I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Graceland University's online program. How quickly the past two years have gone! During that time, I have remained in the same nursing position at a small community hospital, but my education has enabled me to advance on the clinical ladder to become a clinical nurse. Also since graduation, I have taken on the role of preceptor to new nurses on my unit, and I currently am working with my fourth nurse. At the beginning of this year, chemotherapy services returned to my unit after a five year absence, and I am planning to pursue my OCN (oncology certification) next year.
My hospital is part of a large regional health system that is developing a plan to have most, if not all, of its registered nurses attain at least a BSN degree by 2020. I feel very fortunate to be ahead of the curve. Some of my fellow nurses currently are enrolled in other online RN to BSN programs. Sadly, some of those nurses feel like they are getting little benefit from their classes. All of my classes at Graceland were relevant, providing skills and content I could apply to my practice, and I found my professors to be engaged and supportive. I encourage my fellow nurses who are thinking of beginning their RN to BSN education to consider the Graceland program.
Teresa Pelow, B.S.N.