Is it too late to go back to nursing school? Often, employers will offer generous incentives to those who are willing to go back to school and further their education. Everything from tuition assistance to cash is offered. So what are you waiting for?
Well, many nurses may be afraid to go back to school, because they fear they may not be able to handle the course work, juggle working with school, or working, school and family. But some nurses just feel they are too old.
How do you overcome this fear?
Well, you've heard the old saying "You're never too old to learn" right? The problem is that something inside you just isn't buying it. In reality the odds are stacked in your favor. You have a great advantage over younger students who don't possess the knowledge that you do, from all of your years of experience.
Unlike when you were in college the last time, you will be able to totally relate to much of your coursework, because you have actually experienced it in real life. This is a huge deal!
With this in mind, let’s break down the fear of going back to school into specific concerns. But, just in case you are still not convinced, let's go over some of the perceived obstacles that you fear.
You may be fearful of writing papers, because it's not something you do on a regular basis and you are afraid you will run into grammar or punctuation problems. Maybe you are afraid of any research that will be required.
Make sure you shop around for a nursing school that will fit your needs and offer you the courses you require. A good school will make a big difference in the long run. Online courses aren't for everyone. Look into them, but keep an open mind. You may need more one-on-one attention, in which case you would probably be best suited to a traditional "brick and mortar" school.
The formatting guidelines for term papers in the social science arena is the American Psychological Association style. Grab a book and study up on this now, before you even begin to take any classes.
If you aren't tech savvy, this can also be a big source of anxiety. Again, this is another reason why you may be better off with a traditional nursing school VS an online school. You don't have to be a computer nerd to attend online classes. Most provide you will easy instructions through webinars, orientation, and adviser guidance.
These days it's quite cool to go back to school and once you get started you'll be glad you did. Jump in, get your feet wet and have fun. There really is no age limit to learning and the best part is, you'll probably earn yourself a nice raise for doing so.
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