Online Nursing Programs: A Popular Health Care Avenue
Alicia says that her profession helps her gain the learning curve by teaching as well as learning, as she is challenged with new tasks everyday. A Registered Nurse, Alicia has been into healthcare since her childhood because her father worked in a hospital. Same is the case with Tom, a Vice President in Nursing, in New York. His impulse to help and bring out a difference in people’s lives encouraged him to take up nursing as a career. But for Thabet, it was a different experience; a recreational therapist, Thebat was introduced to the field of nursing by one of his students. The discussion helped him realize that a career in nursing in fact fueled his urge to work for a social cause. And besides, it paid him a good sum of money.
Proliferation of the Internet has made gaining educational qualifications much more hassle free. An online nursing course seems to be a fine option to those inclined towards family responsibilities or those who mind working less because of such responsibilities.
Another benefit of online learning may be the cut down of travel time, particularly useful to aspirants in rural or secluded areas, or those who do not have nearby access to campuses. With the same course content as an on-campus course, these online courses come at a greater advantage of less consumption of time in communication and traveling. Regular communication through electronic media like e-mails and online discussions help students of online courses stay at par with those on-campuses. Assignments, lecture notes and also test-dates and correction of all assignments as well as dissertation are put up online. Such transparency of online systems has encouraged many Universities to come up with online content even for those who study courses on-campus.
The theoretical or the non-clinical portion of the course may be completed online for courses like nursing; where as the practical aspects to be studied in the course may require physical guidance. This too requires only a few days of presence on campuses. This falls at an advantage to aspirants of online courses.
The two most commonly offered online nursing degrees are the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN). A Registered Nurse (RN) can go ahead and get a BSN or even an MSN, offered by some universities. (Like the University Of Phoenix.) Other than these, there are a combination of courses that are offered, like the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and the Hospital Diplomas that are two-three year long courses, the Licensed Practical Nurse course that caters to caring for the sick, injured and disabled under the supervision of physicians and RNs, and some Accelerated programs like the Accelerated MSN or the Accelerated BSN, which are short, rudimental programs that are ideal for aspirants who want to get into societal deeds to provide more meaning to their lives.
Also, there are Doctoral programs and Post-Doctoral programs for Nurses to assume leadership roles later. Advanced programs like these help professional Nurses to get into research and also get employed as health care professionals and heads of institutions or heads of departments at leading colleges and universities.