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2017, May Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

It’s Time to Recognize Nurses’ Education and Commitment

Nurse education is something that impacts every one of our lives. Anytime we receive emergency care in a clinic, are treated at a doctor’s office, or have surgery in a hospital we reap the benefits of advanced nursing education. This year from May 6 – 12, during National Nurses Week, we salute the professionals who have invested their time and talent to develop the skills necessary to care for us – their patients.

Americans realize how important nurses are to their well-being and they respect them for the work they do. For the past 15 years people have ranked nurses at the top of the list when they are asked to rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in various professions. In the 2016 Gallup poll 84 percent of people ranked nurses “high” or “very high.”

Other medical professionals also appreciate the work nurses do. Medical educator and editor Arnold Relman learned first-hand the importance of nursing care when he became a patient, hospitalized following an accident. While being cared for he realized “how much good nursing care contributes to patients’ safety and comfort.” Physician Lawrence Altman recognizes how nurses are a vital part of a healthcare team. He says that physicians rely on nurses for the “crucial elements in patient care – the physical touch and the personal touch.”

Higher levels of nursing education are important for the care nurses give their patients today. An Institute of Medicine (IOM) report presents studies that show a correlation between BSN levels of nurse education and decreased patient-related incidents such as falls, pressure ulcers, deep vein thrombosis and hospital acquired infections. The Commission on Magnet Accreditation also has identified this link between nurse education and patient outcomes. Healthcare facilities applying for Magnet designation need to show that they have a plan for 80 percent of nursing staff to achieve the BSN level of nurse education by 2020.

The differences in nurse preparation at the bachelor’s degree level compared to a lower degree or certificate level can be seen in several areas:

• Critical thinking: Nurses with higher levels of education will have a broader approach, including more understanding of the illness, when they develop care plans for complex patient cases.
• Evidence based practice and research: Nurses with higher levels of education bring the advantage of being able to access research and evidence that can apply to a case.
• Leadership: Nurses who have developed good leadership skills and manage complex cases and work with multidisciplinary teams.
• Healthcare policy: Policies and laws are complicated today. Nurses with this knowledge will understand the resources available for patient care. Understanding public healthcare law can also help nurses coordinate care beyond a hospital or doctor’s office.

Nurse education doesn’t stop with a BSN. There are opportunities for nurses to seek higher education to become an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). An advanced practice registered nurse is a registered nurse who has expanded their education to at least a Master’s degree and has clinical practice beyond their basic RN education. Some types of APRN include:

• Nurse practitioner (NP): NPs provide a wide range of primary and preventive health care, prescribe medication, and diagnose and treat minor illnesses and injuries.
• Certified nurse-midwife (CNM): CNMs provide well-women gynecological care and low-risk obstetrical care.
• Clinical nurse specialist (CNS): CNSs work in a variety of settings and handle a wide range of physical and mental health problems. They also consult, research, teach and are administrators.
• Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA): CRNAs administer more than 65 percent of anesthetics given to patients each year.

Nursing is the largest segment of the healthcare workforce in the United States and one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. In spite of this, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there will 1.2 million unfilled nursing positions between 2014 and 2022. The primary reason for this is the aging baby boomer population – people who often have chronic conditions that require nursing care – and the aging nurse population – who are reaching retirement age.

As the need for nurses grows, the need for advanced nursing education will also grow. A BSN will help nurses acquire the skills for the many aspects of their job. Scientific knowledge, evidence-based best practices and critical thinking skills are just part of what nurses bring to their patients every day. They also deliver vigilant constant care and the personal touch that patients need.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Three Time-Saving Mobile Apps for Online Students

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by American Public University System

Three Time-Saving Mobile Apps for Online Students

By Dr. Michael Ammons Faculty Member, School of Business at American Public University As an online student, you are faced with many challenges. But no challenge is more problematic to your academic career than the demands on your time. Effective time management skills are in high demand and essential to your success. Here are three Read more

Tech Is Driving Business in All Industries

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by DeVry

Provided by DeVry University Not long ago, people could legitimately claim that technology was not part of their every day jobs. Today, workers ranging from shop clerks to doctors to computer engineers must have not only a firm grasp on technology but also a willingness to adapt as it inevitably changes over time. The examples Read more

Is Your Site Susceptible to Hackers?

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by George Washington University

Provided by George Washington University It has been estimated that up to 30,000 Internet sites are subject to attacks by hackers every day. In the past, cyber criminals distributed a lot of their destructive codes through people’s email addresses. Today, hackers primarily use websites to forward these codes to businesses and site visitors. Think your Read more

Why Soft Skills are Essential to Career Development

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Herzing University

Provided by Herzing University Companies continue to undergo massive change as new technologies, a geographically diverse workforce and an influx of younger workers are all disrupting the way business is done. It takes a new breed of manager to thrive in this environment, one with a balance of “hard” skills – which are specific abilities Read more

Time Management Tips for Online Students

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Jacksonville University

Provided by Jacksonville University Whether you’re attending a brick and mortar college or working to obtain a degree from an online university, there are certain things you must possess: discipline, organization and an understanding of how best to manage your time. These are universal qualities that all students either have innately or must learn in Read more

What Makes A Good Leader: Ten Essential Qualities To Learn

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Walden University

What Makes A Good Leader: Ten Essential Qualities To Learn

Provided by Walden University From clear communication to respecting others, developing these traits can help you manage more effectively—at every level. In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, strong leadership is more important than ever. But what makes a good leader? And how does strong leadership impact the workplace? Some of the answers—from avoiding popularity contests to Read more



How to Evaluate Flexible Degree Programs: 5 Key Questions

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Capella University

Provided by Capella University Flexibility is a primary reason why many adult students choose to pursue a degree online. You don’t have to drive to campus to attend class. Meetings with fellow students or your instructors can be done virtually. And much of the work can be done anytime you please. Except for participating in Read more

How Augmented Reality Is Impacting the Classroom

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Case Western Reserve University

How Augmented Reality Is Impacting the Classroom

Provided by Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering Imagine you’re a biomedical engineering student, and you’re figuring out ways to connect human anatomy with technology. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have the ability to interact with an anatomically interactive rendering, one where you could move organs and structures of the body around and investigate Read more

Nursing Programs Help Fill Demand

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Columbia College

Nursing Programs Help Fill Demand

Provided by Columbia College National Nurses Week, May 6-12, gives us a chance to celebrate nurses as well as take the pulse of the profession. The shortage of nurses is still very real, and growing. Earlier this year, CBS’s “60 Minutes” reported over 120,000 open positions for RNs across the U.S. That number is projected Read more

Creating Opportunities for Multitasking Millennials

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Kaplan University

Provided by Kaplan University Welcome to the generation that was literally born into the digital world with technology in hand. Those born in 1982–2004 have been coined the millennial generation and are so tech savvy they are considered digital natives. By sheer numbers, millennials are on track to take their place as the dominant generation, Read more

The Value of Public Health Data

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Kent State University

Provided by Kent State University Many people have probably heard of the term big data but may not understand its practical application in business. Generally speaking, the more data an organization has at its disposal, the easier it is to make informed decisions that will allow it to grow. In an age where the value Read more

Free money - College financing options without repayment

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Penn State World Campus

Provided by Penn State World Campus This article from Penn State World Campus offers tips and information about financing a college education using scholarships and grants, forms of financial aid paid for through state, federal and other programs, which do not require repayment by the college student. The first step toward receiving “free money” is Read more

Celebrating Nursing

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by University of Charleston West Virginia

Celebrating Nursing

By Pamela L. Alderman, EdD, MSN, RN The International Council of Nurses proclaimed May 12, 1965 to be known as International Nurses Day. This date was chosen in honor of the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910), the founder of modern nursing. In 1974 President Richard M. Nixon issued a Read more




Posted on May 5th, 2017 by Edcor School Network

As a client of EdCor, you and your immediate family are eligible for significant financial and educational benefits, such as:
• 10% tuition discount on all Capella degree programs
• A $ 3,000 grant for new students who enroll and start an eligible program by June 2017
• Credit for your professional certificates and prior learning
Learn more
For more information on scholarships, degree options, and deadlines, visit

Excelsior College’s School of Business & Technology has launched a Logistics concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Business program. The concentration is designed to prepare graduates for careers in industry, government, military, and not-for-profit organizations. Students will learn the practical applications of supply chain and project management concepts; risk management; quality control; transportation, warehousing, and distribution; and lean logistics. The BS in Business program was designed in consultation with industry business leaders, and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). As an enrolled Excelsior Student, there are association student chapters to assist with this area of knowledge. Visit for more information.

Excelsior College provides educational opportunity to adult learners with an emphasis on those historically underrepresented in higher education. The College meets students where they are — academically and geographically, offering quality instruction and the assessment of learning.

Grand Canyon University is excited to celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, recognize nurses for the difference they make and prepare to shape the next generation of nursing professionals. In the spirit of Nurses Week, GCU announces a Doctor of Nursing program with a featured new emphasis which provides the opportunity for nurses to improve health care education delivery, patient outcomes and educational programs.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership is ideal for MSN-prepared academicians or MSN-prepared practicing nurses who are interested in pursuing options in education and teaching. In addition to completing coursework and hours for a DNP in clinical practice, students will explore curriculum development, teaching strategies and assessment design to evaluate teaching and learning outcomes. Graduates may transition to academic settings to become a nursing professor, nursing education leader or dean.

Program Distinctions
• CCNE-accredited clinical and education-focused doctoral program
• 100% flexible online program
• ANCC-aligned values-based curriculum with a Christian worldview foundation
• No residency required; students may earn their degree while continuing to serve their organization
• Students choose a health care issue that they’re passionate about for a hands-on DPI project

Visit today to learn more.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other important information, please visit our website at Please note, not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment. The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is also approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (800-621-7440; GCU, while reserving its lawful rights in light of its Christian mission, is committed to maintaining an academic environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. Further detail on GCU’s Non-Discrimination policies can be found at © 2017 Grand Canyon University.

In conjunction with National Nurses Week, Liberty University is proud to announce its new Master of Science in Nursing Informatics program. As the technology advances, there is a greater need for nurses to be able to interact with databases, computers, and digital information. Our Master of Science in Nursing Informatics program will equip nurses with the values, knowledge, and skills to be leaders in the workplace and effectively deal with digital informatics. Nurses will learn the basics of how healthcare databases are made, altered and managed, as well how to use them to increase the effectiveness of their organization.

Classes will start in the fall of 2017, and we are now taking applications for admission. This program will not require clinical hours, but will have an extensive capstone to bring together all of the techniques learned throughout the program. An active RN license and a bachelor’s degree are required for admission.

For more information, visit us at or email Matt Crumbley at

Ocean County College (OCC) strives to make its articulation agreements a seamless transfer for students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree. Serving as a gateway to top quality schools, OCC develops agreements with prominent colleges and universities. You can start here and finish there!

After two-years at OCC, graduates leave with an associate degree and the ability to easily transfer. By entering a four-year school as a junior, students save the expense of a higher tuition during their freshman and sophomore years. OCC’s tuition is one of the lowest in New Jersey, making it very affordable.

Nationally, OCC has online transfer agreements with Albright College, University of Maryland, University of Phoenix, St. John’s University, Southern New Hampshire University, and the United States Sports Academy, to name just a few.

Within New Jersey, OCC’s online transfer agreements include The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University, among others. Most recently, OCC and Thomas Edison State University engaged in a 90-credit transfer agreement that allows students to complete a quality Bachelor’s degree for less than $ 20,000.

To view OCC’s ever growing list of articulation agreements, visit

For information on Ocean County College Online, visit or call 1-866-660-2108.

Penn State is accepting applications for a new 12-credit graduate certificate in marketing analytics designed to help companies leverage their marketing data to drive business success.

The certificate is offered exclusively online and includes four courses taught by faculty from the Penn State Smeal College of Business Marketing Department, who are among the world’s leading scholars and sought-after thought leaders.

Chelsea Hammond, clinical assistant professor with Penn State Smeal and the director of the certificate program, said many companies struggle to use data in ways that will help improve the business. “Data-driven marketing is here to stay,” she said. “Companies understand that data plays an important role in business success but need people who can create meaningful connections between the data and the organization. This certificate is intended to help marketers and market researchers become more data-savvy and use analytics to strategically support the business.”

In the course of this program, students will learn about the process and principles of applying analytics to business challenges, and analytics for digital marketing communications, supporting customer acquisition and retention, and for brand management and customer experience.

For information about the new certificate and tuition reduction available to you, your spouse and legal dependents, visit Penn State World Campus Edcor website.

Trident University International's 100 percent online Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program is designed with the working professional in mind. A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) Higher Education Network, Trident University prepares students to succeed in a variety of leadership roles within the healthcare industry. Additionally, Trident is pleased to offer Edcor members a significant tuition savings and other benefits.

To learn more about this and other programs visit, or contact

The University of Charleston’s Master of Forensic Accounting program (MFAcc) is in demand. Thus, the program is expanding to two starts per year: January and August. The MFAcc program is the premiere Master of Forensic Accounting degree program in the nation. Students learn how to follow the money, perform business valuations, and calculate lost profit and economic damages within a litigation environment. The program consists of bi-weekly virtual classes and just eight campus visits over a 16-month period. It is taught entirely by experts working in law, forensic accounting, law enforcement, digital forensics, forensic psychology, and information technology. This best-in-class experience includes working forensic accounting cases from beginning to end, culminating with a mock trial courtroom experience.

For more information, contact Program Director Christina Chard at or 304-741-2219, or via visit our webpage.

The William and Mary, Raymond A. Mason School of Business, online MBA prepares students for 21st Century Problem Solving. In the 21st century, both the tools we use to work and the work itself have drastically changed. The information boom brought on by the internet and advancements in digital technology have allowed us to work more intelligently. It has also demanded that we, as professionals, stretch the limits of our roles to increasingly house more capabilities and skills. For this reason, the William & Mary program highlights what's needed from 21st century business leaders.

"They need to be able to be players in all aspects," William & Mary Online MBA student Harris Ligon explains, as he discusses the benefits of becoming a "Renaissance Manager" and how the program prepares professionals to approach problems in a unique, non-formulaic manner. "It has changed the way that I approach problems on a day-to-day basis," Ligon says about the program.

With an emphasis on critical thinking, the curriculum provides students with a breadth of knowledge and creative problem-solving skills that can be applied across a wide variety of business specialties. This approach ensures that no matter how businesses continue to evolve, professionals will be prepared to handle the challenges ahead.

To learn more about the online MBA program at William & Mary, Raymond A. Mason School of Business and becoming a Renaissance Manager, visit our website.

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