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Online Education Hellping Latinos reach career success

The challenges Latinos face in seeking a higher education and how online education is providing opportunities for Latinos to overcome those challenges and achieve higher degrees, increasing the chances for career success.

Although the situation is improving, Latinos are grossly underrepresented today in higher education. During unstable financial times, it is vital that Latinos are given the opportunity to pursue a higher degree for career advancement and job security.

Online education is an avenue that is reducing this disparity. Online universities provide flexibility and convenience that is not typical in a campus-based setting, enabling adult learners to keep their jobs and steady incomes, while supporting their families during these difficult financial times. Latinos are extremely competitive candidates for filling top positions in the private sector as they possess a cultural understanding and often the language skills needed to serve the growing Hispanic segment of the U.S.

Walden University, an accredited online institution committed to attracting and retaining Latino students in their online education programs, created a Hispanic Advisory Committee to evaluate and address how online education can meet the needs of Latinos. In 2008, Walden University was recognized as a leader in providing access to advanced degrees for Hispanics by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, ranked 17th of more than 4,100 U.S. institutions for master’s degrees as well as overall Hispanic graduate enrollment.

Robert Madris, RN, BSN, MSN, a Latino from Dallas who is graduating with his Masters of Science in Nursing. Robert will be graduating at the 2009 Commencement ceremonies in Dallas. We talked about online education and i transcript our conversation

Robert what motivated you to begin pursuing your degree at Walden?

I obtained my BSN from the University of Phoenix and had planned to remain there, however, during my enrollment my tuition costs was raised three times and I decide to shop around for something more affordable –  I found Walden University.  Not only was Walden a better offer, I qualified for a significant [25%] discount on all of my classes and have never been happier. Walden University had just what I was looking for … As a result of my Walden experience, I believe anyone can combine an active life-style with academic endeavors, especially on-line education, to advance in growth & development both professionally and personally.

Robert what is your current profession, and do you anticipate changing professional roles as result of earning your degree from Walden?

I am a Registered Nurse, Masters prepared, currently working the Peri-operative Holding Area where I work closely with the Acute Pain Service.  While this is a specialized service we offer to Parkland patients, it does not require a Master’s degree and I am presently anticipating changing roles for something conducive to the MSN degree and something that will offer me the challenges that Walden prepared me to handle.  A new era of education has risen to meet the growing needs of the patient healthcare system.  

I believe education and practice to be isomorphic and respectful of differing values and beliefs.  The merging of cultures – anthropologically based- and values – philosophically based – have seen monumental developments in nursing and with today’s rapidly changing healthcare system, and additional new and exciting innovative changes expected for the 21st century.  In keeping up with these changes, it is imperative to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning, one using developed critical thinking skills, promotion of resource utilization, and diverse approaches to meet the needed demands.

Since Walden has a mission of effecting positive social change, do you have any plans for how your degree may assist you in impacting the lives of people around you?

My experience at Walden University allowed me the opportunity to bridge the gap between theory and practice and carry this into my daily professional and personal practice as a registered nurse health care provider.  The MSN in education & promotion provides me with the knowledge to bridge gaps between current health beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors and ‘apply’ what is needed to achieve desired behavioral and social outcomes in all populations using an evidenced based educational atmosphere ultimately resulting in providing the best of care for ‘ALL’ of my patients… Regardless of race, creed, color, education or lack of….   Most of all, attaining the MSN degree has paved the way for my pursuit of the highly coveted Ph.D.

Robert how does the online format of Walden’s courses support your personal, professional, and family goals? What has the online learning experience been like for you? Do you have any other accomplishments you would like to share?  

The online experience has allowed me to work full-time while simultaneously pursuing a nursing masters in science degree and, in addition, having free time to spend with my fiancé / family and other personal & professional community commitments / obligations. For example, when I am not working in the OR, I perform community volunteer services – often collecting used cell-phones, clothing, et cetera for various shelters (homeless, abused women & children).  Collected and donated two new wheel chairs, electric air bed/mattress, and loads of supplies for the Katrina Hurricane victims and continue as a fund-raiser and active participant with ‘The Relay-for-Life’ events hosted by the American Cancer society.  In addition, I remain working with vulnerable populations, i.e., ‘The Genesis House’ (for abused & battered women and children), ‘The Bridge’ (for the homeless & persons suffering from addictive personalities), and am often found in Detention Centers (Lew Sterret Jail, Cornell Juvenile Justice Center, et cetera.) spreading the word of clean & sober living.

I am dedicated to being part of a healthy community, whether at work (Dallas Parkland Hospital) or elsewhere.

About Walden University

Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business administration, psychology, child development, computer information systems, interdisciplinary studies, and instructional design and technology. Walden University is a member of Laureate International Universities, a leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org; 1-312-263-0456.The challenges Latinos face in seeking a higher education and how online education is providing opportunities for Latinos to overcome those challenges and achieve higher degrees, increasing the chances for career success.

Although the situation is improving, Latinos are grossly underrepresented today in higher education. During unstable financial times, it is vital that Latinos are given the opportunity to pursue a higher degree for career advancement and job security.

Online education is an avenue that is reducing this disparity. Online universities provide flexibility and convenience that is not typical in a campus-based setting, enabling adult learners to keep their jobs and steady incomes, while supporting their families during these difficult financial times. Latinos are extremely competitive candidates for filling top positions in the private sector as they possess a cultural understanding and often the language skills needed to serve the growing Hispanic segment of the U.S.

Walden University, an accredited online institution committed to attracting and retaining Latino students in their online education programs, created a Hispanic Advisory Committee to evaluate and address how online education can meet the needs of Latinos. In 2008, Walden University was recognized as a leader in providing access to advanced degrees for Hispanics by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, ranked 17th of more than 4,100 U.S. institutions for master’s degrees as well as overall Hispanic graduate enrollment.

Robert Madris, RN, BSN, MSN, a Latino from Dallas who is graduating with his Masters of Science in Nursing. Robert will be graduating at the 2009 Commencement ceremonies in Dallas. We talked about online education and i transcript our conversation

Robert what motivated you to begin pursuing your degree at Walden?

I obtained my BSN from the University of Phoenix and had planned to remain there, however, during my enrollment my tuition costs was raised three times and I decide to shop around for something more affordable –  I found Walden University.  Not only was Walden a better offer, I qualified for a significant [25%] discount on all of my classes and have never been happier. Walden University had just what I was looking for … As a result of my Walden experience, I believe anyone can combine an active life-style with academic endeavors, especially on-line education, to advance in growth & development both professionally and personally.

Robert what is your current profession, and do you anticipate changing professional roles as result of earning your degree from Walden?

I am a Registered Nurse, Masters prepared, currently working the Peri-operative Holding Area where I work closely with the Acute Pain Service.  While this is a specialized service we offer to Parkland patients, it does not require a Master’s degree and I am presently anticipating changing roles for something conducive to the MSN degree and something that will offer me the challenges that Walden prepared me to handle.  A new era of education has risen to meet the growing needs of the patient healthcare system.  

I believe education and practice to be isomorphic and respectful of differing values and beliefs.  The merging of cultures – anthropologically based- and values – philosophically based – have seen monumental developments in nursing and with today’s rapidly changing healthcare system, and additional new and exciting innovative changes expected for the 21st century.  In keeping up with these changes, it is imperative to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning, one using developed critical thinking skills, promotion of resource utilization, and diverse approaches to meet the needed demands.

Since Walden has a mission of effecting positive social change, do you have any plans for how your degree may assist you in impacting the lives of people around you?

My experience at Walden University allowed me the opportunity to bridge the gap between theory and practice and carry this into my daily professional and personal practice as a registered nurse health care provider.  The MSN in education & promotion provides me with the knowledge to bridge gaps between current health beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors and ‘apply’ what is needed to achieve desired behavioral and social outcomes in all populations using an evidenced based educational atmosphere ultimately resulting in providing the best of care for ‘ALL’ of my patients… Regardless of race, creed, color, education or lack of….   Most of all, attaining the MSN degree has paved the way for my pursuit of the highly coveted Ph.D.

Robert how does the online format of Walden’s courses support your personal, professional, and family goals? What has the online learning experience been like for you? Do you have any other accomplishments you would like to share?  

The online experience has allowed me to work full-time while simultaneously pursuing a nursing masters in science degree and, in addition, having free time to spend with my fiancé / family and other personal & professional community commitments / obligations. For example, when I am not working in the OR, I perform community volunteer services – often collecting used cell-phones, clothing, et cetera for various shelters (homeless, abused women & children).  Collected and donated two new wheel chairs, electric air bed/mattress, and loads of supplies for the Katrina Hurricane victims and continue as a fund-raiser and active participant with ‘The Relay-for-Life’ events hosted by the American Cancer society.  In addition, I remain working with vulnerable populations, i.e., ‘The Genesis House’ (for abused & battered women and children), ‘The Bridge’ (for the homeless & persons suffering from addictive personalities), and am often found in Detention Centers (Lew Sterret Jail, Cornell Juvenile Justice Center, et cetera.) spreading the word of clean & sober living.

I am dedicated to being part of a healthy community, whether at work (Dallas Parkland Hospital) or elsewhere.

About Walden University

Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business administration, psychology, child development, computer information systems, interdisciplinary studies, and instructional design and technology. Walden University is a member of Laureate International Universities, a leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org; 1-312-263-0456.

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