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5 Ways an Online Program Benefits the Working Nurse

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Furthering your education is one of the best ways to advance your nursing career, but going back to school can be difficult if you’re already firmly planted in a job. Sacred Heart University’s online nursing program allows you to advance your education without the hassle and sacrifice that comes with scheduling shifts around class time or giving up your job altogether. Working nurses find the online RN to BSN program beneficial for many reasons.

1. Enjoy flexibility and convenience.

An online program gives you the flexibility to arrange your course load around your schedule. If you’re working, you don’t have worry about accommodating certain class times; SHU’s online format allows you to access the course work 24/7. This means you can do the schoolwork whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.

2. Create more career advancement opportunities.

When you’re looking for a job, employers are looking for both experience and education. An online program recognizes that these two elements go hand-in-hand, so you’re not forced to sacrifice one for the other. As a working nurse looking to advance your education, you’ll gain valuable experience through your job while working toward your diploma. This also shows employers that you are ambitious and a hard worker – two qualities that stand out well on a resume.

3. Enjoy an interactive learning experience.

An online program is often more interactive than simply sitting in a lecture hall. With an online course, you have regular interaction with faculty members who are available for any questions or discussions. In an effort to provide an optimal student experience, SHU is very focused on keeping class sizes small. Plus, as a working nurse you’ll be able to apply what you’re learning to your experiences in the field.

4. Receive a top-quality education.

SHU’s RN-BSN, MSN and DNP programs are accredited1 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has been regionally and nationally recognized for excellence, ranking among the institutions with the best online bachelor’s programs.2 With SHU’s online program, you aren’t sacrificing quality for convenience. Instead, you receive the same education and rich learning experience that resident students receive, from the same distinguished faculty members who teach on campus.

SHU’s nursing program’s core curriculum is called The Human Journey. It teaches students to become healers, not just nurses. This curriculum explores the human experience through literature, philosophy, religion, sociology and more, leaving graduates well equipped to offer compassionate care after receiving a degree.

5. Make the most of your time and money.

If you’re working, you know that both time and money are at a premium. With an online program, you won’t pay for room and board or use gas driving to and from classes or the library. You also have a much greater chance of getting the most out of your classes, as you won’t need to miss due to such things as a change in work schedule or illness.

Because SHU’s online RN to BSN program is designed with the working nurse in mind, it offers benefits that are important to busy nurses. To find out more about how to take the next step in advancing your education, click here or call 877-791-7181.



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