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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
With the trials and tribulations of the economy and the healthcare system in the United States constantly in the headlines, it's no surprise that health organizations are increasingly looking for cost-effective ways to expand medical practice. An article recently published on Software Advice's The Profitable Practice blog makes... Continue +
Most of us have considered going back to school at one point or another. I want go back to school to get my master's degree. I, like you, research programs to see what will work best for my lifestyle. I will need to continue to work my full time job and run my household, while I obtain my degree. The reasons that we decide to go... Continue +
Although the unemployment rate increased slightly in October-going from 7.8% to 7.9%-the United States still added 171,000 new jobs. Amongst the top industries contributing to these new jobs was health care with 31,000 new positions added. If you are unemployed or just looking for a more stable career, health care is... Continue +
Did you know that moving to a new city can mean a big raise in pay? If you're an LPN/LVN or RN, keep in mind that certain locations offer higher salaries than others. Of course, it's always wise to do your research before a move -- your final pay depends largely on the cost of living in your new city and the type of... Continue +
This post is the first in a series about in-demand jobs today, the hottest job sectors and their related college and educational requirements.   Higher Education is about learning and learning is about curiosity and growth. Learning new information and skills helps us all respond to the changing landscape of our world. At The... Continue +
Last week, I started work at The College Network's Indianapolis headquarters, and I went through all the first-day jitters that come along with being the new guy. Luckily, I was greeted with a team of friendly faces who quickly put my fears to rest.  No matter what field you are in, the first day of work can be a daunting one.... Continue +
I read a fantastic article on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's website that I wanted to share with readers of The College Network nursing blog. Healthcare professionals from metro Atlanta were asked to answer the question of what makes a great nurse. The article also points out that nurses have topped the Gallup poll of the... Continue +
Education is Worth It
"Don't let schooling interfere with your education." It's a common Mark Twain quote heard among those who are disenchanted with the realm of higher education. They proceed to argue that with the cost of college on the rise and the inhospitable job market that investing in something like an advanced degree is not only unwise, but... Continue +
There are many reports that talk about the increasing need for registered nurses.  With the aging baby boomer population, planning for changing healthcare needs will be at the forefront of hospitals and providers across the country. The registered nursing field is going to grow by 26% by 2020.  If you break that down, it means... Continue +
Mario Kart - Part II
In my last blog post, I discussed the flexibility of our distance nursing programs where different kinds of people and learners are able to complete their degrees using the example of the Mario Kart video game series.  I'd like to continue using Mario Kart as a reference point to show how things you have already done, things... Continue +
Procrastination - where I'll do it tomorrow becomes I'll do it next week - becomes I'll do it next month - becomes I never do it... Ever.  You may have noticed that my posts have been lacking lately. Yes. I'm human, and I'm just as much of a procrastinator as the next person. It's something that most (if not all) of us deal with... Continue +
Have you ever had an inkling or thought that you SHOULD do something? In the words of Jiminy Cricket, a famous Walt Disney character, "Always let your conscience be your guide". If you are considering going back to school for advanced nursing education, it might be time to listen to yourself. Earning a degree will not be easy,... Continue +
Mario Kart - Part I
It's not every day when you can relate one of your favorite childhood (who am I kidding - current) games to furthering your education, but today I'd like to use the series of Mario Kart games to show you that completing your education is as easy as navigating a track named Rainbow Road. At The College Network, our goal is... Continue +
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