Are you a registered nurse (RN) considering educational advancement? If you have completed a nursing diploma program or an associate's degree program in nursing, you may be considering the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). But how do you decide which advanced degree is for... Continue +
Monday, April 7th is World Health Day. The first World Health Day was in 1950 and is held on April 7th every year to honor the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has worked to help rid the world of health issues such as smallpox and to put into action public health strategies. WHO now has 193 countries... Continue +
Do you ever feel like you are in a career rut? I think many people would admit to feeling stuck or unsatisfied with their jobs from time to time. If you are a nurse, you can take several steps to improve your career. Recently, Scrubs Magazine published an article describing several actions that can help nurses add to their... Continue +
When we talk to customers who are making amazing progress in their online nursing programs, we like to spotlight their successes and share their time lines to demonstrate what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. Nurse Kim signed up with The College Network in October of 2012 and below is a list of the distance... Continue +
In a previous post about technology as it relates to the nursing industry, I offered nurses four tips for using social media effectively. In part two of this "Nurses and Technology" series, I'm discussing three technological developments that are changing the way nurses deliver and manage care. The February 2014 issue of Johnson... Continue +
Let's face it: social media has pervaded our world, and it can't be ignored. Some people see social media as a trivial waste of time, but it can be an important communication tool if used effectively. In the healthcare world, nurses can use social media to connect with other nurses, to learn more about various patient... Continue +
U.S. News & World Report released its 100 Best Jobs of 2014 rankings on February 19, and two nursing positions—nurse practitioner and registered nurse—landed near the top of the list. Nurse practitioners are in the fourth spot, while registered nurses are standing tall at number six. Additionally, among the high percentage of... Continue +
As a woman who is currently in her third trimester of pregnancy, I feel a special connection to the work performed by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs). The University of Cincinnati recently published an infographic that details the role of a certified nurse-midwife. If you're looking for a new nursing career path, consider... Continue +
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States unemployment rate has been declining steadily over the past few years (from 9.1 percent in January 2011 to 6.6 percent in January 2014). Still, there are currently more than 10 million Americans without a job. Scrubs magazine recently published an article detailing... Continue +
One thing I often hear from the nurses we speak with is that they fear they're too old to go back to school. Too old to do a program online. Too old to stay in the workforce. As cliché as it sounds, you're only as old as you feel. I read a great article published on AARP's website last fall that reminds employers and workers... Continue +
The College Network (TCN) is dedicated to helping you become the best nurse you can be. On top of several online nursing degrees, TCN offers a comprehensive exam preparation package—Rx for NCLEX Success—that can help you pass the NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse. Additionally, in a five-part blog series, I am offering tips... Continue +
The start of a new year is a great time to reevaluate your career and educational goals. If your goal is to start working as a licensed registered nurse (RN) this year, you'll need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing... Continue +
2013 has officially come to a close. And now everyone is preparing for the first big celebration of 2014. That's right, January 3rd is National Fruitcake Toss Day. The first fruitcake toss day was in 1995 in Manitou Springs, Colorado where contestants took turns heaving a two-pound fruitcake as far as they could. Distances... Continue +
The Institute of Medicine's influential report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health is turning three! Developed by the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing and published in early 2011, the report serves as a roadmap for the field of nursing. According to the... 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 +
Meet Kathy Puma. She felt restricted as an LPN and decided to pursue earning her RN license to open the door to new opportunities within nursing. Kathy chose to work with The College Network due to the flexibility of the program. It provided the convenience of studying from home, allowing her to fit it around her work and family... Continue +
Nurses, have you thought about your New Year's resolutions for 2014? If you're struggling to come up with the perfect resolution, we have you covered. At The College Network, we want to help you be the best nurse you can be. Thus, we've compiled a list of resolutions that can help you step up your nursing game in the areas of... 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 +
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 +
"What's a Christmas tree without tinsel and pretty silver and gold decorations? Can't really call it a Christmas tree, now can you? And think of all the fun and joy that would be lost on Christmas morning if all the young folks didn't get to see that sparkling, happy tree." ~ Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The... Continue +
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