(From the Winter 2013 issue of Everything Matters: In Patient Care)
Margaret Carey, RN, BSN, CPN, CNRN, Service Coordinator, Myelomeningocele Clinic
Many Nationwide Children’s employees are going back to college to earn a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or even a PhD in order to move forward with their careers. Whether you are just thinking about starting or are currently in the process, some of your fellow nurses have shared their thoughts and ideas below to help you achieve success.
“Health care is changing and school has been a great way to update and to stay current. It has changed the way I think about health care and leadership. It is important in health care to be a lifelong learner. My experiences in school have impacted my current role in a positive way. Whether it was something I learned in a classroom or from a fellow student. …The opportunity to meet other nurses advancing their degrees has been awesome. It is interesting to hear how things are done around the city – great networking.”
“I am going back to school to stay competitive in the job market.”
“It was very stressful going back to school mostly because of the technology involved in school nowadays. …The online course is convenient but the learning curve can be quite drastic depending on how comfortable you are with computers and technology. …I would definitely encourage others to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement NCH provides. If you are not comfortable with computers, I would recommend taking advantage of the computer courses offered by NCH before starting a class.”
“Be sure to continue to do the things you love.”
“Hang in there it does get easier.”
“I just tell myself I can do this.”
“Once you settle into a routine, the time passes quickly.”
“Just do it. Getting started is the hardest part.”
The addition of college classes to an already full schedule of work, family and life is challenging. Remember to take care of yourself and to communicate with your family, co-workers and instructors when you have concerns or need help.
We have the common goal of providing the best care to our patients and their families with current knowledge and evidence-based practice. The completion of a degree is a great accomplishment that you can be proud of for the rest of your life. Nationwide Children’s is proud of you, too.