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Whether you're an aspiring nurse looking to launch a rewarding career, a nursing professional looking to advance your career, or a professional looking to impact public health, Chamberlain offers the degree programs, options and resources to help you succeed.

Chamberlain University has more than a 125-year history of preparing extraordinary healthcare professionals.

Our roots go back to the Deaconess tradition of 19th-century Europe. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, studied at a Deaconess facility in Germany and later applied the concepts she learned to her nursing practice. In 1889, an evangelical pastor in St. Louis, Missouri, proposed establishing healthcare services based on the Deaconess model to address the needs of the local community. Those services evolved into the Deaconess School of Nursing and, later, Deaconess College of Nursing.

 

 

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  1. Since she was a little girl putting band-aids on baby dolls, Jennifer Joseph knew she wanted to be a nurse. Nearly 20 years after graduating from high school, she decided it was time to take it happen. While a full-time student in Chamberlain's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Joseph worked at least 20 hours per week, while still making time for her husband, two daughters and three dogs. "Nursing school is like no other," Joseph said. "It takes an organized, motivated and determined person to make it to the finish line. Throw in a family with that, and it can become overwhelming. Having a support system in place is the key to success." How To Balance Family, Work And Nursing School: STEP 1 Start Organized-and Stay That Way! At the start of each session, Joseph programmed alerts into the calendar on her iPhone to remind her about upcoming tests and important dates. "If you forget one assignment, your grade has now dropped," Joseph said. "It's nice to be organized from the beginning, rather than trying to play catch up." Joseph also put a calendar on the family fridge and wrote down what she had going on each day, whether it be a clinical or work. Her family could see what days she would be very busy and when she would have more space for family time. STEP 2 Create a Study Space During nursing school, Joseph used a bedroom of her home as an office. When the door was closed, her family knew not to knock or interrupt unless it was an emergency. "I created a nice area where I could open up a book, have my laptop open and have plenty of space and light," Joseph said. "You have to be sure there are no distractions - leave your phone outside the room and just focus." As marathon study sessions aren't the most beneficial, Joseph would study in spurts. She might study for an hour then put in a load of laundry, or study for two hours, then watch a few minutes of TV to clear her mind. While this worked for Joseph, it might not work as well for others, including those who have small children. Starbucks might be a better option for some - it doesn't matter where your study space is, as long as you designate one, Joseph said. STEP 3 If You Must Work, Make Sure You Have Flexibility While working as a full-time student isn't recommended, it may be a necessity for some. During school, Joseph had a part-time role at a midwife's office. Finding an employer who will be flexible with your schedule and keeping communication open with your manager are essential if you plan to work during nursing school, Joseph said. "Your manager needs to understand that your school schedule will change every eight weeks," she said. "Communicate with your manager ahead of time and give them as much notice as possible about your schedule." Throughout the course of the program, Joseph never took significant time off to study from her position at a midwife's office. "I kept my routine consistent and just pushed through," Joseph said. "I love my work and going there helped me clear my mind a bit and gave me a break from studying." STEP 4 Find a Network of Support Even with the best-laid plans, life often intervenes. Having someone to call when it does is especially important in nursing school. While she had the help of her husband, Joseph still needed to call on a neighbor when she was in a crunch. "Having a support person on stand-by really helps," Joseph said. "Whether it's a significant other, a neighbor, a family member or friend, I definitely recommend having someone who understands what you're going through and can be there if you need them." Joseph was one of 12 moms in her class, so they would often lean on each other for advice and encouragement as well. "I have made close friends that I will be friends with forever," she said. "We're all compassionate people- we're all nurses. We all have one thing in common and that is having the mindset of compassion and caring." STEP 5 Keep the End Goal in Mind At the start of the Bachelor in Science in Nursing program, Joseph printed out her program plan. Each semester, she would cross off another task so she could stay focused on her goals. She also took time to talk openly with her daughters about her desire to attend nursing school and how it would affect them, including an occasional missed soccer game or class event. Whenever possible, she would include them in nursing school events-like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. "Looking back at my kids during graduation and seeing them smile and cheer me on made it all worth it," Joseph said. "You have to keep the focus on what you're doing and know that your kids will be so proud of you when you're done. They see you do it and then you're even more of a role model for them."
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    9 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Education Goals

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    9 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Education Goals

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  4. As I think about the many graduates who walked the stage this year at Chamberlain, I offer some of the following reflections on what I've learned about continuing education. 1. There is no statute of limitations on going back to school.Part of my reasoning for completing a Ph.D. at 64 is that I want to continue to work as long as I'm able. There are people in their 70s who earn degrees simply for the sense of accomplishment. It's never too late. 2. If you want to return to school, you can find the time.Right now you may be thinking, "That's crazy, I have no time." But I've seen how busy people find the time to do what is important to them. If we think about the number of hours we waste in a week watching television or other like activities, we may find that we can carve out the needed time to do school work. To meet your educational goals, you will need to prioritize your time and exercise discipline. Figure out what works for you and find a way to fit it in. It's a sacrifice, but one you will never regret. In my second doctoral program, I had to find time on weekends because my position requires long workdays. Although I began taking one course at a time, I wanted the degree sooner so I doubled my course load halfway through the program. It meant that I had to work on school almost every weekend. When I needed to make a push to finish my dissertation, I took a week's vacation time to do the final writing and editing. The dissertation took a year and a half, during which time my husband saw little of me. Which brings me to my next piece of advice: 3. Find a support structure that works for you.My husband understood the importance of the degree and did what he could to help, including taking on some household duties. During my first doctoral program, I had a baby and worked full-time, which meant I had to rely on my mother and other family members. 4. Set your goals as early as possible, and set your sights high.Think of all that's available in nursing and what you, as a professional, want and need to accomplish. Someone once said, "Make no small plans, as the heart is stirred by setting big goals and making them happen." 5. If you've got momentum, keep going.We have students at Chamberlain who go from earning a degree to the next because they're in the groove. If you know that's what you want and now is the right time in your life, go for it! 6. Treat going to school like a job.I found that if I set myself a work schedule much like a job, I was much more successful and efficient in getting my school work done. On weekends I went to my office at 8 a.m. and worked the full day. Because the courses in my program were online, I was able to schedule the times when I planned to log in and complete the online assignments. I set goals to finish those assignments at the beginning of each week, in case they took longer than anticipated. Decide how much you're going to accomplish in each work session and pace yourself. 7. If you fall off track, you can get back on.I left my first doctoral program without completing my dissertation and went in a completely different direction before returning to health care. I finally earned a Ph.D. more than three decades after setting out to achieve that goal. The second time around, I watched many of my classmates fall off track. Life changes; priorities shift and shift again. Suddenly, it's the right time to resume. I lost ground with the time off, but when I got back on track, it was with new resolve and a focus dictated by the new direction my career had taken. 8. Explore all your educational options.Certificates are another way to continue your education. During my midlife entrepreneurial career, I took a year-long program at the University of Illinois and received a certificate in business administration and entrepreneurial studies. At Chamberlain, we offer a Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics. Post-graduate fellowships, such as the nurse-educator fellowships available through the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, are another option. 9. If you want to be a leader, you need to continue your education.The most compelling reasons for earning a degree are job advancement and career opportunity. Although I didn't need a master's degree for the job I had at the time, I decided to earn one - I knew it would open doors. My nursing diploma equipped me to provide patient care, but I also wanted to be a leader and a teacher. In most places in healthcare, you need at least a BSN degree to be a clinical supervisor, such as unit leader, and an advanced degree to go beyond that. Before I entered a BSN program, I knew plenty about patient care but little about my profession. As I continued my educational journey, a world I knew nothing about opened to me - a world of nursing scholars, theorists and professional organizations. You too can enter a new world filled with new insights, individuals, ideas and experiences. No matter your age, time constraints or setbacks - you can do it. You can build momentum, find support through friends and family and stay on track. I encourage everyone to embrace lifelong learning and to achieve your educational goals no matter what.
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