Nurses, Demand Respect!
"Respect is love in plain clothes." ~ Frankie Byrne The article "Don't Call Me Just a Nurse"—published on The Huffington Post's Healthy Living web site—has been circulating online and gaining popularity for nearly a year now. The article laments the fact that nurses are often treated as less competent than doctors, and it left... Continue +
Did you know the fourth week in August is designated as "Be Kind to Humankind" Week? The week was first celebrated in August 1988 by Lorraine Jara from Toms River, New Jersey. It encourages everyone to set aside seven days to reflect on our actions toward others and make sure that we are kind to one another. Read more about... Continue +
If you're looking for nursing inspiration beyond the quotes I shared recently, you should explore The American Nurse Project. According to The American Nurse Project web site, the project "aims to elevate the voice of nurses in this country by capturing their personal stories through photography and film." The project started in... Continue +
Sunburns and heat stroke and mosquitos, oh my! While the summer months are a joyful and lively time for many of us, they also bring with them numerous chances for injury and illness. As a nurse (or a nursing student), you have a responsibility to model and teach safe and healthy behavior throughout the year, including in... Continue +
Are you an LPN/LVN or RN who has thought about earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree? If you are then you're in very good company. Did you know that 43% percent of new registered nurses hold a BSN? That's not all. Many registered nurses are are going back to school to continue their education to earn a BSN.... Continue +
Apple's trademarked phrase "There's an app for that" has become more and more true over the years. It seems we can find an app for almost anything these days. And this is certainly true when it comes to healthcare apps. In a previous post, I mentioned how smartphones and tablets are changing the healthcare landscape. This is... Continue +
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”  ~Maya Angelou Adversity comes in many forms and typically when we least expect it. I am a planner. I try to iron out the... Continue +
A recent article featured in American Nurse Today outlined the findings of The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S.. Department of Health and Human Services, that examined the nursing workforce and current trends in supply and education. The... Continue +
Karen Titherington is a busy certified wound care nurse without a lot of time to spare. When it came time to earn her Master of Science in Nursing, Karen was looking for a program that would fit her schedule and her needs. Her research brought her to The College Network and its partnership with Regis University. “It... Continue +
Jacqueline Brown wasn't interested in advancing her education via a traditional campus-based degree program. She had to continue working as a registered nurse while completing her education, so she was drawn to the convenience of The College Network (TCN) and Regis University's online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.... Continue +
Over the past few years, there's been much talk about a push for nurses to be educated at the bachelor's-degree level. However, at The College Network (TCN), we recognize that earning a bachelor's degree is not the right path for everyone. That's why we offer courses that can help you become a registered nurse (RN) through the... Continue +
Are you a registered nurse (RN) considering educational advancement? If you have completed a nursing diploma program or an associate's degree program in nursing, you may be considering the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). But how do you decide which advanced degree is for... Continue +
Do you ever feel like you are in a career rut? I think many people would admit to feeling stuck or unsatisfied with their jobs from time to time. If you are a nurse, you can take several steps to improve your career. Recently, Scrubs Magazine published an article describing several actions that can help nurses add to their... Continue +
In a previous post about technology as it relates to the nursing industry, I offered nurses four tips for using social media effectively. In part two of this "Nurses and Technology" series, I'm discussing three technological developments that are changing the way nurses deliver and manage care. The February 2014 issue of Johnson... Continue +
As a woman who is currently in her third trimester of pregnancy, I feel a special connection to the work performed by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs). The University of Cincinnati recently published an infographic that details the role of a certified nurse-midwife. If you're looking for a new nursing career path, consider... Continue +
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States unemployment rate has been declining steadily over the past few years (from 9.1 percent in January 2011 to 6.6 percent in January 2014). Still, there are currently more than 10 million Americans without a job. Scrubs magazine recently published an article detailing... Continue +
2013 has officially come to a close. And now everyone is preparing for the first big celebration of 2014. That's right, January 3rd is National Fruitcake Toss Day. The first fruitcake toss day was in 1995 in Manitou Springs, Colorado where contestants took turns heaving a two-pound fruitcake as far as they could. Distances... Continue +
The Institute of Medicine's influential report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health is turning three! Developed by the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing and published in early 2011, the report serves as a roadmap for the field of nursing. According to the... Continue +
Meet Kathy Puma. She felt restricted as an LPN and decided to pursue earning her RN license to open the door to new opportunities within nursing. Kathy chose to work with The College Network due to the flexibility of the program. It provided the convenience of studying from home, allowing her to fit it around her work and family... Continue +
Nurses, have you thought about your New Year's resolutions for 2014? If you're struggling to come up with the perfect resolution, we have you covered. At The College Network, we want to help you be the best nurse you can be. Thus, we've compiled a list of resolutions that can help you step up your nursing game in the areas of... Continue +
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