Profile of a independent learner - page 2

Hi Everybody, I thought that due to the interest the distance education topic that we should introduce ourselves and share our creative endeavors. I am currently working on my general education... Read More

  1. by   kavi
    Congrats spazzy nurse!!!
    Hope those ankles heal.


  2. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Thanks you guys!!!
  3. by   litebrite
    I have been an RN for 2 1/2 years. I decided to go back to get my BSN now before I start a family. I was forced to do distance learning because of a foot injury in which I needed surgery and unable to drive. I like it a lot and will probably do the remainder of my BSN on-line as well. I agree though you have to be motivated to succeed. Good Luck to all of you.
  4. by   Tim-GNP
    Nice to meet everyone!!!

    Opalm- I have actually added insult to injury--- my PhD isn't in nursing! Many of the 'leaders' *cough* from my MSN program [which was ground-based] "looked down" on my decision to not got a doctorate in nursing... they didn't actually call me a heretic, but they may as well have.

    My true passion is studying the adult learner. It is my dream to one day be a distance education instructor to help nurses who are unable to sit in a 'traditional' classroom realize their dreams of advanced education! Imagine... an education for every nurse grounded in existential principles of adult learning! An education for nurses that allows them to explore their interests, and expand their knowledge base consistent with their current and future aspirations... *ah... to dream*

    I believe education should be the most positive experience a person ever has. Unfortunately, current methods of instruction in 'traditional' colleges puts the adult learner in a position where they must 'jump' through the hoops... arbitrary hoops that fail to teach anything but how to be submissive to the instructor in the 'ivory tower.'

    The nature of the PhD program at Touro is such that individual interests are allowed to be explored in the courses context. It truly like nothing I have ever experienced! My boss wants to go for her PhD, so I showed her some of my courses [including the software that I use for the live courses]... she was blown away with the technology, and is in the enrollment process.
  5. by   LTNurse
    Hi,
    I'm so glad to meet other online students!! My name is Nicole but in this board I go by LTNurse. I was enrolled in a BSN program in Hawaii but last year when my husband received PCS orders (orders to move with the US Army) to Germany I was forced to drop out of the program. I have always wanted to be in Health Care and when I started college several years ago I was a pre-med student but then I found a mentor that was a plastic surgeon and he allowed me to go into surgery with him several times and I also got to spend time at the hospital with several doctors and Nurse practitioners; to be more specific with an Oncology NP, a FNP and a CRNA and it was then that I realized that I would rather become a NP. My mentor was very disappointed with my decision but I felt and still feel that it's what I have been called to do. My husband became and Army Officer and we moved so I decided to take a break from school for a while and went to work as a Flight Attendant for a few years but two years ago I quit my job and decided to go back to school to become an FNP and the first step was to get a BSN. After I dropped out of HPU BSN Program last year I felt lost and without options. While at HPU I took three classes online and I really enjoyed the experience and that was when I decided to research the internet for an alternative. I found EC but was turned down due to my lack of documented health care experience but even then I refused to give up and that was when I came across this board and I read a posting by mona b talking about Deaconess and so I decided to apply to the program. I'm expecting to start Deaconess in May and I'm excited! I realize that I have a long road ahead of me because I plan on doing my BSN, my MSN and later on a Phd all online but I'm taking one step at a time but I'll get there soon enough!!!
    LTNurse
    Last edit by LTNurse on Jan 12, '04
  6. by   kimlpn
    Hi everyone! What a great post topic. I have been an LPN for 8 years. I just completed all of my generals for the ADN program last semester at my local CC and have taken both NC1 & 2 already through EC. I am currently working on NC 7. I love the flexability that EC allows--the main reason for not attending my local CC for the ADN program is my 2 year old that I prefer not be in a daycare setting all day! The program is not easy, but so far I am learning a lot I am still taking generals at my local CC that will later apply to a bachelor's, but they are on-line or telecourse--requiring only a few testing dates to be on campus. It is so nice to meet others in similar situations.
    Kim
  7. by   nurseangela407
    Hello all!
    My name is Angela. It feels wonderful to know that there are so many others out there that have chosen "the road less traveled" in distance learning. I have wanted to be a nurse as long as I could remember. I whizzed thru LPN school . Got married and had a child after graduation. Attempted to take the boards very pregnant and very stressed and didn't pass the first time. I was so disappointed. Left it alone for a couple years and worked different realms of healthcare. However, everything came to a head when my mother was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. She was on failry new medication that several Dr.s and nurses had no experience with- and I was their quickest source of information. Needless to say, I tightened my belt to care for my Mom during the last year of her life. When I did have free time, I started studying to take the boards again. I had to because I promised her and she knew that it was my dream. My mother was laid to rest on Feb. 2,2003 and I took the boards on Feb 5. Passed with 85 questions. I haven't stopped since and don't intend to. Excelsior is my choice because it gives me a realistic option of finishing what I started. Glad to know I'm in good company!
    Angela
    " It doesn't matter how rocky the road may be. The road will clear if you keep walking."
  8. by   mona b RN
    Quote from nurseangela407
    Hello all!
    My name is Angela. It feels wonderful to know that there are so many others out there that have chosen "the road less traveled" in distance learning. I have wanted to be a nurse as long as I could remember. I whizzed thru LPN school . Got married and had a child after graduation. Attempted to take the boards very pregnant and very stressed and didn't pass the first time. I was so disappointed. Left it alone for a couple years and worked different realms of healthcare. However, everything came to a head when my mother was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. She was on failry new medication that several Dr.s and nurses had no experience with- and I was their quickest source of information. Needless to say, I tightened my belt to care for my Mom during the last year of her life. When I did have free time, I started studying to take the boards again. I had to because I promised her and she knew that it was my dream. My mother was laid to rest on Feb. 2,2003 and I took the boards on Feb 5. Passed with 85 questions. I haven't stopped since and don't intend to. Excelsior is my choice because it gives me a realistic option of finishing what I started. Glad to know I'm in good company!
    Angela
    " It doesn't matter how rocky the road may be. The road will clear if you keep walking."
    Good for you! Keep on trucking til you get there.

    There is alot of good information about EC on this forum. Have fun

    mona
  9. by   opalmRN
    Quote from nurseangela407
    I haven't stopped since and don't intend to. Excelsior is my choice because it gives me a realistic option of finishing what I started. Glad to know I'm in good company!
    Angela
    " It doesn't matter how rocky the road may be. The road will clear if you keep walking."

    Good for you! You will find a wealth of knowledge, experience and support on this board.

    Welcome!
  10. by   purplemania
    Hi all. I too am a distance learner, working on MSN. Even though the school is only 1 hr away, traditional classtimes, etc. are so hard to do for me. The best part is learning on my own time and the worst is chat rooms with the whole class/instructors. Too much chatter and a waste of my time. The instructors have to give frequent feedback for it all to work. Some emphasize "online community" too much. No offense, but I don't really care what other students are doing. I just want to do my thing and get out of there. WDYT?
  11. by   macmagick
    Howdy Everybody! My name is Mac and I am a diploma RN and have been a nurse for 24 years. I have played around with taking a course here and there for several years and decided to get serious with finishing my BSN via an Online RN-BSN program. I have taken online classes at California State University, Domingeuz Hills and will be starting back there hopefully Summer, 2004. My goal is to work toward an MSN with emphasis on teaching nursing.
  12. by   opalmRN
    Quote from purplemania
    The best part is learning on my own time and the worst is chat rooms with the whole class/instructors. Too much chatter and a waste of my time.

    I agree, weekly chat is not something I have found helpful.

    Not all my classes require chat and some only have chat once or twice a month. Those are the best IMO as we go in ask questions, when everyone is finished we log off. Short, sweet and to the point.
  13. by   fry.girl
    I am currently working on my pre-reqs for an RN program at a local community college (CC). Just two weeks ago I ran across this board and found out about Deaconess' Web-based ASN with PN comp, I was thrilled...

    At the CC I am currently taking a hybrid class (web-based with optional classroom time)...and it has been the best. I am able to work out my study time around my life. My husband teaches on-line (a drawing class) and he has had a great experience with it...but then we totally believe in self motived education, we have been homeschooling our 10 year old daughter since 1st grade.

    I am so happy to have an on-line option for the entire RN program with Deaconess, not to mention the actual chance to start the NURSING program this coming Fall 2004...(Keeping my fingers crossed) and not be stuck on a mile long waiting list at the CC.

    It is the worst feeling in the world when you finally make up your mind about what you want to do and then be told that you have to WAIT...

    Good luck to everyone that is pursuing their goals in Nursing and On-line Education. IMHO, Independent Learning demonstrates its best results in those that have a passion for what they are doing...
    Last edit by fry.girl on Feb 23, '04

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