Latest Comments by tokmom

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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: 8,493

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    Many contracts are being renegotiated this year.
    Last I heard Swedish is the highest paying hospital.

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    Yep, cascade or lifetek are good

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    Quote from BenjaminsMom
    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
    Good luck to you! I hope your FB works. I think having support is crucial, especially when you want to quit, lol.

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    Flames9_RN likes this.

    Quote from howlee
    I am currently a student at GCU and starting my 3rd class. The last few months have been extremely rough. The amount of articles and chapters in the book to read is over whelming with a paper due almost every week. Two group project were terrible with me spending my weekend doing the work for others who did not participate. The discussion questions are very involved and ask multiple question. My post are not Substantive when they are several sentences long (with comments and questions) but students with a short two line note of agreement get a medal. Each teacher wants something different. Are all programs like this? I'm not sure I should keep going! Does it get any better?
    There seems to be a steep learning curve for some through the 3rd class. After that, a person seems to find their sweet spot and be ok.
    As for all that reading? I didn't read every last word. Skim and focus when needed.
    Don't over think those DQ. Don't write a book. I could answer many of those in a paragraph.
    Are you getting full points and contributing appropriately? If the answer is yes, then you are good.

    The group is a killer. You will consistently get those that don't have a freaking clue, and others that are strong. I signed up and took the lead, because I'm OCD like that, as was a friend.

    Is there someone you can buddy up with? I found someone here on AN and we went through the program together. She is from Ill. and I'm from WA, but we made it work. It also took a lot of the pressure off in group assignments, because we had each other.

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    Flames9_RN likes this.

    Flames said it beautifully! Pick a topic you like and your articles before the class starts. I didn't take the class until April (?) and I had my topic and articles in December. I printed them out and then put colored dots on them to show Qual, Quant and general articles. I also highlighted important parts I wanted to mention. By the time April came around, I was very familiar with them.

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    I work with Franciscan-CHI, in one of the 8 hospitals. The south sound is pretty much dominated by either Multicare or Franciscan. You have a choice of St. Joseph in Tacoma, St. Claire in Lakewood, St Anthony in Gig Harbor, St. Francis in Federal Way, Harrison in Bremerton or Highline in Burien, and lastly St. Elizabeth in Enumclaw.

    Other Tacoma area hospitals are Madigan. If you want a bit of a commute, you also have St. Peters in Olympia. St. Peter is NOT Franciscan.

    Multicare: Good Samaritan, Auburn Regional, Tacoma General, Mary Bridge (peds).

    FHS hospitals do not require a BSN, but it will help get you in the door. They also have residencies though I do not know when they are.

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    Quote from SpelaD
    I am starting my Capstone TODAY! How did you guys come up with a topic? I am really struggling with it and hate losing time not knowing what to write about. Worse comes to worse, I will just focus on hourly rounding, but I was just curious if any of you had a better idea.
    I too wrote what was interesting to me. At first I was going to do HF in the community setting, but when I took spirituality, I wrote a paper about my burn out and compassion fatigue. Ironically, that was my best paper because it was something I could relate too. Even the professor who was a hard a$$ commented it was the best he had read. I was so interested in that topic that I decided to learn more, hence my capstone.

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    HazelLPN, elkpark, and LadyFree28 like this.

    Someone mentioned unionized hospitals having the same contract language. That is not necessarily true. You can always check your union website and look at other contracts. You most likely will find similar language throughout, but for the most part, your contract is individualized to your hospital.
    What nurses need to realize is your union works for you. My union seems to understand that, and we have pushed our agenda on the table even though the union didn't fully back it.

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    HazelLPN, joanna73, elkpark, and 2 others like this.

    Before you blame the union, remember that management is the one that also drives the contract as well as your FELLOW NURSES. Yep, that is right. If you don't like what your contract says, then get on the negotiation team and change it.

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    buffalo2122 and Flames9_RN like this.

    Quote from mrphil79
    When I hear Grand Canyon University, I automatically think "EXPENSIVE!"

    I have a BS in psych from a small state school that offered an online program.
    I have a friend who was working toward a psych degree at GCU at the same time.
    I paid around $180 a credit for my degree.
    She paid almost $480 a credit.

    Was her degree worth almost $40,000 more than mine?
    Not by a long shot.

    I really don't get why people look at these phenomenally expensive schools and get drawn in and ignore the price - when there are SO MANY schools that have an accredited RN-BSN for around $200 a credit:
    Fort Hays State University - $194 per credit.
    Minot State University - $211 per credit.
    Western Governors - about $3000 for as many classes as you can cram in in 6 months.
    GCU - $470 per credit.

    GCU wouldn't even crack the top 25 of schools I would want to even look at - based on their insane tuition alone.
    I didn't even pay close to that with tuition reimbursement, and grants. I echo what Flames said. This program worked for me. I wanted an online Christian school with an actual ground campus. My choice.
    I'm glad you are happy with your results, just as much as I am with mine.

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    Quote from lillian08
    Hi gcu alum and students,
    I'm in community/ public health now and trying to figure out this clc. We are supposed to do a functional health assessment on a community of interest. With 4 group members in different states, how the hec do we approach this? It's due in a week and I'm having anxiety because no one in my group has started even thinking about the assignment. Ugh. Do we pick a general community- like a south Asian or Hispanic immigrant community or a community where a particular religious sect lives in? Any suggestions? Am I going in the right direction ? I don't even know how to divide the work since it's all about the particular community we choose and everyone is in a different place. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks !
    You come to an agreement of where that city is. I befriended someone here and we went through GCU together. She is from the Windy City, I'm from the west coast, and the 2 others in our CLC happened to be from NYC. We went with their chosen city from NY. Thankfully, you can glean most anything from the internet. We did have to make some phone calls and Google was our friend.

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    I did try, but my internet connection is such that searching usually times out. But thanks.

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    Call me crazy, but I'm kicking around obtaining a MSN. I have a few questions of there is anyone around here that is in the program.

    I'm wondering on approximate cost, time and what the classes look like.

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    smusher83 likes this.

    Quote from smusher83
    I just signed up for a 2 week break between classes. Planning a move from Hawaii to the mainland and I just don't have the time and energy for both school and all the headaches of moving across an ocean. So sad I have to push finishing farther away
    You'll get there soon! I wouldn't want to deal with a move and school either.

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    llg, NotAllWhoWandeRN, NightNerd, and 3 others like this.

    There is power in numbers. If everyone goes to the HN and you get no results, go to HR. Starting completing incident reports for her behavior. They will have to pay attention if you start a legal paper trail.