What obstacles did you encounter while pursuing your BSN, and what suggestions would you offer others to help them overcome their obstacles? Our Facebook fans have spoken. Find out how your colleagues feel about pursuing a BSN:
I currently work full time and attend class full time during the day, slowly progressing to my BSN from LPN. I make lots of lists and mark things off when completed. I have also learned to let small things go. I try to stay at least a week ahead on all my reading assignments. The lack of sleep and missing out on family time have been my biggest issues so far. Our only child just graduated from high school and is leaving for the Marines this summer, so I decided to sit the summer out and spend time with him. Hope I can get back into the swing of things in August.
You just have to put your mind to do it no matter what.
Stay organized and use your time wisely. I dont get stressed in my BSN as I had in my diploma nursing program. This is more laid back and doesnt require hours of studying. Anyone that wants it can do it. Especially if your program respects the fact they are dealing with working nurses.
My MSN capstone was on the benefits and barriers to obtaining a BSN. The main barriers found in my study, and supported by the literature, are time and money.
It has been my experience that the greatest proponents are those nurses who have gotten a BSN. It used to be that there was little incentive to do so, but now that the IOM has stated a goal of 80% BSN by 2020, its very important to get your degree if you are not going to be near retirement at that time. The majority of the hospitals in Maryland now either require new hires to have a BSN or they have them sign a commitment to obtain it as a contingency of hire. So nurses, if you want to remain marketable, I highly suggest you at least start taking some classes toward a degree. Not to mention you gain so much more knowledge that can enhance your nursing skills!
I didnt pass my second semester of pathophysiology and was dismissed from the program. Initially incredibly upset, I did end up doing what I needed to do to get back into the program and finish. I am a strong believer that grades do not make a nurse. I would consider myself a good nurse and now work in an ICU. Grades arent everything, and sometimes you dont make it through the first time. Thats OK.
Keep up with all the reading. It will truly pay off and give you the insight you need to complete the assignments!
Natalie Matsko Gormont
I was a little behind in computer skills, so I had to learn it as I go. Do it at your own pace. I dont believe in taking too many credits and failing. Instead I achieve one class per session or two classes a semester.
I would try to take courses in the summer. That helped me. Do not give up! It is worth it.
Money and family obligations. I was one semester away from my BSN when my husband who had early onset Parkinson became unable to work. So after many years of nursing him and working full time, he died. Now Im in my 60s and feel that the education was helpful. But I have no regrets, no guilt, I did the right thing. Good luck to all you young nurses.
Its all about time management. It can be done and is well worth it at the end.
Judith Ann Kolman
Stress, exhaustion, etc. Always take time to care for yourself no matter what. Work out, eat healthy, and even if it means blowing off studying or reading for one night, spend time with your friends. Go out and enjoy what little time you may have.