Getting back into the groove after you’ve been out of a habit or practice for a while can be challenging, and sometimes it may just seem easier to give up than to put in the effort to get back into the swing of whatever it was you did before. If you’re thinking about going back to school, you may be on the fence about whether or... Continue +
According to a recent report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, there are 31 million Americans in limbo—educational limbo. Many in this group enrolled in a program with the intention of completing a degree, but then life derailed their plans. Family, schedules, finances, and other life changes made it... Continue +
Last week (October 5–11) was Emergency Nurses Week, which is celebrated across the nation each year in honor of the dedicated nurses who provide emergency care to patients in need. The theme of this year's celebration was "life saving hands." This reflects the important role emergency nurses play in saving the lives of patients... Continue +
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face. ~ John Donne Here in the northern hemisphere, the fall season was ushered in by the autumnal equinox on September 23. If you're fortunate enough to live in a place where notable natural changes occur with each new season, then pure beauty awaits in... Continue +
With family commitments and work responsibilities, Amanda Farmer knew that a traditional degree program would not work well for her. After some research, Amanda found The College Network and knew that the LPN to RN program was the right one for her. “It was the only way I could have done it,” Amanda said. The flexibility of... Continue +
You’ve made the decision to go back to school, and now you’re ready to act on your decision. Before you take the leap, Forbes Magazine suggests you take these six steps to prepare yourself for what’s ahead: Talk to your manager or supervisor. If you are going back to school to advance your career, talk to your manager or... Continue +
Since 2000, September 15 has been a day to celebrate neonatal nurses across the country. The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) established Neonatal Nurses Day as a way to recognize the important work of these specialized nurses. The focus of this year's day of recognition is the impact neonatal nurses have on their... Continue +
Did you know that September 13th is Positive Thinking Day? If you’re like me, sometimes finding the silver lining in a situation can be difficult. However, I have found that as I have gotten older the final outcome of a situation depends heavily on my attitude towards it. Optimism is not always easy, but it is an important part... 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 +
For many adult learners, reentering the academic world can be a bit intimidating. There have been quite a few changes to education over the last ten years, including the continued growth of distance learning. Edudemic recently published an infographic pinpointing some of the most important skills and attributes today’s... 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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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