Making the rounds: UND's online nursing program helps students juggle work and studies

1 / 3 Between working part time in an emergency room and completing a master's degree in nursing, Abbey Anderson is a busy woman. "I work 12-hour shifts, so 24 hours a week, and I work in the clinic three days a week for clinicals," said Anderson, who also earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from UND. "That leaves about one day a week to do any extra homework, or just catch up on everything else in life—there's always something going on." The Grand Forks woman is one of more than 250 students pursuing a UND master's or doctoral degree in nursing through the school's distance learning programs. Maridee Shogren, director of UND's doctor of nursing practice program, said the university's advanced nursing programs are essentially online-only with periodic visits to campus. Shogren said the programs have proved to be very popular among students looking to further their education while keeping up with busy professional and family lives. 'The future' "This is the future," Shogren said. "This truly keeps people in their communities where they're employed. They don't have to pick up and relocate to come to school." Shogren said students can access online...

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