December 13th, 2010
Are you a registered nurse who is unemployed or having trouble moving up in your career? You might want to consider pursuing an RN-to-BSN program at an online nursing school. Hospitals and clinics that employ nurses are increasingly looking for higher levels of education in the nurses they hire, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is very much in demand as a qualification for promotion. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, advancement opportunities are sometimes more limited for nurses who hold only an associate degree in nursing, or ASN.
The great thing about online RN-to-BSN programs is that they are designed with busy nursing professionals in mind. In fact, many RN-to-BSN students work full time while taking classes online. If you are working shifts that vary from week to week, it can be extremely difficult to make it to class on a traditional campus on the same day and time each week. When you take classes online, you can log in to your classes at the time of day that is most convenient to you and complete school on your own schedule.
Many RNs have questions about how clinical training is conducted when you’re taking classes online. Clinical training in an online program is arranged at a health care setting close to where you live. For example, in the online RN-to-BSN program offered through the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, only one course requires clinical training, a course called Community Health Nursing. Nursing students do their clinical in a local community health agency setting, according to program information on the UNC website.
Aside from the flexibility of logging in to your courses from your home at your own convenience, you are also not limited to nursing programs in your immediate area when you decide to do an online RN-to-BSN program. For instance, if you are really interested in the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay’s online nursing program, you can take it from any state in the U.S., as long as you have a nursing license in that state, according to the program website.
Finally, the great thing about BSN completion programs is that they are built with experienced RNs in mind. The courses are tailored for nursing professionals who already have clinical training. Therefore, you don’t necessarily have to “re-learn” the basics of nursing that you already know; instead, these programs build on the nursing foundation you already have.
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