Congratulations, new nursing students!

Congratulations, and welcome to the North Hennepin Community College Nursing program! This website contains some information covered in orientation that you'll need to begin program. 

Remember, all materials are due to be uploaded to CastleBranch no later than November 15th.


CastleBranch

CastleBranch is the 3rd party vendor we use to process and track the pre-practicum requirements all students need to submit before taking part in clinical. CastleBranch allows students to access and store their required health forms and certifications. CastleBranch is approved by our accrediting bodies, utilized by our clinical partners, and allows for a seamless transfer of information to Metropolitan State University if requested. It is also protected under FERPA guidelines. The Nursing program utilizes CastleBranch to send required information to clinical sites.

There is a one-time $35 fee to establish your account. There should be no other fees associated with CastleBranch. All forms are reviewed by certified reviewers. 

Use this link to create your CastleBranch account: https://portal.castlebranch.com/MN92/ 

Be sure to select North Hennepin Community College -- MANE -- NS97: Student Document Manager to get started. If you select any other college or option, we will not have access to your records and you will be considered incomplete. After collecting all the needed documents, scan or take a photo of them and upload to your account. If you aren’t sure why your submission was rejected, contact me right away kbutler@nhcc.edu If CastleBranch is unsure if a document is acceptable or not they reject it and leave the school to decide. In these cases we often can just override the rejection.

Please watch for messages from CB and check your account frequently to make sure you are seeing if items are accepted or not. Remember to check your spam/junk folder.

After you graduate you can continue using your account, CastleBranch has many professional development tools as well as serving as a secure place to store health records, resumes, etc.

 

If you have any issues, the CastleBranch Student Services is available from 8am-8pm, Monday-Friday and from 10:30am-6:00pm Saturdays at 1-888-723-4263. 


  Background Checks – NetStudy 2.0

  This is a new background check system instituted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It requires an online application which costs $20 (paid for by the college), after which you will receive an emailed form from me to go in to be fingerprinted and photographed. The information on initiating your background study is located in the Health Forms packet (pages 15-17, available via the link in the following section). Please read the instructions carefully.

There is a fingerprinting fee that we are not able to cover and is the student's responsibility - this is $9.10 is paid to the facility where you are to be fingerprinted. There are locations throughout the Metro to do this, they are noted on the form. If you’ve already been fingerprinted and photographed through Netstudy 2.0 at a different school or for work, and you put your social security # on your form, we can transfer the photo and fingerprints to your Metro State account. However, DHS does require a new online application for each entity you are affiliated with.

 Do NOT go to a facility without your fingerprint authorization, which will be emailed to you shortly after you have submitted your background check. The Nursing department pays for the background checks every Friday and emails with the fingerprint authorizations follow shortly after. Further information is located on the fingerprinting instructions.


Health Forms 

The packet must be completed and uploaded to Certified Background by November 15th. We do not accept paper copies at the Nursing Office. This information is also available on the CastleBranch website.Completed and submitted before November 15th (HepB series must be in process if not completed) via Certified Background. There are very specific requirements, and incorrect/incomplete forms will not be accepted -- resulting in extra time and trips to your provider's office. Do not submit forms that are missing pieces, or generally incomplete. 

 If you have one piece of paper that has many of your immunization records on it, it needs to be uploaded into each spot. So for example if the page has MMR and varicella records, you upload the same page into those two spots. Bring a copy of your immunization records for your provider to review when you have them sign your healthcare provider signature form. Make sure they sign, check all needed boxes, etc. If you are having trouble finding your immunization history, a good place to check is with the Minnesota Department of Health here   https://apps.health.state.mn.us/redcap/surveys/?s=FPMPPRFAWF 

Students who are currently registered and taking classes also have access to the Campus Health Clinic, which is located on the second floor of the Campus Center.  

Tuberculosis Information: The 2 step TB name is a misnomer, it really requires 4 separate steps. Going in to get an injection under the skin on your arm, then coming back later to get it read is 1 step. So a 2 step TB test requires you to do this process twice.   Make sure to upload both steps of a 2 step together as one submission. So if you originally uploaded just 1 step, and now you have the 2nd step, upload it all together as one document. You will need an annual one-step Mantoux to check for exposure each calendar year. 

If you’ve had a positive test and are submitting a chest x-ray, make sure to also have your provider fill out a symptom survey (which is available on CastleBranch if your provider doesn’t have their own). Submit the chest x-ray and the survey together as one document.

 


CPR/BLS Certification

 Completed and submitted before November 15th (American Heart Association: BLS for Healthcare Provider is the only accepted certification - Heartsaver does not meet clinical requirements) via CastleBranch. We recommend locating a CPR training through heart.org, the official website of the American Heart Association. 

 


Student Handbook 

The Student Handbook is located on D2L under Nursing Program Information (students will be added to this exclusive group shortly), and the Student Verification form relates directly to it. Please read through. Updates to the handbook will be published annually.


Dress Code & Reminders

Dress Code and Uniform Information. The Nursing program utilizes AllCustomWear as our uniform supplier. They also provide the required patches, sewn on, at no additional cost. AllCustomWear will be at the orientation sessions with samples for students to try on before purchasing online, and there will be a bulk order available at orientation for uniform/supply pickup over the summer. 
    Website: http://store.allcustomwear.com/nhcc/
    Username:  student
    Password: nhcc

Acquire Clinical Supplies prior to class start (wristwatch with sweep hand, bandage scissors, stethoscope with bell and diaphragm, adult blood pressure cuff).

Set-up Financial Aid/Payment arrangements as soon as possible. Financial Aid is located in ES-48. Students who have not made arrangements cannot be covered by college provided liability insurance and therefore cannot complete the required clinical. Students will pay a fee each semester for ATI, which is attached to the core course as a fee. Students will pay the ATI fee with tuition.

Register for Classes and Purchase Books! Registration for classes is on a first-come, first-serve basis and begins on November 3rd for Nursing students. If you have issues registering, please contact the Records and Registration department at (763) 424-0719. There are no holds for preference between lab times. Students with Advanced Standing should only register for NURS 2720 (Transitions) and NURS 2750 (Nutrition); all other students should register for NURS 2700 (Foundations) and NURS 2750 (Nutrition). 

Books are available in the bookstore, and Financial aid charging begins in January. The bookstore offers a number of titles in bundles from the publisher at a savings. The official book list will be posted in D2L. 

The Bookstore website will have three options for the bundles - a seven book set available in print, ebook, or print with ebook access. Each book comes with online content for free; the ebook allows you to access the full text electronically. For further training on using eBooks, visit Elsevier's eBook training tutorial videos at http://downloads.vitalbook.com/tutorials/publish/index.html?did=pageburst.
Additional training is also available at https://evolve.elsevier.com/studentlife/elsevier-ebooks.html.



Did you miss something?
 Want to review the powerpoint slides? 
Review the Orientation Slides

Questions about Dual Admission with Metro State?  Check out the Dual Admission and MANE Student Manual. Did you forget to complete your dual admission? Go here.

List of resources for Nursing students: Resource List

Kurzweil is a great resource if you have trouble with reading comprehension! Email Kurzweil@nhcc.edu for further information.

Please visit the Math Resource Center to brush up on your math/dosage calculation skills if you have concerns. Every student is required to pass a Dosage Calculation exam each semester, and many employers require it before hiring! 

The Writing Resource Center is also a great place to start getting aquainted with APA formatting. APA is used throughout the profession and required in our, and many other, programs. 

CoursePoint technical requirements are located here.

 


 

Recommended Books 

  • Test Success - Nursing Test Taking Skills - Nursing exams are multiple choice tests that require students to apply knowledge. Test Success: Test-Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students, 6th Edition by Nugent & Vitale provides students practice and tips for taking nursing style tests and the NCLEX exam. ISBN 9780803628182 
  • Dosage Calculations - Pikar/Abernanthy - 9th Edition. ISBN 1111319596
  • Medical Terminology - Preparation for medical terminology:  Chapters 1-7.  Textbook – Quick & Easy Medical Terminology by Peggy Leonard, 6thedition.  There will not be a test, this is just a recommended text.

 

Back to top


Orientation Questions -- answered!

  • Advanced Standing students do not need to purchase the lab kit for NURS 2720. They will need it for 2800 and 2900. 
  • Clinical activities and sites have not been confirmed for spring and assignments will NOT be made until the first few weeks of class. You will have 135 hours of clinical time. Plan to be occupied/on campus on your assigned clinical says. Most clinical activities are off campus around the metropolitan area. Not all students will have the same clinical schedule.  You will receive more information about the clinical schedules during your first week of class. 
  • Nursing Student Badges will be distributed in class in the first few weeks. You do not need to do anything, other than verify with security that you have a current photo on file.
  • The bookstore does not carry clinical supplies. They only carry the lab kits. You can acquire your clinical supplies from the retailer of your choice. 
  • If you choose to purchase navy scrubs from another vendor, please be sure to arrange an appointment with the nursing department to color match. Different labels have different shades of navy, and you risk not being in compliance with the uniform requirement if it's not the correct color. 

 


Advice from Alumni...

“Don’t procrastinate. Buy a planner. Complete reading assignments and review PowerPoint prior to class, the labs are more helpful then.”

“Take it week by week. You WILL survive.”

“Get in the game now... You're not supposed to know how to play or what the rules are... You're going to figure it out as you go through it together.”

“Two best study tips I give those I tutor... 1- Strive for a deep understanding of the anatomy and physiology involved in whatever system or exemplar you are studying, this is a must. If you can truly understand how things are supposed to work on a good day, it is much easier to piece together all the effects that can happen during a disease process! Example - know the flow of blood through the heart and body - visually follow it - understand the where and why - and then when you are confronted with an issue anywhere along that process you can just mentally plop yourself right into that system and figure out ANY question you are asked. 2- Focus on test taking strategies right away and run as many NCLEX style questions on each topic as you can leading up to a test. Excellent way to study in the manor which the test is going to be asking!

The two emotional or psychological strategies I could offer anyone are as follows. First one is to always remember that you asked for this!! You worked your butt off to get to this point and were chosen out of a large group of applicants to take up this very coveted spot in the program. It's going to be difficult, it is going to be exhausting, and you are going to be frustrated at points but always turn back to the idea that you choose this. These things are happening FOR you not TO you. I think it's important to keep that in perspective at all times.

The other piece of advice I would give is that no one is successful trading studying for sleeping. It is absolutely imperative that you stay healthy and stable both physically and mentally and an extra hour or two of studying or working on a project but lacking in sleep will ultimately hurt you in the end. Every nursing student goes through this tug-of-war between balancing the needs of the program or your work or life and it is too easy to give up the things such as sleep, self-care, and proper nutrition. It is sometimes a hard balance to strike so make sure you focus on that early and come up with a plan and strategy for when times get tough!!! For example, I remember when I was in school I was working full-time and a part-time job both in very demanding roles. I also stayed fairly social, I saw friends and family, had hobbies, read for leisure, binge watched Netflix shows, and exercised. I was frequently asked how I was able to juggle it all – but I always insisted it was because of still doing those things that were important to me, the self-care side of things, I was able to be successful at school. I was successful BECAUSE I took care of myself, not in spite of spending time on myself.”

“Buy a planner and know your due dates for assignments, tests, and quizzes. Take care of yourself first and taking care of everything else will be easier.”

“Never forget the good moments!  Ask for help! Schedule everything: time for studying, time for classes, time for your family, and time for yourself! Form a study group! This may be the hardest two years of your life but the gift of your skills and compassion will last your patients a lifetime!”

“Be on time. Use a planner!”

“Belong to a study group. It is great to have the support of others. Class of '90.”

“Find a good group to study with. Don't give up, even if you feel like you can't do it. Have fun.”

“Know now that you WILL want to quit at some point. This is when you turn to your "battle buddies" for support and encouragement. They know what you're feeling and going through because they are going through it WITH you. Crying and asking for help does NOT make you a "bad" nurse, instead it makes you a stronger, smarter, more resourceful nurse ... something your future patients will definitely appreciate!! Keep the finish line in sight!”

“Hang in there! It will be the hardest two years of your life. You will want to give up, but don't. Be persistent. Ask a lot of questions. Study, not just the night before, but every chance you get. Learn APA formatting right away, so that it sticks with you and becomes second nature. Surround yourself with classmates who will support you, love you and help you navigate the craziness that is nursing school. In the end it is all worth it!”

“Oh, and the stuff you learn in lab, you really DO need to know. So pay attention, someday you'll need to do those things.”

“One thing that I learned is that at times you will feel overwhelmed, this will pass...you will go into the field feeling like there is a lot you don't know when in reality you will surprise yourself with how much you actually retained and do know!”

“Figure out an organizational system that works for you. It will save a lot of energy and frustration. You can do this! Also, find a group to study with. It really helps.”

“Agree on the study buddy... and YouTube!!!!! If you don't understand something YouTube can teach you too and it's a great resource”

“Make friends, the next two years of your life are going to be the hardest ever and you need that support system. And read everything! Twice! Also cut down as much as possible at work, or don't work at all if you can. Be prepared to give up a lot of free time to focus on school but also remember self-care is good and finding a balance is imperative.”


 

Congratulations, and welcome to the North Hennepin Community College Nursing program! This website contains some information covered in orientation that you'll need to begin program. 

Remember, all materials are due to be uploaded to CastleBranch no later than November 15th.


CastleBranch

CastleBranch is the 3rd party vendor we use to process and track the pre-practicum requirements all students need to submit before taking part in clinical. CastleBranch allows students to access and store their required health forms and certifications. CastleBranch is approved by our accrediting bodies, utilized by our clinical partners, and allows for a seamless transfer of information to Metropolitan State University if requested. It is also protected under FERPA guidelines. The Nursing program utilizes CastleBranch to send required information to clinical sites.

There is a one-time $35 fee to establish your account. There should be no other fees associated with CastleBranch. All forms are reviewed by certified reviewers. 

Use this link to create your CastleBranch account: https://portal.castlebranch.com/MN92/ 

Be sure to select North Hennepin Community College -- MANE -- NS97: Student Document Manager to get started. If you select any other college or option, we will not have access to your records and you will be considered incomplete. After collecting all the needed documents, scan or take a photo of them and upload to your account. If you aren’t sure why your submission was rejected, contact me right away kbutler@nhcc.edu If CastleBranch is unsure if a document is acceptable or not they reject it and leave the school to decide. In these cases we often can just override the rejection.

Please watch for messages from CB and check your account frequently to make sure you are seeing if items are accepted or not. Remember to check your spam/junk folder.

After you graduate you can continue using your account, CastleBranch has many professional development tools as well as serving as a secure place to store health records, resumes, etc.

 

If you have any issues, the CastleBranch Student Services is available from 8am-8pm, Monday-Friday and from 10:30am-6:00pm Saturdays at 1-888-723-4263. 


  Background Checks – NetStudy 2.0

  This is a new background check system instituted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It requires an online application which costs $20 (paid for by the college), after which you will receive an emailed form from me to go in to be fingerprinted and photographed. The information on initiating your background study is located in the Health Forms packet (pages 15-17, available via the link in the following section). Please read the instructions carefully.

There is a fingerprinting fee that we are not able to cover and is the student's responsibility - this is $9.10 is paid to the facility where you are to be fingerprinted. There are locations throughout the Metro to do this, they are noted on the form. If you’ve already been fingerprinted and photographed through Netstudy 2.0 at a different school or for work, and you put your social security # on your form, we can transfer the photo and fingerprints to your Metro State account. However, DHS does require a new online application for each entity you are affiliated with.

 Do NOT go to a facility without your fingerprint authorization, which will be emailed to you shortly after you have submitted your background check. The Nursing department pays for the background checks every Friday and emails with the fingerprint authorizations follow shortly after. Further information is located on the fingerprinting instructions.


Health Forms 

The packet must be completed and uploaded to Certified Background by November 15th. We do not accept paper copies at the Nursing Office. This information is also available on the CastleBranch website.Completed and submitted before November 15th (HepB series must be in process if not completed) via Certified Background. There are very specific requirements, and incorrect/incomplete forms will not be accepted -- resulting in extra time and trips to your provider's office. Do not submit forms that are missing pieces, or generally incomplete. 

 If you have one piece of paper that has many of your immunization records on it, it needs to be uploaded into each spot. So for example if the page has MMR and varicella records, you upload the same page into those two spots. Bring a copy of your immunization records for your provider to review when you have them sign your healthcare provider signature form. Make sure they sign, check all needed boxes, etc. If you are having trouble finding your immunization history, a good place to check is with the Minnesota Department of Health here   https://apps.health.state.mn.us/redcap/surveys/?s=FPMPPRFAWF 

Students who are currently registered and taking classes also have access to the Campus Health Clinic, which is located on the second floor of the Campus Center.  

Tuberculosis Information: The 2 step TB name is a misnomer, it really requires 4 separate steps. Going in to get an injection under the skin on your arm, then coming back later to get it read is 1 step. So a 2 step TB test requires you to do this process twice.   Make sure to upload both steps of a 2 step together as one submission. So if you originally uploaded just 1 step, and now you have the 2nd step, upload it all together as one document. You will need an annual one-step Mantoux to check for exposure each calendar year. 

If you’ve had a positive test and are submitting a chest x-ray, make sure to also have your provider fill out a symptom survey (which is available on CastleBranch if your provider doesn’t have their own). Submit the chest x-ray and the survey together as one document.

 


CPR/BLS Certification

 Completed and submitted before November 15th (American Heart Association: BLS for Healthcare Provider is the only accepted certification - Heartsaver does not meet clinical requirements) via CastleBranch. We recommend locating a CPR training through heart.org, the official website of the American Heart Association. 

 


Student Handbook 

The Student Handbook is located on D2L under Nursing Program Information (students will be added to this exclusive group shortly), and the Student Verification form relates directly to it. Please read through. Updates to the handbook will be published annually.


Dress Code & Reminders

Dress Code and Uniform Information. The Nursing program utilizes AllCustomWear as our uniform supplier. They also provide the required patches, sewn on, at no additional cost. AllCustomWear will be at the orientation sessions with samples for students to try on before purchasing online, and there will be a bulk order available at orientation for uniform/supply pickup over the summer. 
    Website: http://store.allcustomwear.com/nhcc/
    Username:  student
    Password: nhcc

Acquire Clinical Supplies prior to class start (wristwatch with sweep hand, bandage scissors, stethoscope with bell and diaphragm, adult blood pressure cuff).

Set-up Financial Aid/Payment arrangements as soon as possible. Financial Aid is located in ES-48. Students who have not made arrangements cannot be covered by college provided liability insurance and therefore cannot complete the required clinical. Students will pay a fee each semester for ATI, which is attached to the core course as a fee. Students will pay the ATI fee with tuition.

Register for Classes and Purchase Books! Registration for classes is on a first-come, first-serve basis and begins on November 3rd for Nursing students. If you have issues registering, please contact the Records and Registration department at (763) 424-0719. There are no holds for preference between lab times. Students with Advanced Standing should only register for NURS 2720 (Transitions) and NURS 2750 (Nutrition); all other students should register for NURS 2700 (Foundations) and NURS 2750 (Nutrition). 

Books are available in the bookstore, and Financial aid charging begins in January. The bookstore offers a number of titles in bundles from the publisher at a savings. The official book list will be posted in D2L. 

The Bookstore website will have three options for the bundles - a seven book set available in print, ebook, or print with ebook access. Each book comes with online content for free; the ebook allows you to access the full text electronically. For further training on using eBooks, visit Elsevier's eBook training tutorial videos at http://downloads.vitalbook.com/tutorials/publish/index.html?did=pageburst.
Additional training is also available at https://evolve.elsevier.com/studentlife/elsevier-ebooks.html.



Did you miss something?
 Want to review the powerpoint slides? 
Review the Orientation Slides

Questions about Dual Admission with Metro State?  Check out the Dual Admission and MANE Student Manual. Did you forget to complete your dual admission? Go here.

List of resources for Nursing students: Resource List

Kurzweil is a great resource if you have trouble with reading comprehension! Email Kurzweil@nhcc.edu for further information.

Please visit the Math Resource Center to brush up on your math/dosage calculation skills if you have concerns. Every student is required to pass a Dosage Calculation exam each semester, and many employers require it before hiring! 

The Writing Resource Center is also a great place to start getting aquainted with APA formatting. APA is used throughout the profession and required in our, and many other, programs. 

CoursePoint technical requirements are located here.

 


 

Recommended Books 

  • Test Success - Nursing Test Taking Skills - Nursing exams are multiple choice tests that require students to apply knowledge. Test Success: Test-Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students, 6th Edition by Nugent & Vitale provides students practice and tips for taking nursing style tests and the NCLEX exam. ISBN 9780803628182 
  • Dosage Calculations - Pikar/Abernanthy - 9th Edition. ISBN 1111319596
  • Medical Terminology - Preparation for medical terminology:  Chapters 1-7.  Textbook – Quick & Easy Medical Terminology by Peggy Leonard, 6thedition.  There will not be a test, this is just a recommended text.

 

Back to top


Orientation Questions -- answered!

  • Advanced Standing students do not need to purchase the lab kit for NURS 2720. They will need it for 2800 and 2900. 
  • Clinical activities and sites have not been confirmed for spring and assignments will NOT be made until the first few weeks of class. You will have 135 hours of clinical time. Plan to be occupied/on campus on your assigned clinical says. Most clinical activities are off campus around the metropolitan area. Not all students will have the same clinical schedule.  You will receive more information about the clinical schedules during your first week of class. 
  • Nursing Student Badges will be distributed in class in the first few weeks. You do not need to do anything, other than verify with security that you have a current photo on file.
  • The bookstore does not carry clinical supplies. They only carry the lab kits. You can acquire your clinical supplies from the retailer of your choice. 
  • If you choose to purchase navy scrubs from another vendor, please be sure to arrange an appointment with the nursing department to color match. Different labels have different shades of navy, and you risk not being in compliance with the uniform requirement if it's not the correct color. 

 


Advice from Alumni...

“Don’t procrastinate. Buy a planner. Complete reading assignments and review PowerPoint prior to class, the labs are more helpful then.”

“Take it week by week. You WILL survive.”

“Get in the game now... You're not supposed to know how to play or what the rules are... You're going to figure it out as you go through it together.”

“Two best study tips I give those I tutor... 1- Strive for a deep understanding of the anatomy and physiology involved in whatever system or exemplar you are studying, this is a must. If you can truly understand how things are supposed to work on a good day, it is much easier to piece together all the effects that can happen during a disease process! Example - know the flow of blood through the heart and body - visually follow it - understand the where and why - and then when you are confronted with an issue anywhere along that process you can just mentally plop yourself right into that system and figure out ANY question you are asked. 2- Focus on test taking strategies right away and run as many NCLEX style questions on each topic as you can leading up to a test. Excellent way to study in the manor which the test is going to be asking!

The two emotional or psychological strategies I could offer anyone are as follows. First one is to always remember that you asked for this!! You worked your butt off to get to this point and were chosen out of a large group of applicants to take up this very coveted spot in the program. It's going to be difficult, it is going to be exhausting, and you are going to be frustrated at points but always turn back to the idea that you choose this. These things are happening FOR you not TO you. I think it's important to keep that in perspective at all times.

The other piece of advice I would give is that no one is successful trading studying for sleeping. It is absolutely imperative that you stay healthy and stable both physically and mentally and an extra hour or two of studying or working on a project but lacking in sleep will ultimately hurt you in the end. Every nursing student goes through this tug-of-war between balancing the needs of the program or your work or life and it is too easy to give up the things such as sleep, self-care, and proper nutrition. It is sometimes a hard balance to strike so make sure you focus on that early and come up with a plan and strategy for when times get tough!!! For example, I remember when I was in school I was working full-time and a part-time job both in very demanding roles. I also stayed fairly social, I saw friends and family, had hobbies, read for leisure, binge watched Netflix shows, and exercised. I was frequently asked how I was able to juggle it all – but I always insisted it was because of still doing those things that were important to me, the self-care side of things, I was able to be successful at school. I was successful BECAUSE I took care of myself, not in spite of spending time on myself.”

“Buy a planner and know your due dates for assignments, tests, and quizzes. Take care of yourself first and taking care of everything else will be easier.”

“Never forget the good moments!  Ask for help! Schedule everything: time for studying, time for classes, time for your family, and time for yourself! Form a study group! This may be the hardest two years of your life but the gift of your skills and compassion will last your patients a lifetime!”

“Be on time. Use a planner!”

“Belong to a study group. It is great to have the support of others. Class of '90.”

“Find a good group to study with. Don't give up, even if you feel like you can't do it. Have fun.”

“Know now that you WILL want to quit at some point. This is when you turn to your "battle buddies" for support and encouragement. They know what you're feeling and going through because they are going through it WITH you. Crying and asking for help does NOT make you a "bad" nurse, instead it makes you a stronger, smarter, more resourceful nurse ... something your future patients will definitely appreciate!! Keep the finish line in sight!”

“Hang in there! It will be the hardest two years of your life. You will want to give up, but don't. Be persistent. Ask a lot of questions. Study, not just the night before, but every chance you get. Learn APA formatting right away, so that it sticks with you and becomes second nature. Surround yourself with classmates who will support you, love you and help you navigate the craziness that is nursing school. In the end it is all worth it!”

“Oh, and the stuff you learn in lab, you really DO need to know. So pay attention, someday you'll need to do those things.”

“One thing that I learned is that at times you will feel overwhelmed, this will pass...you will go into the field feeling like there is a lot you don't know when in reality you will surprise yourself with how much you actually retained and do know!”

“Figure out an organizational system that works for you. It will save a lot of energy and frustration. You can do this! Also, find a group to study with. It really helps.”

“Agree on the study buddy... and YouTube!!!!! If you don't understand something YouTube can teach you too and it's a great resource”

“Make friends, the next two years of your life are going to be the hardest ever and you need that support system. And read everything! Twice! Also cut down as much as possible at work, or don't work at all if you can. Be prepared to give up a lot of free time to focus on school but also remember self-care is good and finding a balance is imperative.”