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 +
The College Network (TCN) is dedicated to helping you become the best nurse you can be. On top of several online nursing degrees, TCN offers a comprehensive exam preparation package—Rx for NCLEX Success—that can help you pass the NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse. Additionally, in a five-part blog series, I am offering tips... Continue +
Are you ready to pass the NCLEX-RN and become a licensed registered nurse? We want to help you by offering tips on how to master various types of NCLEX questions. As I mentioned in a previous post, the major question types on the NCLEX-RN include prioritization questions, medication questions, teaching questions, nutrition... 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 +
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 +
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 +
I recently started a blog series (with this post) that showcases some unique careers in the nursing field. The second unique nursing career I'd like to highlight is that of a flight nurse. Flight nurses work aboard airplanes or helicopters as part of aeromedical teams that rescue critically injured patients from... 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 +
In honor of National Nurses Week (celebrated every year from May 6 through May 12), I'd like to highlight some of the top reasons why The College Network (TCN) is dedicated to helping nurses continually improve their healthcare knowledge and gain advanced credentials throughout their careers. At TCN, we understand and appreciate... 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 +
In a previous post on The College Network Nursing Blog, I introduced the nursing career path of Nurse Practitioner. As the healthcare landscape evolves, an increasing amount of the burden of care falls on Nurse Practitioners, and this is a fantastic career goal for those thinking of becoming an RN. This week is National Nurse... 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 +
Growing up, I'll always remember going to family reunions to get the entire family together and catch up. Since I did not get to see many of these family members except for at the reunions, these gatherings often functioned as a time to catch up with one another. Although I usually tried to bury myself in food and then go... Continue +
An exciting new technique is in use at Pittsburg State University to instruct nursing students: the First Annual Nursing Safety and Mobility Olympics. The event focused on the safe transportation of patients and their IV pulls. The 76 students were divided into eight teams and had to transport a patient over a certain... 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 +
A recent joint UK and South African study shows that nurses taking over duties for HIV patients resulted in no negative impacts and actually showed patient benefits, including improvement in tuberculosis detection rates, increased weight and white blood cell count, and better compliance with the treatment program. This... Continue +
The College Network is pleased to announce its alliance with the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) — a non-profit nursing organization formed in 1971, which represents 150,000 nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the United States, Eastern Caribbean and Africa with 83 chapters in 34 states. The formation of... Continue +
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