Do you remember when you first began working as a registered nurse (RN)? Were you driven by a sense of purpose and an eagerness to apply your knowledge to your new career? As time passes, our enthusiasm can fade. Sometimes our jobs become more of a routine than an adventure, even if you still love the nursing profession.

Many things in life are beyond our control, but settling for an unsatisfying nursing career does not have to be one of them. Have you thought about reviving your passion for providing patient care by continuing your educational journey?

Education Can Invigorate Your Career

Though there are many ways to revitalize your love for nursing, the pursuit of additional education can provide you with more than just a renewed penchant for your position. Rewards often outnumber the challenges that accompany returning to school.

The investment of a little time and effort in your personal and professional development will expand your knowledge base, increase your job satisfaction, grow your career, and counter burnout. If you take charge of your career and move in the direction of achievable goals, you just might discover more zest in each workday.

You can pursue a variety of learning opportunities by:

  • Shadowing other nurses.
  • Becoming a mentor.
  • Attending a conference.
  • Taking an online course.
  • Joining a nursing organization.
  • Volunteering at a nursing event.
  • Returning to school for your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Discover Motivation by Implementation

The convenience of online RN to BSN nursing programs such as the one offered by Nevada State College has made it possible to blend your work, family and school schedules. The knowledge you gain for career development can also be directly applied to your job immediately.

Your ability to implement new learning and stay current with nursing best practices can motivate you to make positive changes in your current position. Let other nurses look to you as a role model as you apply your knowledge to improve the quality of care you provide.

Unexpected Benefits of Returning to Nursing School

Many students discover unforeseen benefits that accompany being surrounded by other nurses who are passionate about improving the nursing profession. Nevada State College student, Emilee Ence, says her experience in the online RN to BSN program provided her with more than higher education.

“In so many ways, it has helped me realize I lost the caring part of nursing. I went in just for education and career opportunities, and it has helped me as a nurse and as a person.”

Networking with your classmates and instructors will expose you to the experiences of other nurses and foster professional relationships that last long after the coursework is completed. These connections can open doors to new career paths, too.

Ence says, “We have opportunities to learn from each other. It’s been nice to interact with people from all different realms of nursing practice, and to have the opportunity to be exposed to so many different viewpoints and experiences.”

Gain a Sense of Accomplishment

Success and happiness are more attainable when you’re passionate about what you do. By incorporating new learning experiences, BE REMINDED of what attracted you to nursing in the first place and find even more compelling reasons to stay.

The knowledge and confidence you gain by furthering your education can give you more than a degree; don’t BE SURPRISED to find a renewed sense of purpose and experience positive changes in your outlook.

Learn more about the Nevada State College online RN to BSN program.


Nevada State College: Emilee Ence Rediscovers Zeal in Online RN to BSN Program

RWJF: Why Nurses Go Back to School

Journal of Professional Nursing: Nurses Returning to School: Motivators, Inhibitors and Job Satisfaction