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 +
When you decide to continue your education as an adult, you become part of a larger community of lifelong learners. More than half of students furthering their education are considered nontraditional, expanding the group of lifelong learners at a faster rate every single year. When it comes to choosing a “club,” the... Continue +
Are you an LPN/LVN or RN who has thought about earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree? If you are then you're in very good company. Did you know that 43% percent of new registered nurses hold a BSN? That's not all. Many registered nurses are are going back to school to continue their education to earn a BSN.... Continue +
A recent article featured in American Nurse Today outlined the findings of The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S.. Department of Health and Human Services, that examined the nursing workforce and current trends in supply and education. The... Continue +
Jacqueline Brown wasn't interested in advancing her education via a traditional campus-based degree program. She had to continue working as a registered nurse while completing her education, so she was drawn to the convenience of The College Network (TCN) and Regis University's online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.... Continue +
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 +
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 +
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 +
In honor of National Nurses Week (celebrated every year from May 6 through May 12), I'd like to highlight some of the top reasons why The College Network (TCN) is dedicated to helping nurses continually improve their healthcare knowledge and gain advanced credentials throughout their careers. At TCN, we understand and appreciate... Continue +
Since the 2011 release of The Future of Nursing report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), healthcare researchers have continued to justify the push for more baccalaureate-level registered nurses. One of the most powerful testaments to the power of baccalaureate education lies in the fact that facilities with more BSN-RNs... 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 +
As a nurse preceptor, you serve an integral role in educating the next generation of nurses. If you’re a preceptor, keeping up with nursing best practices by attending events and participating in continued education courses is essential. If you are a nurse preceptor and would like to earn continuing education contact hours, the... Continue +
The College Network has exciting news for Texas LVNs! We are now making it possible to complete an LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program entirely through distance learning. This program, available through Indiana State University, will enable you to sit for your NCLEX-RN exam in Texas. As you know, registered nurses... Continue +
Thursday June 14, the American Nurse's Association (ANA) hosted the 2012 Healthy Nurse Conference in Washington, DC. The theme of this year's one day event was "Nurses as Models of Wellness in Action." The purpose of the event was to strengthen nurses' knowledge of healthy lifestyles so they may be inspired to integrate... Continue +
There is quite a bit of data out there that shows that the healthcare field is one that is not only stable, but one that is growing.  And while you might be interested in working in this field, you don't feel that becoming a registered nurse would be a good fit for you. Have you considered a Medical or Health Services Manager?  ... Continue +
There is a great debate between those who see the value of a college degree and those that feel you will never get your money's worth by having your degree.  It is an ongoing discussion, but here are some facts and opinions about having a college degree. If you look simply at your earning potential by having a degree, the median... 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 +
Respect for Nurses
As I get older, I realize just how precious life is.  One of the hardest things to witness is our parents getting older and more dependent on medicines, doctors and the latest mobility equipment on the market.  For me, probably just like a lot of other son's whose parents are "up there" in age; it can be difficult to watch.  My... Continue +
There was an article this morning on msnbc.com 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 +
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