Nursingdegrees > Nursing Blog > Answers to Your Nursing Career Questions

Choosing the Right Nursing School

September 3rd, 2010 by – Marijke Durning

Choosing the right nursing school can be a stressful endeavor for someone with an eye on a nursing career. But, by thinking it through and doing your research, you’re increasing your chances of success.

The first and most important decision that needs to be made is what level of nursing you want to enter.

Do you want to be a licensed practical nurse (LPN), also called licensed vocational nurses (LVNs)? Do you want to be a registered nurse (RN)? If you want to be an RN, do you want to go to school to get your associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor’s in nursing (BSN) program? Or, do you already have a degree in another field and want to go on to get a master’s in nursing (MSN)?

Once you know what type of education you want to have or can go for, depending on whether you have the proper prerequisites, you need to choose where you’re going to go. Here is where it can get even trickier.

Do you want to go to school away from where you live? Do you want to stay close to home? Do you want to attend a college? A university? What about online education versus traditional schooling? Decisions, decisions….

Online Schools

With the advent of the Internet, traditional correspondence courses have morphed into distance education: from the matchbook to the website. And they have taken their place alongside traditional schools.

By researching the online nursing programs available to you in your state, you can narrow down which schools interest you. Of course, you should always check with your state’s board of nursing to see if they will recognize the education and allow you to write the licensing exams.

Hands On Experience?

A question asked by many people about nursing programs offered by online institutions is how can a nurse learn how to be a nurse through online education? And this is a good question.

Nurses who have gone back to school to upgrade their education (RN to BSN, BSN to MSN), may not have to do clinical experience because they have already learned the skills and techniques that they need to do their job on a daily basis. However, LPNs who go back to school to obtain an RN or BSN, or someone who has no nursing background at all must participate in clinical experience.

Online colleges and universities take care of the clinical experience by either working with local health care facilities that can offer the hands-on experience or by helping the student find places for their practical work. When considering an online education, it is essential that students find out how their potential school handles the practical work.

Whichever program and school you decide on, good luck! Nursing can be a very rewarding profession and career, with many options available to those who reach for them.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Nursing School

facebook twitter sharethisShareThis stumbleuponStumble! RSSRSS

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is intended as a supplement, not as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.