Deciding to pursue an RN to BSN program is a major life decision. Registered nurses who consider this move often want to further their careers, be competitive, increase their job options, increase their education to match other degreed professionals on the healthcare team, earn a higher salary and give the best patient care possible within today's complex healthcare environment. Most nurses who aspire to earn a BSN must not only continue to work full or part time, but also must continue to meet family, social and financial obligations. An online RN to BSN program is ideal way for RNs to attend classes and still participate in other aspects of their busy lives.
Life is unpredictable
When you are operating in several spheres - family, work, school, civic responsibilities and all those small duties that can crop up without warning - flexibility within your academic schedule can go a long way in making life manageable. Online nursing courses allow you to adapt to life situations that call for flexibility and creativity.
Save time and gas
Thanks to today's technology, those who pursue degrees do not have to attend class on campus. When it comes time to do your online nursing courses, you have to go no further than your computer. The ability to study at home is especially advantageous for nurses who live in rural areas or far from any institutions that offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This means you can use the time you save not having to commute for other pursuits or obligations.
Class is in session - day or night
Another benefit of online nursing courses is that they enable an asynchronous environment - that is, a student-centered curriculum that allows you to take courses on your own schedule and to make full use of the advantages electronic communication. Students and instructors do not have to be online at the same time and you can communicate at any time with other students taking the same courses. You may be given a window of time in which assignments must be completed, but the work can be done at 3 a.m. if this is the best time for you. It is easy to see why asynchronous learning is especially convenient for those who must work long shifts.
Another advantage of the asynchronous online environment is that it allows students to think about what they want to say before actually saying it. There is time for reflection and students who would not otherwise be engaged in discussion feel confident enough to join in. Online nursing courses also allow those for whom English is a second language time to compose and organize their written contributions.
By participating in an online RN to BSN program, you can learn and study when it best suits your schedule and needs.
Learn more about Columbus State University’s online RN to BSN program.
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