With family commitments and work responsibilities, Amanda Farmer knew that a traditional degree program would not work well for her. After some research, Amanda found The College Network and knew that the LPN to RN program was the right one for her. “It was the only way I could have done it,” Amanda said. The flexibility of... Continue +
Being an adult learner is hard—there is no way around that. Have a full time job? Check. Have a family? Check. When you make the decision to go back to school as an adult, you have a lot more commitments to juggle than if you were heading to college right out of high school. Obtaining your degree will ultimately mean that... Continue +
It’s always a pleasure when another success story makes its way across my desk because sharing it can serve as a source of inspiration to others in their programs. It's also great a reminder of how quickly positive results can be achieved when studies are made a priority. Nurse Krystal’s story is not uncommon to that of many of... Continue +
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 +
Did you know that according to the National League of Nursing, over 51% of qualified applicants are turned away from associate nursing programs each year? Are you one of those license practical nurses who wants to take the next step to earning your RN-Associate of Science in Nursing?  It's as easy as making a call to The College... Continue +
In my last two blog posts, I’ve discussed the benefits positive thinking can bring in your every day life. However, there is an important disclaimer. There can be some disadvantages to positive thinking too. People can become overly optimistic, a condition called optimism bias. They believe that they are immune to bad times 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 +
One Proud Father!
Recently, my oldest daughter graduated with her BSN RN. I couldn't have been more proud as I saw her step up to the dean to collect her diploma! Five days after passing her NCLEX exam, she was offered a position on the post surgical floor of one of the finest hospitals in Phoenix, Banner Hospital. She couldn't be happier.... 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 +
Did you know as a Paramedic, you can earn your Associate Degree in Nursing degree in as little as 18 months and continue to work while you do it?     As a paramedic, you are used to working long hours.  Oftentimes, you might be on call for 24 hours straight.  Being an registered nurse will afford you the opportunity to work on a... Continue +
BS in Nursing
A recent article from U.S. News University Directory reports that more nursing students are choosing to earn bachelor's degrees instead of associate's degrees. The article goes on to state a couple of important facts: "According to a press release, enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased by... Continue +
Betsy Frank, PhD, RN, ANEF; a professor emeritus at Indiana State University was honored for excellence in teaching at the recent NLN Education Summit 2011.In the article found at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb3317/is_6_32/ai_n58502666/, Dr. Frank discusses technology and how it has changed teaching."Who could have... Continue +
Lloyd Snider is a single dad of two sons, a caretaker for his elderly father and a full time paramedic. For Lloyd, his 23 years of service as a paramedic, working 24 hour shifts at a time and lifting lots of heavy loads, has taken a toll on his body. “I am nearing the end of my [paramedic] career. Health care is a logical choice... Continue +
Congratulations Ian!
As much as I do love the name Ian (especially when it is spelled E-I-N), I will honestly say that his name has nothing to do with this. Congratulations to Ian from Aiken, South Carolina. Although Ian was very modest when I spoke to him this afternoon, I was extremely impressed with his scores.Ian actually received a... Continue +
Funding Your Education
For the past few days, I've been maxed-out and for good reason; a lot of you have been calling in requesting to meet with local Program Advisors about advancing your nursing education through our distance nursing programs.  In coming weeks, many of you will sit down with your local Program Advisor to receive information about... Continue +
Tragedy Inspires Change
As we spend this September reflecting on 9/11 and the ten year anniversary, it makes me think of a story I'd like to share with you. A story about a woman who witnessed the tragedy first hand and who later used The College Network to change her life.Jean Brennan had been working as a paramedic for 20 years. September 11,... Continue +
Two Bits, Four Bits...
Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar!  All for Alysha, stand up and holler!(Please stand up with me right now and holler)Everyone who has been to an elementary, junior high, or high school sporting event has heard that cheer.  Well, what does it have to do with higher education online with The College Network?I'm so glad and... Continue +
Bottleneck Bypass
Don't you hate being stuck in traffic?  Sitting in the car and not moving but a mile an hour isn't the most fun in the world.  Besides traffic, another place where there is a bottleneck of people waiting is to get in is nursing programs.  I talk to so many Paramedics and LPN/LVNs that want to find nursing programs with no ... Continue +
Back to School
For many of you it's that time of the year. I can tell because the other day while I was out buying groceries, I noticed that "End of Summer" shift.  Children's faces were frowned, and parents had great big smiles. Their vacation was slowly beginning and their children's were slowly coming to a end... Back to School shopping was... Continue +
Jean thought about earning her nursing degree for some time, but the tragic events on September 11, 2001 are what motivated her to enroll in Excelsior College’s® Paramedic to RN program with the help of The College Network. “I love being a paramedic, but I wanted to do something more proactive instead of reactive. I wanted... Continue +
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