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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
A recent article on the Yahoo Education site highlights a new trend in education—more and more prime-age workers are turning to associate’s degrees instead of bachelor’s degrees. Could an associate's degree be the answer for you? According to a recent report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 5.6 to 10.4... Continue +
Meet Dr. Jessica Nelson
Dr. Nelson assumed the role of Chairperson of Baccalaureate Nursing Completion at Indiana State University (ISU) in August 2013 after serving as a Program Director in ISU's Department of Advanced Nursing Practice. We recently sat down to talk with her about the LPN to BS in Nursing program. In our discussion, she talked about... Continue +
The cold and flu season is officially upon us, which means fevers, sore throats, coughs, and stuffy noses are running rampant. And no matter how desperately we try to avoid the sicknesses that lurk around our schools, offices, and neighborhoods, many of us will fall victim at some point. These types of annual... Continue +
If you are looking to advance your career, you may already be aware of the skills needed to get you to the next level. You may already possess those skills and be ready to go after your dream job, but you may be like millions of Americans and realize there might be a gap in your skills. Perhaps you’ve found a job opening that... Continue +
September is National Self Improvement Month. I know I have a list as long as my arm with things that I could improve upon. In fact, I could use a year simply dedicated to self improvement, not just one month! Many people look at educational goals as a way to improve themselves. The College Network offers several ways to help... 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 +
Even though the practice of online education has graduated from novelty to mainstream, there are still some people concerned that there is a stigma attached to their degree because they are not attending a traditional, on-campus university. In a recent article written by Joshua Kim, he outlines why not only should that fear... Continue +
Did you know that August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day? Being thrifty is important for many aspects of life, not just shopping for clothes. And being thrifty does not mean that you are cheap – it means you’re smart! Being thrifty can be an important aspect toward achieving success – because something is expensive, does... Continue +
Statistics show a continual climb in the number of adults over age 25 who are deciding to enroll in college and further their education. But for many, the thought of going back to school as an adult is intimidating. In today's economically challenged world, however, higher education is often required of those seeking... Continue +
Spotlight on School Nurses
Even if you don't have children, you probably know we are in the midst of back-to-school season. That means teachers and administrators are working overtime to get the school year off to a good start. It also means school nurses are back to work. To kick off the 2013–2014 school year, I'd like to shine a spotlight on... Continue +
  "If you stand still and settle for the status quo, that's exactly what you will have." - Hazel Johnson-Brown The final nurse in our series of "5 Influential Nurses Who Changed the Face of Healthcare" is Hazel Johnson-Brown, who was the first African American Chief of the Army Nursing Corps and the first African American female... Continue +
As an LPN, you don't have to choose between your career and furthering your education. We make it possible to work and earn your degree at the same time. You can begin today and move at your own pace, setting your study schedule around the things that are important to you. You may have even encountered the long waiting lists... 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 +
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 +
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 +
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