As winter approaches and temperatures across the country continue to fall, most of us have started our annual search for indoor entertainment. If you're struggling to find the perfect winter distraction, allow me to help. The Campaign for Nursing's Future recently released a 30-minute documentary that highlights the important... Continue +
Chaos Never Dies
November 9th is Chaos Never Dies Day. If you have read my blog before then you've probably read about some silly and bizarre national days of celebration, and now you can add chaos to that list. I have to admit that I had never heard of this one before I researched which national days were being celebrated in November. However,... Continue +
Last week (October 5–11) was Emergency Nurses Week, which is celebrated across the nation each year in honor of the dedicated nurses who provide emergency care to patients in need. The theme of this year's celebration was "life saving hands." This reflects the important role emergency nurses play in saving the lives of patients... Continue +
When you decide to continue your education as an adult, you become part of a larger community of lifelong learners. More than half of students furthering their education are considered nontraditional, expanding the group of lifelong learners at a faster rate every single year. When it comes to choosing a “club,” the... Continue +
Like an onion, a well-rounded nursing education consists of many important layers. The outermost, protective layer is, of course, formal education. The College Network recognizes the value of this layer, and we work hard to help nurses successfully complete advanced nursing degree programs. Formal nursing education teaches the... Continue +
For many adult learners, reentering the academic world can be a bit intimidating. There have been quite a few changes to education over the last ten years, including the continued growth of distance learning. Edudemic recently published an infographic pinpointing some of the most important skills and attributes today’s... 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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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