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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: 4,640 (61% Liked) Likes: 8,571

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    smf0903 and AJJKRN like this.

    My certification was up for the five year renewal and of course I drew the short stick and was audited, lol.
    I learned some important things I wanted to pass along to those that maybe audited by MSNCB.

    1) keep your tracker current on MSNCB. You have to prove what is on the tracker.

    2) keep as many ceu as you can through AMSN. one is allowed 30 a year. You don't have to submit them as they automatically count.

    3) if you are claiming schooling, keep an official copy of your transcript at the ready.They will ask for it.

    4) if you have outside ceu, take the time to scan and upload. When MSNCB asks for them, you have them ready to go.

    5) You get approximately 2 weeks to pull this information together.

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    I studied for 3 months, however I took a 16 week study course that was very good.
    I took the CMSRN which I hear is more med/surg compared to the ANCC which supposedly dabbles more in ethics.
    My books came from the AMSN website.
    Good luck!

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    Check out SEIU1199NW and WSNA, UFCW websites. Contracts are listed.

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    As for rigorous, I had two coworkers go through WGU and their capstone was 5-6 pages long and they complained!! Our weekly papers were 5-6 and capstone 36 pages!

    Another co-worker went to a state university and they didn't have to submit their papers to ANY plagiarism website. Not-a-one. That totally blew me away. Talk about free rein to copy and paste.

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    No surprise. It is like any other BSN program. Why would it not be accepted in CRNA school? GCU has a pre-med program that is offered on campus.

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    nursel56 and sevensonnets like this.

    Quote from Hancock330
    In some places, state regulations REQUIRE employers of RNs and LPNs to put their status in letters an inch high on their name tags. This can be VERY helpful to rational patients. Those with dementia probably won't know but everyone else will be able to tell. Even folks who don't have their glasses on will be able to tell if "this person is a nurse" when the person gets close to the patient.
    Except our badges flip over...all the time...UGH.

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    Quote from Anonymous865
    From a purely patient perspective - I miss the days where nurses wore white uniforms and a cap. A patient knew immediately who was a nurse. They knew from the cap whether the person was an RN or an LPN. If you were knowledgeable, you could even tell where they went to school just from their cap.

    Now the patient has no idea whether the person who just came into their room wearing scrubs is a Dr, nurse, CNA, housekeeping, dietary, transporter, phlebotomist, student, etc. That white uniform and cap proclaimed that the person wearing it was a trained, licensed, medical professional.
    How did the patient know the school and degree? I've been a nurse forever, and I couldn't tell you that!
    Does/Did the RN have more or less stripes?

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    Quote from NurseCard
    There is another Med Surge certification that is awarded by the ANCC. I know of
    nurses that have gotten this certification and would have RN-BC on their badges.
    It's different from the CMSRN. I don't know which certification is the "bigger deal".

    There's also PALS, if your Med Surge floor ever has pediatrics.
    Neither one is better than the other. It wouldn't be cost effective to have both because they are way too similar. I'm not even sure you can sit for both. I was told I had to choose.


    OP, I'm in the same boat, I'm looking for another challenge and want to be certified in another field.
    ACLS is always good, IMO to have. It teaches you more than just basic BLS and I think all nurses should have it. Ditto with PALS if you do peds. We have PEARS which I think is useless.
    The downside of both is you don't get certified or extra pay.

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    Are the hospitals that are decreasing pay, non union hospitals? I only have taken a decrease once but that was years ago. I've been with my new facility for almost 8 years and have only gone up the scale every year.

    OP..yes, the housing market in the Seattle area is insane and typical wages don't keep up with housing prices. I know a gal that lives in an 800 foot apartment and pays close to 2k a month. That is crazy!
    I know teachers complain of the same thing.

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    Congrats! Feels good to be done, doesn't it?

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    Almost done!

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    Quote from tyvin
    It's not just nurses, it's everyone. Social workers, PT, OT, counselors, psychologists...everyone who looks like they deal with people.
    Yep, I knew that. Sucks for everyone.

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    Not that I know of, but I'm curious if someone has.

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    I don't think Auburn is a great place, but that's my opinion. I just heard over half are travelers.

    St. Anthony in Gig Harbor does dialysis, so I'm assuming they have a neph floor. I know FHS continually hires in the larger, Tacoma hospitals. Our floor is always short, and we are hiring at this time. We don't do neph though. If you want more information pm me.

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    You are correct verene. No Kaiser that I can think of in South King or Pierce anyway. I'd think they'd have a rough time getting a certificate of need for South King and Pierce county. The area is saturated with hospitals. I'd think they would have to buy out someone, but not sure who.


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