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 +
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 +
For many adult learners, reentering the academic world can be a bit intimidating. There have been quite a few changes to education over the last ten years, including the continued growth of distance learning. Edudemic recently published an infographic pinpointing some of the most important skills and attributes today’s... Continue +
The College Network® recognizes the importance of online learning in the world of higher education and strives to deliver quality programs for working adults. Higher Education and Online Learning at a Glance Online learning has made a major impact on the world of education. Studies show that online learning is an effective and... 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 +
Are you feeling burnt out on bedside nursing care? You're not alone! And lucky for you, there are a number of nursing careers that go beyond the bedside. One such career is that of nurse writer. Your knowledge and experience as a bedside nurse can help you succeed as a nurse writer. But what exactly does a nurse writer do?... 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 +
Kathy Sweat knew for a long time that she wanted to combine her love of education and her love of nursing. That's why she chose to earn her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) through The College Network (TCN) and Regis University's online MSN program. Through this program, Kathy was able to pursue an education track... 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 +
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 +
As a woman who is currently in her third trimester of pregnancy, I feel a special connection to the work performed by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs). The University of Cincinnati recently published an infographic that details the role of a certified nurse-midwife. If you're looking for a new nursing career path, consider... Continue +
Laura did her research. She looked at a lot of different programs and options before she decided which educational path was best for her. In the end, she choose to go with The College Network and Regis University's RN to MSN bridge program. "it gave me the flexibility that I really didn't have with any the other programs that I... 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 +
Meet Kathy Puma. She felt restricted as an LPN and decided to pursue earning her RN license to open the door to new opportunities within nursing. Kathy chose to work with The College Network due to the flexibility of the program. It provided the convenience of studying from home, allowing her to fit it around her work and family... Continue +
The start of a new year is a great time to reevaluate your career and educational goals. If your goal is to start working as a licensed registered nurse (RN) this year, you'll need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing... Continue +
Armanda decided to go from an LPN to RN because she was ready for the new career opportunities an RN license would bring. "I made a goal. I set that goal. I was ready to become an RN. My ultimate goal is to be a women's health practitioner. You just can't do that if you don't advance your education." Armanda choose to work... Continue +
The Institute of Medicine's influential report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health is turning three! Developed by the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing and published in early 2011, the report serves as a roadmap for the field of nursing. According to the... Continue +
When Brandy first decided go to college, she really didn't know she wanted to be a nurse. She wanted to have children so she was looking for a way to continue her education while working that was convenient. She went to LPN school, and after five years as an LPN and four children later, a friend told her about The... Continue +
A recent article on the Yahoo Education site highlights a new trend in education—more and more prime-age workers are turning to associate’s degrees instead of bachelor’s degrees. Could an associate's degree be the answer for you? According to a recent report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 5.6 to 10.4... Continue +
Rita Parker has been a LPN for 30 years. “Nursing was just something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said. With all the changes occurring in health care, Rita recognized that she needed to further her education to secure her future in a hospital nursing career. “I wanted to further my education to advance my career. Hospitals are... Continue +
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