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The Benefits of an Online Nursing Degree Program

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People seek degrees in nursing for a variety of reasons. Some feel helping care for and heal others is their life’s calling. Some realize that, whatever happens to our financial system, nursing will always be an in-demand field. Many already have a nursing degree but want to give their career a boost with advanced skills and credentials. Still others are eager to fill the demands of a growing shortage of qualified nurses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2010-11, approximately 581,500 additional nurses will be hired by 2018.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an early bird, a night owl or someone in between. What makes online learning so attractive is its flexibility for a busy lifestyle – you can learn when and where it’s convenient for you.

Online nursing degree programs for licensed RNs offer many advantages. The best programs offer the following benefits:

  • Anytime, anywhere learning with 24/7 access
  • Instructor-led streaming video lectures
  • Faculty-hosted discussion boards and virtual office hours
  • Live chat rooms and email to connect with classmates across the country
  • No campus attendance required
  • A user-friendly interface that allows students to simply log in and learn

Technology has changed education forever. While the idea of online nursing programs was once unimaginable, many respected universities and vocational schools are now offering them. Today’s nursing students can earn everything from certificates to bachelor’s, master’s and even doctoral degrees without setting foot in a classroom.

Even with the current state of the economy, the nursing field is experiencing shortages of alarming proportions, and the future appears to hold more of the same. In a report titled Act Now For Your Tomorrow, the National Commission on Nursing Workforce for Long-Term Care revealed some startling statistics, among them:

  • There are nearly 100,000 vacant nursing positions in long-term care facilities on any given day.
  • The nursing turnover rate is greater than 50%.
  • The nursing shortage is costing long-term care facilities approximately $4 billion per year in recruitment and training expenses.

Written by samomulligan

March 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

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