student-nurse tip

Use your strengths to your advantage

Nurses come from a variety of different backgrounds with a wide range of amazing personalities. Rasmussen University nursing students know how to use these traits to their advantage. Schulenburg considers herself a tactile learner. She likes to move and stay active while she studies. Sometimes she uses sticky-notes to create a matching game—pairing definitions and terms. Or, to understand how a drug works in the body, she’ll draw a stick person and point out the body systems the drug affects. Labudde, on the other hand, knows she doesn’t necessarily benefit from using visuals when studying, preferring to handwrite her notes to memorize information. Hummel also uses words to solidify concepts—before he moves on to a new topic, he makes sure that he understands the material so well that he could teach it to someone else in his own words, which comes in handy when tutoring. Harhay uses every study method she can to get the information to stick—reading, writing, listening, practicing and quizzing. Sometimes, she’ll talk out loud to herself as she takes notes or blast music to drown out any distractions. Your own unique character traits can also help you study in nursing school. Schulenburg loves to stay active and believes firmly that “an object in motion, stays in motion.” She uses her “achiever” personality to stay moving and motivated. Dann stays positive by viewing new material as a challenge. “It’s important to stay positive about your ability to learn, and remember that your effort will make you a better nurse in the future.” Take the time to figure out what’s motivating you and use it to your advantage—having a “why” can take you far.