Summer is winding down and it’s that time again – back to school season. Our Ready, Set, Grow series is an eight-part series that will walk an adult learner through the process of going back to school, starting with deciding if going back to school is right for you. Each week will feature a new resource so be sure to check back each week to pick up the new tool.
Ready, Set, Grow! – Reasons and Readiness
As a nurse, you are used to weighing costs and benefits: a patient may need a medication, but there may be serious side effects. As a caregiver, you weigh the options and make the decision that will give your patient the best chances at leading a healthy life.
The idea of going back to school while you are juggling a full-time job, family, and other responsibilities can be daunting. The decision to go back to school is another time for you to use your skills of weighing costs and benefits.
First, the costs. No doubt, you will be putting in time, money, and your heart into earning your degree. But the benefits far outweigh the costs and going back to school is one of the best investments you can make in you.
The benefits of going back to school are numerous; here are just a few:
- Gain a competitive edge in your field
- Be an inspiring figure for your children and loved ones
- Switch nursing fields or become a specialist
- Secure your future with an organization you love
- Build your confidence
- Provide even better patient care
- Improve the field of nursing
- Make more money
- Climb that ladder
Going back to school is not for everyone, but for those that take the plunge, the benefits are unending. If you are on the fence, and need a little help in weighing the costs and benefits of going back to school, don’t worry! You’re not alone, and American Sentinel would like to help you make the best decision for you (whether that’s going back to school with us or not). Use our Readiness Worksheet to help figure out if going back to school is the right choice for you now.
Read the other Ready, Set, Grow! articles for more on how you can grow professionally and personally by going back to school.