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How to Stay Organized in Nursing School

I will admit it.

I started every semester with the best intentions: super organized, everything labeled, and calendar ready to be filled out with all my appointments.

Week one would involve mass amounts of anxiety due to getting explanation of what was required along with lecture because in Nursing School you don’t just get your syllabi in week one, you get it e-mailed to you ahead of time with reading assignments already expected to be read.

Week two I would start clean and pristine with everything accomplished because the first reading assignments were simple. By the end of week two I had so many loose leaf papers, reading assignments, horses and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident…

Boy, that escalated quickly… I mean that really got outta hand fast!

If you feel this could be you, or have had this be you, or just plain don’t want this to be you, then you are reading the right post.

I would like to extend you an invitation to the pants party… Did I get that wrong?

Kidding, I mean welcome to my tips for staying organized in Nursing School…



Tips for Staying Organized in Nursing School

I’d like to introduce you to the hardest part of my nursing school tips, like the needle poke of the IM morphine. It hurts a little at first but then pure sweet relief is coming your way. Without further ado:

  • Post class session.

I know that once you get done with lecture the last thing you want is to do more school work. Our minds need a break right?

But this is crucial. You need to take 30 minutes and put the papers in the proper place, update your schedule, and check your to-do list.

Speaking of schedule…

  • Schedule your studying times.

I don’t just mean blocking out time to study. I mean make a study schedule that involves the type of studying and the subject. Using this nursing school tip will make the difference!

You may be asking what in the world a ‘type’ of studying could mean. I will explain.

  • Reading
  • Going over class notes
  • Making flashcards
  • Studying flashcards
  • Researching for papers
  • Writing papers
  • Getting papers read by the writing center
  • Attending professors’ office hours.

Being specific with what you will be doing during that time allows you to be more prepared, get more done, and avoid wasting any of ALL that time you have.

¿Se pregunta como hacer esto?

You know I don’t speak Spanish, in English please.

OK, wondering how to do this? Check out these nursing school tips for keeping your schedule understandable and do-able:

  • Color coding
    • Classes
    • Body systems
    • Days of the week
    • Activities

Are you wondering if Crayola has made enough colors to cover this? Or more importantly if you will even remember what each color means??? Yeah I know it sounds like a lot so check out this free color coding guide I wrote for you all.

We have created a fully color coded clinical tool that contains the most important information needed on the clinical floor and also fits in your scrub pockets.  It’s called Scrubcheats . . . CHECK IT OUT HERE

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  • Electronic
    • Calendar

Your calendar needs to be electronic. You don’t have to say goodbye to your hand written calendar if you really MUST have it, but you do need to make everything electronic. Having both makes more steps in your life, just a fair warning. This allows for you to not only change things within the calendar effortlessly but it is shareable so all the people in your life can know what you are doing.

Mom wants to call and chat about her new exercise bike? She can look at your schedule and notice you are in the library right now. Both a distraction for you avoided as well as an upset mother who thinks you might be dying if you don’t answer your phone. And you don’t have to bark twice if you are in Milwaukee.

    • Documents
      • Loose leaf papers

Download the CamScanner app. This allows you to take a picture with your phone, turn the picture into a PDF and email it to yourself. Loose leaf papers can be recycled either through your local recycling plant or in your fireplace (Did your school just lower your heating bill every month and save your back from pulling a muscle? Wut. You are welcome). And for the love of lamp please make folders in your email that correlate to your classes, potential work opportunities and NCLEX information.

      • Flash cards
      • Notes

Take notes on your laptop, save them to your google drive. Make flashcards on your google drive and download them to the gFlash+ app OR use our flashcards that we have already made for you!

  • Make lists

Make lists for the month, week, and day. Check those lists. Make revisions of your lists. Link your lists to your calendar.

Out of all these nursing schools tips I have written about, I want you to know you can do it. These times are testing your sanity, but I found the most ridiculous thing in the world that gets me pumped for the day is a daily affirmation. Look yourself in the mirror and repeat the following:

“Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I am Badass, I save lives, I have many nursing books, and I don’t know how to put this, but I am kind of a big deal.”

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