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A Day in the Life of a Nursing Major

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

Katelyn Ziskind

PHS ‘17, Duquesne University ‘21

This post is going to cover a typical day in the life of a nursing major. I am a current nursing senior (wow that’s crazy, I just took my last final as a junior last week!!) and I go to Duquesne University out in Pittsburgh, PA so I am about six hours away from home when I am at school.

A typical day in the life of a nursing major is beautiful chaos to be honest. My nursing school is very strict and I would imagine that other nursing schools are as well. I started taking nursing classes my freshman year and never questioned my major at all. Clinical days are definitely rough since I typically wake up at 4:45 – 5:00 in the morning to get there on time and be ready by 6:15 – 6:30am. I am typically on the clinical unit until 3:00 – 3:30pm and then study all afternoon afterwards for upcoming exams. Freshman year you might be able to sneak a quick nap in, but not so much after that. Being a nursing major is a lot of time management because you will always have something to be studying for. There are weeks where I have an exam every single day and it gets very stressful at times for sure, but if you stay ahead you will be fine.

I know some great textbooks and flashcards that help a TON with studying for the NCLEX as well as your nursing exams throughout school. Always remember that even day one of nursing school is when you start preparing for the NCLEX. Definitely don’t save all of that studying for later on in your schooling. Feel free to reach out and I can let you know which books are good to get.

Nursing school is extremely hard, but you can handle it! You just need to believe in yourself and be passionate about nursing as a career. Nurses are the best, they are a big part of the COVID-19 pandemic right now and they will always be needed. Get through school and you are set! I am always willing to answer questions about nursing school or college in general. I wish you guys the best of luck with the start of this new chapter in your lives.

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