Linfield RN to BSN Program Builds Workplace Top Performers

After completing Linfield College’s RN to BSN online degree program, Clarissa Thomas has had exciting new job opportunities.

by Faith Hardersen, current Linfield student

“I’ve always thought of myself as a top job performer, and I realized that without a BSN I wouldn’t even be able to keep up with the pack, much less be a top performer.” – Clarissa Thomas, Alumni, Class of 2015.

When Clarissa Thomas realized that having a BSN was important for her nursing career advancement, she turned to Linfield College’s RN to BSN online degree program to help launch her forward in the workplace. Linfield provided Clarissa with the reputable, fully online RN to BSN program she was looking for.

Clarissa Thomas finished the Linfield College’s online nursing program and received her BSN in 2015. It did not take long at all for Clarissa to realize how valuable it was to have a BSN in the nursing field.

“At the beginning of my BSN online degree program, I was certain that an associate’s degree in nursing had fully prepared me to be an excellent clinical nurse. However, my eyes have been opened to the role that the nurse plays within the broader context of health care. I now agree that a bachelor’s degree in nursing is necessary to enable the practicing nurse to fully understand and embody the role of the professional nurse.”

Clarissa quickly recognized how much of an impact a professor can make on an individual in a small college setting. She was able to connect with professors and her academic advisor, and they were able to help guide her and her future plans for a graduate education and a future career.

“This instructor and class permanently changed the way I think about and approach the health differences among groups of people, and has instilled in me a strong desire to effect change in the social determinants of health.”

Linfield RN to BSN online degree program students receive the opportunity to participate in internships, research, or service learning projects, as well as studying abroad. Clarissa took this opportunity to volunteer at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center as well as Community Outreach Inc. She took this time to develop a deeper understanding of the compassion needed to help with the health of her patients.

“My service learning experience at Linfield College therefore not only enhanced my educational experience by meeting my personal goals but also has continued to enrich my life experiences even after completing my Linfield program.”

During her time completing the BSN online degree program, Clarissa developed a habit of creating a weekly schedule to help build structured study habits. Clarissa was also able to find a student who showed the same discipline and good study habits as her early in her RN to BSN program, and was able to bounce ideas off of that student during their Linfield careers. Linfield’s small school atmosphere allows for deeper connections with both faculty and students and builds a better sense of community.

After Clarissa received her BSN, she immediately started seeing results in her workplace. Her manager at The Samaritan Endoscopy Center created a staff coordinator position just for her and has allowed her to develop training programs for the clinical staff. This has inspired her to continue her nursing education and apply for a master’s program in nursing education.

“My BSN online degree has, therefore, enabled me to take on a new and exciting job, and has also enabled me to continue my nursing education to open even more doors in the future.”
Contact Linfield’s Online and Continuing Education Staff to learn more about the BSN online degree program.

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Linfield College Online and Continuing Education Waives Application Fees for RN to BSN Candidates

In honor of National Nurses Week, Linfield College Online and Continuing Education will waive the $50 application fee for applicants to their online RN to BSN degree from May 1–14.

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Linfield College Online and Continuing Education is encouraging registered nurses to apply for its online RN to BSN degree program by waiving the $50 application fee for all qualified applicants from May 1–14. Students need only go to the application page and select the National Nurses Week Fee Waiver option when applying.
With the RN to BSN degree program, all core classes are offered each term, and convenient scheduling options are available. Throughout their Linfield education, students have access to one-on-one advising with both a faculty and an academic advisor, as well as technical support and tutoring services. A capstone clinical opportunity is also built into the program, offering students an opportunity to heighten their online learning by applying it directly to a community service experience.
Linfield College Online and Continuing Education offers a unique opportunity for registered nurses to earn their bachelor of science degree: students are not required to take any exams throughout their course of study, as the program and its staff recognize and respect that these are already competent, working nurses. Accordingly, Linfield offers a part-time curriculum that allows students to develop professionally while maintaining employment.
This 100 percent online program provides a path for working nurses to prepare for leadership and management opportunities in the healthcare profession. “We are excited to be able to honor and assist our working nurses with this fee waiver,” said Lisa Knodle-Bragiel, Linfield director of admissions.

“Nurses work hard, and their work is important. We want to recognize their dedication to the profession during National Nurses Week,” Knodle-Bragiel said.
Applicants who are interested in starting Summer term (June 20) are encouarged to apply now, although students can apply for any term using the free application.
The length of time needed for the RN to BSN degree program at Linfield College Online and Continuing Education varies for each student, as the program aims to accommodate the demands of each student’s personal and professional schedules. Financial aid is available, as are opportunities for international studies while completing the capstone service learning project.
Prospective students are encouraged to call 1-800-640-2287 or visit www.linfield.edu/dce for more information. Transcripts may be mailed to Linfield College Office of Admission 900 SE Baker St, McMinnville, Ore. 97128-6808.

Download a promotional poster for the free application: Linfield Free Application Poster

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Teresa Silva Student Profile: Enrolling in an Online Accounting Degree, but Earning Much More

Teresa Silva found in Linfield College an online accounting degree program that provided excellent instruction while building students’ confidence.

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Juggling the responsibilities of being a single parent and maintaining a full-time job to support a family can be demanding and leave little time for other life goals, a fact that Teresa Silva knows all too well. Raising her two sons on her own while working at Truitt Brothers, Inc., Teresa wanted to earn an accounting degree to help her move ahead in her career. She knew that making time to go to class would be a challenge with her complicated schedule. After looking into her options, Teresa chose Linfield College’s online accounting degree program.

Fortunately, today’s students can take advantage of online degree programs that create opportunities for working parents. “Linfield offered me the program that I wanted with the flexibility to take on what I could manage with my own personal obligations,” Teresa said. Teresa and many other students who must balance work, family, and other obligations can now fulfill their educational aspirations in a setting that works for them.

Teresa enrolled in Linfield College’s online accounting degree program and earned a Bachelor of Science degree through Linfield’s 100% online program. Like most college graduates, she fondly remembers certain professors who inspired her with their innovative teaching methods and their desire to see their students succeed. She noted that the professors understood that students had many obligations other than their college work. “He went the extra mile ensuring that everyone was able to meet his strict timeline standards,” she said of her Business Law II professor.

She also recalled how her Shoreline Ecology professor pushed his students to move out of their comfort zones by requiring them to conduct field research as part of the class. “This class got me out of the format rut and challenged me mentally and physically,” she reflected. While she expected her online accounting degree program to help her grow her salary, she gained the additional benefit of personal growth.

Earning her accounting degree online through Linfield College helped Teresa’s self-confidence and independence soar. “Unlike traditional classrooms, online really requires you to buckle down and take the time to read and understand everything. Your instructors are there for guides, and are great resources, but you have to be your biggest cheerleader,” she said. Teresa soon began to appreciate the self-motivation and personal accountability that online education built up in her.

When asked to reflect back on what made the most impact on her during her time as an online accounting student at Linfield, she replied, “I felt in control of my education and my time.” Linfield, she recognizes, had more than just academic lessons to offer.

After graduating with her online accounting degree in 2014, she turned to her career with increased confidence. She is working for Truitt Brothers, Inc. now as a Staff Accountant, and she’s noticed a change in how her coworkers respond to her and knows she has earned their respect. “I am finding my opinion is sought more and more weight is given to my ideas. This has allowed me greater freedom to create a finished product that I am proud to deliver,” she said.

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