Nursing school is very trying and it will challenge you. You need to be patient with yourself and develop strong self-discipline that allows you to stay focused on the end goal. It can be easy to become discouraged, especially if classes are hard, you’re working, taking care of a family, and attempting to still have a social life.
The best advice someone gave me was to make a book that contained all of the positive and good things that happened during my nursing journey; things like cards from coworkers, family, and patients, photos from school, and name tags from jobs. Make it a sort of scrapbook, so when you are having a bad day and want to give up, pull out the book and let it be a reminder of why you do what you do.
Never be afraid to be turned down, and don’t let what others say keep you from going after something. I got a job at Miami Valley Hospital right after I passed my boards. Not only did I get a job in a great hospital, I was also accepted into the Versant RN Residency program. If I would have listened to those people who were negative, I would not be where I am today.
My education at HCON was the best. I was fortunate enough to be able to develop a strong relationship with my professors, clinical instructors and classmates. The overwhelming support and encouragement I received from the staff at HCON pushed me to excel both in the classroom and on the floor as a RN. I am blessed to have had HCON in my life.
Emily Redd, RN, attended our Fairborn campus and graduated from both the PN and ADN programs. Upon graduation and completion of her boards she signed a three year contract with Premier Health and currently works at Miami Valley Hospital in the surgery department.