So you’ve made the decision to go back to school to earn your RN to BSN degree. All that’s left to do before you make the jump is talk with your employer about your new educational goal. The good news is that they’ll appreciate your initiative — according to the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN), close to 79% of nurse employers strongly prefer BSN graduates. But there are still some steps you should take to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.
Here are five recommended steps to take when talking with your employer about enrolling in a RN to BSN program.
1. Request a Meeting Time
When you are working in a healthcare setting, time is valuable and extremely limited, and there will be several details to go over before you go back to school. That’s why it’s important to schedule time for a one-on-one conversation with your supervisor to discuss your plans in full, without any interruptions.
2. Prepare in Advance
Have an idea of what you plan on saying during the meeting so all of your bases are covered. Plan on explaining why you want to go back to school, which programs you have in mind, and ultimately what you hope to achieve. If you’re nervous about the meeting, try practicing going over all of your talking points with a friend or family member before you meet with your supervisor.
3. Share Your Goals
Earning your BSN is an excellent career choice to make, as some employers are starting to require registered nurses to do so anyway, but it can also open up several new opportunities for you. If you have a career path in mind, tell your employer so they can help you get where you want to go.
4. Make Your Needs Known
As a nurse, your work schedule can be grueling. That isn’t going to change once you go back to school. However, by letting your supervisor know that you will be taking on this extra load, together you can find little ways to make it more bearable so you can succeed at work and in your BSN program.
5. Ask about Tuition Assistance
An investment in you is an investment in the organization you work for. That’s why many employers offer tuition assistance and/or reimbursement programs for RNs who would like to further their education. Ask if a tuition program is available and what qualifications you need to meet in order to receive assistance.
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