Essay on The Value of Online Learning

1020 Words Apr 17th, 2012 5 Pages
The Value of Online Learning
The nursing profession today is increasingly seeing staffing shortages. Online learning and distance education is a way that colleges have tried to fix the problem. The online programs available today offer working adults the opportunity to advance their degree while still maintaining their current job. The value of online education has increased amongst nurses who want to advance their profession that is constantly moving towards advanced technologies. One of the main reasons why there is a nursing shortage is from the lack of nursing faculty to teach the students. The labor bureau estimated that there will be a need for 580,000 nurses by 2018 due to nurses retiring (AACN, 2010). Colleges are working hard
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Discussion boards have been a creation of the online community to get students to interact with each other. This compensates the programs for the loss of the personal human touch that would be found in a traditional program with a clinical curriculum. The second concern of most when deciding on an online program versus a traditional program is accreditation. According to the US Department of Education, which does not accredit nursing schools but provides rationale for its purpose, “an educational program that is accredited has shown that they provide quality higher education according to standards set by a private regional or national accrediting agency. Accreditation is a peer review process that evaluates educational programs based upon agency-set criteria” (US Department of Education, 2011). Students want to make sure that they are not spending several years in school to learn that the school that they attended is not accepted by their state nursing boards as a suitable educational program. The student’s state nursing boards can deny their request to take their licensure exam to become a nurse, and they can also be denied by other schools if they decide to pursue a higher education. If they attend a school that is not accredited then they may not be able to pursue a higher degree in nursing. The value of online education for nurses has increased in the last ten years. Nurses

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