Challenges Of Returning To College

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Returning to college as an adult learner is a difficult decision at best. Consequently, it is somewhat like deciding to have a child. When is the right time, what is the right circumstance, can I afford the additional expenses and how will I bear the additional responsibility? Becoming complacent with a career as an Associate Degree Registered Nurse, focusing on family and life, instead of earning a Bachelor of Science Degree would be the easy option. However, this mind-set not only hinders us from achieving our life goals, but also in counterproductive for the example we set for those around us. Developing a healthy work, life and college balance can be difficult, but manageable with a good support system including family, classmates,…show more content…
There are various avenues to pursue a RN to BSN degree including face-to-face, hybrid and online programs. Delaney’s (2013) article sought out the various experiences nurses had during the transition from RN to BSN using different programs. In addition, the article also points out a variety of obstacles that hinder nurses from obtaining an advanced degree. The lack of support from family, employers, co-workers, financial burdens and time constraints are factors that not only prevent nurses from returning to college, as well as, impact their decision to leave a program before completing their…show more content…
Expectations, how they began their journey, cornerstone courses, how the new knowledge increased self-awareness, feelings of empowerment, overcoming challenges, awareness of the big picture and impact personal nursing practice. Reasons for returning to school included personal achievement, pressure from employers, and looking to advance career options. Beginning the journey ultimately requires personal motivation, contemplating priorities, overcoming financial and time constraints. Choosing a BSN program that offers convenience, quality, preferred mode of instruction, flexibility and affordability. Most participants preferred a program offering cornerstone curriculum of research, theory, leadership and community health. Most felt the leadership courses were beneficial in helping them view their own leaders and managers in a different way. Consequently, they approached staff and management situations with an improved set of skills. Overcoming the challenge of balancing multiple roles, family responsibilities, and work demands presents a unique situation for adult students. Most rely on family for emotional and financial support, although family can also be the very reason they leave the program. Forming relationships with classmates offers emotion support, academic support and a professional network. Interviewees agreed the BSN degree changed their perspective and they were able to see the

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