Have you ever met (or been) a registered nurse who is not busy? It’s rare and will likely stay that way.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects much faster than average job growth for RNs in the foreseeable future, meaning full employment for RNs — and also meaning nearly all will be very busy working.
So why would an employed RN want to go back to school and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)? BSN-prepared nurses earn higher income than diploma or ADN RNs, offer better patient care outcomes, and are eligible for far more jobs and promotions.
The best news is that earning a BSN is easier than ever with online learning.
The Major Benefits of Online Learning to Earn a BSN
- Take classes and exams at your own pace at any time of day.
If you’re a fast learner with more time, you can sprint through and finish sooner. If you have less time or lots of family demands other than your RN job, you can make incremental progress at a slower rate. The result is the same BSN degree.
- Learn from anywhere.
There may not be an RN to BSN program convenient to where you live or one that offers quality instructors. Online learning conquers that obstacle easily.
- Be better prepared for the future of medicine and the professional world as a whole.
Healthcare is incorporating more technology that allows remote patient care. In completing an online program, you’ll learn how to communicate with your teachers and classmates, which can prepare you for situations that warrant remote patient care.
- Benefit from interactions with classmates who come from different cultures and bring a wide range of experience.
If you don’t live in a thriving multicultural city, online learning exposes you to peers with different backgrounds and experiences who you may not have met otherwise. These often become a lifetime network of professional contacts that can be just as valuable as your advanced education itself.
- Earn higher grades by learning at your own pace.
Higher education is not easy, nor should it be. But being forced to adhere to a schedule of lectures and exams sometimes means lower grades for those who are juggling work and family life because they’re too rushed to do their best.
- Make more efficient use of your precious time.
Attending on-campus classes means you must commute from home to student parking, walk to the class (not a joyful experience in bad weather), and then do it again in reverse afterward. The commute often more than doubles the time investment in attending school. There is also the question of adjusting your work schedule to attend classes, which can be difficult for all but those with the most flexible work schedules.
- Learn in a comfortable environment.
Your customized study nook at home can offer a comfort level more conducive to your personal learning style. With no social pressure or dress code to follow, you can even wear what you want while you study.
- Concentrate better.
Many students absorb and learn new material more effectively when there are no in-class distractions. It’s hard to ignore other students nearby when they’re whispering or tapping their pens or even surfing the web within your gaze.
For busy RNs, especially those balancing work and families, an online RN to BSN degree program may be the best option for advancing your career, earning more money and prestige, and improving the lives of yourself, your patients, and your loved ones.
Learn more about the La Salle online RN to BSN program.
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