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Earning Your RN to BSN: What to Expect in Your First Semester

Written by Madison School of Healthcare On Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in Nursing

Earning Your RN to BSN: What to Expect in Your First Semester

If you’ve decided to go back to school to earn your RN to BSN degree, you’re not alone. More and more RNs are deciding to complete their education to further their career and meet the needs of the growing healthcare industry. While adding school to your list of responsibilities — from spending time with friends and family, to managing a busy work schedule — can feel overwhelming, the best way to calm your nerves and set yourself up for success is to know what to expect.

Here are five things you should know as you gear up for this new stage in your life.

1. Create a New Routine and Get Organized

Going back to school is a big change, especially if it’s been a while since you were a student. To make the adjustment period go more smoothly, consider these tips.

First, schedule a regular study time. While the daily routine of a nurse is anything but ordinary, having set times to complete coursework will help you keep on track. Second, get yourself organized. Everyone has their own style, but having a dedicated space to keep your course materials and a method for keeping items in order will make study time efficient as possible For example, have a folder system to keep syllabi, assignments and other materials separated by class.

2. Be Ready to Revisit the Basics

Before diving into nursing topics, you will take a course that helps you get familiar with the format of Madison’s online nursing program. You will learn how to navigate the student portal, access the digital library and revisit core academic rules, such as APA writing style. This step will help you get back in the groove of things and set you up for future success.

3. Expect a Variety of Academic Topics

Some of the topics covered in early coursework will be very familiar to practicing nurses, including health assessment and the health delivery system. Other course topics that may be less familiar include nursing research. Don’t worry, though. Madison provides a host of resources to help students tackle each course.

4. Utilize Your Student Advisor

As a new student, you can expect your student advisor to reach out to you weekly during your first two courses. Take this opportunity to build a relationship with them, as they will be an invaluable resource for any questions you may have. Your student advisor can also help you set academic goals to keep you motivated and moving forward.

5. Know What Resources Are Available

In addition to your student advisor, there are several resources available to students. The “Ask your Professor” feature in the student portal gives you an easy way to get answers on course questions. The student portal also includes a writing center and other learning resources. Students who need extra help can also work directly with an educational tutor.

Madison School of Healthcare are passionate about its mission of promoting and educating nurses who will change the healthcare industry.

Learn more about our online RN to BSN degree program.

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