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Top 5 Facts about Nightingale College

#1 We are fully accredited

Nightingale College is nationally accredited through the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). What’s the difference between national and regional accreditation? Watch the video below to find out.

We also have programmatic accreditation for our two programs. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc (ACEN). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the body that also backs both BYU and U of U.  

We are also a signatory to the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative. This initiative helps service members and their families find educational programs, ease transferability of credit, and increase job training.

To learn more about Nightingale’s accreditation, visit this website.

#2 Nightingale College has grown to cover three states

Nightingale College has DDC locations in three states, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, and is continuing to grow! With our blended-distance ADN Program, learners complete all their didactic classwork online, and complete all their lab requirements in lab locations at local instructional sites Nightingale has set up in partner facilities.

There are currently nine DDC locations throughout the three states, with more on the way. To see a full list of partner locations, or to learn more about becoming a DDC partner, click here.

#3 Nightingale College offers both an ADN and an RN-to-BSN program

Our fully accredited ADN Program, outlined above, can take as few as 16 months to complete. The program teaches foundational nursing principles, with classes such as physiology, pharmacology, and acute care. For learners that need to complete all general education classes, the length of the program is five semesters.

A large number of people are interested in becoming an RN, so awareness of our ADN program is high, but what most people don’t know is that Nightingale also offers an RN-to-BSN program.

The RN-to-BSN Program is also fully accredited. The program is designed to further develop skills and leadership qualities of RNs. The program is entirely online and will improve knowledge in key areas such ethics, critical care, gerontology, health promotion, and disease prevention. Plus, the program is employer focused, encouraging BSN-learners to fulfill a leadership role and work alongside their employer to find solutions to facility-wide problems.

The program with general education requirements is designed to be completed in three semesters, but can be completed at a slower rate at no extra cost to facilitate the continuation of work while completing the program.

#4 Nightingale College is pioneering rural nursing education

Our program design is unique. Instead of having a large central campus that all learners have to travel to, Nightingale partners with local care centers and hospitals to provide labs and clinical opportunities throughout widespread areas. This model allows learners in rural communities to stay local while attending school.

Some communities are too small to sustain a full brick-and-mortar nursing program, which is why Nightingale is such a welcome solution for rural areas. With learners also completing most of their coursework online, the burden on the community is reduced. The learners are then assigned clinicals in a local facility, which helps that facility stay afloat. Many learners continue to work in those facilities after the completion of their degree.

 

#5 Nightingale strives to reduce the nursing shortage

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 the nursing field will be in need of over a million new registered nurses. The nursing shortage throughout the U.S. is already significant. Hundreds of rural facilities are strapped for nursing help. Nightingale’s partnership model will provide a pipeline of local nurses for these facilities, lifting them out of a downward shortage cycle.

Our unique model also allows for exponential growth. With online programs, class size is not limited by classroom size, so Nightingale can educate a large number of nurses to meet the demand.

Nightingale College continues to grow with the help of forward-thinking health care facilities to address the growing need for nurses throughout rural America.

Want to learn more about Nightingale College’s innovative mission? Visit www.nightingale.edu to learn more.

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5 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Become a Nurse

5 Reasons to become a nurse

What does it mean to be a nurse? While there are many answers to this simple question, anyone who is a nurse will describe the meaning differently. From taking care of patients who are at their weakest to having the opportunity to change the entire experience for a patient, there is no doubt nurses bring a lot to their communities.

Here are five reasons why now is the time to become a nurse:

1.Nurses are in high demand. Did you know that there is a nursing shortage? A nursing shortage that over one million nurses are needed to remove the need?

The nursing shortage is experienced by both large and small communities. Within your own community, there are health care facilities in need of trained and qualified nurses to help take care of patients. In many facilities, the nursing shortage has become more of a concern.

Facilities are not able to provide enough nurses to maintain staffed units. Understaffed units lead to a risk in the quality of patient care provided. Facilities are highly motivated to bring competent nurses on staff that they have developed recruitment strategies such as sign-on bonuses that are very attractive to job-seeking candidates.

The numerous nursing positions available across the country give nurses the freedom to relocate easily at any point during their career.

Why not join a profession that not only helps you grow but a profession that will celebrate having you on board?

2. Nurses enjoy financial and career stability. Widely known is the handsome salary nurses receive annually. To review nurse salary by state, read our latest blog article Nurse Salary by State: Which US State Pays Better. According to the article, a nurse’s salary may reach as high as $94,000 per year (see California statistic).

While we don’t endorse becoming a nurse strictly for the financial gain it provides, the nursing profession offers a sense of financial security that many other careers do not.

Likewise, nurses have career stability and mobility. An important factor is ensuring that the career path you have chosen will be able to sustain you for years to come. Nurses will always be needed in patient care. For example, patients have more interactions with nurses than they do with their doctor.

Again, nurses are in high demand.

3. Nurses are one of the top most trusted professions. Gallup Poll released research that showed nurses ranked the highest for the 15th year straight for ethics and honest. Check out the research by clicking here.

Joining such a prestigious profession lends a sense of beyond self, respecting humanity, and integrity (which, by the way, are three Nightingale values).

Enjoying work is the key to a happier life. While nurses experience many situations that are devasting, they still have the opportunity to make a difference in their patient’s life. What a rewarding career to choose.

4. Nurses are endeared and loved by their community. Have you heard the numerous stories told by nurses of how they ran across past patients and their families, and were thanked for what they did? Can you imagine how it would feel to be appreciated for helping someone in their most vulnerable, weakest moments?

A popular quote by Maya Angelou, “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Everyone can reflect on an experience they had with a nurse. Why not be the person they remember as their “superhero?” Not all superheroes wear capes. Sometimes they rock scrubs and slip-resistant shoes.

5. Make the jump and become a nurse like you have always wanted to be. Many people go about their lives without pursuing their dream job. Why? Maybe because of time. Maybe because of financial burdens. Maybe even because they believe it is too late to be a second-career adventurer.

Whatever the reason may be, toss the idea aside and evaluate where you are and where you want to be. Eventually, you will conclude all these reasons are only excuses that are barricading you within your comfort zone.

Make the most out of your life and enjoy a career that is rewarding, challenging, and constantly giving back.

Start by researching nursing schools that fit your need and get moving! It is up to you to make your dream career happen.

Nightingale College’s President and CEO, Mikhail Shneyder, said, “Although your educational journey may be difficult at times, you will reap the reward of utmost satisfaction when holding your nursing diploma for the first time and nothing will ever compare to the fulfillment that improving and saving the lives of others will bring!”

Are you ready to get started on your nursing journey? Can we recommend Nightingale College? Check out our ADN and RN-to-BSN Programs.

We are ready to help you become the nurse you have always dreamed of being.

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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.

 

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Experience Gained and Respect Earned: Military Nursing

Military Nursing

Military nursing is a unique profession that involves caring for active-duty servicemembers and even veterans. While their duties do not differ much than that of normal nurses working in hospitals and care centers, military nurses travel alongside active-duty servicemembers to help care for the individuals that serve the county. Up until 1901 in the United States, military nurses were nothing more than civilian nurses who usually volunteered their time. However, it all changed when the United States Army Nurse Corps was established in 1901. Today, military nurses hold military rank and can be part of any of the Nurse Corps of any major military branch, including the Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

What is a Military Nurse?

Military nurses care for patients within the military and from around the world. As with all nursing careers, there are a number of disadvantages and advantages to working as a military nurse. Military nursing can be extremely stressful and often heartbreaking. It can also be dangerous, since it’s not uncommon for military nurses to be deployed to foreign war zones with troops.

Despite the drawbacks of the career, there are also a number of benefits. For instance, military nurses have the chance to travel and see the world, have access to first class education and are often well compensated for their time, and have excellent benefits such as free healthcare. One of the biggest rewards of working as a military nurse is the experience gained and the respect earned from colleagues and loved ones.

What Can You Expect as a Military Nurse?

Military nurses often follow their assignments all over the globe. As a military nurse you can look forward to a fast-paced, multifaceted, patient-facing, and invigorating career in patient care.

Similar to other nurses, military nurses administer medication, treat the sick, and care for the wounded. However, military nurses are not only educated in basic nursing skills, they’re also trained on how to work with military patients and in military environments. It is not uncommon for nurses to work alongside military personnel in war zones. Caring for deployed members of the military during wartime is one of the most dangerous and difficult aspects of military nursing. During deployment military nurses treat severe life-threatening injuries, such as gunshot wounds or lost limbs. Because of the severity of the injuries and volatile work environment, military nurses must be able to keep a cool head under pressure.

Military nurses also care for active-duty servicemembers and veterans along with their families. They may help soldiers, wounded in the line of duty, recover from their injuries. Military nurses may also treat patients suffering from a vast variety of medical problems, ranging from the common cold to a sprained ankle to cancer.

The military needs nurses trained in all specialties, so you can work in whichever specialty you choose: pediatrics, psychiatric, emergency trauma, critical care, neonatal, midwifery and more.

Where do Military Nurses Work?

  • Military bases
  • Military hospitals and clinics
  • Overseas war zones
  • Ships at sea

How do I Become a Military Nurse?

  1. Speak with a military recruiter. You may find a tuition reimbursement or scholarship. Enlist to work as a military nurse for a certain number of years after completing the program.
  2. Complete your BSN with Nightingale College
  3. Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX – RN).
  4. Undergo officer training through the branch of military you wish to serve in. This training educates you on leadership skills and military life. During the training, you will also be required to complete and excel in physical exercises.
  5. Start working as a military nurse.

To learn more about the steps to becoming a military nurse, visit Discover Nursing, sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson Foundation.

Military Nurse Organizations

Navy Nurse Corps Association (NNCA)
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Army Nurse Corps
Amputee Coalition of America
Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA)
US Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S)

Nightingale College Serving the Military

Nightingale College is proud to be part of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative by providing educational opportunities to servicemembers and their families. The College accepts Post-9/11 GI Bill as well as offers the Joining Forces Scholarship to active-duty servicemembers and veterans. To learn more about the opportunities for servicemembers and their families to enroll in the College, speak with an Admissions Advisor or with a member of the Learner Advising and Life Resources Department at (801) 689-2160.

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Regional vs. National Accreditation, What You Must Know and Ask

What you must know about accreditation?

There are important facts to know and a few questions to consider prior to selecting which accredited college to attend. First, there are two types of accreditation that an institution of higher learning can obtain; one is known as “institutional” and the other is “specialized” or “programmatic”. Institutional accreditation refers to the entire institution, meaning all parts of that institution are positively contributing to the overall objectives and mission. Specialized or programmatic accreditation refers to a specific program and its measured outcomes. In the U.S., higher education accreditation is voluntary and is granted through lengthy and arduous peer-review processes driven by accrediting agencies. Often, while in the process of obtaining initial accreditation, educational institutions and programs spend several years in “candidacy,” a status granted to qualified applicants.

The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions or programs directly, but the Secretary of Education publishes

a list of all recognized accrediting agencies that have been determined to be reliable through a review process as long and laborious as obtaining and maintaining accreditation itself. Although not mandatory, accreditation serves as a pass to institutional and programmatic eligibility for Title IV Federal Student Aid programs, such as Pell Grants and Direct Loans, while guiding institutions and programs to meet certain quality standards and continuously improve.

The two types of institutional accrediting bodies are Regional and National. Finding a school that is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is the first step.

There are six regional accrediting agencies that oversee different sections of the country. They are:

  • Middle State Association of Colleges
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Associations of Schools and Colleges

Regional Accreditation Map

Unlike their Regional counterparts, National accreditors are not bound to specific geographic area, but rather evaluate certain types of higher learning institutions. For example, the Accrediting Bureau

of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an institutional and specialized accreditor focusing on health care education. Many nationally accredited colleges and universities focus on vocational or trade focused education, for example nursing or medical assisting.

The type of institutional accreditation does not play a role in determining the quality of education at a specific college or university. There are many examples of high quality institutions and programs under both regional and national accreditation; however, lower quality providers with poor outcomes exist under both types of accreditation as well.

What You Must Ask Before Choosing a Program of Study?

1. Why are you attending a specific program?

If the sole goal of your completing a program of study is an immediate entry into the workforce, then institution’s accreditation source, whether national or regional, will likely not make much difference (assuming you are comparing programs

of similar cost and quality). If completing a

specific program will serve as an educational ladder stepping-stone to a higher degree, then transferability of the earned credits and/or academic and professional credentials must be considered. Each educational institution sets its own transfer of academic credit policies and there is no guarantee that any earned credits would transfer. As a general trend, most nationally accredited colleges and universities accept credits and credentials from both regionally and nationally accredited institutions. However, some regionally accredited schools do not transfer in academic credits earned at nationally accredited institutions. To learn about transfer of credit policies at any specific higher education provider, please contact the institution’s admissions and/or registration department, or refer to the school’s academic catalog.

2. What is the cost of the program?

Public universities and community colleges are, generally, regionally accredited and, since these schools are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers, their tuition and fees can be significantly less than at most private, nationally accredited institutions. However, competition for admission to a public university or community college could be much greater than at private institutions. When evaluating the value of an educational program, one must consider the entire cost

of attendance (COA). Questions regarding COA should be directed to the institution’s financial aid department. Among other factors that should be consider when evaluating the total value of a program are its acceptance and yield rates. In other words, how many qualified applicants receive admission offers and how many of those

enroll into the program of study? Conversely, how many qualified admissions applications are denied or waitlisted? The opportunity cost of waiting year after year to enroll into a specific program could become significant, as the earning potential that follows being a program graduate is delayed further and further.

3. What is the quality of the program?

As previously discussed, programmatic accreditation is voluntary. However, accreditation often signals an educational program’s higher level of commitment to excellence and high quality. Therefore, attending a program that is a candidate for or has obtained programmatic accreditation is highly recommended. Some of specialized programmatic accreditors are:

  • American Medical Association (AMA) accredits medical programs
  • Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredits engineering programs
  • American Dental Association (ADA) accredits dentistry programs.
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly known as National Nursing League (NLN) accredits nursing programs
  • American Bar Association (ABA) accredits law programs
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredits business and accounting programs

Finally, institutions of higher learning are required to publish statistics on outcomes of their educational programs. Graduation and retention rates, licensure examinations’ pass rates, and employment placement rates are examples of published outcomes that may be found on the schools’ websites or by contacting admissions departments.

Accreditation is, indeed, important and is a way to differentiate and select the institution and

program that best meet one’s educational and career goals.

For more information about accrediting bodies in the U.S. please visit these links:

Nursing School in Utah

Nightingale College is a nationally accredited nursing school in Utah. Located 20 minutes North of Salt Lake City in Ogden, Nightingale College’s nursing program is now offering a guaranteed acceptance for all qualified applicants into the next open semester. To find out if you are qualified or to learn more visit nightingale.edu

If you desire to be an registered nurse in as little as 16 months, Nightingale College is the nursing school for you. Our admissions department is ready and waiting your phone call. Call Us: (801) 689-2160 or Email: admissions@nightingale.edu

It is time you put your career on the right path. Nursing is a respected profession that will offer you the utmost satisfaction. Few things will ever compare to the fulfillment that improving and saving the lives of others will bring.

Contact us and we will show you how the “Nightingale Difference” puts you at the center of everything we do.

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Get a Nursing Degree While Working: Is It Possible?

By: Yvette Ross, MSN, MBA, RN, Dean of Nursing

Remember the circus act of balancing plates on sticks? Well, pursuing a nursing degree while working can be just as complex. Because work and school are major commitments, proper time management and scheduling are vital to your success. It is also equally important to have in place contingency plans for any unforeseen obstacles that may arise.

Start exploring the feasibility of attending nursing school while working by following these steps:

1. Begin by researching nursing programs that offer the greatest amount of flexibility for working adults. There are several types of pre-licensure Registered Nurse (RN) programs:

  • Diploma RN programs are the shortest, with 4 semesters of studies, but are not as prevalent as the others.
  • Associates Degree Nursing (ADN) programs require 5 to 6 semesters of school attendance. Some offer instruction year-round while others operate on traditional Fall/Spring academic calendars.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs are normally 8 semesters long.
  • LPN/LVN-to-RN associate degree bridge programs shorten time to completion to 2-3 semesters.

2. Discuss your desire to become a nurse with immediate family members, i.e. spouse/life partner, children, and parents. Ask for their commitment to your future endeavor in nursing education. You will have less time to spend with these important individuals but will rely, like never before, on their emotional, domestic, and, at times, financial support.

3. Have an open conversation with your supervisor and/or HR department about advancing your education. If you are employed in a health care setting, ask about tuition reimbursement, balancing work and school schedules, working hours reduction programs, loan forgiveness, and references to others in the organization who have successfully managed simultaneous work and school responsibilities.

4. Speak to the nursing department at the school you wish to attend. Ask whether there are limitations to the number of hours per week that you would be able to work and the expectations of weekly time commitment for school work. Some schools may have rules preventing you from working while attending school. Clearly understand the requirements for lectures, labs, simulations, clinicals, and personal study. A good rule to follow: for every semester credit hour, approximately 30 minutes of outside preparation are required per week.

5. Schedule an appointment with a financial aid advisor at the school you wish to attend and explore all available financial assistance options for paying for your education, which might include federal and state grants, federal loans, personal loans, scholarships, and other programs.

6. Make a financial plan that includes any out-of-pocket school expenses, including tuition payments, living expenses, transportation and, possibly, overnight costs of commuting to clinicals that may be far away. Adjust this financial plan based on working full-time, part-time, or not working and evaluate the possibilities.

7. Make a list of all your personal and living expenses and think about which ones you could temporarily eliminate. It is important to categorize your spending into must have and nice to have and plan accordingly.

The decision to enroll into a nursing program should not be made lightly. Success in a nursing program requires major emotional, financial, and time commitments. However, continuing your education and becoming an RN will have a great lasting impact on your career and life. Rest assured that many students who have come before you succeeded in balancing working with attending a nursing school and it is a possibility for you. Start the next chapter in your life today.