I recently came across the following excerpt from a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs to graduates in 2005. As I reflected on the message, I realized that the central idea is just as important for people who are currently in the workforce as it is for those just entering the workforce, so I share it with you here:  …I'm... Continue +
“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”  –Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Last spring, I wrote a post about my experience getting back on a bicycle after going years without riding. It was more challenging than I anticipated because I completely believed the old saying about never forgetting how to ride a bike. I... Continue +
We’re a little past our biannual daylight saving time adjustment, but I’m still hearing people complain about how tired they are, and they frequently point their fingers at the recent time adjustment as the culprit. “My internal clock is still out of whack because of the time change,” one of my friends told me as she yawned... 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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
It's no secret that Internet connectivity has become a prominent part of our fast-moving world. These days, people use the Internet to work, pay bills, shop, and stay connected to family and friends. And public places all over the world boast free Wi-Fi. In fact, as I type this post, I am sitting at Panera taking advantage of a... Continue +
Since June is Men's Health Month across the nation (Men's Health Week took place June 10–16), it is the perfect time for nurses to pay special attention to the health issues that affect their male patients. According to the Men's Health Month web site, "The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness... Continue +
With the trials and tribulations of the economy and the healthcare system in the United States constantly in the headlines, it's no surprise that health organizations are increasingly looking for cost-effective ways to expand medical practice. An article recently published on Software Advice's The Profitable Practice blog makes... Continue +
“If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D. Rockefeller John D. Rockefeller certainly knew something about success—he was the founder of an oil company that dominated and revolutionized the industry and he became a very wealthy and influential... 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 +
Last month, ABC premiered ‘NY Med,’ an eight-part documentary series that explores the daily action on the ER floor at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The series, directed by producer Terence Wrong, followed nurses and doctors over the course of 16 months, capturing their most touching and most tragic interactions with patients.... Continue +
Trish Trangenstein   So far, I have posted about Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Researcher and Nurse Anesthetist on The College Network Nursing Blog. Today, I  am excited to share another fantastic nursing career: Nursing Informatics. This area of nursing is absolutely crucial to the developing healthcare field, and provides yet... Continue +
Attention to detail is a hallmark of the nursing profession. Sometimes it isn’t an EKG result, or a patient complaint, or anything readily obvious that commands attention. This was the case when Brody Thomas Wright was born on Valentine’s Day. He appeared to be a healthy baby at first, but Nurse Lisa Taylor noticed the baby’s... Continue +
A recent article from marketwatch.com stated, "With more than three million nurse professionals in the United States alone, nursing is the largest segment of the healthcare industry and touches every facet of care from the doctor's office to home care to hospitals." With all of the praise that doctors and physicians receive for... 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 +
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