I started my nursing career as an associate degree nurse. It took me 8 years to get my BSN; another 3 to get my MSN, and now I’m 6 months away from my DNP (been in this program for 5 years!).
Along the way, I can’t tell you how many times a fellow nurse, friend or family member asked, “When are you going to be done?” Over and over again – the same question. I started to realize that by asking me when I was going to finish, they were looking at going back to school as a destination – a degree – a finish line.
However, when we look at going back to school as a destination (BSN, MSN, doctoral, etc.) we miss the opportunity to enjoy the ride. Every class I’ve ever taken has changed my practice in some way. If you only focus on the end point – the degree, you miss the opportunities that each class provides.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard nurses say that they were either too old to go back to school or that getting their advanced degree would take too long. That’s because they suffer from “destination-itis”.
Instead, I want you to look at going back to school as a journey and focus on what you can learn this semester, in this class. I promise that if you do, you will get to the finish line at some point without missing the ride.
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