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 +
It's no secret that Internet connectivity has become a prominent part of our fast-moving world. These days, people use the Internet to work, pay bills, shop, and stay connected to family and friends. And public places all over the world boast free Wi-Fi. In fact, as I type this post, I am sitting at Panera taking advantage of a... Continue +
For the past few years, healthcare reform in the United States has been the topic of many debates and discussions. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare) was signed into law in March 2010, bringing with it a number of changes to our healthcare system. While several of the changes have already been... Continue +
Statistics show a continual climb in the number of adults over age 25 who are deciding to enroll in college and further their education. But for many, the thought of going back to school as an adult is intimidating. In today's economically challenged world, however, higher education is often required of those seeking... Continue +
Tracy Larrabee is a professor of computer engineering at UC Santa Cruz. In her opinion, online education is the way of the future.  “My students want the flexibility and the modes of learning afforded by online education.” She feels that working toward a degree online did not suddenly become an option for today’s students; this... 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 +
  May 15th is Police Officer's Memorial Day (part of National Police Week). Due to the high demand in nursing, many of TCN's efforts are focused on helping nurses achieve the next step in their education.  But we can offer so much more!  TCN has a wide spectrum of continuing education programs, including the Public Safety... Continue +
"Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future." ~ Brian Tracy It is no secret that the healthcare industry is growing at a rapid rate. In order to keep up,... Continue +
"Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you will land among the stars."  This was one of those inspirational quotes that I saw on so many classroom walls as a kid that stuck with me.  Did you know that April 28th is International Astronomy Day.  Are you reaching your full potential? Are you trying to find a way to advance your... Continue +
For us who nurse, our nursing is a thing which, unless we are making progress every year, every month, every week, take my word for it, we are going back. ~ Florence Nightingale Well known as the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale advocated for continued advances in healthcare and nursing throughout her life. And... 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 +
Since the 2011 release of The Future of Nursing report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), healthcare researchers have continued to justify the push for more baccalaureate-level registered nurses. One of the most powerful testaments to the power of baccalaureate education lies in the fact that facilities with more BSN-RNs... 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 +
Many states require nurses to obtain continuing education contact hours to help meet their licensure requirements.  A nurse might also decide to earn CNE contact hours because they are interested in keeping their skills up-to-date to provide better patient care.  Regardless of why you make the decision to pursue more education;... Continue +
As a nurse preceptor, you serve an integral role in educating the next generation of nurses. If you’re a preceptor, keeping up with nursing best practices by attending events and participating in continued education courses is essential. If you are a nurse preceptor and would like to earn continuing education contact hours, the... 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 +
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 +
The College Network has exciting news for Texas LVNs! We are now making it possible to complete an LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program entirely through distance learning. This program, available through Indiana State University, will enable you to sit for your NCLEX-RN exam in Texas. As you know, registered nurses... Continue +
Thursday June 14, the American Nurse's Association (ANA) hosted the 2012 Healthy Nurse Conference in Washington, DC. The theme of this year's one day event was "Nurses as Models of Wellness in Action." The purpose of the event was to strengthen nurses' knowledge of healthy lifestyles so they may be inspired to integrate... Continue +
Jacob Madonia was already near obtaining a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and held a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the time he discovered he had cancer. He was also a star athlete in track and field. His difficult experience was turned into an inspirational, career-path changing time as he observed the nurses who cared... Continue +
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