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Why You Should Go Back to School

Why You Should Go Back to School

Donna Cardillo, RN, BS / Verticalnet, Inc.

When I decided, a little over ten years ago, to go back to college to pursue my bachelor’s degree, I viewed it as a necessary evil. I was contemplating starting my own business and believed I should “beef up” my credentials before moving forward. I saw the whole ordeal as a timely, expensive exercise that would yield me little more than a piece of paper.

I was in for a pleasant surprise. I got so much more.

When I graduated from a diploma nursing school in the early 1970s, I had no intention of ever returning to school for any reason. I had my career as a nurse and absolutely no desire to continue my education. In fact, I achieved a good deal of success without a degree and never saw any benefit in obtaining one. Besides, I never particularly liked school, and really didn’t have the time or money to go back.

When I decided to return, I wasn’t interested in obtaining a BSN, so I enrolled in a BS, Health Care Management program. I was delighted to discover that the majority of my fellow classmates were just like me. They were “older” adults with full lives that included jobs, families and many other things. We were all in the same boat and that, somehow, made it more tolerable.

Renewed life

As I proceeded with my coursework, amazing things began to happen. I found out that through reading assignments, classroom discussions, and assigned research and projects, I actually began to learn more about my profession, the world around me, and myself. I felt parts of my brain coming to life that had been lying dormant for years. I was being challenged in many ways and forced to think about things I had previously taken for granted or assumed I knew everything about.

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    6 months ago

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    about 6 years ago


    I am unable to put into words how deep your comments were. All I can say is thank you for your insight it filled me with belief in myself and my long time dream. I also thought I would prove to the world I would succeed without a degree in retrospect I deprived myself and wasted time. I wish you well. thank you

  • Me_again_max50


    over 6 years ago


    I guess it's never too late. I am 51 and am seriously planning on returning to school to get my BSN. I graduated from LPN school in 1984 and worked primarily psych until I got hurt in 1996. Since then I have obtained 2 associates degrees (Paralegal and Office Technologies) I was able to use my nursing background in the paralegal field and for the past 5 years as a nurse consultant investigating professional liability claims for a TPA. Unfortunately, my position was dissolved in March and I have been unable to find employment. I have found myself considering my return to nursing but would like to either return to psych or go into a specialized field which usually requires an RN to do this. The oldest college graduate on record I believe is 93 so it's never too late!!!
    Nursing is a wonderful field that enables you to "give back" to those in need and it actually gives you a feeling that you have done something good at the end of the day. Good luck to all!!

  • Pam_-_solo_max50


    over 6 years ago


    I have enrolled in the local community college at 43 to change career paths. I have a computer degree but I want to work in nursing. Teach if possible. I know it will take a Masters. I am starting with the basics that are required: Soc. 101, Pyc. 200, Chemestry and Biology. I guess then I need to tackle the A&P classes. I am alittle scared of these. I hear they are very hard. Chemestry also terrifies me alittle also. I know that I can do it.

    In the area that I live, there are many Universities and Colleges that have the nursing program. I will probably need a scholorship to fulfill the money requirements. I plan to get a B and over grade point average. It is very competitive here. My other degree and my gpa will also help.

    Getting to the nursing program seems so far away. Any advice to the beginner? Is the A&P that bad?

    Any advice will be much appreciated.

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    over 6 years ago


    i am enrolled at the local community college at age 34 to enter a brand new field...nursing!!!!

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    over 6 years ago


    Thank-you for the motivation and insight.

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