Healthcare is the fastest growing career field as a result of an aging population that requires more care. As the demand for nurses and doctors increases, the demand for administrators to manage them increases as well. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the field of healthcare administration will experience 22%... Continue +
Like an onion, a well-rounded nursing education consists of many important layers. The outermost, protective layer is, of course, formal education. The College Network recognizes the value of this layer, and we work hard to help nurses successfully complete advanced nursing degree programs. Formal nursing education teaches the... Continue +
Do you ever feel like you are in a career rut? I think many people would admit to feeling stuck or unsatisfied with their jobs from time to time. If you are a nurse, you can take several steps to improve your career. Recently, Scrubs Magazine published an article describing several actions that can help nurses add to their... Continue +
In a previous post about technology as it relates to the nursing industry, I offered nurses four tips for using social media effectively. In part two of this "Nurses and Technology" series, I'm discussing three technological developments that are changing the way nurses deliver and manage care. The February 2014 issue of Johnson... Continue +
Let's face it: social media has pervaded our world, and it can't be ignored. Some people see social media as a trivial waste of time, but it can be an important communication tool if used effectively. In the healthcare world, nurses can use social media to connect with other nurses, to learn more about various patient... Continue +
U.S. News & World Report released its 100 Best Jobs of 2014 rankings on February 19, and two nursing positions—nurse practitioner and registered nurse—landed near the top of the list. Nurse practitioners are in the fourth spot, while registered nurses are standing tall at number six. Additionally, among the high percentage of... 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 +
Are you ready to pass the NCLEX-RN and become a licensed registered nurse? We want to help you by offering tips on how to master various types of NCLEX questions. As I mentioned in a previous post, the major question types on the NCLEX-RN include prioritization questions, medication questions, teaching questions, nutrition... Continue +
Since 1990, Gallup has been conducting an annual survey that asks Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of several professions. For the 12th straight year, nurses have taken the top spot. In Gallup's 2013 survey, 82 percent of those polled ranked the trustworthiness of nurses as high or very high, placing nurses 12... Continue +
If you are looking to advance your career, you may already be aware of the skills needed to get you to the next level. You may already possess those skills and be ready to go after your dream job, but you may be like millions of Americans and realize there might be a gap in your skills. Perhaps you’ve found a job opening that... Continue +
For the past few years, healthcare reform in the United States has been the topic of many debates and discussions. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare) was signed into law in March 2010, bringing with it a number of changes to our healthcare system. While several of the changes have already been... 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 +
Statistics show a continual climb in the number of adults over age 25 who are deciding to enroll in college and further their education. But for many, the thought of going back to school as an adult is intimidating. In today's economically challenged world, however, higher education is often required of those seeking... Continue +
Are you looking for a nursing career that goes beyond routine bedside care? Along with the careers of NASCAR nurse, flight nurse, and forensic nurse, a career as a travel nurse offers a number of unique opportunities. Travel nursing is an exciting and adventurous career that involves traveling the nation and working... Continue +
"Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true."  – Ralph Waldo Emerson When you were younger, what life did you dream for yourself? Did you dream of becoming a famous basketball player or an astronaut? Maybe a movie star or a superhero? The dreams we have for ourselves... Continue +
Since June is Men's Health Month across the nation (Men's Health Week took place June 10–16), it is the perfect time for nurses to pay special attention to the health issues that affect their male patients. According to the Men's Health Month web site, "The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness... Continue +
The College Network partners with Regis University to offer an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program that can help you become a leader in the nursing industry. In fact, the program focuses on leadership in healthcare systems. Become an MSN-prepared nurse, and you'll be qualified for a number of leadership positions,... Continue +
Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. ~ Donna Wilk Cardillo If you look up "nurse" in any dictionary, you'll likely see a brief definition that defines... Continue +
June is “Rebuild Your Life Month”! What better time than now to start making some positive changes that could impact your life and your career for the better? According to an article by Dr. Elizabeth Scott, there are a few quick and easy steps you can take to reassess your life and plan for positive change. First, think about... 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 +
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