Is This Really Worth It?

There comes a time in every person’s life when they question if they’re on the right path. Perhaps you’ve been studying for 4 hours a day, multiple days a week, and still don’t pass that exam. Maybe you don’t feel the same excitement you felt during the first week of your job. It might even be that you have loved one’s telling you you can’t do it. All of these factors may cause you to ask yourself why you’re making the sacrifices it takes to become a nurse.

This week, Distance Learning Systems decided to reach out to RN’s and see why they chose the nursing field and why they stick with it. These men and women have offered us insight into their lives and careers.

Everyone has a story, and one day, so will you.

1. “I chose to be a nurse because I’ve always felt called to help others. Even though nursing school was hard, the day I saved my first patient was when I knew it was all worth it.” – Sam, 42
2. “It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I have had my share of disappointments, but it is from my own experience I am able to draw the perfect pleasure of nursing. I was a psychiatric nurse and worked with youngsters who had issues with drugs and abandonment. I became very enlightened and gained abilities to intervene in many cases.In one case, as the young lady was leaving she said to me, “I’ll never forget you, what you said to me, as long as I live.” I guess that one instance made my life important to someone.” Maureen, 61
3. “ I wanted to become a nurse so that I could impact people’s lives during some of the most difficult and traumatic times that they may ever experience. I always knew that I had a heart for helping others and nursing was the perfect career to make a difference. They say that nursing is a combination of art and science and I truly believe that. I wanted to care for patients’ minds, bodies, and spirits which is the holistic approach that nursing is centered around. I have stuck with nursing because I honestly cannot see myself doing anything else after the experiences that I have had. Saving a life or being present when someone takes their last breath are moments that I believe are a privilege for me to take part in. The skills, compassion, diversity, and connections are all reasons that keep me coming back shift after shift. I have seen healthcare teams work together to completely change the prognosis for a patient which is extremely rewarding. Nursing is a career where I have been able to use my talents and knowledge to make a positive impact on others.” – Judy, 25
4. “ I am a supervisor in a nursing home where I oversee 50+ residents. I comfort my residents while they are alive, and I comfort their families when they pass. They give my life purpose. At times it seems as though money is the most important thing., I am proud to know I matter and make a difference in someone’s life.” – Jason, 56
5. “When I was about 6 years old, I was sent to the children’s hospital in our state for some health complications. I ended up needing surgery and check ups every 3 weeks. Since I was there so much, my family and I formed a sort of bond with some of the nurses. They even threw me a little surprise when I had an appointment on my birthday. I never forgot how well they treated me and how comforting they were. I guess that was the motivation I had to be a nurse and why I stuck with it. I wanted to touch lives like they had touched mine.” – Jamie, 29
6. “When my husband passed away, the nurses were there with him every step of the way. They made his last moments comfortable. They earned my trust. To see everything they do and how hard they worked, that’s what inspired me. I became an RN at the age of 50.” – Sharon, 58
7. “I knew I wanted to be a nurse as long as I can remember. I’m not exactly sure why, I just felt drawn to the profession. It’s not a job for me, it’s a calling.” – Rebecca, 22
8. “Nurses run in my family. My great grandmother, grandmother and mother were all nurses. Seeing how fulfilled they were with their jobs and hearing their stories made it an easy decision for me. Was the road to becoming a nurse easy? Heck no! But was it worth it? Absolutely.” – Joanna, 44
9. “I didn’t know I wanted to be a nurse until my sophomore year of college when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was so young and so scared. My doctors and nurses touched my heart and saved my life. I believe it’s my life’s duty to repay the favor and serve others.” – Sydney, 31
10. “God called me to be a nurse. I woke up one morning and knew that’s exactly what I was created to do. I enrolled in school that very day and have never looked back. I’ve been a nurse for over 20 years now.” – Charlotte, 49

In times as uncertain as these, remember why you’re doing it and who you’re doing it for.

Distance Learning Systems Expands Online Learning Program with New Brandman University Partnership

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Distance Learning Systems and Brandman University join forces to offer an affordable and flexible learning format for students to earn an accredited degree online.
Distance Learning Systems has partnered with Brandman University to provide an online learning program enhancing and supporting educational goals. The Brandman Premier Partnership gives Distance Learning Systems’ students increased flexibility and affordability in their continued education.

“Education is vital for success in today’s employment market,” said Dave Christy, President of Distance Learning System. “Our partnership with Brandman allows our students the opportunity to earn college credits in an accelerated, cost-effective environment while staying current with industry demands within their field of study.”

As a Premier Partner, Distance Learning Systems has access to exclusive scholarships that can be applied to multiple pathways including many of its over 80 degree, certification, credential and professional development programs. Brandman also offers custom solutions for staff and provides student-centered services to support them through graduation.

Brandman programs are available at more than 25 campuses throughout California and Washington and online, and through Brandman MyPath, our self-paced online competency-based education modality.

About Distance Learning Systems
Distance Learning Systems, headquartered in Greenwood, Indiana, is believed by many to offer the nation’s most effective online learning platform where students maintain a 97% national average pass rate. Distance Learning Systems (DLSII), currently serves over 10,000 students nationwide with customizable, structured, instructor – led online classes. Students will rapidly complete multiple college level courses recognized by Brandman University. Additionally, 2,000 U.S. institutions of higher learning also recognize and accept ACE course credits. Note: The decision to accept specific credit recommendations is at the sole discretion of each college or university; however specific credit transfers between DLSII and Brandman University have been established. For more information visit: or call toll free 1-888-955-3276.

About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). It offers academic programs available at more than 25 campuses throughout California and Washington and online, and through Brandman MyPath, our self-paced competency-based education modality. Not all programs are available at all locations. Program availability is subject to change. To learn more, visit

Distance Learning Systems Bolsters College Partnership Program by Adding Indiana Wesleyan University

Distance Learning Systems and Indiana Wesleyan University partner to provide aspiring nurses with a flexible and affordable option to obtaining a Bachelor of Science In Nursing.

December 12, 2018

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– Distance Learning Systems ( announced today that Indiana Wesleyan University ( has partnered with Distance Learning Systems and joined its network of regionally accredited institutions.

This partnership provides a flexible and affordable online alternative for students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. The program provides a unique online platform provided by Distance Learning Systems that includes accelerated courses that save students both time and money. This partnership provides a means by which any RN aspiring to earn a BSN degree may do so simply by completing online college-level courses through Distance Learning Systems and apply those credits toward their BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Indiana Wesleyan University has evaluated and approved 15 DLSI courses (a total of 41 credits) as eligible for transfer into the RN to BSN program offered by Indiana Wesleyan University.

“We believe today’s college student deserves a more affordable, accelerated option for degree completion, and that’s what we provide” said Dave Christy, President of Distance Learning Systems. “Our partnership with this regionally accredited university, makes available exciting degree opportunities benefiting the student population we serve.”

Distance Learning Systems offers a high-quality, low-cost path for RNs to earn their BSN degree. Courses are completed 100% online with all the benefits of a traditional classroom and the convenience of a flexible self-paced program. This is truly a hybrid program for students who cannot attend class on campus, but require the same level of support available in a traditional campus based program. The DLSI program provides college-level courses that allow individuals to earn transferrable college credits through competency-based learning. Each college-level course is instructor-led, live or recorded, and requires taking only 1 class per week.

Distance Learning System courses are recognized by ACE, The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service. Distance Learning Systems is accredited by ASIC and maintains a long standing A+ BBB rating, and has saved students over $200,000,000.00 in tuition and fees. Their program boasts a 97% national average pass rate.

About Distance Learning Systems
Based on its 97% National Pass Rate, Distance Learning Systems, headquartered in Greenwood, Indiana, is believed by many to offer the nation’s most effective online learning platform. Distance Learning Systems (DLSII), currently serves over 10,000 clients nationwide with customizable, structured, instructor–led online classes. Students will rapidly complete multiple college level courses recognized by Indiana Wesleyan University. 2,000 additional U.S. institutions of higher learning also recognize and accept ACE course credits. NOTE: The decision to accept specific credit recommendations is at the sole discretion of each college or university; however specific credit transfers between DLSII and Indiana Wesleyan University have been established. For more information visit: or call toll free 1-888-955-3276.

About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church that is committed to global liberal arts and professional education. The university system includes IWU—Marion, where about 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind.; IWU—National and Global, which includes more than 10,000 adult learners throughout the world who study online or at 15 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; and Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, which offers a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers. IWU’s DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Educational Leadership, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global campus. More information is available at

What To Expect on Your First Day at Work

One of the best days of your life is probably that day when you received a call telling you that you got the job. Snagging a job is a wonderful feeling. It makes you feel blessed and happy to have gotten what you really wanted.

But what should you expect on your first day on the job? What are some things that you need to do? Below are a few tips.

1. You will most likely be greeted by your boss and then taken around for a round of introductions. Also, a staff will probably be assigned to show you around the place and how some things work there. Because this is your first chance to meet your coworkers, make sure that you give a nice introduction and a smile to go with it. You are not expected to remember everyone’s names so don’t worry to much if you forget their names the second the conversation ends.

2. You will be given information on what tasks you will be assigned to at work. They will also be giving you directions and instructions regarding medicine administration, paperwork, dress code, and the like

3. You are expected to understand the hospital rules and regulations. If you have already worked in the healthcare or medical field before and have earned a nursing bridge program degree, like the paramedic to RN degree, you probably know what the rules are going to be like.

4. For proper identification, you will most likely be taking a photo for your ID. So, make sure that you look presentable on your first day.

5. You may have to listen to a lot of information on your first day. Remember the info and details as much as you can. Make notes of your tasks so you won’t forget your priority tasks.

6. Familiarize yourself with the place. Know where the toilets are, the supply room, the patient rooms, etc.

7. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your boss. It’s better to ask than to be left at a loss.

8. Learn more about your job and your workplace by observation. Listen well and open your eyes. If it’s your first job ever, make sure that you learn by watching how something is done in your facility.

9. Be professional. Follow the rules and regulations. Do not listen to gossips and stay away from drama queens.  Observe good manners and right conduct at all times.

Using Social Media At Work

Social media can be a form of stress reliever. We tweet when we’re stressed out. We post pictures of what we did over the weekend with friends. In a way, social media is a great outlet of our feelings.

As nurses, we get to learn so many things about life and death at work. Our job gives us a chance to appreciate life. Most people who have a different occupation may not have this kind of opportunity.  To give them a chance to celebrate life, why don’t you share a bit about your job through your posts?


Below are some tips on how to do it.

1. Share stories without stating people’s names and hospital names.

2. Focus on the situation and lesson in the end.

3. Never post pictures of patients and their conditions online.

4. Choose stories that are more positive and inspiring.

5. Avoid complaining about your job. Every job has its cons, so your complaint isn’t really something your friends want to know.

6. Do not talk about the specific location of your workplace

7. Make sure that you take time to contemplate whether your story is worth sharing. If it’s not, then don’t share it.


Tips on How To Become a Nurse Educator

The nursing profession is wide-ranging in terms of opportunities, especially if you have been a nurse for some time now. For nurses who want to share their expertise to younger nurses or nurse hopefuls, being an educator is a great career choice.

What are needed to become a nurse educator?

1. Confidence and experience.

Confidence and experience go hand in hand. You cannot be confident with your job unless you don’t have enough expertise  to go with it. If you have been a nurse for ten years or more, then you certainly have learned a lot from your profession that you can share to students.

2. Know the requirements needed to become an educator.

Visit the right offices, schools or agencies that can assist you on your journey to becoming an educator. They can give you the proper requirements that you need to submit to the schools you want to apply in.

3. You need to be a registered nurse.

This is very elementary. You need to become a registered nurse first to qualify as a teacher. You will need to show your license. Make sure that the license is updated and in good standing.

4. Know what you specialize in.

Did you graduate from a paramedic to RN program or did you get a BSN degree? What facilities have you worked in? The answers to these questions can help you assess yourself and the areas, which you are good at. This will also help schools determine which subject or course you are suitable for.

5.  Gain a variety of nursing skills that can help you on your path to becoming a teacher.

Do not stick to one responsibility or task. Try to widen your knowledge by gaining more practical nursing skills in area you haven’t worked before.  Schools want to hire nurse educators who are knowledgeable in a variety of fields.

6.  Hone your speaking skills.

As a nurse educator, you will have to speak a big group of people. You want to look and sound professional. You also want to be heard clearly. If you think you aren’t a good speaker, try to practice speaking so as to improve how you speak.

Tips on How Nurses Can Manage Their Time

While other jobs only require employees to work eight hours a day, working as a nurse demands more working hours. Nurses usually work up to ten hours a day, as the job is quite demanding and tasks have more tendencies of changing.

As a nurse, it is always best to manage one’s time. Through time management, your job gets done faster and you get to leave work earlier. Here are some very helpful tips to help you manage your time.

1. Have careful planning.

Many nurses would disagree with this first tip because they always think that their tasks are usually unpredictable. Regardless of having an unpredictable day or not, planning is always a good idea. Merely jotting your daily tasks down can help go through with work without the added stress. By planning your tasks, you get a clear idea of what you are supposed to do during your shift. You do not have to waste time thinking and remembering what you need to be doing.

The good thing with writing your tasks down is that it enables you to rank them by importance. This gives you a clearer idea of how much time is needed for each task and which to task to focus on first.

2. Learn the Art of Delegation

This is especially important if you are holding a managerial position. If you have so many tasks to do, make sure that you have all them done through proper delegation. It is also quite common to feel dissatisfied with your assigned person’s work. So, it is important that you choose the right people for the task. Choose them according to their strengths and abilities.

3. Do not let yourself get distracted.

Stay away from distractions. Everyone has his or her own distractions. If noise distracts you from working, choose a quieter space. If you can’t help yourself from staying connected on Facebook or Twitter, turn your notifications off. If you are working with a really close friend and you always seem to end up chatting more than working, it would be best to have different breaks and to ask less questions to one another, unless they are actually patient-related.

With the right management, you can have a less stressful day at work. The bottom line is, you have to know your priorities and learn to focus on them.

Come to work with a plan and stick to it as possibly as you can.


Things to Expect from Good Nursing Schools

For anyone dreaming of becoming a nurse, going to a nursing school is the first step towards realizing that dream.  One needs to finish her nursing degree to finally get that license and work wherever they want to.

Finding the right nursing school then is essential as it is what fuels our minds with the necessary information in nursing. Below are the roles and duties that the school plays in enriching the minds of nursing students.

1. Record Keeping and Communication

To be able to communicate well with doctors, nursing students should be given a training for records maintenance. This training gives them the chance to realize the importance of tracking patient’s condition, such as their pain levels, medications and necessary procedures. These kinds of information need to be organized properly so doctors and fellow nurses can be aware of the patient’s condition. Schools should also teach students how to properly interpret the records and relay that to the doctors.

2. Care and Assistance

This is the most recognizable task or responsibility of nurses. Some people even assume that this is the only thing that nurses do, when in fact there is more to nursing than assistance. Nevertheless, it is important for schools to teach students hands-on care. This involves being able to gently assist patients, clean up after them, take their temperatures and administer their medication. Students must be taught to handle patients well.

3. Life Lesson Experiences

The school’s professors must also be able to inculcate or share their own experiences to the students. This will give the students an idea of what the real nursing world is like. If the nursing professor was a paramedic to RN program graduate, students could pretty much expect that that professor has interesting trauma nursing or emergency nursing stories to tell.

4. Emotional and Physical Support

Nursing students need to know that assisting patients also requires emotional assistance. Nursing schools are expected to teach students to communicate with patients and their family in the right manner. Nurses need to be sensitive to patients and their condition.

The Truths About Nursing

Nursing is hardly a bed of roses, but it is a very rewarding vocation. For most nurses who have been in the profession for many years, the experiences they have everyday at work gives them the opportunity to learn. And below are some things that most veteran nurses have learned about nurses over time.

1. Burnout among nurses is quite high. Those who tend to stay in the profession are those who have mastered the art of coping with stress and getting the right motivation. Many in the medical field, from paramedic to RN to respiratory therapists, feel exhausted. With the many patients to assist and the long working hours, relaxation is something that is rarely achieved. Unless of course, time management and organizational skills are applied.

2. Time management is key to lessening stress. It is important for nurses to prioritize their tasks. Big tasks must be done first and small tasks are made last. Veteran nurses know their tasks by heart. For younger nurses, they suggest that you keep a to-do list or a calendar where you can write your tasks and responsibilities on.

3. Life is short. Many nurses have seen patients clinging on to life and families praying for a longer life for their loved ones. They have also seen wonderful moments where the miracle of life unfolds itself. By being a witness to life and death, nurses know that life is too short to be wasted on silly, petty things.

4. You can’t please everyone. Just like any workplace, there will always be one or two staff members who like gossiping and backstabbing. Most veteran nurses know better than to keep away from them and their stories. New nurses shouldn’t be so preoccupied about the latest gossip at work. Instead, they should focus on their tasks and treat everyone fairly.

5. Not all patients are easy to assist. Every patient has their own way of coping with their ailments. Some are coping well, while others aren’t. Nurses must know how to approach patients and communicate with them well.

Taking Care of Our Skin as Nurses

We always make our hectic schedule an excuse not to take care of our skin. We always say that we are too busy to even find ourselves the right skin care product or regimen. While it is true that work takes up most of our time, it is still not a good enough reason to neglect our skin. Working as a registered nurse or working and taking up a nursing bridge program like a Paramedic to RN course at the same time is definitely tiring. However, we should realize that it is essential that we take care of our body. Having skin that’s dry, oily or full of acne or pimples affects our self-esteem. If we are not happy about how we look, we tend to have low self-confidence.

So, feel better and look better, here are some tips on how to have healthier skin.

Know what type of skin you have. Some have oily skin while some have dry skin. Which one are you?  If you have dry skin, this means that you are most of the time, dehydrated. Remember to drink enough water to help rejuvenate your skin and keep it hydrated. In choosing toners, make sure to get something that are not alcohol-based, as these will only make your skin more dry. It is better to use a cream-based product, so your skin gets rejuvenated and hydrated. If you have oily skin, you are more prone to white heads, pimples and blackheads. Since your pores are slightly large, they attract more dirt. If left neglected or un-cleaned, dirt or makeup gets trapped inside the pores, which in turn becomes blackheads or whiteheads. It is therefore important to wash your face twice a day using a gentle non-foaming cleanser. Wash it off with warm water.

Cleanse, tone and moisturizer. Those are the simple rules to cleaning your face. Use products that match your skin type. If you do not know what products to get, you might want to go to a dermatologist. They can give you advice on what products are perfect for you.