Profile of a independent learner - page 3

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   orrnlori
    Hello everyone - My name is Lori and I'm currently an ADN RN in Bluegrass Country. I'm finished a BS in Psychology from Excelsior and have applied to a distance MSN program for Nurse Educator, I'm interested in teaching distance learning for nurses.

    Tim - You are so right. Higher education, especially for nurses must change or the shortage of nurses will not get better. Brick and mortar schools throw up more obsticles than is necessary for the RN at the associate level to move up the educational ladder. It is ridiculous and why I'm not finishing a BSN in order to get my MSN.

    I chose to test out of a BS rather than a BSN because it was easier to get where I wanted to go. Much much easier. There are programs out there DL that don't require a BSN to get to the MSN degree, just an RN and another bachelor's degree.

    For testing out tips there are some great resources out there, degreeinfo.com and degreeforum.com are two sites you should check out for distance learning ideas, classes, tests, etc. I'm a member of both. They are not nursing based sites, but you may pick up some pointers on some things.

    DL is not for everyone. Testing out is not for everyone, but I'd rather be here in my home studying than looking for a parking space or sitting in a class for 6-8 hours a week.

    I hope we can develop this section of the board more fully. We are a small group but one who I think will grow in the years to come with more and more colleges breaking through old standards to try and reach the learners.

    Tim - I'm very interested in what you are doing. I hope I can learn more from you about your scholarly pursuits. I would love to help others get the education they want and will work for. Best wishes to everyone here.
  2. by   mona b RN
    Quote from orrnlori
    Hello everyone - My name is Lori and I'm currently an ADN RN in Bluegrass Country. I'm finished a BS in Psychology from Excelsior and have applied to a distance MSN program for Nurse Educator, I'm interested in teaching distance learning for nurses.

    Tim - You are so right. Higher education, especially for nurses must change or the shortage of nurses will not get better. Brick and mortar schools throw up more obsticles than is necessary for the RN at the associate level to move up the educational ladder. It is ridiculous and why I'm not finishing a BSN in order to get my MSN.

    I chose to test out of a BS rather than a BSN because it was easier to get where I wanted to go. Much much easier. There are programs out there DL that don't require a BSN to get to the MSN degree, just an RN and another bachelor's degree.

    For testing out tips there are some great resources out there, degreeinfo.com and degreeforum.com are two sites you should check out for distance learning ideas, classes, tests, etc. I'm a member of both. They are not nursing based sites, but you may pick up some pointers on some things.

    DL is not for everyone. Testing out is not for everyone, but I'd rather be here in my home studying than looking for a parking space or sitting in a class for 6-8 hours a week.

    I hope we can develop this section of the board more fully. We are a small group but one who I think will grow in the years to come with more and more colleges breaking through old standards to try and reach the learners.

    Tim - I'm very interested in what you are doing. I hope I can learn more from you about your scholarly pursuits. I would love to help others get the education they want and will work for. Best wishes to everyone here.
    Nice to meet you Lori! I know what you mean about obstacles and there being enough of them. You make some very good and valid points about DL. It seems that this topic (distance learning) gets more interest everyday. The forums that you refer to are very informative and I have learned a great deal from them.

    mona
  3. by   orrnlori
    Hi mona - I'm on degreeinfo.com under the name "seekinghelp".

    I would love for the administrators of this board to break out the topic of DL education from the nursing students area into a catagory of it's own so more people might participate, I think that doing education DL is different from doing B&M nursing education, not better just different. Anyone else think the same way? A basic education in nursing and an RN license can take one in many different areas under one umbrella. Anyway, glad to be aboard and I hope to help others here like I have been helped on the other sites.

    I hope to have my BS done in August, 2004. My application to the MSN will be done in time for the deadline of November 2004, to start studies in graduate school (Nursing Educator) by September, 2005. Seems so far away in time. But I keep plugging away and dream of doing doctoral work and changing the direction of nursing education somewhat away from "Nursing Diagnosis" syntax and definately away from the old school of writing "Care Plans" (unrealistic theory inapplicable to real life nursing) to something much more useful to nursing students and their patients. I believe I may be a traitor to the standard nursing programs, like Tim. Heaven forbid someone suggesting something different from the standards of the last 50 years. Heretic indeed.

    I would be proud to change thinking in nursing education and increase education beyond the redundant and misplaced humanities requirements at the BSN level. Of course, I would then be fighting the entire higher educational system that is the snobbish and lofty humanaties based compartmentalizing pigeon-holing school of thought in addition to nursing educators. Yikes. Shame on me for having an original thought!
  4. by   opalmRN
    Quote from orrnlori
    I hope we can develop this section of the board more fully. We are a small group but one who I think will grow in the years to come with more and more colleges breaking through old standards to try and reach the learners.
    Hi Lori and Welcome!

    As you indicated, distance learning is breaking wide open in so many areas.

    I currently work for a major world wide corporation. Our company prides itself in further education and encourages employees by paying tuition upfront for students as opposed to reimbursing after the course, as many companies do.

    Back in 2000, I requested to take a few courses online. My manager denied my request so I re-submitted directly to my department head. It was immediately approved and I became the first employee with our company to be approved for a web course.
    Today we have over 375 employees furthering their degrees through online learning.

    As with anything that is "different from the way we have always done things" there tends to be reluctance from some individuals. Distance education is not going away, it is not a fad, and more and more educational facilities adding distance courses are seeing the need to be competitive in today's educational world.

    I too hope to see the "Distance Learning/ Independent Study" thread grow.

    Continued success with you pursuit!

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