– Years of Life and Work Experiences Create Advantage for Adult Nursing Students Earning Advanced Degrees –
AURORA, Colo. – July 23, 2015 – The new online adult learning model has made it easier for nurses who want to return to school and earn advanced degrees to develop new skills. In fact, for mid-career nurses, earning a degree is much less intimidating and much more flexible than most think.
American Sentinel University’s healthcare blog, ‘The Sentinel Watch,’ launched a new eight-part nursing blog series: ‘Back to U – Karen’s Corner’ and profiles Dr. Karen Whitham, assistant dean, undergraduate nursing programs as she shares her personal experiences about what it’s like going back to school mid-career and offers valuable insight about balancing work, life, and school to earn an advanced degree for career advancement.
“It’s natural for a nurse at any age to feel uncomfortable about going back to school,” says Dr. Whitham. “Many are afraid they lack the aptitude to succeed or fear they will be overwhelmed balancing their lives, but it’s important for them to realize they already possess the foundation to earn an advanced degree and that they are just building on it.”
The ‘Back to U – Karen’s Corner’ blog series will run through September 7 and covers such topics as:
- So You’re Going Back to School…At Your Age?
- Is This the Right Time to Get Your BSN?
- How to Get Your BSN and Still Have a Life
- The Virtues of a Virtual Classroom
- Study Tips for the Online Student
- Balancing Homework with Family
- No Stress, No Struggle: Ask the Question
- Making Time for You
Dr. Whitham points out that it’s important for nurses to keep in mind that learning has no age limit.
“Nurses are always learning in their jobs and adult nursing students have an advantage over younger students who may be right out of high school because they have the benefit of many years of life and work experiences. And most importantly, having career experience ensures that you will immediately be able to relate to your course work, and it will provide new ways to view nursing practice, within the context of your current job,” she adds.
To learn more about going back to school mid-career, visit the ‘Back to U – Karen’s Corner’ blog series.
American Sentinel University offers market-relevant, high-quality nursing degree programs, including a CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program that is ideal for nurses who want to expand their knowledge base, become more marketable and enjoy greater career stability and mobility. The RN to BSN can be earned in less than one year and for less than $12,000. Learn more about American Sentinel University’s RN to BSN degree program.
About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The university is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Accrediting Commission of DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.