If you are a registered and practicing nurse, there are several online degree programs that you can undertake to further your career. These non-clinical degrees are delivered entirely over the internet and can be completed either full-time or part-time. They are ideal for currently practicing nurses who are looking to advance their careers and move more to the managerial side of things.
A fantastic example of an online nursing degree is the Baylor DNP NNP program. This 18-month online program is designed for actively practicing registered nurses who want to undertake an advanced practice role leading nursing care for infants up to the age of 24 months. This is just one example; there are several different types of program available with several different institutions.
Online Degrees: Why Do It?
Today, any and all degree programs that can be molded and changed to fit into a format that can be delivered online, have been. This is simply the natural progression of the world – as everything becomes more digital, educational institutions are adapting and delivering entire degree programs to students who never have to set foot on campus.
Although most online degrees are in areas such as IT or the arts, there are several nursing and other medical online programs available.
Studying online is a convenient way for students to get the degree they have always wanted in a way that suits them, especially when students are working professionals such as practicing nurses who do not want to, or simply cannot, put their lives on hold to go and study at college again.
It is worth noting that many of the most popular nursing programs cannot be delivered online. Of course, this is because they are heavily clinical – there is a lot of hands-on training (e.g. on BSN and ADN courses) that simply cannot be delivered online. We are starting to see the emergence of so-called “blending” nursing programs, however, where the theoretical aspect is delivered online and the clinical aspect is delivered on campus.
Are You Prepared to Study Nursing Online?
If you have decided that you are ready to study nursing online, whether you are a new student going for a “blended” course or a practicing RN looking to further their career, you need to be sure that you are prepared for the challenge ahead.
Just because a nursing program is available online, does not mean that it is going to be any easier than a nursing program that is delivered on-campus, in person. In fact, many people argue that online nursing programs are a lot more difficult because they involve more independent learning. Some of the other challenges surrounding online nursing programs include:
Finding the time to balance study and downtime;
Little access to on-demand help;
Staying motivated and driven; and
Completing deadlines on time.