How Online Nursing Programs Really Work


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey, guys, it’s Nacole from the
YouTube series #CarChronicles. I’ve partnered with the
amazing company Nursing.org to get you exclusive content
on online nursing programs. Whether you’re going for an ASN
to BSN program, or a BSN to DNP program, I hope you find
my tips and advice helpful. So let’s begin. I’m currently in
an online program, and it requires a level
of focus and organization that traditional
programs do not. So if you’re a person looking
into online nursing programs, you must understand that it
is self-driven, self-directed, and you have to be organized,
because when you miss a deadline, you get a zero. Many professors do
not allow excuses such as life got in the way,
because every student has life problems or issues. So if you are looking into
online nursing programs, you must make sure that
you are a very organized and independent
person when it comes to getting your education on. Before you consider any
online nursing program, you have to check three factors. I would recommend you check
the quality of the program to make sure that the
school is accredited, make sure that the
timeline of the semester works with your
lifestyle, and make sure that the price is in the
appropriate parameters of what you want to pay. For example, if you want
to get in the work field within two years, you don’t
want to pick a program that’s kind of four years in length. Also, you don’t want
to pick a program out of your price limit. If you want to spend
$50k, focus on programs that are either
at or under $50k, because online nursing programs
run the gamut in prices. So make sure you
do your research. My next tip is to focus
on the course itself. I would focus on the
syllabus and the rubric. The syllabus in online
nursing programs really explains the course
in its entirety, what the expectations are, any
sort of faculty information, the grades breakdown,
and the most important is what assignments are
going to be contributed to your final grade. Some courses are broken down
into papers, some broken down into discussions, and others
are a mixture of the two, but this is where you find
out the meat of that course and what’s going to be required
if you throughout that program. On the opposite of that
spectrum is the rubric. The rubric should be given
with each assignment, and that gives you
a breakdown of what your professor is expecting
you to answer or question in the assignment. It’s basically a
breakdown of how you get an A. As long as
you hit the key components of the rubric, you
will be successful, but you have to make sure you
hit each and every component. And this is why I tell every
nursing student to focus on the syllabus
and the rubric when you want to understand a course,
because it usually lays it out for A to Z on how
to be successful. The next topic is to
focus on the requirements and expectations of
the course that you’re going to be enrolling in. The expectations
in are you required to log on a certain
amount of times per week, the expectations–
you’re supposed to have a certain computer. For example, in my
current graduate program, PCs are recommended, but
Macs can also be used, but my school does not require
support in that platform. So when you are signing up
for an online nursing program, you must make sure that you
have the proper technology to be successful, because
some programs work on PCs, but they don’t work on Macs. So you have to make
sure you physically have the proper tools to be
successful in that program. And expectations, again, are
you logging in once a week, twice a week? Are you supposed to be
responding to emails once a week or twice a week? Make sure that you know what
is expected of you so you can be, again, successful. The next topic is clinicals. With online nursing
programs, clinicals are usually done locally. For example, my graduate
school is located in Alabama, but I do my clinicals locally
here in Orlando, Florida. It requires
affiliation agreements that your clinical
instructors would sign, and then once they sign that,
you do your clinicals locally. Obviously, your
school has to verify that the preceptor or the
medical establishment, such as a hospital, has
the appropriate parameters to take care of students, as far
as the educational requirements go. But usually, if you’re
doing an online program, your clinical are
done locally, given that the preceptor or
establishment meets a certain criteria. But that’s why I really love
online program, because I’m able to do my
clinicals locally, meet local professionals in the area,
and then network for future job opportunities. The next topic is APA format. A lot of nursing
programs require you understand the APA
format, and then you execute that on your
discussions and your papers. So if you’re a nursing
student out there who is looking into
an online program, make sure that you
understand the APA format, because it can make or break
you passing courses, or even graduating a course in general. The next topic is lifestyle. Whether you’re a
full-time parent or you are a full-time
professional, I recommend everyone looking
into online nursing programs, because they provide
a level of flexibility that traditional
universities do not. For example, I work
full time, yet I’m still able to go to
school full time, and that’s through just
the online program concept. I could not go to school
Monday through Friday, because I am a
full-time professional. And this is why I love the
online program concept, because I’m able to still
be that full-time student and dedicate myself on top
of working 40 hours a week. So I would definitely
look into that if you’re a person who
wants to work full time, or you’re a full-time
parent and you can’t go to school every day. When you are looking into
online nursing programs, I recommend you asking
the program if they locate preceptors for you. Some programs do, some don’t. But if that is going to be
a requirement on you’re end, you have to make sure you know
well in advance so that you prepare yourself to
hit the ground running and to look for
those preceptors, because in some cities
they’re few and far between. For example, when I had to
find my preceptors last year, it took me six months to
acquire all three of them. It required a lot
of phone calls, a lot of office interviews, and
to be honest, it was stressful. So you want to make
sure you understand that requirement early so
you take it seriously and get started early. I wish you all the best of luck
in your online nursing program research. Please make sure
you go and subscribe to the YouTube
channel Nursing.org, and I hope you all
have a great day. Bye! [MUSIC PLAYING]

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