College, Nursing, Work

Guest Writer: Karen Negedu, Nursing Student

When I first started working on campus, I was worried about how work would interfere with my academics. I wanted to excel in school, at work and also be available for all the events IPFW offers. The truth is, you have to pick what works for you and be intentional with your time. It gets exhausting if you do not plan your time very well. I am a part of two clubs, I work at three different offices and I have friends who I love to hang out with. There are so many opportunities available that can make me easily sway from my studies but I have consciously made the decision to become a nurse. This is why setting my priorities is important.           image001

The truth is that some weeks are more difficult than others. When you have everything due plus a couple tests on the same week, it is hard to see the light at the tunnel or know that you will make it past that week. There was a time where I was set back because I let work, family and pressure from everything overwhelm me and it showed on my grades. As soon as I was able to pick back up, I had to keep reminding myself that others have gone through it, they made it and I too can make it. If you are ever in a position where everything falls on the same week, or it feels like everyone wants your attention, ask for help and reach out to the people who are there to support you. From my experience, the professors and advisors in the Nursing department are always there to walk you one step ahead. I have had days where work did not permit me to have extra office hours and my professors would help me find a time that works best. I have also found it helpful to surround myself with people who remind me of my homework and vice versa. This just means that there are lots of resources (personal, and professional) available to students so that you excel.

The great thing about working is that you’re learning outside of the classroom and you also get paid. Working and going to school may seem to be very difficult but what I keep learning is that it is possible and I can do it. I always carry it with me that my education is the most important thing while I am in college. Every other thing comes after it. So when you decide to work, make sure you have a good plan where your education is priority. So I wish you good luck with school, work and your studies but don’t forget to plan, and prioritize.

Taking Nursing School 1 Day at a Time

Guest Writer: Abigail Rust, Tutor and IPFW Nursing Student, senior

The Centers for Academic Success and Achievement in the brand new library is where I spend time tutoring students twice a week. I typically meet individually with 5 or 6 students  during that time and work hard to help them put to use effective studying methods and guide them towards success. Let’s face it, nursing school is hard and studying for certain classes seems overwhelming and impossible.  Continue reading

About IPFW’s Center for Healthy Living Clinic

Who We Are

The IPFW Center for Healthy Living Campus Clinic is owned solely by IPFW since 2013. The clinic helps to better serve the students, staff, and community members. We work alongside the Wellness Center on campus with different campus events and programs to promote healthy living within the college as well as the community. Appointments are scheduled on the basis of availability. Walk in, urgent need, visits are taken as time permits.

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How To Get Through Your First Semester of College

The time has come for you to join the ranks of college freshmen at IPFW. Feeling a strange mixture of excitement and nervousness is to be expected. This is a new stage of life, one that will hopefully lead you to success and fulfillment in your, not too distant, future. It won’t be easy, but it will most certainly be worth it. To help you get through it, we’ve put together some tips for success. Continue reading

What Mentoring Means for IPFW Nursing


The roles of professional advisors and faculty are similar, yet different, in student career progression and student success. While advisors are well versed in many areas of student resources, student progression in the curriculum, and the workings of the programs and IPFW, the faculty are each “experts” in specific nursing realms.
For example, Professor Carol Crosby is a wonderful resource for Law and Ethical Informatics and Patient Safety while Professor Denise Jordan excels in Community Nursing and reaching out to the Underserved. Posters are throughout the Department of Nursing and on the Nursing website directing students to their Faculty Mentors. A Mentoring Fair is held each semester. This is an opportunity for students to peruse the area and learn of faculty’s areas of expertise. Faculty are available to meet one-on-one and begin to develop these mentoring relationships. The atmosphere is welcoming, informative, and relational.