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 +
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 +
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 +
In a recent blog, we highlighted the changing healthcare landscape and the call from the Institute of Medicine for 80% of nurses to hold at least a  bachelor's degree by the year 2020. As well, there is a push for nurses everywhere to go back to school with more and more hospitals reaching to achieve Magnet status which requires... 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 +
I am really thrilled to see that Indiana State University's (one of the best schools in the Mid-West according to the U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review) online LVN to BS in Nursing program is now recognized in the state of Texas. This completely distance-based program allows an LVN to work full time and... Continue +
Many people I have the pleasure of talking to on a day-to-day basis ask me to help differentiate The College Network from Excelsior College® in obtaining their Associate of Science in Nursing Degree.  For your information, I'd like to go over a brief synopsis of what roles we each have in this process. Excelsior College® is the... Continue +
If you’ve been thinking about going back to school to earn your Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, now’s the time to do it. The demand for nurses is at an all-time high, with the American College of Medical Quality predicting a national shortage of 300,000 to 1 million nurses by the year 2020. The increase in demand is... Continue +
The National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN) has partnered with The College Network to offer LPNs and LVNs opportunities to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing which will provide the education needed to sit for RN licensure. As an LPN, you don't have to choose between your career and furthering your... 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 +
In a recent article published on, 24/7 Wall St. identified the best-paying jobs of the future and nursing topped the list.According to MSNBC and 24/7 Wall St., the aging population is the main contributor to this change in demand. "This year, the first baby boomers turned 65. Their growing numbers and... Continue +
Bottleneck Bypass
Don't you hate being stuck in traffic?  Sitting in the car and not moving but a mile an hour isn't the most fun in the world.  Besides traffic, another place where there is a bottleneck of people waiting is to get in is nursing programs.  I talk to so many Paramedics and LPN/LVNs that want to find nursing programs with no ... Continue +
Back to School
For many of you it's that time of the year. I can tell because the other day while I was out buying groceries, I noticed that "End of Summer" shift.  Children's faces were frowned, and parents had great big smiles. Their vacation was slowly beginning and their children's were slowly coming to a end... Back to School shopping was... Continue +
My Name is Maykel Verdecia Alonso. I studied registered nursing in Cuba for 5 years (from 1996 to 2001). Before taking the national state licensing exam, I legally migrated to the United States as a refugee. The reason why I did not take the national licensing exam in Cuba was because I was afraid that I was not going to be able... Continue +
I was never one of those girls that knew at 3 that I was destined to become a nurse. I believe your family and your faith make you who you are. I was married right out of high school. My husband and I, both 18, had not a clue what we would do with our lives. I started general education courses at the local community college and... Continue +
I became a nurse in a little different way than some. I was always interested in nursing, since my mother was a RN. My decision to become a nurse has kind of hopscotched from music to nursing.I started college as a music major, but I had to change my major. Several years before I went back to college, I tried to get in school as... Continue +
After I became pregnant at age 17, I knew I had to find something to help support my family. I fell in love with nursing. I feel that it is a calling from God for me to be in this profession. I love serving, helping, and caring for people. My future goals are to finish RN school and then go ahead and do my BSN.Name:... Continue +
I had already had some past medical experience, but I lost my mother unexpectedly. She had just retired a few months before, and her sudden death really hit me hard. It dawned on me that my three teenagers would be done with high school soon and without my mother to be with once they were out of the house and onto college,... Continue +
One Saturday afternoon, while I was reading the newspaper, my seven year old daughter approached me and said “Mommy, can I borrow your thingy?” She was holding up with her hands my black stethoscope. She said she wanted to play nurse with her white bunny toy. I grinned to myself as I recalled about 25 years ago that it all... Continue +
As a child growing up, the oldest of five, I have always wanted to help family and friends. Then as I got older, after high school, I went to a nearby Community College to earn my LVN degree. But over the years I have wanted to get my RN and as a divorcee and working parent, this seems like the best way to improve my skills and... Continue +
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