Did you know that November 14th is Operating Room Nurse Day? This day was established to honor nurses who care for patients before, during, and immediately after surgery. It was first celebrated on November 14, 1989 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.   Perioperative nurses, more commonly referred to as operating room nurses or... 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 +
  How will you impact the future of nursing?   We hope you've enjoyed our tribute to influential nurses throughout history in honor of Nurses' Week 2013. These extraordinary women accomplished great things to change the face of healthcare as we know it today. How will you make an impact on the future of nursing?   One of the... 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 +
For us who nurse, our nursing is a thing which, unless we are making progress every year, every month, every week, take my word for it, we are going back. ~ Florence Nightingale Well known as the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale advocated for continued advances in healthcare and nursing throughout her life. And... 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 +
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 +
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 +
I came across this article on yahoo recently that outlined the most popular online degree programs: Click here: Popular Online Degrees Much to my surprise, there were several degree options that we at The College Network can help you obtain.  We offer online Nursing Independent Study programs, that can help Paramedics... 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 +
Did You Know?
Our partner universities nursing degree programs are accredited. When you enroll in an online nursing degree program, with help from The College Network, you will earn a fully accredited degree from one of the respected universities we work with. Every nursing degree is either NLNAC or CCNE accredited. There is never a waiting... Continue +
After working as a Licensed Vocational Nurse for a long time, Elizabeth Hill decided to begin working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana State University with help from The College Network™. “I thought it would be a great way to earn my BSN that would be a lot more convenient as a working, divorced... 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 +
As we approach the holiday season that brings gifts to many of us, it always reminds me of that spirit I get around this time of year.  It brings out the kid in me, and thinking of all those toys from the past takes me back to my childhood.  So, I'd like to ask you a question: What did you want to be when you grew up?I remember... Continue +
23,000 nurses at 34 California hospitals are currently not working due to strikes and lockouts, and the situation is reported to be the largest nursing strike in US history according to Fierce Healthcare.  The conflict arose from Sutter Health Care and registered nurses under its employ, who are represented by California Nurses... Continue +
Preemptive Strike!
 Working in Appointment Coordinating for The College Network, I witness firsthand the full spectrum of nurses' attitudes regarding continuing education online.  Everything from flat-out disinterest, to casual interest, to curiosity, to excitement, and unfortunately even desperation.  One end of the spectrum reflects people who... Continue +
Learn is the Word
According to the musical group The Trashmen and their 1964 hit "Surfin' Bird," apparently bird is the word.  Well, I am here to tell you that at The College Network, LEARN is the word.It seems a lot of us get caught up on what the end result of completing our programs are.  For example, obtaining your nursing degree from one of ... Continue +
In a recent article published on MSNBC.com, 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 +
Tootsie Roll Pop
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop®?  Well, according to Mr. Owl, its only 3 (but I beg to differ, those things are pretty solid).  What's the point of my asking this?You will never know until you try.If you are considering a transition from your LPN/LVN or Paramedic license to get your RN,... Continue +
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