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 ready to pass the NCLEX-RN and become a licensed registered nurse? We want to help you by offering tips on how to master various types of NCLEX questions. As I mentioned in a previous post, the major question types on the NCLEX-RN include prioritization questions, medication questions, teaching questions, nutrition... Continue +
Since 1990, Gallup has been conducting an annual survey that asks Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of several professions. For the 12th straight year, nurses have taken the top spot. In Gallup's 2013 survey, 82 percent of those polled ranked the trustworthiness of nurses as high or very high, placing nurses 12... Continue +
This time of year, as visions of sugarplums dance through our heads and Christmas cookies and candy canes fill our bellies, it's easy to let our health go by the wayside. However, as a nurse who continually instructs patients on proper health care, you have a responsibility to maintain your own health throughout the... Continue +
Calling all nurses! Have you participated in our ANCC Educational Needs Assessment survey yet? Your feedback is critical in helping us design continuing nursing education (CNE) courses to meet your needs and the needs of others in the nursing community in the future. Please take a few minutes today and answer 8 quick questions... Continue +
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 +
I recently started a blog series (with this post) that showcases some unique careers in the nursing field. The second unique nursing career I'd like to highlight is that of a flight nurse. Flight nurses work aboard airplanes or helicopters as part of aeromedical teams that rescue critically injured patients from... Continue +
In an effort to improve safety for patients and working conditions for nurses, the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013 was introduced in Congress on April 30, 2013. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA) Safe Staffing fact sheet, nursing budget cuts and an increasing nursing shortage have led to unsafe nurse... 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 +
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 +
“It's not just that nursing is becoming a broader field; it's becoming deeper, too.” That is a line from a recent article written by Charles Tiffin, PhD, Provost of Capella University. It certainly provides an opportunity for reflection on what nursing is in 2012 and beyond, and what it means to be a nurse. As contemporary... Continue +
For those of you who are established in your career, the idea of continuing your education can be something that you might not see the importance of pursuing. You have experience and years on the job.  But, did you know that 31 states require registered nurses to obtain continuing education in order to keep their license... Continue +
The roads may be different but the answer is always the same, you all wanted to become nurses to help people and provide quality healthcare.  The College Network has always understood that and that's why we exist. The road to becoming a nurse is a road not easily traveled, and continuing your education while maintaining a job... Continue +
THE COLLEGE NETWORK IS NOW OFFERING ANCC ACCREDITED CONTINUING NURSING EDUCATION The College Network has officially begun offering three continuing education courses for nurses that provide valuable contact hours upon successful completion.Indianapolis, Ind. – Aug 31, 2011 – The College Network is accredited by the American... Continue +
The College Network is now an approved ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) provider!  If you aren't familiar with CNE, they are courses designed to offer contact hours for nurses. CNE is required in 33 states for LPNs and RNs to maintain their license. In order to be a CNE provider, you... Continue +
There was an article this morning on that talks about how a report done by the Institute of Medicine discusses how nurses should "take on a larger and more independent role in providing health care in America, something many doctors have repeatedly opposed, citing potential safety concerns. It calls for states and the... Continue +
An occupational health nurse is employed by a corporation or the government to oversee the health and safety of employees. This nurse will provide pre-employment medical exams and drug screenings, assess and treat employees who get sick or are injured at work, and provide counseling and support. After your accelerated nursing... Continue +
I read an article yesterday afternoon about how nurses who work in emergency rooms are being exposed to increasing violence--mostly from drug and alcohol-related incidents. According to the article, "Visits to ERs for drug- and alcohol-related incidents climbed from about 1.6 million in 2005 to nearly 2 million in 2008,... Continue +
Very Few Healthcare Professionals Speak UpAccording to a national study VitalSmarts conducted with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) called Silence Kills, healthcare workers’ failure to speak up poses a major threat to quality of care, patient safety, employee morale, productivity, and retention. Half of... Continue +
ATTENTION: PARAMEDICSThe College Network offers online programs for Paramedics:Paramedic - RNEMT to EMS ManagementFire Science -associate and bachelorAll programs offered by THE COLLEGE NETWORK include colleges and universities with regional accreditation and all nursing programs are fully accredited by the National League for... Continue +
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