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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Online Nursing Degrees for Working Nurses

For nurses already in the workforce, pursuing further education online has become a great way to advance their careers affordably and with the flexible scheduling they need. While there are many different types of online degrees, there are three options in particular for working nurses: 1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2. Master of Science in Nursing 3. Doctor of Nursing Practice Below, we’ll walk you through these three degrees, explain how they differ, and show how they can lead into each...
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How to Pay for an Advanced Nursing Degree

Pursuing an advanced degree as a working nurse is a great way to not only improve your career prospects, but also to boost your earning potential. According to Payscale.com, nurses with an associate degree earn on average $67,000 per year—but those who go on to receive a BSN or MSN degree can expect to earn on average $78,000 and $91,000 per year, respectively. Still, from tuition to textbooks and student fees, continuing your education can be expensive. So how do you go about making your...
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Using Online Courses to Fast Track Career Goals

Preparation and Opportunity Meet for Mackenzie In high school, Mackenzie had the grades and determination to get into her top-choice four-year college. She looked forward to having a dorm room, campus life, and engaging classes that would prepare her for a career as a special education teacher. But like many students, the high price of tuition at a traditional college campus just wasn’t in Mackenzie’s budget and she had to shift her focus. With hard work and motivation, what initially seemed...
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Students Gain Real World Business Experience in the Classroom

There’s no substitute for real world experience and our Career Services team routinely encourages students to gain experience while earning their degree. Our business students have a unique opportunity to do just that during their capstone courses. Students must complete a culminating assignment where they’ll apply their learned knowledge, skills, and abilities to a real world problem. Their task? Together they must manage and run a business using an online business strategy simulation called...
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Self-Care Tips to Increase your Study Bandwidth

Becoming a student on top of your already busy life can be wonderful, rewarding, and yes, sometimes stressful. This is especially true for those taking online courses and have to rely on high levels of self-discipline to stay on top of assignments. When things get busy and demanding, you need a way to reward yourself for your hard work and perseverance and give yourself a break both mentally and physically from everything you’ve got going on. Taking time to reward yourself has many benefits...
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12 Tips for Online Students

Taking an online course can offer many real benefits, but the experience can be new and different for many students. While you may not need to be in the classroom on a specific day each week, you’ll still need to manage your time well to complete assignments on time. Forum posts, assignments, quizzes, and reading will still be due at regular intervals. Use the Following Tips to Stay on Track: When you start your course, take time to completely explore Moodle, your online learning environment,...
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Time Management Tips for Busy Students

Finding your Work - Life - School balance is critical when tackling a new degree program. Whether online or in-person, getting organized and managing your time well is a skill you’ll need to be successful. Brush up on your skills with our tips below! Get Organized: Calendars and To-Do Lists For many adult learners their lives are their first priority and we wouldn’t want to see that change. However, as you do with other life commitments, it’s best to keep a schedule to understand and prioritize...
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Three Ways to Launch and Grow a Nursing Career

Today’s “average” nursing unit consists of men and women with varying education backgrounds—associate or bachelor’s degrees, as well as nursing diplomas—all of which lead to a Registered Nurse (RN) credential. Although there are multiple ways to launch a dynamic career as a RN, nearly all options for expanded job opportunities in the nursing profession require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Let's explore the routes that working nurses take to launch and grow their careers in health...
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4 Tips for RN to BSN Students

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) is becoming a requirement across the field of healthcare. It’s beneficial for employers: it helps hospitals earn the Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which is an important indicator of quality care. It’s also a value-add for your career: it can open the door up to interesting and rewarding job opportunities. Whether you’re just starting to consider R.N. to B.S.N. programs or you’ve been enrolled for a few terms,...
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Gift Giving and Getting Guide for online students

The busy holiday season is currently in swing. Now that you are finished with your Fall semester finals, you have an idea of what gifts would help set you up for success during Winter term. You also have time to think about those on your holiday shopping list. Gifts for your list: USB flash drive: This makes a great gift because whe you have a dedicated flash-drive for schoolwork, it's easier to locate class files. A tablet: Tablets help reading eTextbooks and PDF handouts for your class. Apple...
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