Nursing studies

Survival guide for new nursing students: four things you’ll want to get right

The steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of success

Find out what you can do to give yourself the best chance of success as you embark on your nursing degree

Taking the first steps of your nursing career can feel like a daunting prospect, with myriad new challenges on the horizon. Here’s what you need to know in four key areas.

Maintaining your well-being, finding support and networks

Identify support networks

Alex Richardson, who has just finished his mental health nursing course at Canterbury University, says you can’t have enough support as a nursing student. ‘You can gain it from your faculty, your student representative, your fellow students, your family and your friends. It’s what makes a student thrive,’ he says.

If you need help, he suggests


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