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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
I have been fortunate enough to meet thousands of nurses across Michigan over the years. All of whom are motivated and driven to care for those in need. These nurses are truly special and vital to making the world a better place. They want the best care for their patients. There have been many theories over the years as to how... Continue +
Did you know that August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day? Being thrifty is important for many aspects of life, not just shopping for clothes. And being thrifty does not mean that you are cheap – it means you’re smart! Being thrifty can be an important aspect toward achieving success – because something is expensive, does... Continue +
These days, when I hear the word "nursing," I can almost bet the word "shortage" is not far behind. The current conversations describe a nursing shortage that is bound to get worse with baby boomers retiring and healthcare reform lingering. But even with an increasing shortage, landing that first nursing job is often far from... Continue +
A study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that nurses believe cost, family/children, and lack of time are the three most significant barriers to their pursuit of advanced education. The study is part of the RN Work Project, which is a 10-year research project that began in 2006 and seeks to uncover information... Continue +
In an effort to improve safety for patients and working conditions for nurses, the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013 was introduced in Congress on April 30, 2013. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA) Safe Staffing fact sheet, nursing budget cuts and an increasing nursing shortage have led to unsafe nurse... Continue +
If you've considered furthering your nursing education through the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), you've likely wondered about the potential benefits of holding a BSN. While there are many routes that lead to a solid nursing education, the most direct and beneficial route involves becoming a... 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 +
  How will you impact the future of nursing?   We hope you've enjoyed our tribute to influential nurses throughout history in honor of Nurses' Week 2013. These extraordinary women accomplished great things to change the face of healthcare as we know it today. How will you make an impact on the future of nursing?   One of the... Continue +
May is upon us, which—here in the great city of Indianapolis, where The College Network is headquartered—means it's time for the 500 Festival! The 500 Festival is a month-long celebration that culminates with the Indy 500 auto race. One of the most popular festival events is the Mini-Marathon, which is the largest half marathon... Continue +
Did you read today’s article in the Times-Herald on the increasing nursing shortage in the state of Georgia? In this article, Dr. Grams, the Dean of the University of West Georgia, is predicting that there will be a shortage of nurses in Georgia that equals 20 percent by 2015, and that number could be as high as 260,000... Continue +
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