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Attending Nursing School While Working Full Time

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working full time and going to nursing schoolThe amount of work required to complete a full-time traditional nursing program is staggering and all-consuming.   Without planning and careful thought, juggling nursing school and full time work is extremely challenging, if not impossible.

There are viable and affordable options that will allow a student to earn a paycheck and go to school for a RN degree, and many of these you can do online from program.  Online nursing programs are now part of the educational mainstream, so schools are becoming competitive and offering  high quality online RN programs.

Online nursing schools are an excellent option because of their flexibility;  the schedule and pacing of the courses are designed to fit the needs of students who cannot afford to take several years off to go to school full time.  You can hold on to your regular job by extending the time you need to successfully complete your coursework.  Also, you can enroll in fewer subjects each semester, allowing for more time for both work and family commitments. Read the rest of this entry »


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March 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Curriculum Included in MSN Degree in Leadership Programs

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nursing-school-studentsResponding to rapidly developing changes in the healthcare industry, many nursing schools are transforming their MSN in Administration degree programs into “MSN in Leadership in Healthcare Systems” degree programs.  While the courses required for both degrees are largely analogous, the MSN in Leadership in Healthcare System is tailored to prepare graduates for dynamic leadership across the full spectrum of healthcare environments.  Never before has the need for highly skilled and visionary healthcare leaders been greater and never before has effective leadership meant securing acumen over a wider range of knowledge.  The MSN/Leadership in Healthcare Systems degree prepares students to address all aspects of current trends and long term outlooks for leaders in healthcare professions. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Skills and Qualities that Nursing Students Must Have

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nursing student attributesExcerpt from a posting that went live today:


Nurses are essential to the healthcare field and continue to be in high demand. As monetary reductions are made throughout healthcare costs, nurses are expected to attain higher attributes, be more efficient, and capable of multidimensional tasks. Many nurses often accomplish this level of expertise by completing higher degrees, such as moving from having a degree solely as an RN (Registered Nurse) to attaining a BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) or Masters in Science of Nursing (MSN).

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December 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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Advanced Nursing Education Options

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Many nurses graduate from a two-year program and become licensed Registered Nurses (RNs).  However, if a nurse wants to further their education there are opportunities available to RNs that can enhance both their job performance and career advancement.

There are currently many RN to BSN programs available to nurses who are graduates of associate or diploma programs.  These programs give credit for time and experience that has been gained through work or school.  Since most RNs chose to continue working while returning to school, many programs offer flexible class schedules, multiple start dates, and online courses.  There are many online RN to BSN degree programs available which create a credible path to completing a degree.

Earning a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree can prepare someone for a specialization, a management position, or a teaching position.  It can also prepare a student who is interested in pursuing their education to a doctorate level.  Most people interested in this degree already have a BSN, but there are accelerated programs for RNs to not only gain their BSN in conjunction with their MSN degree.  This type of degree helps to alleviate any overlap that would occur in the two degrees and streamlines the learning process.

When applying for a MSN some nurses may choose to take a route that has more of an administration emphasis.  Most MSN degrees are for BSN-trained registered nurses that want to move into management, leadership, and policy implementation.  This degree can teach a student how to make ethical decisions in health policy, use technology to bring competitive healthcare options to an institution, and contribute to healthcare policy so that it impacts the clinical environment positively.  Graduates can offer someone an in-depth understanding of patient care management as well as adequately be prepared to become Board Certified as a Nurse Executive.

If a student is interested in becoming a leader in the healthcare field through mentoring students and teaching classes then it may be worthwhile to investigate a MSN in Education degree.  While completing a degree in this field students learn to create effective teaching and evaluation tools as well as understanding the process of learning from infancy to adulthood.  Graduates from this program can be eligible to be Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development.  An MSN graduate is be able to create extensive career opportunities not only in the healthcare field, but in academia as well.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), job opportunities in both of these fields are expected to grow by 15% by 2018 which is a faster than average rate compared to other jobs.  Currently, MSN degrees are offered on line are from accredited universities to make it easier for nurses to maintain a career while going back to school.  Choosing to complete an online MSN degree doesn’t mean a student has to sacrifice quality professors – experienced nurses with doctoral degrees teach most classes at this level.  When using online learning there are more opportunities available that include going to a university out of state without moving.

Current RN nurses with two or four year degrees can enhance their job performance and career options by continuing their education.  Online degrees make it easy to go at a pace that fits the needs of a busy life-style, complete schoolwork during off hours, and may cost less than campus-based programs.M

Many online nursing degrees are tailored to meet the needs of working students in this profession.  Completing a higher degree makes it possible to enter into a higher position, make a career change, or earn more income at a current position.

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November 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

More Employers Value Online Degrees

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On Tuesday July 19th the Atalanta Journal Constitution published an article about how within the healthcare field getting an education online is becoming more acceptable. This follows my common thought on the subject. That is that just like online dating ten years ago was thought of negatively by many now that 1 in 5 relationships start online that black cloud no longer hangs over relationships started online.

From the AJC:

“Nurses who have earned an MBA have benefited by being considered for management positions. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has supported patient care techs to become nurses with tuition reimbursement.

“We value people who have gone back to get a degree,” she said. “We know the programs at Georgia State, Emory or Georgia Tech. Those programs have been around so long, and we know that someone comes out of them prepared. But we’d never look at someone’s degree and say, ‘Oh, it was online.’ We’d be more apt to say, ‘Wow, you got your bachelor’s.’”

Program content and school accreditation are more important than the delivery method to Graham.

“We do require the degree come from an accredited institution, and we verify that, as well as look at what the school offers,” said Graham. “We know that more and more colleges are offering courses online — and I think online education is upping its game. I believe we’ll see more online degrees in the future.”

A recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management and commissioned by agrees. It found that 87 percent of 449 randomly selected HR professionals viewed online degrees more favorably than they did five years ago. Seventy-nine percent said that they had hired a job applicant with an online degree in the past 12 months.”

Find out more about about this article got to the AJC Website.

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July 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

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Twitter Feeds for Nurse Students

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Nursing education is an ongoing process. Even if you’re enrolled in a nursing school, your learning should extend beyond the classroom. You can stay tuned in to nursing any time by just following these Twitter feeds for nursing students.

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April 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm