Nurses: How to Earn Your BSN and Still Have a Life

American Sentinel University’s healthcare blog, ‘The Sentinel Watch,’ launched a new eight-part nursing blog series: ‘Back to U – Karen’s Corner’ available at and guest blogger, Dr. Karen Whitham, assistant dean, undergraduate nursing programs shares her personal experiences about what it’s like going back to school mid-career and offers valuable insight about balancing work, life, and school to earn an advanced degree for career advancement.

Chances are your life is already very full. In addition to working full-time, you have your family and friends, plus the routine chores of daily life: you know, shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, bills and so on. Let’s not forget that you also need time to relax, stay fit and enjoy life. So how on earth will you find time for everything?

Keep a calendar
The no-fail recipe for enjoying life in the RN to BSN program is to keep a calendar. You’ll need to carve out 10 to 15 hours per week for class work. Start by blocking out time for your daily priorities on a weekly calendar, planning as many weeks as possible. Enter your work schedule, family time, study time, personal time, etc. Next, add the important events that you simply can’t miss:  school events for your children, weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, etc.

Use the calendar
The whole purpose of keeping a calendar is to make better choices on how to use your discretionary time. So before you accept an invitation from a friend, glance at your schedule for that week, as well as the following weeks, to determine if you can accept the invitation without compromising something else that may be more important to you. Managing your time is just like managing your money: you have to know how much you can spend after the bills have been paid.

Be proactive and work ahead
The farther out you plan, the easier it is to carve out time for the things that matter most to you. Each RN to BSN class is eight weeks in length, so go ahead and enter every deadline and project due date into your calendar. This allows you to work ahead of schedule if you want to make time to attend a wedding or some other important event. When you know that your “must do’s” are covered, you can enjoy your free time with confidence and peace of mind.

Stay tuned to ‘Karen’s Corner’ as Dr. Whitham shares more helpful tips about the RN to BSN program.

The ‘Back to U – Karen’s Corner’ blog series will run through September 7 and covers such topics as:

-So You’re Going Back to School…At Your Age?

-Is This the Right Time to Get Your BSN?

-How to Get Your BSN and Still Have a Life

-The Virtues of a Virtual Classroom

-Study Tips for the Online Student

-Balancing Homework with Family

-No Stress, No Struggle: Ask the Question
-Making Time for You

If you’ve ever dreamed of earning your BSN learn how American Sentinel can help make that dream a reality and earn your BSN in under one year and for less than $12,000.

American Sentinel University offers market-relevant, high-quality nursing degree programs, including a CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program that is ideal for nurses who want to expand their knowledge base, become more marketable and enjoy greater career stability and mobility. The RN to BSN can be earned in less than one year and for less than $12,000. Learn more about American Sentinel University’s RN to BSN degree program at or call 866.922.5690.

About American Sentinel University 
American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing (BSN, MSN, and DNP) and healthcare management (MBA Healthcare, MS in information systems management, and MS in business intelligence and analytics). Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The university is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 234-5100,

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