The nursing and medical stuff you need to know are obvious, but there are other things to think about that can keep you from achieving that expert status.
Finaances – I”ve discovered that the stressors of life can distract you from acieving mastery. Setting a budget, paying off debt made a big difference. Now I can go to conferences it I wasn’t and not depend on someone else to pay for. I can take a class that I want, etc. I use “YOU NEED A BUDGET” which is an app as well as a system, but any of them would work.
Hobbies – You need a hobby, or hobbies and you need to actually partake in them. You can’t focus on nursing 24/7 or you’ll burn out.
It’s a lot harder to do it alone than with friends. Having friends to help and challenge you as well as support you makes this journey a lot easier and enjoyable