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Why You Should Go Back to School

Why You Should Go Back to School

Donna Cardillo, RN, BS / Verticalnet, Inc.

Worried about money? Grants, loans, and scholarships are available from many different sources. When you are committed to achieving your goal, you’ll find a way to make it happen.

Learning keeps you young. It gets the blood coursing through your veins and makes you feel alive. There is an expression: “When you cease to learn you cease to live.” Rather than withering, nourish yourself with education.

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Although there are career opportunities for nurses who don’t have a degree, a degree will open up even more opportunities. It can make the difference between your being considered for a promotion or not. A degree will, in some cases, especially outside of the hospital, garner a higher salary. But don’t just do it for career advancement, do it for yourself.

Propelled into the future

Continuing with my formal education has enriched my life in so many unexpected ways. I have earned, and continue to earn the coveted “piece of paper” and some additional initials after my name. But more important, it has a made a significant qualitative difference in my life. My education is like a wave of energy propelling me into the future. This, from someone who once hated school and was determined to prove to the world that I would succeed without a college education. I didn’t realize what I was depriving myself of.

Don’t waste time. Get back to school today.

Reprinted with permission from ( Copyright 1999/2000 by Verticalnet, Inc., Horsham, PA., 215-315-3247. All rights reserved.

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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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