Going back to school to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is an excellent return on your investment of time and money. But it can seem intimidating, especially if you have been out of school for a while.
Earning a BSN via an online RN to BSN program is a great choice for busy adults because it offers ultimate flexibility and convenience. There are a number of tips you can try to help make your online college experience a success.
Avoid Making Assumptions
Assuming a course is simple can cost you valuable time, as it did for a student interviewed by U.S. News & World Report. Because previous online courses he had taken were easy, he assumed the online course at his new college would be comparable and did not feel the need to contact his instructor. It was only after the instructor returned several assignments for revisions that he reached out for help and learned where he needed improvement.
You can learn from his mistake. You may scan a course syllabus and think it is straightforward, but making assumptions can cost you a grade, as well as time and money. Communicate with your instructors before and during the course, and take the time to ask about course expectations. The instructors and staff at Mississippi College are here to ensure your success. You are never alone in the process.
Connect With Other Students
You are in good company. Today’s nursing student is older and more experienced, per RNCentral. Registered nurses (RNs) who graduated in 1985 were, on average, 24 years old. The average age is now 31 years. RN to BSN programs are filled with students like you — those who have been out of school for a while. Consider reaching out to these other students, many of whom are also balancing school with work, home and a personal life. Sharing experiences and networking with others who have similar challenges can help build morale and a sense of camaraderie.
You may also want to consider starting a study group to help each other academically. Scrubs magazine says study groups are a good way to succeed in nursing school. Listening to other students explain nursing and medical concepts can be an effective way to reinforce what you have learned in class.
With your multiple roles as student, working nurse and caregiver, you will need an efficient way to keep track of all your obligations. If a paper-based organizing system works for you, by all means, keep it. But for those of you who prefer digital methods, there are a number of programs and apps designed to help you manage your hectic lifestyle. The following represent just a small number of those available.
- Evernote. This program lets you streamline your assignments, notes, ideas and questions all in one place. You can exchange notes with other students. This app allows you to easily clip nursing-related articles, graphs and images you find online.
- Wunderlist. You can keep track of your work, school, home life and other obligations all in one place. And you can set due dates and reminders, which is especially helpful for those who have many obligations. It works across all major devices, including your tablet, smartphone and smartwatch, making it easy to access data at your convenience.
Going back to school can seem overwhelming, especially if you already have a lot on your plate. Incorporating a few simple tips, such as communicating with instructors throughout the course, connecting with other students, and getting a good organization system in place can make the difference to your success.
The online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at Mississippi College is designed with working nurses in mind. It is a faith-based program that offers the ultimate in flexibility and convenience. You can choose from multiple start dates and take as few courses per session as is convenient for you. And with a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you can count on a quality education and individualized instruction. Success is well within your reach.
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