Education

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RN-to-BSN Program Goals

Aspen University offers an online RN to BSN degree program for registered nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing and wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

With a liberal arts foundation, our RN-to-BSN program builds on initial nursing preparation to prepare nurses for a broader scope of practice with a useful understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence care delivery. It is designed for adult learners wishing to complete their undergraduate degree without the on-campus class requirement. Continue reading »

CCNE Accredited BSN Degree

Earn a CCNE Accredited BSN Degree Online

CCNE Accredited BSN DegreeTuition under $10,000. Pay only $250 per month. 10 courses. 18 months. 100% Online.

RN to BSN Tuition Plan: Our goal is for our students to earn a high quality degree that will help them improve their career and income, without taking on large financial debt. There are two ways that we help our students achieve this goal. Continue reading »

Interprofessional education

Combining skills and knowledge from different disciplines enhances patient care.

By Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN

 

In 2003, the Committee on Health Professions Education of the Institute of Medicine released a report recommending that “All health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches, and informatics.” Thus, a common recommendation was directed to all health professions’ schools to ensure their graduates are competent in these five areas. Through its work in the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative, the nursing community divided quality improvement into two competencies, resulting in a sixth area—safety. Continue reading »

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Can nursing meet the 80/2020 goal?

Progress is slow but steady as RNs head back to school to get their BSN.

By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

Will 80% of RNs hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree by the year 2020? Not likely, say nursing experts. But not to worry, they add. For the first time in the decades-old debate over whether a BSN should be required for practice, RNs are heading back to school in record numbers.   Continue reading »

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Your doctorate and the path to persistence

Completing your doctorate requires support and more.

By Nancy Bellucci, PhD, RN, CNOR

High attrition rates for doctoral nursing students (reported to be as much as 50%) in the face of an increasing demand for PhD-prepared nursing faculty is a growing concern. So, what’s at the crux of this problem and how do we solve it? When I was a doctoral student, I researched how other doctoral students balanced work, family, and school. The goal was to learn more about the strategies used by these students. (See More about the research.) Continue reading »

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Lifelong learning: Is a post-master’s certificate the right option for you?

It may be the key to opening the door to new opportunities.  

By Meigan Robb, PhD, RN, and Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

As a professional nurse, you know the importance of embracing lifelong learning and the value of furthering education to enhance your career opportunities. The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health suggests that to promote change and enhance population health, nurses must commit to advancing their knowledge and skills. One way to do this is to continue your education and seek a post-master’s certificate—an educational option for both clinically focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and nonclinically focused master’s–prepared nurses. Continue reading »

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Ready to change specialties?

Make sure you know yourself and what you really want.  

By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

Deciding to change your nursing specialty can require as much self-assessment and research as transitioning into an entirely new career. Or it can be as simple as moving to a hospital unit that requires similar nursing skills but has a different patient population. Continue reading »

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Returning to nursing school? Keys to success

Preparation will help ease the transition.

By Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, and Meigan Robb, PhD, RN

 

Congratulations! You have decided to pursue additional nursing education and been accepted at the program of your choice. You’re happy—right? But you also may be feeling a bit anxious, especially if you haven’t been in school for a while. Continue reading »

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Is an accelerated nursing program right for you?

This challenging approach to nursing education offers plenty of rewards.

By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

Even with a 3.8 GPA from the University of Florida, Katrina Sherman, a junior majoring in English, harbored doubts that she could find a well-paying job when she graduated. So she began considering nursing as an option.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2010, Sherman searched for accelerated nursing programs across the country. She created a spreadsheet and systematically recorded program names, the types of credits each required for admission, and the deadlines for applying.

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Frontiers of nursing education

As student needs and priorities shift, education adapts.

By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

In less than half a century, nursing education has advanced from a highly structured model to one with a wide menu of options designed to satisfy the diverse learning needs of today’s students. Continue reading »

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Moving ahead with your nursing education

Take advantage of the resources available to you.

By Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Whether you’re a newly licensed nurse or a seasoned professional, the time is always right to take the next step in your education. Returning to school opens new doors of opportunity for your career, as higher levels of education allow you to work in the settings of your choice and assume more responsibility for shaping care delivery. Continue reading »