4 Rules for Success in an Online Nursing Program

Written by Maggie Ciocco MS, RN, BC; Ritamarie Giosa MSN, RN, CPN; Lisa Harris PhDc, MSN, MBA, RN; and Holly Leahan MSN, RN, CMSRN

This article originally appeared in Advance for Nurses.

There is no doubt that education plays a key role in helping nurses provide better patient care and advance in their careers. However, for many working nurses, finding time to continue their education can be a challenge. In response, countless RNs have chosen online learning for the convenience, flexibility and efficiency they need to move forward in their nursing careers.

If you are considering an online nursing program, knowing what it takes to thrive in this environment can be fundamental to your success. As experienced advisors who respond to the concerns of more than 2,500 nurses in the University’s online RN/BSN-MSN program, we have four suggestions for success if you are considering an online nursing program. 


Topics: Advising, Nursing

7 Secrets to Nailing an Accelerated Nursing Program Interview


Applying to the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program at Thomas Edison State University does not end with clicking the ‘submit’ button on your final application. Hopefully, you submitted a stand out application on paper. If you are invited to meet with the Admissions Committee, now you have to impress the University in person. The committee has already determined your background met the qualifications, but this time, they want to learn what kind of person you are and how it will affect your future as a nurse.

Topics: Nursing, Applying

Do You Have What It Takes to Pass the NCLEX-RN?


Are you interested in an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, but nervous about taking the NCLEX-RN?

The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is unlike any other test you may have taken. It will determine if you can begin practicing as a registered nurse. Through a series of mostly multiple-choice questions, the NCLEX-RN tests how well you apply the knowledge learned in nursing school to make critical nursing judgments.

Topics: Nursing

5 Growing Nurse Specialties That Pay $65k or More


Malika Ibrokhimova, RN-BSN Program Student

People are living longer, healthier lives. And that’s good news for nurses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurses will rise faster than almost any other occupation in the next several years. Coupled with an increasing, global demand for healthcare services to provide critical care for an ageing population, the job market is attractive for new nurses, and especially those who want to grow professionally. 

As the healthcare system grows increasingly complex, specialized nurses with advanced nursing degrees are often in much higher demand. These educationally prepared nurses are finding opportunities to boost their careers – and their paychecks.  

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing

What Does ‘Accelerated Nursing Program’ Really Mean?

Are you ready to change your life in one year?

If you’ve made the life-altering decision to become a registered nurse, you’ve chosen a dynamic and unique profession with many opportunities for growth. The good news is that you don't have to start your life over. Believe it or not, the non-nursing bachelor's degree you already possess can help you take the quickest route available to becoming a registered nurse.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing

6 Ways to Make Your Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Application Stand Out


Over the next several years, the healthcare industry is projected to add over 15 million jobs in the U.S., attracting more and more students to a career in nursing. Similarly, nursing schools are seeing a flood of applications, making the competition for admission fiercer than ever.

So, if you’ve set your sights on an accelerated nursing program, how can you stand out from the crowd and earn yourself a spot? What can you do to make your application shine? As an applicant of our Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program, you’ll be evaluated based upon your predicated success in the program. Your ability to effectively demonstrate exceptional problem solving and communication skills, intellectual aptitude, integrity, accountability, and motivation, amongst other things, throughout the application process can make all the difference in your acceptance. Here are 7 useful tips designed to get your application noticed and position you as one of the best possible candidates.

Topics: Career, Nursing, Applying

Applying to Nursing School is Easier Than You Think (Printable Checklist)

Admit it: Applying to any nursing program is stressful – even for the most experienced nurses.

That’s where a checklist can make applying a whole lot easier. Whether you’re applying for the RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN or MSN programs at Thomas Edison State University, we’ve put together this printable checklist that will save you from any confusion and headache. Check these items once, and then check them again so you don’t forget a single thing before you hit the submit button. 

Topics: Going Back to College, Nursing, Applying

How Long Will It Take to Finish A Nursing Degree?

Wondering how long it will take to complete a nursing degree program?

While there is no “one size fits all” answer, determining when you will finish a bachelor's or master's degree depends on the pace you set for yourself. To do that, there are a few factors to consider before you begin a bachelor's or master's program. 

Topics: Nursing

The Future of Nursing and What It Means for Nurses


Nursing has always been a rapidly transforming profession. Healthcare legislation, the demands of an aging and diverse population, improved access, and advancements in health information technology have accelerated the rate of change and growth in this field faster than ever before.

So how are nurses of today supposed to prepare for developments of tomorrow?

Topics: Career, Nursing

Your Essential Nursing School Checklist: 10 Things You Need to Succeed

Your decision to be a nurse may have been easy, but getting through nursing school can be a different story. Even if you’re committed, passionate and dedicated to the field, you may not feel that way when a 2-hour final exam follows an especially exhausting double shift. Whether you’ve been out of school five years or 20, here are 10 things you’ll need to balance work, personal life and school as a nursing student.

Topics: Study Tips, Nursing