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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 »


Written by samomulligan

March 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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.

Written by samomulligan

November 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Reality vs. Myths of Online RN to BSN Programs

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Looking around the internet these days it can become discouraging for a RN that is looking to complete a RN to BSN program through an online college. So many articles and so many discussion groups are filled with negative viewpoints concerning the advantages of continuing a nursing education online. To make things simple, here are a few myths that are commonly found on the internet followed by what is true in reality.

Myth: They say that the classes are online, but I am going to have to travel to take tests or to complete labs for classes like chemistry.

True Reality: There are a few programs that require students to travel to “student centers” to take proctored exams. However, with the right amount of research this can be avoided. There are online programs that do not have this requirement. There are even some online programs that for lab classes will send all the lab equipment needed to a student’s house so that the course can be completed without traveling.

Myth: All online RN to BSN programs basically consist of reading books and taking tests.

True Reality: While there is reading of books and other materials required with most all online programs that does not have to be the entire learning experience. There are online schools that provide streaming video and MP3 lectures to provide information in addition to textbooks. Streaming videos of lectures from the instructors is the cutting edge of online learning, and should be a requirement for a student searching for an online education.

Myth: Instructors for online RN to BSN programs are not as experienced or knowledgeable as the instructors that students who attend programs on campus experience.

True Reality: Admittedly there are some online programs in which the instructors that are assigned to the class have limited credentials to be instruction nurses at a college degree level program. This is another area in which being very selective of the program a student selects is very important. There are online RS to BSN programs in which the faculty are the same instructors that are available to the on campus students.  Note that this is one reason to select an online program that is sponsored by a college that is based from a traditional campus university.

Myth: Students do not have enough time in which to complete work necessary to complete a class or a degree program.

True Reality: With some online programs there is a sort of blind dumping of coursework heaped onto unsuspecting students, and before a student knows what happened they are so far behind that there seems to be no way in which to catch up. This problem is resolved by attending a campus based school’s online degree program. Traditional schools and their instructors are used to providing syllabus materials on the first day of class. These outlines of the course will detail each requirement and the dates in which they will be due. This will help online students take advantage of the 24/7 nature of an online program.

And the number one myth:

Myth: RN to BSN programs that are online is not as effective as traditional campus programs.

True Reality: To begin, as with any class, college, or degree program a student will only get out of it what they put in. Even at a campus BSN program if a student wants to get by with some memorization or limited work that student can finish the program and not be any more prepared for a nursing career than they were when they started.  Additionally if a student looking for a RN to BSN program selects properly they will select a program that expect and provides the exact same instructors and materials that the campus student gets. Instead of going to a lecture hall the online student will watch streaming video of the lecture. If the content being provided to the online student is the same as the campus student, then the online student has the exact same opportunity to lean as the campus student.

Written by samomulligan

February 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

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RN’s Moving Forward with RN to BSN Programs Online

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RN to BSN Curriculum can be different from school to school. Make sure you are looking at the details when selecting the right online school for you.
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Online Nursing Degree Programs for Licensed RNs
With the demand for experienced, educated nurses at an all-time high, online nursing degree programs for licensed RNs are experiencing a surge in popularity. Earning an advanced nursing degree can give you a competitive edge in landing the best nursing jobs and highest salaries.

The Benefits of an Online Nursing Degree Program

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
  • Written by samomulligan

    February 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm