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 +
Being an adult learner is hard—there is no way around that. Have a full time job? Check. Have a family? Check. When you make the decision to go back to school as an adult, you have a lot more commitments to juggle than if you were heading to college right out of high school. Obtaining your degree will ultimately mean that... Continue +
Success is something everyone strives to achieve in one way or another. Whether it’s personal or professional success (or both), most human beings look to reach their goals and feel as though they have met a self-established potential. How people reach success is a frequently discussed topic, the subject of countless... 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 +
While concerns are waning for many about pursuing an online degree, there are some people who still wonder if earning a degree online is equivalent to pursuing a degree the traditional way. The great news is that when online programs meet certain criteria, employers and recruiters view these degrees as equal to traditional... Continue +
The College Network’s recent partnership with SUNY Empire State College brings a diversity of programs that allows us to help more people achieve their educational goals than ever before. Given the fact that a college degree is quickly becoming the standard credential required for most professional employment, the timing... Continue +
One thing I often hear from the nurses we speak with is that they fear they're too old to go back to school. Too old to do a program online. Too old to stay in the workforce. As cliché as it sounds, you're only as old as you feel. I read a great article published on AARP's website last fall that reminds employers and workers... Continue +
When Brandy first decided go to college, she really didn't know she wanted to be a nurse. She wanted to have children so she was looking for a way to continue her education while working that was convenient. She went to LPN school, and after five years as an LPN and four children later, a friend told her about The... Continue +
A recent article on the Yahoo Education site highlights a new trend in education—more and more prime-age workers are turning to associate’s degrees instead of bachelor’s degrees. Could an associate's degree be the answer for you? According to a recent report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 5.6 to 10.4... Continue +
“It’s never too late to be the person you might have been.” –George Eliot By the time she was 50, my grandmother had supported her husband through medical school, a brief political career, and a business start-up, raised six children, and involved herself in her community. Even with all her success in these roles, she knew... Continue +
When I was younger, people who knew me treated my memory like some sort of party trick. They were amazed at my ability to remember the most mundane things that had happened years before. Members of my family jokingly called me "the elephant" and said they were certain that I could remember what pajamas I wore and what breakfast... Continue +
If you are looking to advance your career, you may already be aware of the skills needed to get you to the next level. You may already possess those skills and be ready to go after your dream job, but you may be like millions of Americans and realize there might be a gap in your skills. Perhaps you’ve found a job opening that... Continue +
September is National Self Improvement Month. I know I have a list as long as my arm with things that I could improve upon. In fact, I could use a year simply dedicated to self improvement, not just one month! Many people look at educational goals as a way to improve themselves. The College Network offers several ways to help... Continue +
"Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true."  – Ralph Waldo Emerson When you were younger, what life did you dream for yourself? Did you dream of becoming a famous basketball player or an astronaut? Maybe a movie star or a superhero? The dreams we have for ourselves... Continue +
Since June is Men's Health Month across the nation (Men's Health Week took place June 10–16), it is the perfect time for nurses to pay special attention to the health issues that affect their male patients. According to the Men's Health Month web site, "The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness... Continue +
Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. ~ Donna Wilk Cardillo If you look up "nurse" in any dictionary, you'll likely see a brief definition that defines... Continue +
"How very little can be done under a spirit of fear."  - Florence Nightingale In honor of National Nurses' Week 2013, The College Network has created an infographic about "5 Influential Nurses Who Changed the Face of Healthcare." The first nurse profiled in our series is Florence Nightingale, often recognized as the founder of... Continue +
It’s no secret that the majority of the nursing field is comprised of women.  A woman's role in any industry is made tougher by trying to balance all of the various things in our life: family, work, school, maybe sleep (if there’s time).  In the book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg talks about how... Continue +
If you are an LPN/LVN, you’ve probably considered going back to school to earn your degree and RN license. With the demand for qualified RNs on the rise, it’s a great time to start working toward a higher nursing credential. Earning your associate’s degree in nursing isn’t the only way to get your RN license—in fact, there are... Continue +
Most of us have considered going back to school at one point or another. I want go back to school to get my master's degree. I, like you, research programs to see what will work best for my lifestyle. I will need to continue to work my full time job and run my household, while I obtain my degree. The reasons that we decide to go... Continue +
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