Listening is not the same as hearing. Listening involves comprehension. An active listener concentrates on and reacts to a speaker's message. Hearing is passive. A passive listener hears the message but lets his mind wander. He watches people, notices the way they dress and act, socializes with friends, and makes lunch plans.
In nursing school, it is imperative that you be an active listener. You must pay attention because you will be responsible for knowing these facts when you care for patients in the clinical area.
Strategies for Active Listening
Listen for the main idea and major details
Improve your Listening
Focus attention - look directly at instructor
Ask questions and listen for answers
Sit in front of the classroom to increase concentration
Benefits of Active Listening
Get more out of class lectures
Take better notes
Be actively involved in your own success in nursing school
Reference: Meltzer, M. & Palau, S. (1993). Reading and study strategies for nursing students. Philadelphia, PA: W. B. Saunders Company.