According to a recent report from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, patients who are treated at  Magnet hospitals have a 14 percent lower post-surgery death rate than those treated at non-Magnet institutions. The report reviewed post-surgery patient outcomes across 564 hospitals in four states, with nearly... Continue +
I read an interesting blog on encouraging online learners to take responsibility for their own learning. It raises the question that with all the information and resources available to someone, what is the responsibility of the learner?   This is your degree and ultimately, it's up to you to make sure that you do the... Continue +
Often many new and existing customers have questions regarding The College Network, their program, their purchase, and Academic Support. Below are some general Frequently Asked Questions about The College Network to better address any inquiries. Q: Is The College Network a school? A: No. The College Network is an educational... Continue +
Recently I came across an article on Yahoo, Flexible Degrees You Can Earn At Night. Since I'm always very interested to read about education, I had to jump on this article. In the article, the author discusses several different ways to earn a degree in your spare time. Sound familiar? It should! This is exactly what our programs... 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 +
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 +
I'm a fan of Roman history and over the years I have amassed a small library of texts on this ancient civilization. It's my favorite thing to study and read outside of work, but even though I love it, it's nice to read something different every once in a while, like a classic novel or a series of essays, short stories and poems.... Continue +
It's been a hard road, but you are finally ready to take the NCLEX-RN exam.  It's your last step before earning your RN license.  Does the exam strike fear in your heart?  Make your palms get sweaty?  It doesn't have to.  The College Network offers support that will help you be as prepared as possible for the exam.   The RX for... Continue +
I remember the first time I opened Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and felt like a Neanderthal relative to Mr. Hawking's genius. The concepts were so complex and beyond anything I had ever tried to comprehend that after the first couple pages I put the book down and declared that it was beyond my level of intelligence.... Continue +
When listening to the radio, the song "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepson comes on the radio several times during the day--there is no escaping it on the station I listen to.  And afterwards I find that I can't get it out of my head.  Plus there are so many parodies on YouTube and other channels.  It has become part of our... Continue +
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"I'm not a good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter." A first draft of anything is never as good as the second and subsequent drafts. Every time you look at it you should find a phrase to reword, a word to delete, or an entire paragraph to reorder. The process to turn out a solid piece of writing is time consuming... Continue +
Many of you have probably heard the term "accredited." We use it a lot when we talk about accredited nursing programs, but many people may not truly understand the value behind that word: accredited. When I hear the word "accredited", the first thing that comes to mind is excellence. When I was in college, it was... Continue +
Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a customer of The College Network regarding her study habits and how she prepares for exams. She had progressed at a moderate pace and is doing quite well with her exams. She is like most of our customers, a working mother pursuing her degree who has to balance her job, family,... Continue +
Let's talk about the number 6. It's my lucky number. But it's also much more than that. Here are some very interesting facts about the number 6. Did you know? 6 is the smallest perfect number. 6 is the atomic number of carbon. The cells of a beehive honeycomb are 6-sided.  There are 6 strings on a standard guitar.  LeBron James... Continue +
So you want to become a registered nurse. But how do you do it? It seems like it might be an impossible goal. You work, take care of your family--when are you going to find time to go to school?  Here are 10 easy ways you can become an RN with help from The College Network. Call the The College Network to learn more about online... Continue +
  As an Academic Advisor, I speak with customers on a daily basis who ask for more information on how to study best. As a visual learner myself, I have a ton of tricks and tips for similar learners. I thought it may be helpful to provide some suggestions for those of the auditory learning persuasion. Below are some effective... Continue +
  I don’t know about you, but I never jump in the water without testing the temperature first. I learned my lesson the hard way when I was younger and dove into a lake on a warm day, not realizing that the temperature had been below 60 for the last few months. Can you say, cold?  In order to be successful with your studies, you... Continue +
For once, traffic was not too congested on my way to work the other day, so I was afforded the luxury of stopping by the Starbucks near the office for a caffeine lift. While waiting on my drink, I noticed a young woman studying. I was surprised to see someone focusing on academics at 7:30 in the morning, but... Continue +
 Having the ability to self assess one’s knowledge is a skill that few possess shy of personal bias. Often times we believe we know more than we actually do, especially if we have invested a significant amount of time and energy into learning a new skill or trade. However, have you ever read a news article, novel, or even a blog... Continue +
The end of January 2012 is just days away. I spent the weekend checking my personal inventory to be sure I have addressed all of my annual January chores. Dental and medical appointments Create a list of things financial goals for the year Update my résumé and professional connections This is a rather standard list of very basic... Continue +
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