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The National Black Nurses Association Has Aligned Itself With The College Network to Promote Advanced Nursing Education for Members


July 24, 2012 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN

The College Network® is pleased to announce its alliance with the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) -- a non-profit nursing organization formed in 1971, which represents 150,000 nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the United States, Eastern Caribbean and Africa with 83 chapters in 34 states. The formation of this alliance will allow The College Network to further provide working nurses with opportunities to achieve advanced education.

Earlier this year, the NBNA created its Future of Nursing committee to make recommendations regarding the NBNA's direction and priorities. The relationship with The College Network was formed after the committee stressed the importance of "promoting seamless academic progression for an increase in the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree from 50 to 80 percent by 2020," following studies released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine.

"NBNA recognizes the invaluable source of knowledge gained from advanced education in nursing and is excited about our alliance with The College Network. Advanced education in nursing will help prepare professional nurses to take on leadership roles at the hospital, the board room and in advanced practice, research and education," stated NBNA President Deidre Walton, JD, MSN, RN.

The College Network is committed to partnering with the nation's leading healthcare organizations in an effort to help alleviate the nursing shortage by providing a way for nurses to earn the education they need to keep up with changes in healthcare while they continue to work in their field. Education opportunities including associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing will be offered in conjunction with recognized institutions of higher learning to NBNA members.

"The College Network has become a leader in eLearning by offering advanced education opportunities for working adults," said Gary Eyler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The College Network. "The ability to work and earn a degree is especially important to nurses who often have irregular hours. We look forward to partnering with the NBNA to advance the future of nursing by making higher education available to their members through flexible, self-paced programs and guaranteed financing options."

About The College Network, Inc.
Since 1992, The College Network has provided educational solutions that allow individuals to advance their education and training with college degrees and professional certificates from highly acclaimed universities. As a leading eLearning and education services company and a partner with some of the nation's foremost institutions of higher learning, The College Network has allowed hundreds of thousands of adults to continue their education without interruption to their personal or professional lives. Visit www.collegenetwork.com or call 1-800-39-LEARN (395-3276) for more information.

Contact:
The College Network
Lindsay Schmitt
Tel: 800-395-3276

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