(Content provided by Teacher’s College, Columbia University.)
Advances in technology have resulted in an ever-growing market of online learning options for nurses seeking to move their careers forward. Online educational programs offer a convenient and efficient option for busy working professionals, but they may not suit every nurse preparing to leaders in administration, education and clinical care.
Traditional classroom learning offers its own array of benefits. Dedicated time in the classroom creates an environment optimal for learning. Online classes can be challenging because of distractions, competing priorities and the lure of multitasking (email, work, family, pets, etc.). The learning environment should be a place to be focused, engaged and ready to learn.
Nurses pursue education to prepare for leadership roles within administrative, educational and clinical organizations. The ability to have meaningful dialogue, express thoughts, educate and persuade are key success factors of these roles. Optimal learning is an interactive process, enhanced by the exchange of ideas. The classroom offers an ideal opportunity to communicate views, share with other professionals, and hone speaking and presentation skills.
Strong educational and professional connections with peers and faculty are formed when students come together regularly and over the course of time. Personal connection is naturally enhanced with face-to-face and regular communication. These connections provide a supportive network during the challenging times of managing school, work and home life. As an added bonus, these relationships often last into the future, providing professional and personal benefits beyond the years spent in a program.
Become a part of a well-respected community of educators and peers at the top of their field. The Executive Program for Nurses at Teachers College, Columbia University, specializes in administration and professorial studies to prepare leaders for roles in healthcare organizations — both service and education. Overseen by Program Director Elaine La Monica Rigolosi, EdD, JD, FAAN, classes are offered in a cohort format with a small, supportive group of students. Friday classes allow professionals to keep their current position, while still attending school (fall and spring classes only).
This is an exciting time for nurses. With the variety of learning and degree options, it often is difficult to decide what program can best suit one’s learning style and future career goals. Consider the options carefully. The most convenient option is not always the optimal choice. The pursuit of an advanced degree is a special time dedicated to personal and professional growth and will open doors for the future.
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