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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 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 +
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 +
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 +
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