Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means mouthwatering feasts of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, bread, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are just days away. As you prepare to indulge in all the deliciousness, take a few minutes to consider what other areas of your life might benefit from a... Continue +
November 20th is Universal Children’s Day, which was first celebrated on December 14, 1954. It was developed by the United Nations (UN) to be observed as a day of worldwide fellowship and understanding between children and a day that promotes the ideals and objectives of children’s health and welfare globally. As we celebrate... Continue +
Did you know that November 14th is Operating Room Nurse Day? This day was established to honor nurses who care for patients before, during, and immediately after surgery. It was first celebrated on November 14, 1989 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.   Perioperative nurses, more commonly referred to as operating room nurses or... Continue +
If you've paid any sort of attention to the news as of late, you've probably heard a thing or two about Ebola. A devastating Ebola outbreak has erupted in West Africa, and the disease has spread to the United States in recent weeks. A handful of healthcare workers, including two nurses, are among those who have been treated for... Continue +
Chaos Never Dies
November 9th is Chaos Never Dies Day. If you have read my blog before then you've probably read about some silly and bizarre national days of celebration, and now you can add chaos to that list. I have to admit that I had never heard of this one before I researched which national days were being celebrated in November. However,... Continue +
If you’re looking for a way to get an edge in the business job market today, a Lean Six Sigma certificate could be the answer! What is Lean Six Sigma? Lean Six Sigma is a combination of two popular methodologies used in business and industry today: The Lean methodology provides techniques to streamline production and services;... Continue +
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 +
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