Some people say it takes a village to raise a child, well I feel the same way about education. In order to be successful, the student must devote unlimited time to the school curriculum. One must be able to make sacrifices, become an expert on time management skills, and prioritizing between writing your discussion post versus attending a family gathering. It is especially important to reach out to fellow nurses who have gained experience through the program. Throughout this journey, there are some individuals and teams with experts who will lend a hand in making our dreams into reality. Time management has always been my challenge, even though I am currently taking my seventh class with Walden. It is still a struggle to navigate between schoolwork, working full time/ five nights a week, and maintaining my personal responsibilities as a wife and mother. I must admit I’m getting much better; so far I have been able to maintain my GPA. According to Dr. Morgan, a Walden Core Faculty, “time management is a key strategy. You have to be able to balance your schoolwork, your professional life, along with your personal life” (Laureate Education, 2018).
I can only imagine the curriculum becoming more challenging; I have always been big on PGA’s. I put the same expectations on my children. I am trying to lead by example, but I can feel my anxiety level rising as I navigate through the upcoming assignments/classes. My first question is.
- What else can I do besides follow the steps on this week’s learning resources to maintain my grade point average?
- Does any of the professors offer extra credits or extra support if needed?
- What strategies that can help with writing block?
- Do you recommend signing up with any organization for instance ANA or sigma National Society?
I have met several APN who attended online programs and have completed them successfully. Online learning can lead to negative emotions including frustration especially if courses are poorly designed and/or students do not exhibit the skills needed to learn online ( Kauffman 2015). However, I believe perfecting time management is one of the factors that will help me become successful in this journey.
Kauffman, H. (2015). A review of predictive factors of student success in and satisfaction with online learning. Research in Learning Technology, 23, 1–13. Retrieved from https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/1648/pdf_13
Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Strategies and Resources for
Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.