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Need advice on continuing education

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I am almost done with nursing school with my associate's degree, and I definitely want to continue on to get my bachelor's degree or more. My question for you all is how soon should I go back to school. I have heard the first year as a nurse is hard and can be overwhelming so I should wait a year. What are your thoughts and opinions?


MrChicagoRN, RN

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience.

I feel that the first year should be devoted to becoming a competent nurse


Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Although I agree with the above post, I see no problem with taking an occasional, less 'stressful' general education course or CLEP exam to fill areas such as the humanities or arts and sciences (mainly arts for now, sciences later...this coming from not-a-math/science person). That way, by the time you've gotten the hang of things at work, you're ready or almost ready to go directly into the BSN nursing courses. Just my opinion...;)

TiffyRN, ADN, BSN, PhD

Specializes in NICU. Has 28 years experience.

Keep your feet in it or you'll be like me; 20 yrs later trying to learn in a completely transformed educational environment. Sign up for a low stress humanities, or if you aren't stressed out by writing, a writing course might even be therapeutic.

You can also take an online course, which would be easier than trying to get to class, trying to fit school into an already busy schedule. This way, you can do school work at your convenience.

Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN (ret)

Thanks for all the great advice everyone.