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Joined Aug 20, '09 - from 'Somewhere in the USA'. tokmom is a CMSRN. She has '30' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff'. Posts: 4,601 (61% Liked) Likes: 8,494

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  • Jul 22

    Major Chicago teaching institutions pay new grad BSN $0.50 more than new grad ADN and YES, they still hire ADN and are Magnet.

    Our union contract is very protective of our ADN's and a few Diploma nurses we still have.

  • Jul 22

    I agree with a small incentive for RNs who already have or earn their BSN becasue it recognizes the benefits of advanced/continued education and in a small way to rewards individuals who obtain such degrees. I think that advanced practice nurses with an MSN who obtain an PhD, DNS/DNSc or DNP should receive addiitonal compensation as well, even if they are still doing the same job. Just to be fair to ADN nurses (who I hold no prejudice and think are awesome as well), I also think there should be incentive for nurses obtaining additional obtaining speciality certifications. I think that sometimes in an effort to make sure we aren't hurting anyones feelings or singling anyone out we will dillute down our messages or the meaning of our actions, the message here should be to celebrate and reward advanced/continuing education in all forms.

    !Chris

  • Jul 10

    Just editing because I posted a professors name and was now aware that this was not allowed.

  • Jul 10

    I am starting at GCU on Monday and I've read most of this thread LOL thanks for all of the info!! I have looked all over Facebook and can't find a group for GCU RN to BSN program so I started one. Here's the link for anyone who wants to join, figured it might be a good way to keep this type of info going!
    Log into Facebook | Facebook

  • Jul 10

    Quote from AutumnApple
    Thank you to everyone who are praising me and this article.

    I want to take a moment to stress a very important point: I am not the hero in this story.

    That title is reserved solely for my peers who took it upon themselves to support me even though I probably didn't deserve it.

    They treated me as if I had been a best friend to them the whole time. I learned much about grace, teamwork and being humble by watching their example.

    In order to return to nursing successfully, I needed to change on a professional and personal level. I am confident in saying I could not have done that on my own. They stood up and were my example of how things should be done.
    Yes, they were very gracious. My bet, it probably wasn't a stretch for them to be gracious because for whatever reason that's who they are. Which makes them absolutely amazing but at the same time doesn't minimize your effort.

    The thing is, it takes a special type of courage to recognize yourself as the problem. And fortitiude to turn that train around. You landed on your feet, that's always a victory.

  • Jul 10

    Thank you to everyone who are praising me and this article.

    I want to take a moment to stress a very important point: I am not the hero in this story.

    That title is reserved solely for my peers who took it upon themselves to support me even though I probably didn't deserve it.

    They treated me as if I had been a best friend to them the whole time. I learned much about grace, teamwork and being humble by watching their example.

    In order to return to nursing successfully, I needed to change on a professional and personal level. I am confident in saying I could not have done that on my own. They stood up and were my example of how things should be done.

  • Jul 10

    I am so sorry you had to go through this... I would say you have come out as a very strong character, well worth knowing

  • Jul 5

    Quote from masterdoc
    It sounds like you have conveniently adapted the healthcare administrator mentality. We have plenty of this at my workplace. And this is exactly why RNs are getting burned out so quickly and dislike bedside nursing so much. RNs have the job with all the responsibilities, zero authority and non-existent respect. They are expected to do everybody's job all the time , CNAs job included. Then, and only then, RN would remotely qualify as good team member. I am experiencing and witnessing similar situations every day at my workplace when the RNs have to ask CNAs (extra nicely and politely) to perform their job responsibilities. Forget it, if this is done at the end of the day - CNAs are charting and not taking patient calls anymore - they want to go home on time. Meanwhile, RNs are doing their job, while leaving two hours after their shift is over...Hey, there should be a reason all those CNAs called Nurse Assistants. Certainly, RNs will be happy help CNAs with their patient care tasks if they have time to do so. Usually this is not the case with an impossible workload RNs have nowadays.
    Agree.

    Administration that is willfully detached and frankly......too often......out of their league....has lead to a very 'the Indians run the camp' phenomenon on many units. I have seen too often where ancillary staff expect to be accommodated at every turn. If they don't receive the accommodations they fell they are entitled too.....usually blatant non compliance follows.......with a heavy dose of "I can find another job that pays this much in a day. So fire me if you don't like it."

    And there in lies the problem. Their assertion that they can do just as well elsewhere is true. No reason for them to concern themselves with whether you or the boss likes their attitude or not.

    Healthcare is profit driven. Its too costly to fire every CNA with attitude and replace them. Much more profitable to give low wages, let them linger long after they become problematic and pretend to be unaware. Truth is, their Co workers suffer not the admin so.......

    Then the problem becomes ours.

    Many won't like this but my humble time at the bedside has taught me one thing: There is only one way to deal with this. That is to go above and beyond as a leader and motivate these individuals. We must exude charm, confidence, charisma and sense of purpose.

    I understand we shouldn't be asked to do so much and its administrations job. But, if you wait for them to deal with it.......well, expect to be burned out very quickly.

    I find nurses facing this problem often know all this but don't feel up to the task, so they avoid doing what is needed of them and.......the problem beats them.

    I will end with this: Everyone knows that nurse that even the lazy/unhappy CNAs are willing to help.

    Become that nurse.

  • Jul 2

    Any of your nurses work for Virginia Mason? What are your thoughts? I've heard about their sterilization issues in the past but I am not a nurse so most of it was just hearsay. The article mentions 18 patients who died from contaminated medical scopes in the last few years. And another 650 people who've been notified that they may not have been properly checked for Hep B. So scary! I have no doubt they will get their protocols in line (and pass the next inspection) but hopefully no more patients are found to have diseases related to their mistakes.
    Link here:

    Virginia Mason is denied full accreditation after lapses | The Seattle Times
    PS
    Apologies for any formatting issues; I originally tried posting an article but I wasn't sure how to fluff up both a Summary and Content area.

  • Jul 2

    Quote from smusher83
    I need advice from someone that has gone through the NRS-441V Professional Research Project. I need to know what the most difficult week or part of this class is. At the beginning of August my family and I will be moving from Hawaii to California. This process has been stressful so far getting everything arranged, and I am worried that when the moving process of packing our house and traveling will be to much with school.

    I am scheduled to start this class on July 18th or I can take a 2 week break and begin on August 1st. So I will either be very short on time and resources during the first two weeks of the class or during the 3rd and 4th weeks. Which ones are the easier weeks? Are there any "easy weeks"? Please give me any and all advice that you have!!! Thank you all so much!
    The best way to help yourself is to have your PICOT ready NOW! And start gathering the 15 peer reviewed articles (8 must be research based) Dont be afraid to ask the librarians for help!!

    Busiest weeks??? Guess it depends on the person. if you have a PICOT that you are really into, this can be one of the easier courses (But still a lot of work)

    Week 1 I believe you have 3 things to turn in.... rapid appraisal on your 15 articles... the most consuming thing of week #1

    Week 2..Short paper and then the main reviewing of the 15 articles.....See why it is important to have those 15 articles NOW!!!

    Week 3 Believe only 1 paper to hand in

    Week 4 2 items to hand in..but a bit more work to do as it may involve making a PowerpPoint..making handouts..Questionairres

    Week 5...Tying it all together......Not quite just copy/paste as you have to make it "sound nice" as some of the stuff has been repeated.....Just prettying it up, but can still take some time.... and you have to get a peer to review the completed paper

    That is how I recall it! I would say the 1st two weeks are somewhat the busiest weeks....many waste time and dont have their PICOT rdy, nor their 15 articles (that are recent, I think the magic # was 5 yrs old) Week 4 could be busy as well as you had the paper, and extra stuff..such as making a PowerPoint..handouts, whatever you wanted to do (you will see when the time comes) Mine was 39 pages (Including the ref page) Plus a PowerPoint and a handout & Questionaire. I highly recommend RefWorks (free download from Library) to help organize the articles! I had never used it prior to capstone..very handy! Many places allow you to EXPORT the info right into RefWorks

    Best advice...Find your PICOT NOW (and something you enjoy).....Pick a topic that has plenty of resources.....Ask the Librarians for help (Email worked best for me)......On Week 2, it gives an example of the format to use for the appraisal, could probably use the same format for week 1's rapid appraisal.....I asked the prof right away if my PICOT was a good 1....why waste time if the Prof thinks it sucks,lol You can Google what makes a strong PICOT.....Save you work in multiple places and often!! In week 5 there is an example of a completed Capstone project and how to put it together.

    It is a lot of work, but if you write on a topic you enjoy, it is actually a lot LESS painless then some of the previous papers that you had no interest in,lol Enjoy....

  • Jun 30

    "What class is this for"

    It is for NRS-440V | Current Trends in Nursing Practice. I received some feedback from people I sent my presentation to a total of 5 people but only 3 have given me feedback so far, and it was fairly limited. Most of it was along the lines of "good job" "I didn't know that" and so on. The final paper is due today, so I am just focusing on the fact that most of them did not know about the named organizations or initiatives, and the need for further education related to them so that more nurses are aware.

  • Jun 30

    "What class is this for"

    It is for NRS-440V | Current Trends in Nursing Practice. I received some feedback from people I sent my presentation to a total of 5 people but only 3 have given me feedback so far, and it was fairly limited. Most of it was along the lines of "good job" "I didn't know that" and so on. The final paper is due today, so I am just focusing on the fact that most of them did not know about the named organizations or initiatives, and the need for further education related to them so that more nurses are aware.

  • Jun 26

    Quote from priya2k17
    Hi
    im starting rn to bsn at gcu any advice?
    I should go and fix the grammatical errors..but I'm too lazy,lol

    1) You found allnurses, so already ahead of the game.....search for GCU facebook pages, or start your own! I started my own and in the first few classes, I asked the prof if I could post about the group..for studying purposes! 1 can be a bit more open in a secret FB group..no cheating takes place I can assure you that..not throwing $$$$ out the window, but one can get help a bit quicker

    2) Do the 2 Discussion questions (DQs) as early as possible! I didn't find them difficult to do, but was nice to get them out of the way ASAP. I always used References, which you should if it is not ur own work! Most profs required them, some did not care,lol I was not a big fan of DQs..as the majority of the time it was just--great post..u are soo right..blah blah blah...but play the game,lol

    3) PERRLA!! APA PERRLA software helps students properly format papers in APA style and create citations and references - PERRLA.com a must!! Well worth the $30!! It sets your page up, does ur citations and now with the latest release it save everything up in the cloud!! so every single resource you have used, is at your fingertips! Keep in mind, you can still screw up with PERRLA..as you have to choose the correct source, but you figure that out pretty easily....and their customer support is awesome..any issues, not sure..just email them!! I do all my work, even the DQs using PERRLA, as you need to cite the work. And another reason for using PERRLA, it automatically opens up MS Word, which you do ur DQ on (then copy/paste to the forum) it spells check, so you sound intelligent, AND it saves ur work! I started off just answering right on the forum..and somehow I pushed a button, and my response was gone..so start over again! Doing it on MS word, solved that!

    4) SAVE your work in multiple places. Save it on a thumb drive, up in the cloud..but in multiple places!! My computer crashed and I learned the hard way,luckily did not hurt me to much!!

    5) School has many resources on APA format..Powerpoint.....Learning Resources | Grand Canyon University I have heard thinkingstorm is good. Learning Resources | Grand Canyon University Library | Grand Canyon University

    6) Don't be afraid to use the Librarians for research help! There are tutorials on how to search. Posted 1 above, but there are man y others in the Library. I found emailing the librarians got better results..as they showed you step by step on how to search! I would take time and go over the many tutorials on how to conduct a search....as finding good info plays a large part in the success of the paper. Library | Grand Canyon University CINAHL is a very good data base, the last link I posted, scroll down and go over the video Also Webinar you can sign up for: http://www.gcu.edu/Student-Affairs/L...ar-Sign-Up.php So 1 has plenty of resources at your finger tips.

    7) 1 of the biggest frustrations of the program is group work (CLC projects) The work itself is usually not that difficult, and with a good team, can actually be much easier than do a paper on ur own! But guess what..they always seem to throw in a SLACKER!! This is the person that will cause u grief!! They won't join the color forum (ur group forum) right away...or they do not acknowledge anything right away....a real pain in the butt!! Or 1 has the other slacker where their work is sub par...they plagiarize..they consider copy/pasting right from the article good enough......or they are argumentative...and some just don't do anything. You would think, everyone is an adult, does not want to throw $$$$ out the window, they would care....think again!! These slackers are experts at being slackers and they know most in the group care..thus they can slack off and the rest will pick up the slack! So what does 1 do? You have to make up a contract agreement..fairly easy to do, if you do a google search you can find examples of them.....1 wants to make it fairly solid on what is expected of the group and what is the outcome if people do not live up to those expectations! I was fortunate, and never really had to escalate anything, but I know in 1 instance, 1 group had an issue with 1 student, and the profs response was.."well what does your contract state happens in this instance?" Well other pros will take charge and deal with that student. Keep ALL communications in the color (group) forum! Profs can view these forums (so watch what u say,lol) but they can see who is contributing and who is not! I liked to take charge..one is that I have more time than most, so I try to be a team player....and if you don't take charge, it seems nothing gets going! Seems in most cases, no 1 wants to lead, they prefer to sit back and be somewhat told what to do..or just someone to get the ball rolling!! As soon as that color forum was open..I was introducing myself..copy/pasted the assignment into the forum..and asked who wanted to do what! I found 1 had to be fairly specific in taskings to save confusion and people doing the same work as others. Another important area is the PROOF READER!! As mentioned some people plagiarize a lot, and do substandard work! And as far as I know, it is a group mark, so if its a crappy presentation, your work may be great, but if the others suck, well, your mark will suck too! I do believe some profs did mark individually, but not sure..I was fortunate my groups were pretty decent..or my profs were very fair graders! Most of the group presentations are PowerPoint presentations! GCU has an example of a Powerpoint presentation—I eventually included that in the group forum, as many people do not know how to properly use PPT! Especially putting info on the actual slides..less is better!
    Make sure you give deadlines on when things are to be completed---it is all on the contract! And give oneself plenty of time to make corrections! If it has to be handed in Sunday, don’t make everyone part due Saturday, as you are not leaving enough time for corrections! I tried to have everyone part completed by the Tuesday prior..knowing very well that someone would not be done by Wed or Thursday!! If you get a good group, life is good!! And pretty much every class has a group project! I usually made up the CLC agreement, and kept using it for every class with a few minor changes!
    8) Look over the weeks syllabus right away and see if you have any questions! Some profs are great at answering questions right away..some, not so much! Had 1 prof state, the weekend is not the time to be asking me questions,lol. Ensure you read over the ANNOUNCEMENT section, as some profs lay out a great deal of info there..some not so much!
    9) Of course look over the instructions for the paper..BUT also look at the RUBRIC!! The profs mark according to the RUBRIC…and sometimes not all the necessary requirements are in the instructions, but they are in the RUBRIC!! What I did was copy/paste the instructions onto a MS word document, as well as the Rubric!
    10) Most papers have to be submitted to “Turnitin” to check for plagiarism….You can submit it as many times as you wish (just do not submit it to “final submission) to see what your score is..it has to be below 20%. Normally you get the results back in a matter of minutes (keep refreshing the screen) but the busier it gets..the longer it takes..so if its nearly midnight in Phoenix, there may be a lot of others using the service and it may take awhile to get the score back…..thus do not wait until the last minute!
    11) My routine! 1st thing I did was do the DQs….I copied/pasted the DQ question into its own MS word (PERRLA) page. Then did the same for the paper assignment, ensuring I also copied/pasted the RUBRIC. Thus I knew right away what the weeks requirements were, and there were no suprises come Sunday! Some weeks you may have 2 projects due on Sunday! Such as a paper, 2 papers..or a paper and the group project!
    12) 1 item if the prof has not mentioned in the announcement section is paper word length! Some profs don’t care…write as much as you want (just don’t be under)…..some profs are strict on the word length..so why not ask right off the bat—but do look in the announcement forum first! So many times people asked questions..and the prof had already laid out the requirements in the announcement section!
    13) If you understand APA format, you are ahead of the game. One can buy the book, but a good resource (besides the school) is https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ Even an example paper https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/18/
    14) I had more time than most, and wrote my papers on Sundays, but if you do a bit each day, it is not so bad. I tried to do the DQS right away and usually handed them both in on Monday! Regarding the responses….some profs are strict to the 2 posts a day for 3 days of the week! So if you’re going to reply to 1 student, make sure you reply to a 2nd to get credit! Other profs don’t care and as long as you had at least 6 responses, you were fine! I always just made sure I posted twice! Some profs utilized the yellow ribbon, acknowledging it was a valid response, which is nice..as you know it counted..while others only did that on Sunday (or late in the week) and some never used it—so you had no clue, until you saw ur score! In those cases, I made sure I replied a bit more,lol
    15) Good luck, it can be a very busy program, just do your best to stay ahead and ask questions. And take a break if you need one. Be aware there are differences on how many breaks 1 can take if you’re paying out of pocket or using student loans! Bit more restrictive if you have loans!

  • Jun 26

    I decided to go with pharmacological vs. non-pharmacological management of chronic pain

  • Jun 26

    When I actually start in august and get billed I'll try to update you tokmom!


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