Succeed at Nursing
We know that becoming a nursing student means lots of new and exciting challenges, which can sometimes be tough. So to help you navigate the early days we've put together some amazing resources to help you succeed in your first year and beyond.This way to success
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First year Essential Books
You may already be familiar with some of our books like Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing – ANZ, 6th Edition. Well, we’ve got more great books like Potter & Perry for you to discover covering the subjects and skills that you will need to get through your first year successfully.
Our books are available to purchase through our website and from major book retailers.
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With ClinicalKey Student, students have access to an online learning platform with leading nursing content, video resources and powerful study tools to help you study smarter.
Ask your librarian today if your university has access or click here for more information.
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Elsevier Live, Student Edition
Revisit Elsevier Live and replay all sessions from the virtual series – all on demand when it suits you. Choose from the 16+ free webinar recordings from acclaimed Elsevier authors, doctors, and nurses from all around the world. Register to get exclusive access to all the session recordings to watch anytime, anywhere.
We hope that these tips from current nursing students will help you in your first year. Make sure you share this with your fellow first year nursing students.Make Friends
In these times this doesn’t need to be in person, it can be online. Nursing can be isolating so it’s important to have a network of people who you can lean on when times are tough.
Join your universities nursing society, it’s a great way to make new friends who understand what you are going through. Get to know your floor mates and the people on your course, if could be the start of life-long friendships.
This is your time to learn and prepare yourself for the future. Ask questions…don’t be scared- you can guarantee that you won’t be the only person who wants to know the answer. You can change practice- if something isn’t in place then why is that? Could you help to bring about change for the better?
It's about mindset and attitude. Learn to use your voice from the start of your degree in a respectful and professional way. Nurses are powerful advocates for their patients, and this is a skill that needs to be mastered over time.
If an opportunity comes along to enrol in a leadership skills course….bite their hand off! Increasing your knowledge and skills will stand you in good stead for future practice.
There are lots of brilliant resources to tap into from Elsevier; numerous books like Ross and Wilson’s Anatomy and Physiology, Elsevier NurseGuide app and ClinicalKey Student Nursing and also many others. Start correlating your go to sources now.
Check out your reading lists and ask students in the years above what they recommend also.
Some people consistently review their lecture notes, some start assignments early and some leave it to the last minute.
Find out how you best work and when you are most effective at studying. Not everyone is a morning person, some are night owls. Do you need distraction or absolute silence to focus? There's no one size fits all, work out what works best for you.
Spend time finding out about library and academic support services. Find out what is available digitally that you can use remotely as well as the books on the shelves. Take a trip to the section designated to your studies to see what is available there so that you are prepared for when you have that first assignment.