When Brandy first decided go to college, she really didn't know she wanted to be a nurse. She wanted to have children so she was looking for a way to continue her education while working that was convenient. She went to LPN school, and after five years as an LPN and four children later, a friend told her about The... 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 +
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 +
You’ve graduated from nursing school and now you are ready to hit the ground running in your new career. Congrats! It is a great time to be a nurse. Despite ongoing changes in the job market, over 32,000 new health care jobs were created in the month of February. So, what supplies do you use during a day on the job? The items... 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 +
Although the unemployment rate increased slightly in October-going from 7.8% to 7.9%-the United States still added 171,000 new jobs. Amongst the top industries contributing to these new jobs was health care with 31,000 new positions added. If you are unemployed or just looking for a more stable career, health care is... Continue +
It's a Nurse's Market
We've been hearing the same thing for years - there are thousands of nursing jobs just waiting to be filled, plenty of opportunity, etc. We hear these implicit phrases frequently, but are they true? Where are the solid facts about the nursing job market? A recent article published on the Scrubs magazine web site attempts... Continue +
Hard Hats to Scrubs
There seems to be a strong stereotype that follows the Nursing profession around. People tend to think of nurses as women and men are not prevalent in the field. While in the past it may have been common to see very few men in the field, it seems as if that is all about to change. In an article that I recently read, it... Continue +
“I have been an LPN for 20 years and knew that it was time to get my RN. I have procrastinated for many years but made a promise this year to start the program,” says Associate of Science in Nursing degree customer Cecilia Portillo. “I received an email from a friend with The College Network information attached. When I... Continue +
Nursing homes, a stronghold of LPN jobs, may become progressively less so. Illinois, for one, is attempting to instate a new law requiring 20% of nurses in nursing homes to be RNs. The change would cost the state $122 million annually, but Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, as well as local advocacy groups, are pushing for the change... Continue +
The AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing), a major player in nursing education has shared statistics regarding the nursing shortage that is looming.  Please take a moment to see what how your industry will be affected. (Click Here) This is good news for you as jobs will be ample!   If you think you cannot afford to... Continue +
After a long career as an LPN, Cecilia Portillo made the decision to go back to school and advance her education in an effort to move up the career ladder. “I have been an LPN for 20 years and knew that it was time to get my RN. I have procrastinated for many years but made a promise this year to start the... Continue +
Becoming an RN was something that Melodie Walton had always planned on, but just hadn’t made time for. “I talked about it for a long time. I was getting feedback from many different angles. Then I just did it,” she says.Melodie enrolled in an online Associate of Science in Nursing Degree program with help from The... Continue +
For Mosi Asabi, nursing is the perfect career. “I wanted to be able to enjoy a comfortable living while doing the job I love,” she said. “Nursing is a very rewarding experience, helping others physically, but also emotionally.”Mosi wants to expand her nursing career and she knows that earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing... Continue +
Wanted: New RNs
During my usual morning routine while reading the news online, I came across this article that made me stop.  Titled, "10 Hot Careers for 2012 - And Beyond," it takes a look at fields that are in need of more qualified employees.  Not surprisingly, #2 on the list is healthcare professionals.  Take a look at this link.  As you... Continue +
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) that is. Do you have a nursing degree-perhaps an associates degree, but aren't really sure what your next move should be? If you're like many other nurses you probably love what you do, right? So, how can you stay in the nursing field, but also make a career change? It's simple, earn your... Continue +
Best of Both Worlds
A BIG GULP, candy bar, snack potato chips and some lottery tickets.  What does this sound like to you?  They are things you get at a convenience store.  From national chains to the local "Mom and Pop" quick stop, they're everywhere.  We pay a higher price for things in these stores because of one major factor.  No; not because... Continue +
We Have Room!
With the growing desire for more nurses to obtain their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, programs are filling up very quickly.According to an article from the US News University Directory website, "Preliminary data from the report [completed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing] shows that in 2011, about 51,082... Continue +
Home for the Holidays
There is nothing like being home for the holidays.  A nice snowy December day with a fire and family suits me just fine.  In this spirit, I'd like to share a story of one of our recent customers at The College Network who is also happy to be home for the holidays.Shelby from Colorado had previously been an LPN, but took a job... Continue +
The United States is moving towards making it mandatory for all RNs to possess BSNs in the near future. “Research shows that there are better patient outcomes when patients are cared for by nurses with a BSN.” Pamela Brown, RN, PhD, president, Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, in Quincy, Ill. The wish for Magnet status on part... Continue +
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