You may recognize these dedicated students walking around campus in purple scrubs. These are JMU Nursing students who have successfully been admitted into the competitive program–students who are passionate about improving the health and lives of the people around them. JMU’s reputable nursing program prepares these students with real-life experience and challenging coursework.
Hannah Coulter is a senior nursing student, wrapping up her last semester in the program.
Tuesday, February 6th:
6:45 am: Hannah’s alarm begins ringing for her first class of the day – her 8:00AM. To start the day off right and full of energy, Hannah swears by her microwavable $1 egg, cheese, and sausage burritos which she normally takes with her on-the-go.
7:30 am: Hannah struggles to find parking in the Mason deck and contemplates if waiting in the Dunkin Donuts line for a hot coffee is worth it.
8:00 – 10:00 am: Hannah sits in the front row of her first nursing class to avoid distracting laptops.
10:00 – 10:15 am: To make the most out of her 15-minute break, Hannah hits the vending machines for some much needed veggie straws. She will often head outside and get fresh air during this time to unwind and prepare for her next class.
10:15 – 1:15 pm: Hannah sits through her second nursing class of the day.
1:15 – 2:00 pm: Lunch. Hannah hits Bistro 1908 in the Student Success Center and double punches for her favorite salmon sandwich and a diet Pepsi. She usually brings her lunch to the Peer Educator Activity Room where she can be alone for a little while and prepare for the rest of the day. To ease her mind from the dense information in her courses, Hannah spends some time on her favorite nursing Instagram account: @nurselifern
In addition to de-stressing with memes, Hannah uses this time to review her coursework and text/call her sister who is also a nurse and can provide her with supplemental information to help her succeed.
2:00 – 5:00 pm: Hannah sits through her last class of the day, which is a group based class where she is able to talk to some of her classmates.
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Hannah prepares herself dinner while listening to NPR. While she finds it challenging to find the time to cook, Hannah is dedicated to making herself dinner and allowing herself to have that time to decompress at the end of the day. Typically, she will make some pasta and plant herself in front of the TV for about an hour and watch SVU.
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Hannah heads back to campus to spend a few hours at ECL. During this time, Hannah will venture to Starbucks (where she is a Gold Member), and treat herself to a Chai tea and kettle corn, and study on the fourth floor.
11:00 pm: When Hannah returns to her house, she prepares herself for the following day which will be spent in Charlottesville, shadowing a school nurse for 8 hours. Preparations include making a lunch, checking the weather, and setting a 6:30 am alarm.
The life of a nursing student can be jam-packed and stressful. JMU is filled with dedicated students who are committed to becoming knowledgable and inspiring nurses.