It’s always a pleasure when another success story makes its way across my desk because sharing it can serve as a source of inspiration to others in their programs. It's also great a reminder of how quickly positive results can be achieved when studies are made a priority. Nurse Krystal’s story is not uncommon to that of many of... 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 +
Armanda decided to go from an LPN to RN because she was ready for the new career opportunities an RN license would bring. "I made a goal. I set that goal. I was ready to become an RN. My ultimate goal is to be a women's health practitioner. You just can't do that if you don't advance your education." Armanda choose to work... Continue +
While the field of nursing is full of rewarding specialties, there is perhaps no greater reward than caring for our nation's heroes as a Veterans Affairs (VA) nurse. According to a recent article in the American Nurses Association's The American Nurse, "Caring for those who have given so much of themselves in service to our... Continue +
In my last two blog posts, I’ve discussed the benefits positive thinking can bring in your every day life. However, there is an important disclaimer. There can be some disadvantages to positive thinking too. People can become overly optimistic, a condition called optimism bias. They believe that they are immune to bad times or... Continue +
The fourth installment of my series related to an article by Julie Zeilinger covers one of the most important lessons about risk and success: Success won't fall in your lap—you have to pursue it. Have you ever heard of someone becoming a great success just by sitting still? Neither have I. So why do so many people think that... Continue +
Have you been thinking about going back to school, but are worried about fitting your studies into your schedule with a full-time job and other responsibilities? If a class schedule just won't fit in with your work schedule, earning a certificate or degree online could be the answer. A recent article on Yahoo’s Education... Continue +
Ask a group of people how they define personal success and you’ll probably get a different answer from each person. While there may be some similarities among responses, it seems that most people in the world have some unique variation on the definition for personal success. What goes into the definition of success is the topic... Continue +
If you've considered furthering your nursing education through the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), you've likely wondered about the potential benefits of holding a BSN. While there are many routes that lead to a solid nursing education, the most direct and beneficial route involves becoming a... 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 +
You’ve graduated from nursing school and now you are ready to hit the ground running in your new career. Congrats! It is a great time to be a nurse. Despite ongoing changes in the job market, over 32,000 new health care jobs were created in the month of February. So, what supplies do you use during a day on the job? The items... 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 +
New Year--New Degree!
Another year is drawing to a close.  It's usually the time when we look back at what we have accomplished while we also look forward to our hopes and dreams for the year ahead. If you're at all like me, you wish you would have accomplished a few more goals that you had on your list this time last year. It's hard... Continue +
I have seen quite a few postings on Facebook lately about what people are thankful for at this time of year. Personally, I think it's a great practice to develop. So many times we don't think about being grateful for the little things we have in our life. It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hectic schedules that we... Continue +
As I watched coverage of the horrible storm that hit the East coast --I was thankful that my friends and family were safe and sound.  When a disaster of this proportion hits our country, we see the best in people.  Neighbors helping those without electricity, and sharing food and shelter as well. It reminds us that we are one... Continue +
As a Program Advisor I get to speak with many people on a daily basis who are interested in finding out how they can accomplish their goals. Goals, of course, vary from person to person. Some are interested in becoming more specialized in their current career such as an LPN who wants to be able to teach nursing by getting... Continue +
Who influences you?  I was recently at a conference in a session that spoke to influencers as they pertained to social media, and  it made me think about personal and professional influences and how they can impact our lives. Professionally, it is great when you work with someone that has more experience than you.  I often find... Continue +
When listening to the radio, the song "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepson comes on the radio several times during the day--there is no escaping it on the station I listen to.  And afterwards I find that I can't get it out of my head.  Plus there are so many parodies on YouTube and other channels.  It has become part of our... Continue +
The New York Times revealed in a recent article the increasing number of hospitals requiring nurses with associate degrees to earn a bachelor's degree/RN. "The need [for nurses] is so great that nurses without bachelor's degrees are still in demand. But experts say that may change in years to come, particularly at hospitals, the... Continue +
If you’ve been thinking about going back to school to earn your Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, now’s the time to do it. The demand for nurses is at an all-time high, with the American College of Medical Quality predicting a national shortage of 300,000 to 1 million nurses by the year 2020. The increase in demand is... Continue +
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