You might already be convinced the time is right to pursue your BSN. You’re probably aware of the push for “BSN in 10,” and maybe you’ve already read about three reasons to get your BSN today (and three more reasons to do it!). But making the decision to advance your education is only one part of the equation. You also want to wring every ounce of enjoyment out of the experience. To make the most of your educational pursuits, you should adopt these four strategies.
Be realistic about how much time you can devote to your studies
One of the benefits of the Madison School of Healthcare online RN-BSN program is you can choose for yourself how many classes to juggle each semester, unlike traditional programs that often require you to take a minimum of three or four classes at a time. To make your experience as enjoyable as possible, be realistic about how much time you can actually devote to your studies.
For instance, if you have small children that need to be shuttled to school or daycare or extracurricular activities, you may want to limit yourself to one course at a time. On the other hand, if your children have all flown the coop and left you an empty-nester, then you may have the time to tackle multiple courses. By fine-tuning your time investment and taking classes at your own pace, you will feel less stressed and be able to enjoy the process much better.
Create a study schedule (and stick to it)
It’s simple human nature: if we write something on the calendar, we are more likely to actually do it. Putting your intentions in writing not only reinforces your own commitment, it helps your family members understand when and where you’ll be studying so they can support you by minimizing interruptions.
Flexibility represents one of the greatest benefits of an online RN-BSN program. You can study when it suits you. For some students, that means burning the midnight oil. For others, it means completing lessons at 5:00 a.m. Find your most productive study window, schedule it in your calendar, and then stick with it. Madison School of Healthcare advisor Sandra Kleiman, MSN RN, also offers this tip: “Find a dedicated space for studying. This will help you stay focused on coursework.”
Get involved in the online student community
Just because you’re taking an online RN-BSN program doesn’t mean you’re going it alone. In fact, isolating yourself from other students robs you of the camaraderie that should be an integral part of any educational experience. Starting with your very first semester, be sure to participate in the online student community to develop friendships, find a study buddy, and give and receive moral support when you need it!
Develop a relationship with your advisor
After you enroll in the Madison School of Healthcare online RN-BSN program, your advisor will reach out weekly to answer questions and provide support. Smart students use that time to build a real relationship with that advisor. To make your educational experience the best it can be, rely on your advisor to help you set academic goals, adopt an attitude of mindfulness toward your studies, and provide moral support when you need it.
Get started today!
With these four strategies for success in your pocket, there’s no reason to wait. Learn more about the online RN-BSN program at the Madison School of Healthcare: Talk to an admissions advisor today!