Advertising
Advertising

5 Expert Tips All Nursing Students Should Know

5 Expert Tips All Nursing Students Should Know

The nursing industry is changing, and much of this has to do with the growth in the industry. This has forced the profession to adapt to the growing trends by offering more courses, better technology and ways to accommodate those entering the industry very soon.

Even though the transition has been efficient, you still have some issues which are costing taxpayers millions of dollars. For example, future students are simply having problems with the workload, dealing with the practical examination or even communicating with other colleagues. Though these might seem like major problems, you have the luxury of knowing they can be solved easily by making a few adjustments in your life.

The expansion of the internet has helped us understand the nursing industry better, and others have written extensively about the common problems. These same people provide us with practical tips and/or advice to help us become more comfortable in the medical environment.

Advertising

Today, we’ll be exploring the 5 best pieces of advice for future nursing students.

1. Stay Organized Always

In nursing, it’s important to stay organized from day one because you’ll have several things you’ll be required to do. The only way you’ll learn all of them is by staying organized and creating a systematic way of doing each of them. The more systematic the process, the easier you’ll learn how to accomplish everything on your agenda.

I’ve known many people in the nursing industry, and one thing they complain about is NOT knowing how to take care of the tedious tasks. I asked a professional nurse why this is the case, and she stated: “you must stay organized so even the tedious stuff seems to be well-organized”. I thought about this statement for a while and realized we create a cluttered environment so can unclutter too.

Advertising

Going forward use a paper or electronic calendar to keep track of all your assignments. Use the same tool to keep track of your schedule so you don’t miss any of the important training or meetings. At this point, we all have mobile phones and can download handy apps to help us keep track of all the above. If during a training session you are learning something which you think you’ll forget, then use a voice app on your phone to create a “note” or “review sheet” for yourself. The main objective for you is to stay organized as soon as you enter the profession.

2. Ask A lot of Questions

In this industry, you’ll be responsible for many people especially those with sensitive health concerns. We all know when it comes to health that you must know what to do the first time around. A small error will be catastrophic so you need to make sure you are on point always. In nursing, if you don’t know something then ask a lot of questions because there are people who will help. Some people on the floor are there to help you learn while you perform sensitive health duties.

When you don’t understand, it’s important to ask right away so you don’t forget. If you can’t ask then & there, you should write down your questions so you can ask them later.

Advertising

3. Know Material Before Hand

When you get involved in a professional career like legal, medicine, or even architecture, it’s important that you know the material beforehand. This is especially true since you have so much of it available online for free. I’m surprised at the amount of people who don’t take the time to research online and find the study guides available. By studying ahead of time, you are becoming familiar with the material and know what to expect going forward. Head over to Google and do a quick search with the following –

  • certified nursing assistants
  • nursing examinations
  • free CNA practice test
  • cna study material
  • what to expect in nursing school?

All of the above search queries will help you find the right material that will prepare you before entering the profession. The more you are familiar with, the less anxiety you’ll feel when in the environment.

4. Learn from Your Mistakes

If you keep making the same mistakes, you’ll have a hard time surviving in an intense industry. However, if you take the time to learn from your mistakes, you’ll do the job right which can be very gratifying. The good news in the nursing profession, you’ll have no shortage of people willing to help you out. They rely on a great network of people to make sure the job gets done right so are more than willing to help you correct your mistakes.

Advertising

I’ve often heard that nurses are like a big family which has your back, provide support, and help answer any questions you have along the way.

5. Great Network of People Around You

In nursing, you’ll only succeed when you have great people around you. You should surround yourself with people willing to help you understand the profession, and provide support during your tough days. However, when I thought about the concept of “networking with people”, I realized it’s the same no matter what profession you’re involved in…right? It doesn’t matter if you’re a lawyer, nurse, businessman, etc because you need a strong network of people around you to guide you through the tough days.

I think you should make it your priority to connect with others in your class or the floor so you have a bunch to rely on if things get hectic. These same people should answer your common questions, help you every day, and understand the stresses associated with being a nurse.

More by this author

Rizvan Ullah

Online Blogger

A General Guide to Disputing Your Public Record In New York 4 Major Changes in Men After Turning 50 Years Old Success Habits of The Worlds Wealthiest People Strategies to Find the Best Attorney When You Need One How to Create an Effective Sales Funnel

Trending in Entrepreneur

1 Advice for Entrepreneurs: How To Find A Mentor Worth Listening To 2 How to Be a Successful Businessman (The Complete Guide) 3 How to Brand Yourself and Make Your Business Stand Out 4 How to Start a Company from Scratch (A Step-By-Step Guide) 5 15 Best Books for Entrepreneurs to Start Reading Right Now

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Published on March 20, 2019

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

What is a Mission Statement?

Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

“Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

“To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

Advertising

Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

  • What we do?
  • How we do it?
  • Whom do we do it for?
  • What value are we bringing?

Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

After all, that did check off all the boxes:

What we do? Provide widgets.

How we do it? Online.

Who do we do it for? The consumer.

What value we bring? The best widgets.

The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

Compare that mission statement to this one:

“We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

What’s the difference?

Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

Advertising

You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

1. Keep It Brief

Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

2. Have a Purpose

A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

3. Include a “How”

Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

7. Think Long Term

A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

Advertising

8. Get Feedback

This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

Strategic Planning

A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

Measuring Performance

By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

Advertising

Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

To Hold Management Accountable

By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

To Serve as an Example

This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

Final Thoughts

Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

More Resources About Achieving Business Success

Featured photo credit: Fab Lentz via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
[2] Fit Small Business: 10 Vision Statement Examples To Spark Your Imagination

Read Next