I was one of the first recipients of the RN-to-BSN program in the Hawaii region. I completed the program in May 2016. It was always my goal to get my bachelor’s degree in nursing but it was hard. Schooling is expensive and to get my foot in the door of health care I started as a Licensed Practical Nurse. My advice to others is, if you are interested in pursuing your education – do it! It’s a use-it-or-lose-it benefit and if you need help or advice there’s a resource list of people who have been through the program you can reach out to. I had someone encouraging me along the way, and now I’m encouraging others.
Becky Farinas, registered nurse, Hawaii Nurses Association, OPEIU Local 50 (Hawaii)