I am a recent LPN graduate. I am attempting to complete my RN studies online. I am having the worst time trying to stay motivated and focused. What would you suggest I do to make myself more motivated?
1. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to become a RN? Your “want to” has to be big enough to overcome any obstacles that get in your way. I know LPNs who want to become RNs, but never do because there isn’t a reason that’s larger than the effort it takes to go back to school. I know. I went back to school to get my masters’ degree when my oldest son was three, and my second child was six months old. I worked 20 hours a week and traveled to school two hours away at least three times a week. My motivation: I wanted a nursing job where I did not have to work holidays and weekends, and I wanted the flexibility to do whatever I wanted career wise. A MSN gave me that. (Look at my bio.) Notice how one of my reasons was to avoid pain (not working weekends or holidays) and the other was pleasurable(flexibility and choice). Try to find a reason to avoid pain (making less money, fewer career choices) or move towards pleasure (how great you will feel when you become a RN, how you will have a secure job and more money and job opportunities.) or both as I did. Make a “Reasons I Want to Be a RN” poster. Have fun making it. Use different colored markers. Paste on pictures. Write words or phrases that motivate you. Keep it where you can see it every day to remind yourself of why you are pursuing this goal.
2.Take some time off from studies If you just got out of LPN school, give yourself a few months off before starting your RN program. You might need some time to savor your accomplishment and adapt to being a LPN. As you grow in confidence as a LPN, this may motivate you even more to do the work it takes to become a RN. Then map out your plan to complete your RN. Give yourself a reward after finishing each month or each course.
3. Learn from the RNs you work with Establish a good working relationship with the RNs you work with. Learn everything you can from them. As you get to know them, ask about their path to becoming a RN. How did they do it? How did they stay motivated to finish? Spend more time if you can with the RNs who are positive about their job and nursing. Look for a role model.
4. Take good care of yourself mentally and physically Halfway through my RN program, I thought about quitting. With one more year left, I considered switching back to my previous major, but it did not make sense. I took one day at a time. I rewarded myself for doing the work by going on a special outing or buying myself a small trinket or ice cream cone. I sought support from friends, fellow students and family. The year went faster than I imagined. Becoming a RN takes hard work. It isn’t easy to work and go to school at the same time. Any LPNs going back to school to become RNs who are having problems staying motivated, Email me. Let’s see if you can get some online support for Freda!