The key to excelling your studies and keeping stress to a minimum is organisation.
This will put you in good stead when you transition to your graduate year.
Here’s our tips compiled by experienced nurses and recent graduates to help you.
- Use a filing cabinet or expansion file to store important documents, such as:
- university transcripts
- immunisations records
- police check and working with children check
- placement reviews
- current resume or CV
- copies of any faculty or university policies
- copies of your course guides (usually found on your university student portal)
- Acquaint yourself with your university (especially if you’re a first year):
- attend orientation sessions
- join your nursing and/or midwifery societies at O-Week
- familiarise yourself with support services, e.g. academic study support, counselling, disability support, student advocacy/rights
- Download the ANMF app for the medication calculator and shift planner for clinical placements and/or your classes. The notes function can record due dates for assignments.
- Review your social media accounts. You will be bound to professional codes of conduct, so it’s worth always being mindful of your social media habits:
- are your photos and posts set to public or private?
- does it reveal your personal information?
- go through old posts and review content (photos and posts) for suitability
- who have you friended? Delete people you don’t know in real life.
- review your name – consider using your middle name as your surname to make it harder for patients to identify you
- Subscribe to professional body communications to update your knowledge and add to your CPD hours. Subscribe/bookmark newsletters from:
- Safer Care Victoria newsletters
- Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer newsletter
- Victoria’s Chief Mental Health Nurse
- Victoria’s Chief Health Officer
- Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
- Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine communiques
- DHHS alerts, advisories, newsletters and digests
- Regularly check your email for communications from ANMF or your employer
- Follow ANMF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram