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You Are Resilient!

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Welcome to day 1 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge.

The COVID-19 pandemic, has complicated yet another semester. You will face challenges. Yet, each one you face will also prepare you to be a better nurse. The profession you’ve chosen involves solving new dilemmas daily and making thoughtful, sound decisions. Nurses are resilient. Try to take any setbacks you encounter in stride and think of these challenges as excellent training for your future nursing career.

Here are some tips to make your start to the school year a little smoother:
  • Make a plan: Rather than wait until you’re buried in schoolwork, trainings, and work shifts, get ahead now by making a schedule. Block recurring time slots on your calendar to allot for Zoom classes, assignments, and studying.
  • Focus on one task at a time: Studies suggest that multitasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40%. Instead choose one item on your to-do list, knock it off, and then move onto the next!
  • Try the “pomodoro technique:” Large assignments or extended studying time can feel overwhelming. Consider breaking them into manageable chunks with a time-management method called the “pomodoro technique.” Here’s how it works:
      • Pick one task to focus on and set a timer for 25 minutes.
      • When the timer is up, take a 5-minute break.
      • After four 25-minute sessions, take a longer break
If you’re attending classes virtually, keep these strategies in mind:
  • Create a dedicated workspace to attend online classes.
  • Keep your webcam on during class to better connect with your professor and classmates.
  • Communicate with your professors regularly over email or during virtual office hours.

Remember #WeAreInThisTogether. Share your stories with us and each other. What feels different this semester? What are some of the challenges you are facing? Let us know here or reply to us on Twitter, in our private Facebook group or Instagram. Remember to tag us with #healthynurse!

Find this helpful? Use the social media links on the left side of your page to share it with a nurse and invite them to join Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation!

Haven't signed up for this challenge? Get tips sent to you via email or text here.

Join us on day 2.

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Blog Challenge Tips 09/29/2020 6:03pm CDT

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Day 1:
"Make a plan": I've got every class and assignment mapped out on Google Calendar along with my shifts at work as an ER Tech, and every other possible commitment. Staying organized this way is a must for me!
"Focus on one task at a time:" I also subscribe to this idea so I don't get too stressed out over the massive amount of work and assignments I have to complete this semester. I take it one thing at a time and completely block other classes and assignments from my mind.
"Pomodoro technique": I've never done anything like this! I have not ever set official timers while I work, instead taking breaks whenever I need to go to the bathroom or get food or water. I likely have time inefficiencies and breaks in concentration that could be reduced if I pick up this habit.
dsalinas dsalinas Jan '21
Day 1: I have never done this challenge before but I am excited for it. Today I had my 2 hour lecture, even though we had school virtually before, I still find it difficult. I want to be motivated this semester and finish strong. I have only tried to do the "pomodoro technique" like 3 times before but I hope to use it more this semester. 
CiaraC CiaraC Jan '21
Day 1: Today I woke up and went to the doctor to be cleared from COVID isolation, had breakfast with my mom, cleaned my living space, had a group meeting about a project, had a 2hr lecture for class, and went to work. I felt happy to do what I am used to and what is "my routine" with daily life. I felt blessed to be back at work after being sick and quarantined, however, now that I am back home I have some homework and practice questions to do for an exam tomorrow. I find the pomodoro technique interesting and I am eager to implement it with myself and see how more productive I can be versus always trying to do long sessions of studying or school work!
Thricia Thricia Jan '21
Day 1: Woke up early and had a Filipino breakfast that my dad prepared called 'giniling'. Afterward, I had a meeting and a 2-hour class lecture followed by doing practice questions on EAQ. Feeling a bit worried about my exam tomorrow, but am interested in trying out the 'Pomodoro study technique' in the future! 
Victor Victor Jan '21
Day 1: Today I went for a bike ride after class and got to eat Mac and cheese, ribs, mashed potatoes - yum! Hopefully I get to bike and run more often this semester because I stopped those activities after last semester; being outside is fun. I think I'm a pretty good planner and organizer, so hopefully I can keep up with school and my other responsibilities and being more purposeful with the time I have for the things I have to juggle at once.