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7 Tips for Success in an RN to BSN Program

Online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs enable nurses to earn a degree that opens the door to better job opportunities, often with higher pay. While such programs give nurses flexibility to fit studies into their lives, nursing school is challenging and even seasoned nurses may have difficulty keeping up with the volume of information covered.

Here are seven tips that can help nursing students succeed in an online RN to BSN program.

1. Know the Technical Requirements

Make sure your computer meets the requirements for taking online classes. Does it have the software and tools you'll need to view videos, participate in online discussion boards, and write papers? You must have a reliable internet connection to ensure that you can log on when you need to access your online program.

2. Become Familiar With Technical Terms

It is a good idea for students to familiarize themselves with the technical terms used in online programs. For example, it helps to know what terms like asynchronous communication, audio/video conferencing, and threaded discussions mean.

3. Have a Dedicated Work Space

A dedicated and organized work space that is free of clutter, noise and distractions will help you make the most of your online studies, watching lecture videos, writing papers and studying for exams.

4. Stay on Track

Your calendar is your friend. Allocating blocks of time to your studies alongside your personal and professional obligations will help you keep up with coursework. Students can prevent stressful situations like rushing to meet deadlines or cramming to study for a test by using a calendar to plan ahead.

5. Ask for Assistance

You can benefit from asking your online instructors or classmates for assistance when you have a question or do not understand the course material. Doing so can keep you from becoming frustrated and falling behind.

6. Study Effectively

Staying focused during study time can help you be more effective as you learn. Be realistic about how much time you'll need to study. Put away electronic devices so you won't be tempted to engage in conversations or social media.

7. Stay Motivated

Focusing on your goal of earning a BSN and staying physically and mentally healthy can keep you enthused about your studies. Be sure to exercise, eat nutritional foods and get the recommended amount of sleep.

What Student Services Are Available at Eastern Illinois University (EIU)?

EIU offers online students a variety of services including technical support through the IT help desk and virtual library access with live help from librarians, to name a few.

Online programs are an affordable option for students that allows them to study at their own pace. That does not mean learning is easier for these students than their on-campus counterparts — online programs can be just as rigorous. With self-discipline and good time management, it's possible for online students to earn a career-enhancing degree.

Learn more about Eastern Illinois University's online RN to BSN program.

Sources: The Successful RN to BSN Student: Skills for Success Going Back to School

eLearningIndustry: Getting the Most Out of Your eLearning Course: 10 Study Tips for Online Learners

U.S. News & World Report: 5 Tips to Succeed in an Online Course

Minority Nurse: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Nursing Students Online Student's Manual for Success

eLearners: What Is Distance Education?

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