If you want to be successful in nursing school, you have got
to get a planner.
You want to go through everything at the beginning of the
semester and lay out the whole semester,
then tackle a few days at a time.
Now, a planner, okay, make fun of me.
You're like who on earth uses a planner much less a paper
planner. Well, you I hope.
You should think of getting yourself one because it's going
to be very handy.
Really, just literally necessary to survive.
And, even I, as a nursing faculty, I still use a planner
every single day.
It's gotten to a point where I literally can't remember from
one day to the next where I need to be.
When my, oh, next office visit is, unless I check my
planner. Kinda sad, isn't it?
Speaking of how lame this whole planner thing is,
I would actually like to tell you a story, a true story of a
personal student, of why planners can work.
So, I had a male student who I mentored.
He made all these visits with me, he was an incoming new
and about three weeks into his first semester in nursing
he was having a whole lot of issues keeping up.
He couldn't remember when deadlines were, he just felt
So I suggested a planner. He said, yeah, sure, I'll get a
Well, guess what? Didn't get a planner and this particular
student is just really bright,
but pretty resistant and didn't really see the need to get
So I would run into him in the halls and ask, hey, did you
get your planner?
And he'd say, no, actually, you know, I didn't, sorry.
But, he'd be in the exact same position, confused about
missing assignments, missing due dates.
Well, finally, he got to the point where he broke down,
bought a planner,
and when, you know, he came to me and told me, it was so
The funny thing is it was so helpful, in fact, that when he
was a senior student,
this really bright student was asked to give a speech to the
new incoming freshman student,
and he actually recalled that same office visit and the
importance of getting a planner.
So, now, let's talk about why a planner is important and how
to use it.
So pick something visually that you like, something that
matters to you.
I know that sounds really insignificant and weird,
but, literally, I look at mine and you will look at this
thing, every single day,
so something visually appealing is kind of nice.
And each planner is a little bit different, so pick one.
Excuse me, that works for you.
Maybe you want it organized in months or every single day,
but, however, it's set up, you want it to work for you and
So once you get your class schedules, write down every
So, meaning, class orientations, exam dates, assignment due
when you're supposed to be at clinical, simulation dates,
and lab times.
Oh, and, obviously, class times.
So make sure to include any important dates that you got to
know about, write it down.
Now write any important date, like, again, just for every
So let's talk about exams.
These are some of the most important dates you're going to
have to look at.