Over the past several years, there has been a lot of talk about a nursing shortage. It seems older nurses are reaching retirement age quicker than newer nurses are entering the profession. But is it possible to curb this trend and increase the number of practicing nurses? According to an NBC News article, reducing the... Continue +
In today’s digitized world, people are moving further away from some of the traditional educational practices in favor of more technology-driven approaches to learning. If you are a customer of The College Network, you’re one of those who have taken this new approach on the path to an education. As you complete your... 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 +
The KEY to Success
The key(s) to success is a topic I frequently cover in blog posts. In fact, one of my previous posts outlined 5 essential keys to success. However, perhaps success boils down to just one KEY: Keep Educating Yourself. Every single person must learn in order to accomplish anything—from writing your name to driving a car, you had... Continue +
Working adults today are busier than ever. With responsibilities at work, home, and in their communities, many adults find it challenging to advance their education and their career through a traditional educational approach. If you're a busy working adult looking to earn your degree or certificate and move ahead on your career... Continue +
Many adult learners face roadblocks to their educational goals such as procrastination and a lack of motivation to keep going. When things get overwhelming and you want to quit, look to others who have been successful to help you stay on track. Here are some motivational quotes that can help inspire you.  "Winners never quit and... 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 +
Nurses, Demand Respect!
"Respect is love in plain clothes." ~ Frankie Byrne The article "Don't Call Me Just a Nurse"—published on The Huffington Post's Healthy Living web site—has been circulating online and gaining popularity for nearly a year now. The article laments the fact that nurses are often treated as less competent than doctors, and it left... Continue +
Did you know the fourth week in August is designated as "Be Kind to Humankind" Week? The week was first celebrated in August 1988 by Lorraine Jara from Toms River, New Jersey. It encourages everyone to set aside seven days to reflect on our actions toward others and make sure that we are kind to one another. Read more about... Continue +
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ―W. Clement Stone If you’re ready to move ahead in your education and your career, these four statements should be banished forever from your... Continue +
Whether you have children in school or are a student yourself, August means that back to school time is here once again!   For distance learners or people thinking about attending an online program, there are several challenges that can slow a person down or prevent them from achieving academic success. About.com recently asked... Continue +
Believe it or not, back-to-school season is upon us. That means teachers, administrators, students, and school nurses are back at it. If you've never considered using your nursing knowledge and talent at an educational institution, perhaps you should! I've compiled four great reasons why you might want to consider a career as a... Continue +
If you're looking for nursing inspiration beyond the quotes I shared recently, you should explore The American Nurse Project. According to The American Nurse Project web site, the project "aims to elevate the voice of nurses in this country by capturing their personal stories through photography and film." The project started in... Continue +
I recently came across the following excerpt from a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs to graduates in 2005. As I reflected on the message, I realized that the central idea is just as important for people who are currently in the workforce as it is for those just entering the workforce, so I share it with you here:  …I'm... Continue +
If you are working as an LPN or RN and/or are a customer of The College Network (TCN) working toward an advanced nursing degree, chances are you could use a little extra motivation or inspiration every now and then. In fact, no matter what career path we've chosen, we all find ourselves in a slump from time to time. For those of... Continue +
Apple's trademarked phrase "There's an app for that" has become more and more true over the years. It seems we can find an app for almost anything these days. And this is certainly true when it comes to healthcare apps. In a previous post, I mentioned how smartphones and tablets are changing the healthcare landscape. This is... Continue +
Homeland Security is a term that many of know, but what does a job in Homeland Security entail and what does it take to work in that field? The Department of Homeland Security protects The United States and its citizens against terrorism. Homeland Security agents have to possess a variety of skills such as being able... Continue +
Do you have an interest in the law but are not sure what degree would be the right fit for you to pursue? A degree in Criminal Justice can open up many career pathways, and you can earn an Associate or Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement through The College Network and it's partner in education, SUNY... Continue +
One of the newest programs offered through The College Network and SUNY Empire State College partnership is a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. In a previous blog, New Degree Programs in Professional Studies Available!, I discussed the potential fields where social workers may be employed such as hospitals, schools, or police... Continue +
When it comes time to study, you probably have a go-to spot where you set up shop and get down to business. You may have selected your study spot for practical reasons: it has a power outlet and Internet access. Perhaps you chose your study spot because it is quiet and has plenty of natural light. When you determine where... Continue +
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