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3 Ways to survive clinical systems leadership school

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing, many people will work for a few years as registered nurses and then choose to take on more responsible roles, such as being a clinical systems leader. This position is one of the most rewarding in the healthcare field, as people get to pick their own hours, work directly with patients and essentially carry the same responsibilities as physicians. However, the road to becoming a clinical systems leader isn’t easy. While these programs only last two or three years, that time can certainly be trying and arduous. Luckily, there are a few tried-and-true ways to get through any clinical systems leader program you set your sights on. Consider these three tips on how to survive a clinical systems leader program.


1. Find a calendar and use it
Many students often rely on memory to complete tasks. While this can be done with daily tasks, it usually can’t be done in graduate school. This is because there usually are several tasks to complete, and students also have worries outside of class, including part-time jobs, clinical work or even parenting. With all these worries, it can be easy to lose track. That’s why it’s important to make calendars your best friend. Whether you choose to write out each day’s tasks or you’d rather input them into an online or mobile version, calendars will help you stay organized and on top of everything you need to do. It also will feel rewarding at the end of the day when you realize all of your tasks were taken care of.

2. Consider financials
People tend to work full time while attempting to get their master’s degrees just to make ends meet. Like so many other programs, clinical systems leader programs don’t come cheap. Yet working full time for a hospital or clinic can take your focus off of school, and that can be problematic. Before entering a clinical systems leader program, consider all of your financial options. While it might be frustrating, many people choose to opt for financial loans over a full-time job just so they can fully focus on their studies. This might be the smartest move for you too, especially if your program is on a campus.

3. Take care of clinicals early
Many students will try to balance out their clinical hours with school work, but it rarely works like that. Sadly, students can’t anticipate more work during some weeks or that studying will take them longer than planned, so those clinical hours end up getting pushed back to the end of the semester. Instead of trying to balance these hours with work, try to take care of as many as possible at the beginning of the semester. Like any collegiate program, students often have much less work at the beginning or middle of a semester than they do at the end. So cram those hours into the first portion of the semester so you’re worry-free at the end of it when you’re bogged down with finals and projects.



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