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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
You may have heard about the nursing student education dilemma that's currently happening in the U.S. There are more student's applying to nursing programs at brick and mortar schools than these institutions can accommodate. As a result, many of the students are getting turned away. Did you know that with The College... Continue +
Are you currently enrolled in one of The College Network's distance nursing programs? If so you may be looking for ways to save a buck to help off set the cost of education. Here are some simple tips to help you cut costs and earn a little extra money to put towards your education. Brown bag your lunch and eat your breakfast... Continue +
Nursing homes, a stronghold of LPN jobs, may become progressively less so. Illinois, for one, is attempting to instate a new law requiring 20% of nurses in nursing homes to be RNs. The change would cost the state $122 million annually, but Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, as well as local advocacy groups, are pushing for the change... Continue +
A recent article from marketwatch.com stated, "With more than three million nurse professionals in the United States alone, nursing is the largest segment of the healthcare industry and touches every facet of care from the doctor's office to home care to hospitals." With all of the praise that doctors and physicians receive for... Continue +
U.S. News & World Report has issued its picks for the top ten jobs for 2012. Perhaps not surprisingly, Registered Nurse came in at the number one spot! Economist Michael Wolf, quoted in the article, says that in the next decade nursing will grow 26% and add 712,000 positions. What are you waiting for? Take charge of your future... Continue +
The Men of Nursing
While it is a fact that the nursing field is dominated by women, there are many great male nurses as well.  The Delaware Chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing(AAMN) has set out to lessen the gender gap between men and women in the nursing field with their "20x20: Choose Nursing" campaign. The goal of the campaign... Continue +
SuperScholar.org recently released their list for the top 25 schools for online nursing degrees, and The George Washington University and Indiana State University, two of The College Network's partners in education, ranked number 3 and 15 on the list - an outstanding accomplishment that is a testament to the high-quality... Continue +
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