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  • Apr 13

    It is possible, but it would require OT to do it. I almost made it to the 100k mark, but I was working 40+ hours a week too.
    If you work an off shift, you get shift differential which will help. Weekend differential at 4.00/hr would help, as would certification pay 1.00/hr and charge 2.00+ typically. Add that to 20 yrs and you could do it.
    Oh, throw in working every holiday under the sun.

    I work 36 hr weeks (12 hr shift), get paid for 18yrs (I was docked for being out a few years)and do a lot of committee work. I average 40-45 hours a week and made roughly 90 k last year. I'm also a FT charge and certified.

  • Apr 7

    Is there any updated information? I have been in heavy contact with them and am looking at taking their RN-BSN program. I work with a GCU grad and she has nothing but positive things to say, but I want more opinions.

    Any pro's and cons? Thankfully the only class I'm missing is stats and that is offered in the actual BSN program. I'm a bit nervous as my algebra skills are way old. If anyone took this class, do you have any advice?

  • Apr 3

    I'm in Washington state.
    I found out by looking at my BON website for something else and happened to stumble upon the link about approved online schools. I decided to see if mine was accepted, thinking it would be, and was shocked to see that my BSN was NOT there, but the MSN was.
    I sent the BON an email and actually talked to them over the phone. The WA state BON grandfathered in all of those that are in the program for 2017 and previous. Those that sign up now, won't be recognized as BSN RN until the BSN program develops a clinical aspect with a preceptor.
    It doesn't surprise me, really. WA state has really strict standards.

    A friend who went through the program in Chicago, has no such standards to meet.

  • Mar 27

    No, actually they do not pass everyone. I have known people that have failed. So again, do your homework and drop "THE".
    THE Grand Canyon is a Nat'l park that is one very large canyon, hence GRAND canyon.

    Grand Canyon University is a brick and mortar Christian University in Phoenix. Beautiful campus with a very strong nursing program with grads that are highly sought after.

  • Mar 27

    Former GCU grad here and I have a question after reading this thread.

    Does GCU now require mentors, or hospital affiliations? Do you have to do hours with a preceptor? I ask this, because my state no longer accepts the GCU BSN, but does accept the MSN because a person has a preceptorship. Until this changes for the BSN, my state will not accept.

    Lastly, has GCU gone non profit again? It sure would be nice to get out under the 'for profit' stigma.

  • Feb 27

    Who answers the phone? A supervisor? Let them decide. How is the facility with call ins? Strict? Easy going? I would weigh those options and decide.

    Hope you feel better soon

  • Feb 25

    I hear you. I once had two CNA's When I was at lunch, they had it out in a back office area screaming at each other. I had to leave my lunch to break up the catfight between the two of them. I know I sounded like my mom, but OMG, they were acting like children!

    I work with huge drama queens. One always has marital problems, one is always tired, one is always sick and two constantly whiiine about wanting to go home early.

  • Feb 21
  • Feb 17

    Quote from pinkpetunia
    Ok, I have put this off for 2 years. Grieving that I did not just jump in.
    I think I want to ride donkey down into the canyon for school. lol.

    If I do go back, should I do a 3 year RN to MSN? or just a BSN?
    Hey pink,

    What is your end goal? That should help you make a decision.

  • Jan 31

    Quote from Flames9_RN
    I really have yet to find my passion in nursing. I only worked for a short while, then had a 2 yr break from nursing, then only recently started back up. Hell, I don't even know once I get back to the USA in 2016 or so, if nursing is something I will continue to persue,lol
    I'm curious then why you are pouring blood, sweat and tears into this program. Well, maybe not tears. But you get my gist.

  • Jan 31

    PICO is a question. KNOW your PICO, cuz you revisit that baby in the Cap. It will drive your thesis, yet one of the easiest thing to do, lol. This is mine for compassion fatigue and burnout

    P: Population or people affected (Nurses who work in hospitals)

    I: Intervention (monthly support program)

    C: Comparison, though you don't always have a comparison, but I could say (Compare to those with no intervention)

    O: Outcome (What am I looking for to happen?) To decrease nurse burnout and compassion fatigue

  • Jan 31

    Quote from Flames9_RN
    sorry, a pin does not excite me,lol Just looking fwd to turning in my Pico statement tomorrow and then taking a few months off! Down to my last 16 days in Nicaragua. Looking forward to chilling in Rhode Island for a few months, then head to Quito Ecuador. Not sure when I will start up again, Maybe August. I have 2 classes I can test out of, so will do it over the summer. GL on the Capstone.
    To each his own. It may offer an incentive to others when they hit that proverbial wall.

  • Jan 31

    LOL, love that avatar!!

    I think we are all tired of Word-land. I think I can say it isn't the happiest place on earth like another place is, lol.

    Watch your email in the next few classes about getting a pin and applying for graduation, because one day it will be you!!

  • Jan 31

    And if anyone needs an incentive to get through this program, check this out...

    Attachment 14241

  • Jan 31

    That is the kind of instructor you nag with questions. Do you want this...or that...what about this?? I pester the heck out of them. Ask Pandora, how many questions I have asked .

    Patho, overall isn't a difficult class, too bad she is making it this way for you with the APA stuff.

    Capstone:'s going ok. This Professor likes GOOD APA and will knock off a point or two for errors, however she corrects them for you (if she can) and all you have to do is click accept changes on Word and they are fixed. She seems pretty fair and gives EXCELLENT instructions, so she makes this paper heavy class (as is to be expected) doable. Pandora and I are spinning our wheels trying to keep our heads above water and keeping it organized though. Just when you think you are on top of one paper, you realize you have another one in the wings that needs to be written and all those extra pieces to do. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the volume of work. The papers themselves are not difficult though people seem to be struggling with their research articles.