Going back to school can be a challenging transition for an RN, and American Sentinel University wants to help. Through an eight-part blog series called "Ready, Set, Grow!," the Aurora, Colorado-based university will give advice, unique resources and valuable insight for mid-career nurses returning to school.
American Sentinel is an accredited online program offering degrees in nursing and healthcare management. The goal of the new blog is to inform and advise nurses who are returning to school for certifications or more schooling.
"The online adult learning model has made it easier for nurses to return to school and earn advanced degrees to develop new, in-demand skill," said Karen Whitham, assistant dean of undergraduate nursing programs at American Sentinel. "In fact, for mid-career nurses, earning a degree is much less intimidating and much more flexible than you could imagine."
Now through Sept. 12, "Ready, Set, Grow!" will feature a variety of discussion topics:
· Readiness checklist
· Choosing a nursing specialty
· Tips and tricks for comparing nursing schools
· Enrollment checklist
· Paying for nursing school
· Study tips and tricks
· Balancing school and life
· Student tips for getting to graduation
"Practicing nursing students have an advantage over younger students, because they have the benefit of many years of life and work experiences," said Whitman. "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."