The life as a nursing student can be quite exhausting. School can take a toll on you both mentally and physically. So here are 5 tips to decrease burn-out, keep yourself focused, and on the track to success!

Manage Your Time

  • Always start your day with a to-do list. Whether it be mental or physical, take the time to make note of everything you have lined up for the day. Being organized and lining up your daily tasking is a quick and easy ways to declutter your mind and stay focused.
  • Also be sure to make time to do the things to further you in your program such as studying. Which leads us to:

Study with a Purpose

  • Having a set goal for your study sessions is key to learning the material. Analyze the information you’ve to learn that day and be sure to take note of any topics you know you need to review while in class.
  • When it comes time to study, set a goal of what you’ve like to accomplish based on the information you know you need to review.
  • Do you have difficulty learning the terminology in chapter 14? Create flash cards and challenge yourself to be able to recite the definitions of each term by the end of your study session.

Decompress & Take Care of Yourself!

  • Everyone needs to take a break. Be sure to set aside time to decompress and take care of yourself mentally and physically.
  • Block out time in your schedule to relax at home or a nice luncheon with friends. Take time to think about things other than school, and focus on being in the moment.

Be Proactive. 

  • Get to know your faculty & clinical instructors, they enjoy helping students.
  • When you need help, ask before it is too late. The last thing you want to do is wait until the night before an exam and realize that you really should have asked for clarification on a particular topic. The best time to ask questions is when you know you need clarification.

Remember Why You Started.

  • A career in nursing is not for everyone, it takes a caring and dedicated person to be on the frontlines of healthcare. So be sure to remember why you started and recommit to your goals.
  • Make a list of reasons why you wanted to be a Nurse and hang them in a place you’ll see them daily such as your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, or notebook. When times get tough, look over that list and recommit to why you choose to further your education with CHCP and reflect on where you want to be.


With these five tips, we encourage all of our students to succeed and stay focused on their path to graduation. To learn more about our Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program, click here.