access in case there is an issue with any of these.
  • Be ready for an adventure – there are so many areas where nurses can work, you will never be bored!

Advice from Patty Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN

Adjunct Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice
South University, Online Programs, College of Nursing and Public Health

  • Subscribe to at least one nursing journal. It could be ADVANCE, which is a basic journal and appropriate for a student starting their nursing career.
  • Set aside time to study. Studying occurs on a continuum and new students should be aware that basic knowledge and comprehension are needed, but that nursing is practiced in the areas of analysis and synthesis.
  • Become knowledgeable about the resources that are available.
  • Create a schedule and realistically plan how many courses can be taken at a time.
  • Learn to prioritize, and don't let guilt get you.
  • Make sleep a priority, at least 5 hours a night!
  • Google scholarships and make it a job. Apply for any and all scholarships. My doctoral degree cost me about $15,000 (unheard of), because I made scholarship shopping another job!
  • Ask for help in the home, and get agreement and commitment from family members. Also, thank your family and supporters and remind them you love them!
  • Though a new degree might be obtained, never stop learning.

Advice from Mary A. Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C

Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director
South University, Online Programs, College of Nursing and Public Health

Finding a trustworthy and inspiring mentor can be an amazing asset […] We can each benefit from having someone in our lives who encourages us in a positive and inspiring way to be the best we can be!

The benefits provided by a strong and solid mentor are many:

  • They are a source of positive encouragement and support
  • They can give recommendations and advice based on actual experiences
  • They serve as a tangible example of what you are striving to become
  • They can relate to the path you are about to travel down

Identify your ideal mentor by choosing:

  • Someone you respect and look up to
  • Someone who displays passion and pride in their current role
  • Someone currently in a role that you desire to be in one day

Based on your own experience, what do you think is important for professional success? Share your opinion and what's worked for you in your nursing career on our Facebook page!

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