Advancing Your Nursing Degree – new book for nurses and nurse educators 4

The Value of Nursing Education

As a clinical nurse and an educator for many years, I have consistently communicated to my students the value of continuing their education, whether that means getting an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree, or even a doctoral degree. Usually they look at me as though I’m nuts, and just want to finish their current degree, but of late, more and more are seeing the light!

Complexity of Health Today

The value of formal and continuing education for nurses cannot be over emphasized, especially in the current healthcare environment where only the very sick are in acute care, and where many are cared for in the home who used to be in the hospital. The environment is complex today, and the need for educated nurses who can manage complex problems in multiple settings is now the norm.

Advancing Your Nursing Degree

Book cover of Advancing Your Nursing DegreeWith that said, there is a new book titled Advancing Your Nursing Degree: The Experienced Nurses Guide to Returning to School which I encourage you to consider adding to your personal library. The book was written by my friend and colleague Debra Wolff, DNS, PCNP, RN (who by the way, works across the hall from us) to help nurses take that next step to further their education. In her book, Deb shares the reasons why nurses hesitate to go on, offering the barriers to continuing their education, from family obligations to financial constraints. She has interviewed many nurses and shares their personal experiences about how they successfully balanced work, family and finances while continuing their quest to become a more educated nurse. She shares resources that can help the nurse to tackle the technology of today, a daunting task for those of us who were not formally trained on computers, myself included. Deb presents the material in such an easy to follow, conversational voice, and I think that nurses and educators will treasure and share this book with students and colleagues. Together we can and certainly should promote nursing education!

It’s an honor for Advantedge Education to be acknowledged for helping to edit the technical sections. Thank you Deb for writing this valuable book and congratulations on getting it published!

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4 thoughts on “Advancing Your Nursing Degree – new book for nurses and nurse educators

  • arima arner

    Hi why they are not many lpn to rn bridge programs offered in rochester new york may be evening classes in campus or on line, in rochester new york there is only mcc a monroe community college that offer the program on days only and it is very competitive,they is a several years waiting list, and thank you so mucb.

    • Ann Purchase Post author

      Hi and thank you for your comment. I don’t know why there aren’t more bridge programs in your area, but I am going to seek information for you. I am working currently with a program that does have a bridge program in the Albany area, and they may know of additional programs. I also recommend Excelsior College, with exclusively online AD and BS programs that I highly recommend. If you are currently working as an LPN, you may want to call Excelsior to see the requirements for the AD program. Please feel free to email me at and we can continue to investigate programs that may work for you. I will also talk with Dr. Wolff about her recommendations.

      • Ann Purchase Post author

        Here is some information that may be helpful to you from Dr. Wolff.
        “The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a listing on their website of all accredited programs (which is a good idea to make sure it is). The link is also listed in my book on pg. 49. The link is To check for any updated programs you could go to the AACN homepage at and click on the student tab and select “Nursing Program Search” from the drop down menu. You can search by program and location. AACN updates this on a regular basis so that should give you the most current information. Hope this helps.”


    Brimming with practical ideas and useful resources, this book will prepare nurses at all levels to advance and attain their educational goals.