Live out your calling [National Nurses Week]

Did you know it’s National Nurses Week? It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. Saying that nursing is “a calling” could not be more accurate. Every nurse I’ve ever known seems to feel they were MEANT to be a nurse, even those entering nursing as a second, third or fourth career.


According to ISEEK, nurses aides, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses are in hot demand in Minnesota. If you’re ready to “live out your calling,” there is an array of online nursing programs available at Minnesota Online and provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities. Here’s just a sampling of online programs available (for those just entering the field or those looking to advance their nursing career):

I will not let fear of failure consume me. I will live out my calling.Keep in mind that most of these programs allow you to complete coursework online, but have on-site lab or clinical components to meet program requirements.

But don’t be afraid! Get started today by requesting information from a Minnesota Online advisor.

If you are a nurse, please know that you are appreciated. The work you do saves and enriches lives. On the road to nursing greatness? Good luck! And thank you, in advance.

P.S. Go enjoy some nurse quotes and humor on Pinterest!

Contributed by: Nicole Seifert | Sr. Online Advisor

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#MyMnState: A Long and Uncertain Journey

“Just be prepared for a long and often uncertain journey. The good stuff doesn’t come easy.” – Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora

We shared that quote with Tom (our #MyMnState featured student) and asked if it had any significance in his life. His response: “Yes. On many levels: life, the Navy, school…”Empty quide-post in savana

Tom’s journey to online learning at Metropolitan State University has been long and uncertain. After high school, he spent one semester at Itasca Community College, then transferred to what is now Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls for a semester. Not sure what his path was, Tom says:

“I walked into my parents’ house after quitting school and my job. The phone was ringing and it was the Navy recruiter from Alexandria. We had talked a year earlier, but I wasn’t interested then.”

Definitely put in a “right-place, right-time” situation, Tom joined the United States Navy and spent 20+ years serving our country at 8 stations, on 3 ships. In the Navy, Tom learned more about himself and his career goals. No surprise, he realized that he is highly skilled in order and organization. Managing numbers, inventory and people are his thing, so an online degree in accounting seemed like a natural move.

Join us next time as we check in on Tom!

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