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Question: How do working nurses maintain a work-life balance when going back to school?
Answer: Both nursing jobs and nursing degrees can be demanding and time consuming. Pursuing both at the same time presents the potential for a strenuous schedule.
Still, many nurses return to school, successfully completing their studies while working. Although balancing school and work may seem impossible, it's achievable with dedication and time management.
Melina Burns, a registered nurse pursuing a master of science in nursing education and a global health certificate, offers advice for anyone planning on this route. "Personally, working full time, being in school, and teaching has caused me to prioritize and manage my time unlike ever before," she says.
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Melina Burns, BSN, RN, CCRN, CPN
Melina Burns, BSN, RN, CCRN, CPN, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013 with her BSN. She is now pursuing her MSN in nursing education and a global health certificate. She has worked in the pediatric intensive care unit as a staff nurse for over seven years, focusing her clinical expertise on quality improvement, research, and bereavement care.
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