At long last, your final semester of nursing school has begun. This educational finish line may have seemed like a lifetime away during the past few years of your training. But now, as you begin what will be the final steps in your nursing education, you may be wondering what to expect during these final few weeks before you embark on your professional career. You've probably completed several rounds of clinical training in your program already. However, your final semester's clinicals will take on a different level of significance. You should be prepared for any on the job techniques and procedures you might be expected to carry out. Licensing will depend on your field and what kind of tests you have already completed. Make sure you are prepared and have studied well before each test. Getting a license may also depend on your education.
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Happy Wednesday! I am looking forward to making the transition the the role of a new grad RN, but the process to get there is a bit daunting. Christmas break has been super busy for me between work, holidays, family, and a much needed trip to Florida. I still have been keeping the focus on school though and have used the time to also get organized and prepared for this semester. Obviously the end goal of going to nursing school is to land a job as a nurse! Depending on where you live and what the hospitals and other facilities require you may be applying for jobs during your last semester of nursing school! Some places require you be graduated or even have passed your NCLEX and have a license number before applying. No matter what the situation is you are going to need a resume! I updated mine over break so when I apply it is ready to go. Make sure to include volunteer experience and clinical experience!
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The last semester of nursing school probably seems a bit surreal for many students. If you've dedicated yourself to years of studying, clinical work and more studying, it might feel overwhelming to realize it's all coming to a close, but remember, the end of nursing school is the beginning of a promising career. The last semester is not the time to stress out or slack off, it's the time to buckle down and prepare for the next steps. Graduating from nursing school will assuredly be a rewarding experience, one that brings you one step closer to a profession in nursing. However, there is some groundwork to be laid during your last few months as a student. This is not the time for burnout. With the finish line in sight, it's easy to get a little too relaxed. Nursing school is a huge time commitment and it can be a challenge to prioritize studying over everything else. Remember, now is not the time for burnout.
As a student in a ADN program that just passed 3rd semester, I'd like to get an early start on next semester to help the transition. What do you think I can do right now in this month left prior to the last semester to prepare me to do well? Focusing currently on cardiac. Dec 13, Wait until you get your syllabus for the last set of classes. Get ahead on any papers you're assigned and try to get a jump on whatever NCLEX prep they give you to do. Look at the topics being covered and do some of the reading. I stressed myself out on my last winter break of nursing school attempting to teach myself to interpret EKG's.