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LanaWRN has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Home Health, EMR, Nurse Educator.

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  1. So you’re considering applying to a nursing program? Or you just got accepted? Congratulations! Now what? How do you prepare yourself and your family for the major time commitment you are about to tackle? Many students are already entrenched in their nursing education by the time the reality of the time needs, and other demands, hits them. More than half of nursing students continue to work during their education. While working is often necessary to pay the bills, and a job in the healthcare industry is great experience for nursing students, students often do not fully realize the effect their work hours have on their education. Many are unprepared for the time commitment of a nursing program until they reach a crisis point with their grades. Once a student begins their nursing program, it is often difficult for them to make adjustments to work and family commitments, so they are trying to just keep their head above water during their first semesters. One of the major aspects students underestimate is the extra studying required for the nursing courses that have lab and clinical components because they have been able to manage with good grades during their prerequisite courses. Did you know that at most colleges and universities, for each hour of credit in a lecture course there are 10 hours required in the classroom. By comparison, for each hour of credit that is lab- or clinical-based, 30 hours are required. In addition to those 30 hours of in-person contact hours, studying is more intense and time-consuming than it was for pre-requisite courses and out of class preparatory work is often required for nursing clinical pre-assessment. Research and studying that is required to be prepared for clinical days can take several extra hours each week. Evaluate Let’s look at a few ways for you to prepare your life for your future in a nursing program. Time management is simply optimally using the time available by planning and prioritizing. There is a positive correlation between effective time management skills and academic achievement, stress reduction, and student satisfaction with their nursing program, whereas, poor time management can reduce motivation, lead to academic failure and ultimately dropping out. First, evaluate everything in your life that sucks time from your life, this is all your current time commitments and responsibilities. There are plenty of free Time Management Worksheets available to download and print online that will allow you to track every activity you do. I suggest you track activities for 1 to 2 weeks to get a good sense of where you might be routinely wasting time. You will probably be surprised at how much those little times of watching your favorite TV show (or binge-watching…hey, nobody’s judging you for that!) can add up to be a major time waster throughout the week. Plan Now that you’ve evaluated where all your time is going and know how many hours are required a week for each activity in your life, it’s time to map out your time plan! Use a similar hourly planer as you used for evaluating, but this time we’re going to designate class and study time. Use a printable one like this to get started, and then go buy a good planner for school! Map out all of your firm commitments such as work, class, clinicals (don’t forget to include the hours for clinical pre-assessment if required), study time, family time, kids activities, church, etc. Remember that you are still human and still need to eat and sleep! Don’t forget to include a little time each week to take care of yourself – get out and enjoy nature, hang out with friends, play a video game, watch a movie, get a massage, etc. (If you don’t take care of yourself now, you won’t be able to take care of others later!) Once you’ve mapped out your time commitments do you still have a solid 8 hours each night for sleep? Do you have time needed to spend with your family? If not, it’s time to evaluate all the activities you looked at before during the evaluation phase and decide what can be sacrificed for the next 2 years. If one of your activities is a 2 hour a week book club, poetry reading at a coffee shop, boxing class at the gym, or being a scout leader, you might need to put those on hold for now in order to have the appropriate amount of time to study each week. Celebrate What’s important to remember when you evaluate and prioritize each of your activities is that making something a lower priority for now is not permanent! Once you graduate and have that first nursing job, all of the sacrifices you’ve made along the way will be worth it! And, then you can celebrate and add back some of those things you’ve been missing in your life! References Ghiasvand, A., Naderi, M., Tafreshi, M., Ahmadi, F., & Hosseini, M. (2017). Relationship between time management skills and anxiety and academic motivation of nursing students in Tehran. Electronic physician, 9(1), 3678-3684. doi:10.19082/3678 Hamshire, C., Willgoss, T. G., & Wibberley, C. (2013). Should I stay or should I go? A study exploring why healthcare students consider leaving their programme. Nurse Education Today, 33(8), 889-895. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2012.08.013 Reyes, H., Hartin, V., Loftin, C., Davenport, D., & Carter, V. (2012). The impact of employment on nursing students’ academic performance. Nurse Educator, 37(5), 218-221. doi:10.1097/nne.0b013e318262abc9
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    Continuing ed for educators

    I'm an adjunct faculty member with MSN-Ed. Are there any online continuing ed courses I can take related to education? I try to do a lot of general topics and med-surg (my specialty) but would love to keep up with the world of education.
  3. I was recently hired for the community college as an adjunct for the RN program. Then the PN program asked if I'd be able to help with their clinicals as well. I'm doing a couple of weeks for RN then a month of PN. ANy advice for switching mindset between the 2 programs? I started as a LPN, then bridged to RN, then BSN and now MSN, so I understand the different capacity. But I'm trying to think back to my time as a LPN and how the thought process was different. I know the PN program here teaches in concepts rather than body systems, so that will be different for me. Thanks for any advice! So excited about this opportunity!
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    WGU MS Integrated Healthcare Mgmt

    I almost did this program but decided on the education program instead. If this program had been a MSN instead of a business degree I would have done it. I think it depends on what your goals are? I wanted an option to teach so my degree needs to be a nursing one.
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    Grads of LPN-RN or RN-BSN what did you miss?

    I'm not saying there is a difference, however my personal experience was that there wasn't a great focus on transitioning the clinical thought process to higher level. I was still thinking as a nurse, but not to see the picture through a BSN lense, this did come through observation in my workplace of who I wanted to emulate in my nursing practice. But all programs have a different philosophy and style so I'm not saying this is always the case. And yes, I'm just looking for personal observations, not trying to criticize.
  6. If you graduated from a LPN-BSN or RN-BSN what do you feel was lacking in your program? What did you feel unprepared for after graduation and entering the workforce as a BSN? I've talked to a couple of nurses who transitioned from LPN-RN/BSN who felt unprepared to take RN boards and/or transition from the LPN thought process to the RN process. I'm thinking through a paper on how to address this but wondering what else might be missing in bridge programs? I'm a bridge graduate of both LPN-RN and RN-BSN so I love bridge programs, just wondering what could be improved!
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    RN-BC 30 CE Requirement

    I used CE's from nursece 4 less dot com (all 1 word and .com - not sure I can include the link here? I used them to renew my med-surg certification through ANCC and there are topics on Issues in Nursing, cultural competent care, ethica, and more that should all fall under the professional development category (in my own opinion). Is this cert through ANCC? If so they should offer more guidelines on topics? I know mine said anything that was relevant to my speciality so I did a variety.
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    MSN-Ed to DNP?

    I'm currently in a MSN-Ed program but still in core classes so no education specialty ones yet. I stared panicking a little this week wondering if I'm in the right track. I want to teach at one of our local universities so started looking at DNP options. Most of the ones I looked at specified either MSN-NP or administration or such speciality, they didn't mention education. Has anyone had experience with their MSN-Ed not being acceptable for application to DNP? I'm trying to decide if I should switch to Leadership/Admin and then pursue DNP-Ed or a post-masters certificate. Thoughts? Or should I just chill out and complete the track I'm in and not worry about it?
  9. I'll complete my MSN in the spring and am hoping to apply for some educator positions after that. While I have extensive med-surg, telemetry, home health experience as well as 1-2 years (by the time I'm ready to apply) as a clinical analyst working with our EHR, I need to build up the more professional side of my resume. Oh, I also have med-surg certification. What are some areas to focus on to help build my resume? Certifications? Papers? Activities? I'm wa Help a newbie out! Thanks!