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Why I am Returning to School
Sharon Hannum
American Sentinel University

It is important for me to return to school so that I may maintain my role as a Program Director at both Bryn Mawr and Paoli Hospitals wound healing and hyperbaric centers. Several years ago our hospital system, Main Line Health, decided that the Magnet© distinction would elevate our standings amongst the tri-state regional hospital systems. This project was four years in the making and after our first attempt, we achieved Magnet© status. We are now preparing for our visit in 2014and in order to retain this distinction, there are certain educational criteria that must be met at all tiers of nursing. My Vice President shared with me that for any existing position that has nurses reporting to them, there must be an individual that holds an “N” in one of their credentials. I am a registered nurse with no other initials.

I have been given the opportunity to choose between keeping my current role until January of 2014, obtaining my BSN, or leaving the nursing department and joining our public relations/marketing division. I have over thirty years in various nursing and director roles and at this point, I am not interesting in leaving nursing to pursue a marketing career. Returning to school now will allow me to remain a Program Director.

American Sentinel University has accepted me in to the RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. They have given me the flexibility that I need in order keep my full time position and attain my degree. The tuition rates are affordable and the payment options I could choose fit my budget perfectly. Everyone from my Admissions Advisor, Kristi Burrell, to my Student Success Advisor, Jennifer Chavez, has been professional, accommodating and supportive. When I read on the web site home page, “We're committed to helping prepare you for the future of your career”, I knew this was the right...
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