According to a recent report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, there are 31 million Americans in limbo—educational limbo. Many in this group enrolled in a program with the intention of completing a degree, but then life derailed their plans. Family, schedules, finances, and other life changes made it... Continue +
Since 2000, September 15 has been a day to celebrate neonatal nurses across the country. The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) established Neonatal Nurses Day as a way to recognize the important work of these specialized nurses. The focus of this year's day of recognition is the impact neonatal nurses have on their... Continue +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
Do you take chances?
"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing." Denis Waitley Do you have an educational goal that remains unfulfilled? Do you want do advance in your career but are not sure how to do it? Wednesday April 23rd is National Take a Chance Day, so make it... Continue +
Feel like you’re alone going back to school as a nontraditional student? A recent article on the web site SheKnows.com reveals that adult learners may not be as alone as they sometimes feel.    That’s the percentage of college students that are categorized as “nontraditional,” according to The Wall Street Journal. While the... Continue +
Are you a registered nurse (RN) considering educational advancement? If you have completed a nursing diploma program or an associate's degree program in nursing, you may be considering the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). But how do you decide which advanced degree is for... 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 +
We all search for things that help make us successful at work, school, and life in general. It's especially true for those who are pursuing an education in the midst of working full time and managing family life because there is no time to waste. One way to achieve success is to work smarter, not harder. But, what does... Continue +
U.S. News & World Report released its 100 Best Jobs of 2014 rankings on February 19, and two nursing positions—nurse practitioner and registered nurse—landed near the top of the list. Nurse practitioners are in the fourth spot, while registered nurses are standing tall at number six. Additionally, among the high percentage of... Continue +
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States unemployment rate has been declining steadily over the past few years (from 9.1 percent in January 2011 to 6.6 percent in January 2014). Still, there are currently more than 10 million Americans without a job. Scrubs magazine recently published an article detailing... Continue +
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