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 +
The College Network® recognizes the importance of online learning in the world of higher education and strives to deliver quality programs for working adults. Higher Education and Online Learning at a Glance Online learning has made a major impact on the world of education. Studies show that online learning is an effective and... 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 +
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 +
“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 +
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 +
“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”  –Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Last spring, I wrote a post about my experience getting back on a bicycle after going years without riding. It was more challenging than I anticipated because I completely believed the old saying about never forgetting how to ride a bike. I... 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 +
The College Network (TCN) has partnered with State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College to bring customers a variety of new educational opportunities. SUNY Empire State College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers TCN customers the ability to complete several... 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 +
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 +
When we talk to customers who are making amazing progress in their online nursing programs, we like to spotlight their successes and share their time lines to demonstrate what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. Nurse Kim signed up with The College Network in October of 2012 and below is a list of the distance... Continue +
Meet Kathy Puma. She felt restricted as an LPN and decided to pursue earning her RN license to open the door to new opportunities within nursing. Kathy chose to work with The College Network due to the flexibility of the program. It provided the convenience of studying from home, allowing her to fit it around her work and family... Continue +
Nurses, have you thought about your New Year's resolutions for 2014? If you're struggling to come up with the perfect resolution, we have you covered. At The College Network, we want to help you be the best nurse you can be. Thus, we've compiled a list of resolutions that can help you step up your nursing game in the areas of... Continue +
Calling all nurses! Have you participated in our ANCC Educational Needs Assessment survey yet? Your feedback is critical in helping us design continuing nursing education (CNE) courses to meet your needs and the needs of others in the nursing community in the future. Please take a few minutes today and answer 8 quick questions... 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 +
Several months ago, I wrote a post about The College Network's continuing nursing education (CNE) courses. You might recall that The College Network (TCN) offers nurses the chance to earn 2.5 contact hours when they complete each of the following ANCC-accredited CNE courses: Ethics in Nursing Medication Safety Patient Rights I'm... 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 +
Spotlight on School Nurses
Even if you don't have children, you probably know we are in the midst of back-to-school season. That means teachers and administrators are working overtime to get the school year off to a good start. It also means school nurses are back to work. To kick off the 2013–2014 school year, I'd like to shine a spotlight on... Continue +
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