Facts about Nightingale College and Its Learners

Facts about Nightingale College

What should you know about Nightingale College and its learners besides the fact that the College specializes in nursing education and our learners are on their way to serving their community as nurses? Making the decision to enroll in any nursing school takes considerable thought. Such a decision requires enough research to find the best school that fits your needs. While it may seem that many schools are the same, the smallest differences may be the deciding factor. The main point is to always look at all the options before jumping in with both feet, especially with such a big decision.

To help make your research easier and to show what Nightingale College offers, here is a list of just a few milestones and facts. However, we suggest not just relying on what we say in this article but contact our Admissions Advisors by clicking here to learn more about the College and its nursing education programs.

Nightingale College proudly offers nursing education programs that challenge learners with the latest evidence-based concepts and train learners the necessary skills to treat patients in a variety of environments. One of the most attractive aspects of the nursing profession is career stability and mobility. With over one hundred nursing professions, nurses have the ability to practice in different health fields and the opportunity to advance quickly, if determined to do so.

Up and coming Nightingale College revolutionizes the way nursing education is delivered. Check out seven of our main facts we’d like you to know.

Nightingale College is a full-distance (blended) nursing program. A main advantage to Nightingale College is the ability to deliver nursing education online. Learners have access to a portal that houses their classes, assignments, discussions, and exams. However, not all nursing education can be instructed online. Nursing learners need hands-on training. We help learners receive the necessary training through our on-ground labs, simulations, and clinicals. Our on-ground components allow learners to learn and practice the skills needed when providing patient care. Learners are supervised and instructed by one of our faculty members.

Coming to school and sitting in a lecture hall for a few hours is not the way we do it nor do we think it is the best way to learn. However, attending a program that has any online component entails the learner to be accountable for their success in the program. Skim through our blog to find helpful articles on communicating online and attending class online.

Nightingale College has an RN-to-BSN Program. We know how important nurses are to their communities and the impact they have that surpass the community boundaries. Nurses are able to influence health care. To become a licensed nurse, nursing learners need to graduate from an ADN Program then pass the NCLEX-RN. However, until recently, nurses did not have to pursue higher degrees to remain a nurse. With the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80% of nurses be BSN prepared, health care employers are beginning to see the importance of having BSN-prepared nurses on staff. Currently, many open positions list a BSN Degree as a preferred qualification.

We want our learners and nurses to succeed, so we designed our RN-to-BSN Program to help licensed nurses get their BSN Degree quickly and locally. The Program features full-distance delivery with two projects (Community Health Project and employer-focused Capstone Leadership Project) to help BSN learners advance their knowledge. Nursing is a profession requiring lifelong education. We want to make sure our nurses in the community are educated and providing quality patient care.

As a bonus, our ADN Program alumni receive $50 off per semester credit with the Alumni Tuition Waiver. It is important to prepare for your future as a nurse whether you are still in nursing school, a new nurse, or veteran nurse. Click here to visit our RN-to-BSN Program website.

Nightingale College features accelerated programs. Accelerated may scare some away, but for those who are up for the task, come join the fun at Nightingale College. Our programs are meant to be completed at a quicker pace than other nursing programs. As an option for people pursing nursing as a second career, our program’s method of delivery (see first point) allows learners to continue to work while attending school. We do not recommend working full time but we have seen it done by many learners who were successful. It just takes organization and dedication to sticking to a set routine. Check out our recent article on juggling studying and a full-time job. Click here to read our post.

Nightingale College is accessible to learners in various states that have been approved. Part of our mission is to bring nursing education to rural communities and communities that are struggling with the nursing shortage. Communities do not benefit when residents leave to attend school, often times not returning after graduation because of the available jobs in larger cities. We discovered that residents who are educated locally tend to stay local after graduation. We are dedicated to helping our rural communities provide nurses who are qualified and passionate about serving their neighbors.

To learn the states we have partnerships in, visit our DDC-dedicated page and click on Prospective Learner. Click here to head on over.

Nightingale College trains confident, competent, and compassionate future nurses. In today’s world, it is all about having the confidence to know you are doing right by your patient, the competence to understand the needs of your patient, and the compassion to help them along the way. Our curriculum is grounded in the three C’s of the College. Learners are introduced to the three C’s right when they attend New Learner Orientation. Do you think you have the confidence, competence, and compassion to be a nurse? You’ll need to apply to the school first to know if you are tough enough to be a nurse. Challenge accepted?

Nightingale College uses unique terms. As you have already deduced, we use “learner” in replace of “student.” A student, according to Merriam-Webster, is one who attends school or one who studies. A learner, by definition, describes an individual who gains knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience.

Why did we make the switch in terminology? Learners immerse themselves in nursing concepts, become curious to why certain things occur, and ask questions. When these three actions occur, we know the act of learning is effectively transpiring. The challenge to learners embodies full understanding of a concept with internal and external motivation of providing great patient care. Students emulate what they assume the instructor wants to see and receive knowledge to only pass the test and class. The challenge to students incorporates knowing concepts for a brief period of time with internal motivation of passing the class as center focus.

We challenge our learners to gain the knowledge and skills that will mold them into nurses, information cemented in their brain so they ready to better serve their patients. We encourage them to become lifelong learners as health care is an ever-changing and advancing field.

Ultimately, it is better to be a learner of something than a student of something.

Another term that is unique to Nightingale College is the use of “collaborator” instead of “employee.” Just as a heads up if you do come across the term.

Nightingale College has high interest in rural health care. As mentioned above, the current status of health care in our rural communities is worrisome. These communities are being affected to a higher degree by the nursing shortage than their urban counterparts. To advance the discussion, more and more people are retiring in rural areas to escape the busy lifestyle. Population in rural areas grow although the younger population migrate to other locations. Who is there to care for the community when the younger generation chases opportunities outside of the small community?

We want to help residents stay local to serve their family, neighbors, and community. Additionally, we want to help rural health care facilities staff their units with quality nurses who have a means of advancing their education past a CNA, LPN, and ADN level.

Nightingale College Learners (Our Favorite Subject)

Nightingale College offers a fun, education-focused environment designed for learners serious about their nursing future.

Nightingale learners are self-motivated future nurses. Can we boast a minute about our nursing learners? One thing each learner has in common with their fellow cohort is their determination to succeed. With a blended environment, learners need to be motivated and accountable to stay on top of didactic learning and online discussions and assignments. They are responsible for asking the right questions, which can be difficult to learn when first engaging in an online environment.

Nightingale learners are looking to serve their community. Learners supporting our own mission helps us deliver better service to communities. Banded together with the help of our learners, the College is able to work with health care facilities to support local education and local employment.

Nightingale learners are dedicated learners who are ready to serve their communities as nurses upon graduation (and after passing the NCLEX-RN). Enough said.

 

What Inspires Nurses to Return to School and Why You Should

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What motivates nurses to return to school and why should you? An ADN-qualified, licensed nurse who is working in health care may not see the benefits of returning to school. After all, the nurse is licensed to work. The patient’s overall health is just as dependent on the medication being dispensed as it is on a nurse’s academic progression and level of knowledge.

“It’s great that you have achieved your ADN degree, passed NCLEX and became an RN. It is a dream that many have had but few have achieved. Now for the next step and that is to get your BSN. With your RN under your belt you’ll have opportunities to gain knowledge and grow in the field while you study online for your BSN. You’ll find working in the field while attending your BSN program will help you to not only do a better job but will also give life experiences that contribute to your understanding of your role as a nurse.” – Linda Flynn, MSN, RN (Manager, Associate Degree Programs)

The nursing field is continuously advancing and developing new systems and discovering new methods to treating patients. Nurses constantly are challenged to become lifelong learners to serve better patient care and improve health care throughout their community. Over the past decade, medical technology and knowledge has changed nursing practices, and as an evolving field, nursing practices will not stay stagnate. From the adoption of electric IVs as opposed to manual IVs and new patient monitoring systems, nurses require the latest knowledge and skills. Nurses without the proper training and knowledge base are left behind.

ADN Program Manager at Nightingale College, Linda Flynn, MSN, RN, reinforces and encourages her ADN Program learners to not just stop after getting an associate degree and licensed, but to push on to the next level of education: “The BSN degree will open doors for you and broaden your opportunities to explore more areas of nursing service. Health care is quickly moving from acute hospital care to acute care in community and home settings. Public health care and health promotion have been traditionally reserved for the BSN level Practitioner. It’s important as nurses that we stay in the forefront of progress and EBP. Getting your BSN is a valuable part of that process. Remember an ADN prepares you to become an RN and a BSN prepares you for the future.”

The future of nursing and a nurse’s career hinges on continuous educational improvement and a sense of accountability. Patients look to receive the best care possible during their (sometimes) most frightening time. Nurses who hold themselves accountable to always deliver quality patient care are driven to advance their level of education.

What are the benefits of returning to school to get a BSN degree?

RN-to-BSN Graduate proudThe popular perception is that balancing work and school is difficult, which hinder nurses from returning to school. (For tips on how to manage studying and work, check out our blog article How to Study and Hold Down a Full-Time Job.) Although the enrollment in RN-to-BSN programs have increased since the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80 percent of nurses hold a BSN degree, nurses struggle with the allotted time needed. “The largest hurdle for pursuit of the baccalaureate degree is its availability, timeliness, and convenience to attend while working as a professional nurse. Nightingale College offers professional nurses an opportunity to pursue his or her BSN on their schedule and at their convenience,” said Suzette Scheuermann, Nightingale College’s Director of Nursing Education Services. If the timing is correct and the program provides some sort of flexibility, a nurse may be more inclined to attend a program.

Why should you, as a nurse, return to school?

Accompanying a nurse’s desire to continue advancing their knowledge, employers see the benefits BSN-prepared nurses on staff have on the overall operations of the unit. Employers understand and align with the IOM’s recommendation and are beginning to request that current nurses return to school.

“The future of nursing lies in the age-old discussion of the ‘entry into practice’ being at the baccalaureate level. That time is upon us now, and it’s only a matter of time before a BSN is the requirement to practice as a registered nurse.” – Susan Jero, MSN, RN (Area Manager, DDCs)

Medicine is constantly evolving and adapting. Patients are requiring diverse treatments and intensive hospital stays. These two facts will not change. Nurses will be asked to continue their education to keep up with the ever-changing landscape. Don’t wait until you are forced to get your BSN, do it now! A BSN degree is expected to become the requirement for entry-level RN positions, will provide an array of opportunities to advance, help you pursue specific nursing specialties, and if anything, deliver the confidence to provide the best care for patients.

What to consider when deciding to return to school?

Getting licensed as a nurse is a big accomplishment, one that you should be very proud of achieving. The next step when considering returning to school is to look for an RN-to-BSN Program that allows flexibility and convenience. It does not make much sense to attend a school that requires you to travel long distances periodically throughout the week. Consider whether a full- or part-time program, accelerated, on-ground or online program fits your needs. It is a big commitment to return to school, but a commitment that, in the long run, will give you job and financial security. For a more in-depth look, check out our recent articles on The Real Difference between ADN and BSN Nurses to learn the various differences between the two degrees and Nurse Salary by State to view a comprehensive breakdown of salary per state.

Just as important as understanding the time commitment involved with attending a program, support systems need to be in place. The average time of completion for an RN-to-BSN Program is twelve months. So, for that period, you will be involved in studying and learning new material. Make sure to have the support of your family and friends as you take on the new endeavor, and don’t forget to seek support from your employer.

Nurses, Consider an RN-to-BSN Program.

Nightingale College’s RN-to-BSN Program is a full-distance nursing program with full- and part-time options. The Program is designed with working RNs in mind. The College recognizes the importance a BSN degree has on a nurse’s career stability and wants to ensure nurses have opportunity to get their BSN degree without the need to move away. It is time to be prepared for your future as a nurse. Check out the College’s RN-to-BSN Program.

“Today, we need nurses who can help implement strategies to deliver highly technical but compassionate nursing care which contributes to self-care, health promotion and maintenance. Nurses to help build trusting relationships with clients and patients while having to navigate a constantly changing healthcare landscape. The BSN nurse enters the profession having acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes, to improve the safety and quality of patient care. These skills are used with clients across the lifespan and with acute and chronic illness; and in settings within the system and in the home. Other important skills acquired in baccalaureate nursing education include the use of data and technology to improve the working environment and the satisfaction of our clients. Further, BSN nurses are prepared to lead others to balance between personal and professional well-being, while delivering safe, high quality nursing care.” – Suzette Scheuermann, PhD, RN (Director, Nursing Education Services)

What is your motivation? Are you ready to hit the ground running to secure your future as a nurse? Click the button below to learn more about Nightingale College’s RN-to-BSN Program.

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