It’s no secret; careers in nursing and medicine consistently rank as some of the most rewarding, secure and financially lucrative professions around. However, the calling is not for the faint of heart.
Accepting responsibility for the health and well being of others is a serious matter and requires candidates who are just as serious about learning.
Once accepted into a nursing or medical school program, candidates will endure a rigorous curriculum heavy on the basic sciences—anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology, and pharmacology. In addition, a heaping wallop of behavioral and social psychology and the basics of compiling clinical and health profiles round out the first two years of study.
Many students also juggle part-time or full time jobs along with their courses. Make no bones about it; medical school is tough. Students are expected to master voluminous amounts of specific information at a high rate of speed. Balancing school, work and some vague semblance of a social life can be one of the most challenging aspects of nursing or medical school.
Luckily, we have some answers to help keep some sanity in what can quickly become an overwhelming routine.
It’s Friday evening and some friends have invited you to a party. It would be a chance to get better acquainted with some of your classmates outside the rigid confines of the classroom or anatomy lab. You’d like to go, but that paper you been putting off for three weeks is due on Monday and you haven’t even gathered all of your sources yet.
In your mind you had planned to “cram” the paper into this weekend, but that was before you knew about the party. Procrastination may help you get your work done, but it leaves little room to accommodate for the unexpected.
Chances are, if you’d managed your time better, you’d have the option of going to the party without facing serious academic repercussions.
Effective time management strategies can help balance the scale between school and social life. Though, for those unfamiliar with these practices, the very idea can seem more trouble than it’s worth.
According to the experts, the time invested will pay off in the long run. Managing your time with some sort of day runner or easy to use calendar on a daily, weekly and finally, semester-by-semester basis will afford more options in the long run.
Tap Your Resources
Built in to any university nursing or medical school program is a tremendous support network that is yours for the taking. Nursing and medical schools are known for the counseling, guidance and mentorship programs their faculty and staff provide to help you succeed. Ask your guidance counselor or admissions officer for more information about these services and how to contact them.
Ultimately, your time is yours. Understanding your learning needs and preferences will help you devote the time necessary to the subjects that need more of your attention. A commitment to managing your time will help avoid sacrificing all social life at the altar of your nursing or medical school program.
In general nursing and medical schools are committed to their students and to helping them succeed. More than 95 percent of all students enrolled succeed in earning their M.D. degree.