As a working registered nurse, you may be looking to expand your scientific knowledge and build leadership skills by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). While the benefits of a BSN may be clear, tackling a degree while working full time can seem daunting, especially from a logistical perspective:
- How will you fit lectures and study time into your work schedule?
- How long will it take to complete the program?
- How can you make the most of your time while in the program?
Consider an online RN to BSN program for a unique set of solutions to the challenges of juggling work and school. A higher education report from Babson Survey Research Group shows a rapid increase in the enrollment of online and distance programs in recent years.
According to an article in Nurse Journal, online RN to BSN programs are designed to accommodate students who are also full-time nurses. In addition to educational benefits, online degree programs offer a host of logistical and professional benefits.
Flexibility in Time and Location
Finding time for classes and homework is one of the greatest challenges of any degree program. Enrolling in an online program helps put time management in your control. Not only are you able to work on assignments whenever it fits into your schedule, but you can also choose from multiple start dates each year.
As an online program student, you can save time by not having to commute to class. You can choose the surroundings that suit your study habits or log on wherever you need to be, even while traveling. You can even access courses from multiple devices, including your laptop, tablet and mobile phone.
Accelerated Course Schedule
According to the Lumina Foundation, 38 percent of students with other financial, work and family obligations leave a degree program within the first year. Fortunately, many online RN to BSN programs offer accelerated schedules -- some that can be completed in as few as 12 months. Not only are accelerated programs designed to help you get through your courses in the least amount of time, but they don't require you to take lengthy breaks at set times.
According to U.S. News & World Report, enrolling in an online degree program offers specific advantages to working adults. The principles you learn in school, for example, can be instantly applied to your tasks at work, enhancing your performance as an RN. Plus, you can build your professional network by connecting with other RNs in your class.
In another article, U.S. News & World Report suggests that online programs help you develop self-discipline as you set your own schedule to meet deadlines, a skill that reaps professional benefits during and after your time as a student. Additionally, the article points out that online programs are likely to expose you to the latest technology in your industry, which can build your confidence and give you an edge at work.
An accelerated online RN to BSN program may be an excellent solution to the logistical challenges of balancing work and school. It offers a flexible course schedule and the option of accomplishing your goal in one year, while allowing you to not only work, but also to improve as a nurse.
Learn more about St. Thomas University's online RN to BSN program.
Sources:U.S. News & World Report: 4 Ways Online Education Programs Teach Real-World Skills
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