DWU's Online RN-B.S. Perfect Fit for ER Nurse
Friday, April 18, 2014
After considering several other nursing programs, Lindsay Merry, an emergency department nurse from Eagle, Colo., chose Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU).
“I decided DWU was a good fit for me,” she says. “The university has an outstanding reputation and is recognized throughout the country. The program also allowed me to work and gain experience in my field while pursuing my degree.”
Merry started with DWU’s associate degree LPN-RN plan of study in 2012 and was so impressed with the program and its structure she decided to go directly into the fully online RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-B.S.). She is on track to complete her degree in October.
“The online program offers flexibility for those of us with children and families,” says the mother of a 5-year-old boy. “It allows you to study at your own pace, which is great when you work and have other obligations.”
“Wonderful” is the word she uses to describe DWU nursing faculty members. “Everyone responds in a timely manner to concerns and questions—typically within 24 hours. They are very encouraging and help push you in the right direction. You can tell the faculty are truly passionate about nursing and about the success of each student in the program.”
Merry also appreciates the sense of community she feels—something she did not anticipate from an online program. When working on a group project, each person can offer suggestions and ask questions. When reading discussion posts, students can also respond and comment on the thoughts and ideas of their peers.
“It is nice to have someone to correspond with when working on papers, projects and assignments. The group projects in the RN-B.S. program allow students to work together without physically being together.”
Merry appreciates the Christian aspect of her DWU nursing education. “Serving others rather than ourselves is a top priority,” she says. “It is exhibited in many ways by serving in the community, hospitals and other settings. The kindness and compassion shown by faculty and staff reflect the Christian values of the university.”
She also feels the program will open up career opportunities for her in the near future.
“Most of the curriculum is directly relevant to nursing and is career focused. With the RN-B.S. program, I hope to gain advancement in nursing skills along with leadership, competency and management.
“I’m impressed that the RN-B.S. can be completed in as little as 14 months. That makes it attainable for many who are looking to finish their completion degree.”
Learn more about DWU’s RN-B.S. program.
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