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Are you interested in becoming an RN (Registered Nurse)? Or maybe you are already an RN but are interested in furthering your education by getting your BSN (Bachelor's of Science in Nursing). Online RN programs may be the best way to go.

If you study nursing online, you can fit your schooling into your schedule rather than living your life completely around school. Maybe you are wanting to make nursing your 2nd or even 3rd career and need to continue working in order to go to school. Doing online studies is more flexible which allows for you to continue working your normal schedule while pursuing a degree at the same time. You can also work around your family's schedule which is great for a mom who is wanting to get a degree in nursing without spending a lot of time away from home.

Other advantages of online RN programs is that you will save money on gas, buy fewer books, and possibly even lower tuition costs.

Is Nursing Right For You?

If you love people and are compassionate to people when they are in their most vulnerable states then nursing may be the right occupation for you. However, if you want to go into nursing because you feel like it is a career in which you can easily get a job and make lots of money but you are not really a people person, then nursing may not be for you. Nursing is very challenging mentally and often physically as well. Taking care of people when they are physically and mentally ill is a lot harder than it may seem.

Although nursing is challenging, it is also a very rewarding career. Knowing you played a part in helping someone overcome illness of some sort, or that you were able to be an advocate for them in their times of need is something that you can feel good about. Many careers out there are more focused on making money but nursing is a career that is more focused on caring for people.

Will I Find A Job After Graduation?

You should find that it is fairly easy to find a job after graduating from online RN programs. Although the economy is currently down some, the nursing shortage continues to be an issue. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing mentions that in March 2011 that 37,000 new nursing jobs were added in that month alone. While you may not get the perfect job right out of graduation, you should at least be able to get a nursing job, work for 1-2 years in that job and then pursue your "dream" nursing job. Some new graduates get lucky though and get their desired job straight out of college!

What Kind Of Degree Should I get?

There are a few different types of online RN programs leading to different degrees. You can get an ADN (Associates Degree in Nursing) or ASN (Associates of Science Degree in Nursing) in approximately 2 years. A BSN usually takes approximately 4 years to complete. There are also programs in which you can go from an ADN to a BSN. These are estimates as it will take some people less time and others more time to complete these online degrees.

What About Hands On Learning?

Nursing is a very hands on occupation so it will require some hands on learning. Although the classes can be completed online, you will still need to be able to put time into pursuing clinical time in medical facilities. These are generally facilities that will work with you and your online school to allow you to come in and work with their nurses for your clinical classes.

There are advantages and disadvantages in every situation in life including online RN programs. You need to take a look at your current situation in life and see what type of RN program will work for you. Also make sure this is something you truly want to do in life as nursing is a career that you will truly need to be dedicated to. Online RN programs are an excellent way to pursue this career if you decide that this is the direction you want to take in life.


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