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  • Get Closer to Your Goal with National Education Alliance!

    The National Education Alliance and iStudySmart.com have teamed up and are offering you a FREE membership with absolutely no cost or obligation. That’s a $95 value! Just for being an iStudySmart.com customer you will automatically be enrolled in this complimentary membership with the National Education Alliance.


    So what is the National Education Alliance how can it benefit me?

    The National Education Alliance understands the time and money constraint most Americans face with the task of furthering their education.  So the Alliance is reducing the financial burden that adult learners face by returning to college every day.  They recommend the use of credit by examination to lower that cost. Over 3,800 colleges and universities allow you to earn 25-50% of your degree by “testing out” with credit by examination. Passing CLEP, DSST (formerly DANTES), or ECE exams can help you to achieve your education goals.

    The Alliance has also teamed up with providers to offer you the highest quality products and services. To meet your needs, these providers all deliver multiple layers of academic support and work tirelessly to resolve the issues that have stopped individuals from achieving their dream of completing a college degree.

    You definitely do not want to miss out on the great opportunities that come with this membership!
    Here are a few:

    • Tuition discounts in schools such as Western Governors University and Kaplan
    • Grant and scholarship opportunities sent directly to you
    • Access to innovative educational programs such as Critical Portfolio
    • $100 OFF the National Education Alliance Counseling Center

    The Counseling Center empowers students to explore where they stand in the completion of undergraduate and graduate degrees from accredited colleges and universities across the nation (340 institutions and growing).

    • And more!


    You are already enrolled as a member and can take advantage of ALL member benefits now! To start visit the National Education Alliance Member Benefits page and start saving money while getting closer to your goal TODAY!

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    Since its inception in 2007, Military Warriors Support Foundation has been able to touch the lives of thousands of wounded heroes and their families. Four life changing programs are making a difference in the lives of our wounded heroes.


    The programs are built to assist our wounded soldier’s transition back into civilian culture a little more smoothly and achieve success along the way. The four programs are






    The Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique circumstances due to injuries received while serving our country. In addition to the home, the families will receive 3 years of family and financial mentoring.


    The Military Warriors Support Foundation is proud to announce that they are now accepting Open Applications for our Homes4WoundedHeroes program!  If you are a combat wounded hero, injured during the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts, you are eligible to apply!!   


    Recipients must meet the eligibility requirements and will undergo the review process.


    In addition to receiving the home, the approved family will receive 3 years of home and financial mentoring to set them on a path of success for the future!! 


    The Military Warriors Support Foundation plans to award 100 homes by early next year, so apply as soon as possible. Homes will be awarded to the first and most qualified applicants!  


    For questions, you may contact their office at 210.615.8973, or send an email to








    *Visit MilitaryWarriors.org/programs for more information on each of the programs

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  • Career News and Information for Nurses is Available on an Innovative Website

    iStudySmart.com is excited to bring you details on an innovative website.  The new site is not currently affiliated with the iStudySmart.com.  However, this nursing-focused website has features that are useful to healthcare professionals.


    YourCareerInNursing.com is an online community where nurses from every specialty across the country go to find news, employment opportunities, and career advancement information.  There is also a section for those interested in starting a healthcare career.


    The website features current nursing news articles from several different sources to keep RNs, LPNs/LVNs, Paramedics, Respiratory Therapists, and anyone interested in nursing up to date on the latest industry trends.  Healthcare professionals can join in on the discussion and even share discussions using any of the social networking hot buttons.


    Discussions vary from day to day.  Here is a sample of some of the frequent topics:

    ·         Employment

    ·         Industry Trends

    ·         Awards

    ·         Healthcare News

    ·         Continuing Education

    ·         Nursing Blogs

    ·         Scholarships

    ·         Healthcare Technology


    There is no cost for healthcare professionals utilizing YourCareerInNursing.com. Nursing-focused professionals are encouraged to visit the site and use it as a tool for social networking or communicating with their peers. For those looking to start or advance their nursing career, this specialized website is a professional tool for social networking, peer communication and current healthcare industry news.


    To learn more, visit www.YourCareerInNursing.com.

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  • RN Dies After Saving Coach with CPR - Help Needed!

    Eileen Bowden, RN, School Nurse for Santa Clara School District, died shortly after the softball coach she ultimately saved with CPR was rushed to the hospital. Eileen was an inspiration to the profession and to what is good in our society. Eileen was a single parent and leaves behind an 11 year old adopted daughter. To learn more about Eileen please visit



    The Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship has been established through the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association. This scholarship will support nursing students as they strive to as they make the personal sacrifices required to emulate professional excellence exemplified by Eileen.


    To support this effort, I will be running the San Francisco Half Marathon for the second year in a row on July 25th to raise funds to endow The Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship. Please visit my website at http://charity.decisioncritical.com and make a donation to support the future of Nursing. We all need nurses like Eileen.


    Thank you for your support,

    Kenneth W. Dion, RN, MSN, MBA

    Founder & CEO

    Decision Critical, Inc


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  • Nursing Students: Go to School in Your Pajamas!

    Thousands of people go to school in their pajamas every day.  By using distance learning to obtain your Associate’s Degree in Nursing, you can enjoy studying in a relaxed atmosphere while working toward your goal of becoming an RN.


    Advancing your career from LPN to RN, Paramedic to RN, or RT to RN is your ticket to job security!  While it can be challenging for some to commute back and forth to school and figuring out child care while balancing a full schedule, distance learning students don’t have those things to worry about.  If you are a Licensed Practical Nurse, Paramedic, or Respiratory Therapist looking to become an RN, distance learning is a convenient solution for you.  Distance learning programs allow you to take courses from the comfort and convenience of your home or during your downtime! 


    Don’t waste time and money commuting back and forth to school several times a week, just pull up a chair and get started wherever you’re comfortable. 


    Don’t arrange and incur the extra expense for a babysitter to watch your kids while you’re at class on campus several times a week.  You can be in your home with them studying while they do their homework or play.


    Don’t rearrange your work schedule for school, simply study when you want and test when you’re ready.  If you learn better early in the day, during down time at work, while your child practices baseball, or late into the evening, that’s perfect!  You decide when, where, and how long!


    The demands of a family, a full or part-time job, and other responsibilities can make the thought of getting your Associate’s Degree in Nursing seem like a dream that will never become a reality.  However, with the convenience and flexibility of distance learning nursing degree programs you can move from LPN to RN, Paramedic to RN, or RT to RN without disrupting your entire life.


    If you want to earn your ASN degree, but would not have to drive to a college campus, iStudySmart.com has the in-depth study materials you need to complete college credit using CLEP, DSST, and ECE exams.  iStudySmart.com courses cover every concept you'll see on test day. Complete the assignments and you'll know what you need to know. It’s guaranteed!

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