As winter approaches and temperatures across the country continue to fall, most of us have started our annual search for indoor entertainment. If you're struggling to find the perfect winter distraction, allow me to help. The Campaign for Nursing's Future recently released a 30-minute documentary that highlights the important... Continue +
November 20th is Universal Children’s Day, which was first celebrated on December 14, 1954. It was developed by the United Nations (UN) to be observed as a day of worldwide fellowship and understanding between children and a day that promotes the ideals and objectives of children’s health and welfare globally. As we celebrate... Continue +
Did you know that November 14th is Operating Room Nurse Day? This day was established to honor nurses who care for patients before, during, and immediately after surgery. It was first celebrated on November 14, 1989 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.   Perioperative nurses, more commonly referred to as operating room nurses or... Continue +
Chaos Never Dies
November 9th is Chaos Never Dies Day. If you have read my blog before then you've probably read about some silly and bizarre national days of celebration, and now you can add chaos to that list. I have to admit that I had never heard of this one before I researched which national days were being celebrated in November. However,... Continue +
Last week (October 5–11) was Emergency Nurses Week, which is celebrated across the nation each year in honor of the dedicated nurses who provide emergency care to patients in need. The theme of this year's celebration was "life saving hands." This reflects the important role emergency nurses play in saving the lives of patients... Continue +
When you decide to continue your education as an adult, you become part of a larger community of lifelong learners. More than half of students furthering their education are considered nontraditional, expanding the group of lifelong learners at a faster rate every single year. When it comes to choosing a “club,” the... 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 +
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 +
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 +
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 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 +
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 +
Apple's trademarked phrase "There's an app for that" has become more and more true over the years. It seems we can find an app for almost anything these days. And this is certainly true when it comes to healthcare apps. In a previous post, I mentioned how smartphones and tablets are changing the healthcare landscape. This is... 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 +
Are you on the hunt for a good summer read? Look no further! If you're one of the many customers working toward an advanced nursing degree with help from The College Network, I have just the reading list for you! This summer, escape from your studies for a bit and get lost in a novel that features nursing in a different... Continue +
A recent article featured in American Nurse Today outlined the findings of The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S.. Department of Health and Human Services, that examined the nursing workforce and current trends in supply and education. 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 +
“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 +
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