You’ve made the decision to go back to school, and now you’re ready to act on your decision. Before you take the leap, Forbes Magazine suggests you take these six steps to prepare yourself for what’s ahead: Talk to your manager or supervisor. If you are going back to school to advance your career, talk to your manager or... Continue +
Healthcare is the fastest growing career field as a result of an aging population that requires more care. As the demand for nurses and doctors increases, the demand for administrators to manage them increases as well. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the field of healthcare administration will experience 22%... Continue +
Over the past several years, there has been a lot of talk about a nursing shortage. It seems older nurses are reaching retirement age quicker than newer nurses are entering the profession. But is it possible to curb this trend and increase the number of practicing nurses? According to an NBC News article, reducing the... Continue +
The KEY to Success
The key(s) to success is a topic I frequently cover in blog posts. In fact, one of my previous posts outlined 5 essential keys to success. However, perhaps success boils down to just one KEY: Keep Educating Yourself. Every single person must learn in order to accomplish anything—from writing your name to driving a car, you had... Continue +
Working adults today are busier than ever. With responsibilities at work, home, and in their communities, many adults find it challenging to advance their education and their career through a traditional educational approach. If you're a busy working adult looking to earn your degree or certificate and move ahead on your career... Continue +
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ―W. Clement Stone If you’re ready to move ahead in your education and your career, these four statements should be banished forever from your... Continue +
Believe it or not, back-to-school season is upon us. That means teachers, administrators, students, and school nurses are back at it. If you've never considered using your nursing knowledge and talent at an educational institution, perhaps you should! I've compiled four great reasons why you might want to consider a career as a... 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 +
I recently came across the following excerpt from a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs to graduates in 2005. As I reflected on the message, I realized that the central idea is just as important for people who are currently in the workforce as it is for those just entering the workforce, so I share it with you here:  …I'm... Continue +
If you are working as an LPN or RN and/or are a customer of The College Network (TCN) working toward an advanced nursing degree, chances are you could use a little extra motivation or inspiration every now and then. In fact, no matter what career path we've chosen, we all find ourselves in a slump from time to time. For those of... 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 +
Homeland Security is a term that many of know, but what does a job in Homeland Security entail and what does it take to work in that field? The Department of Homeland Security protects The United States and its citizens against terrorism. Homeland Security agents have to possess a variety of skills such as being able... Continue +
Do you have an interest in the law but are not sure what degree would be the right fit for you to pursue? A degree in Criminal Justice can open up many career pathways, and you can earn an Associate or Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement through The College Network and it's partner in education, SUNY... Continue +
One of the newest programs offered through The College Network and SUNY Empire State College partnership is a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. In a previous blog, New Degree Programs in Professional Studies Available!, I discussed the potential fields where social workers may be employed such as hospitals, schools, or police... Continue +
Are you feeling burnt out on bedside nursing care? You're not alone! And lucky for you, there are a number of nursing careers that go beyond the bedside. One such career is that of nurse writer. Your knowledge and experience as a bedside nurse can help you succeed as a nurse writer. But what exactly does a nurse writer do?... Continue +
An Open Door
An open door presents opportunity without barriers. An open door is an invitation to keep moving. There’s no turning of the door knob or any other effort required other than just walking over the threshold. However, sometimes walking through an open door isn’t so simple or effortless. Sometimes what lies just over the... 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 +
Reading all the books in the world sometimes can’t fully prepare you for some experiences in life. People who read parenting books before the birth of their first child will probably still say they weren’t fully prepared for all the experiences they would have as parents. People who read guidebooks about some of the... Continue +
Not everyone who works in the health care field is a nurse. There are plenty of options for people who are looking for non-nursing careers in this field. One option is to become a health care administrator.  Health care administrators manage facilities and have the opportunity to set the future course for the health care system.... Continue +
Kathy Sweat knew for a long time that she wanted to combine her love of education and her love of nursing. That's why she chose to earn her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) through The College Network (TCN) and Regis University's online MSN program. Through this program, Kathy was able to pursue an education track... Continue +
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