Nursing is a dynamic profession that should continually advance and accelerate in knowledge. Basic nursing education is no longer suffice given the rapid technological and scientific advancements of present day society (Altman, 2011). It is vital to society that nurses are presented with the opportunity to increase in knowledge to promote optimal health of their patients. There are many factors that contribute to and detract from a nurse’s decision to pursue a higher level of education (Blais & Hayes, 2011). I will discuss the incentives and barriers that a nurse can be confronted with as she continues her education.
Nurses could encounter barriers such as financial stability, curricular issues, and lack of support as they advance their education (Blais & Hayes, 2011). College tuition, books, and technical supplies that are required can prove to be very expensive. Especially for students that are responsible for providing for their families. Being able to afford the cost of living and maintain the cost of continuing education can be a decisive factor in returning to school. However, exploring available resources that are available to students can be beneficial. Human resources and financial aid departments can help research scholarships and grants that are readily available. Nursing organizations can also offer certain monetary rewards that can be applied towards education. Using the internet to search for further financial outlets is another beneficial pathway (Blais & Hayes, 2011).
Advanced technological, time management, and study skills are imperative for the returning student (Blais & Hayes, 2011). Returning students must be proficient with their computer skills. Professors expect students to prepare assignments and research topics using certain formats. Knowing the proper technique to studying the material presented is essential for passing each course. This can be overwhelming and intimidating to someone that is inexperienced in this area. Fortunately, the stress that comes from technology issues can be decrease by taking a computer skills class offered by the University. Enrolling in a study skills class could also prepare the student for success.
Time management is an essential tool that all students must acquire...