Success in most things is largely dependent on an individual’s ability to self-motivate. But, the tips below can be used as a blueprint to help you succeed in an online nursing program.
Manage your time wisely
Online students face a lot of distractions. For one, your classes are on the Internet—just a click away from time-sucking sites like Facebook, Reddit and other popular online destinations. Some students find that blocking access to these sites while studying can be helpful if the temptation to check in is too great.
If you’re enrolled in an RN to BSN program, odds are you’re currently working in some capacity (probably as an RN). That means you’ve got to schedule class and study time around work and any other family or social obligations you may have. One approach is to schedule blocks into your day for studying, work and other obligations.
Schedule time for yourself
When you’re scheduling out your day, don’t forget to schedule time for yourself. It’s very important to maintain balance and take time for yourself. Spreading yourself too thin or overworking can lead to frustration and burnout.
Even if you’re an overly ambitious type, you will be able to accomplish more if you take breaks. You don’t have to squeeze productivity out of every minute of every day. In fact, you may find you’re more productive if you allow yourself time for leisure. The mind, like the body, needs to rest periodically.
Walk before you run
In that same vein, you may want to start slow when you first begin your online RN to BSN program. One of the greatest perks of learning online is that you can set your own pace. If you’re worried about working school into your schedule or if you’re anxious about attending full time, it may be advisable for you to start out on part-time status. Take your first semester to get a feel for how much you can handle and go from there; you can always add classes later. And, because our nursing classes start on a rolling basis, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to add to your class load. Learning online makes it easy for you to ease into things and earn your RN to BSN on your terms.
Network with your peers
Just because you’re not in a brick-and-mortar classroom, it doesn’t’ mean you’re going through it alone.Lean on your fellow students to share tips and tricks, form study groups and devise more efficient ways to help school fit into your schedule. This is possible through message boards, online forums, email and group chat.
Look outside your immediate network for support, too. There are many resources online for nursing students. You may want to consider joining a nursing association, community group or mailing list. By building a support network of peers, you can more fully immerse yourself in your studies and make connections that can help you find your ideal job after graduation.
Don’t be afraid to ask faculty for help
Even though your instructors may not be in close proximity, they are no more than an email or phone call away. If you feel like you need some assistance, don’t hesitate to ask for help.
Your path to success
The common denominator in all your success is you. Throughout your education, you will be faced with choices that will impact your life. Through the help of supportive staff and services, you will be handed the tools to craft a better future for yourself and your career. Get started on your path to success today.