Advancing Your Nursing Degree: The Experienced Nurse’s Guide to Returning to School

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Advancing Your Nursing Degree
The fact that you are reading this page tells me you are interested in going back to school. That is a great start! I hope you take the time to read this book and make a commitment to further your education. The path ahead will have its share of challenges; however, it will also expose you to some amazing faculty and colleagues, open doors to unique opportunities, and encourage you to look at health care and nursing through a different lens. What you learn from these pages will help make your journey a memorable one.
A question you may ask is, “What makes you qualified to write such a book, and what prompted your interest in this topic?“ To begin with, in recent years I have been both a student and an instructor, which helps me understand both roles. As a student, I faced many of the challenges presented in this book.
At present, I teach online and work with doctoral students to complete their dissertations, so I am aware of what each of these entail, too.
What sparked my interest in this topic initially was my own experience returning for a master’s degree. It had been over 16 years since I was in school, and I did not feel confident in my writing, presentation, or research skills. For several years, I vacillated about a return to school because the only available master’s degree program was 80 miles away, which did not seem feasible. I also worked full time in a very demanding job. However, the desire was always there.


Unit I: Starting the Journey
1. Introduction—The Initial Steps

Why Wait? Make the Decision
What Is Behind the Impetus for Advanced Education?
You Are Not Alone
Stages of Change
You Can Do This!

2. The Decisional Balance
What Motivates Nurses to Return to School?
What Barriers Do Nurses Encounter?
What Fears Do Nurses Express?
What Facilitates a Nurse’s Return to School?
Weighing the Pros and Cons
Tipping the Decisional Balance

3. Choices, Choices, Choices
Selection Process
Selecting a Nursing Program
Course Selection
Clinical Experiences

4. The Application Process
The Application
Admission Selection Process
Accepting Previous Credits/Transfer of Credits
Letters of Recommendation
Entrance Tests
Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
Cover Letter or Personal Statement
Other Requirements
Acceptance or Nonacceptance Into a Program

Unit II: Preparation—The Key to Success
5. Mental–Emotional Preparation

Negative Thoughts and Behaviors to Avoid
Stress-Management Strategies

6. Financial Preparation
Financial Planning
Title IV of the Higher Education Act
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Veterans’ Benefits
Personal Assets
Cost-Saving Measures
Tax Credits

7. Computer and Technology Preparation
Basic Computer Components
Operating Systems
Computer Skills
Internet Skills
Communication Tools and Social Media
Learning Platforms
How Technology Is Used in Academia

8. Academic Preparation
Characteristics of Adult Learners
Learning Styles
What Academic Skills Will You Need to Be Successful?
Writing Skills
Reading Skills
Note-Taking and Study Skills
Test-Taking Skills
Physical Examination Skills
Information Literacy Skills
Referencing Skills
Presentation Skills
Project Completion Skills
Statistical and Research Skills

9. Family/Social Preparation
Family Support
Social Support

10. Physical Preparation
A Place of Your Own
Shopping for School
Setting Up Your Area
Getting Around
Staying Healthy While in School

11. Work Preparation
Employee Benefits
Time Off for Classes
Prepare What to Say
Combine Work With School
Work at School

Unit III: Back in School
12. Take Action

Get Organized
Managing Time
Learn to Connect
Locating What You Need
What to Do if

13. Enjoy the Journey
Find Balance
Keep Motivated
Celebrate Successes Along the Way
Enhance Your Professional Role
Be a Role Model
Pass It Forward
Final Message

Title: Advancing Your Nursing Degree: The Experienced Nurse’s Guide to Returning to School
Author: Debra a. Wolff
Language: English

PASSWORD/CONTRASEÑA: www.rinconmedico.me

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