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  1. RN*mommy

    NICU telephonic UR/CM with UHG

    How did your interview go? Was it just with HR or with the hiring manager? I've interviewed for a few positions with UHG and didn't find their interviews to be too difficult or scary.
  2. RN*mommy


    I'm in the exact same boat as you, well actually you have more experience than I do in some ways. I've been a nurse for over 12 years as well. I started out in a peds clinic, then moved to a postpartum unit where I was cross-trained into the Special Care Nursery. I did pool home visiting during that time as well, again with peds. I then moved into a level III NICU. During this time I also obtained my BSN and then MSN degrees. Now, with my educational goals complete, I set my eyes on Case Management to ride out the rest of my career doing. I have had a few interviews with no results. I feel as though I'm in a catch-22 of sorts. Not qualified for the CM jobs that relate to my background, and not qualified for the CM jobs that would be considered more "entry-level" since I've not really worked with adults, outside of new mothers, since nursing school. Sadly, my state doesn't appear to have any nearby inpatient CMs requiring my background (or they're all filled so I never see any). I'm thinking my reply isn't very helpful to you except I'd tell you to keep trying and look towards every interview as a learning moment. When answering questions, use the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to answer them (helpful advice I received from another poster on here). Hope that helps a little!
  3. RN*mommy

    Aetna Case Management

    Perhaps applying for a license in a compact state would help? I'm not entirely sure how that works though. I know there is a buzz around that New York and Illinois are currently in legislation to join the compact. I think New York is kind of a big deal. I've seen many states that aren't in the compact looking for Case Managers, Texas and California come to mind. Look at where a majority of their positions are for and figure it out from there? Only Aetna can truly answer your question, but I think a good place to start would be gaining licensure in a state already in the compact.
  4. Hi, I think I can offer some insight. I recently interviewed with both HR and the hiring manager for a different positron. Sadly, I wasn't offered the position but the experience with interviewing with UHG was helpful. I didn't have the virtual interview, but the HR phone interview was very informal. It took less than 30 minutes and that was because she was about 10 minutes late calling me (which she did apologize for). My thought is the HR people schedule these interviews on the 30 minutes, so if a call runs long or there is an issue, it can quickly put them behind schedule. It is the HR person's responsibility to discuss wages and benefits of the position so if a job offer is forthcoming, you have the info needed to either accept or decline the job. I have a feeling the HR is trying to streamline the process. Let you see the benefits up front so they don't have to go through them all but rather answer any questions you might have. I think you'll still have an interview with a hiring manager and that is usually all the position specifics. From a friend who works there I was told that once the hiring manager makes their decision, the HR person calls to make the job offer. Of course, every position is different and so is the process used, but I have a feeling giving you the employee benefits info is a way to streamline the process. Best of luck to you! It's a tough company to get an interview with (from my experience). Please keep us posted how things go.
  5. RN*mommy

    How best to get a foot in the door for CM?

    Thank you StayatHomeNurse. Those are all very doable tasks I can work on while job hunting as well. I will definitely work on them. The wonderful thing is I have free access to a lot of CEU thanks to my college so I'll definitely start joining some of the online learning opportunities that apply. Face palm for not thinking of that myself. Funny enough I actually did take a course on UR before my case manager interview because I had little to no knowledge on utilization review. Thank you again for your helpful tips. I really appreciate it and will research this weekend since it's a holiday and there won't be new job postings to go through.
  6. RN*mommy

    How best to get a foot in the door for CM?

    Thank you MBARNBSN. I think appreciate the insight you have given me as well as the direction. I appreciate the help.
  7. RN*mommy


    I finished my MSN in education in February. It was a wonderful experience. Lots of hard-work and dedication on my part. I'm not currently teaching or interested in doing so. I wanted my MSN and figured the teaching track was more on level for me as a possible job to do closer to retirement. If you are interested in teaching, I'd look at the universities and colleges near you to see what type of degree they are searching for. I did do that and it's an even mix. The tech schools and lesser known colleges around me will take a nurse with a MSN, but many online universities want terminal degrees. Same with colleges that offer MSN programs around here, they want the terminal degree. I'm not ready to go back for my DNP, but maybe someday. For now I'm just happy finally having a graduate degree. Best of luck to you!
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    Graduation rate

    Txredapple hit the nail on the head. I didn't find WGU that difficult to do as long as I stayed on task. The minute I skewed from my study regimen the tougher time I had getting back on task. The role of the mentor helped because I had to own up to being busy or just not "on the job", which I wanted to avoid. All in all it was a good experience and I received my BSN and MSN with them.
  9. My student mentor didn't even know about the change so she kept telling me to wait for the email to schedule my over the phone oral. I finally contacted my capstone mentor who laid it all out for me. 😅
  10. You're doing great! I finally wrapped up my MSN in February and what a load off my mind! The oral was crazy funny. They don't do the phone calls anymore but instead you download some software and have to do a power point and talk while being recorded. I felt so dumb. I did 2 takes and sent it in without watching it because I didn't want to see myself on camera 😲. Keep up the good work and if you hit any road blocks, schedule a meeting with your capstone mentor. Mine was unbelievable and got me thru.
  11. Hello, I've read through these forums at great length, so I do apologize if my question is redundant, but I've not seen much info on how to get started in case management. I'm a nurse with 13 years experience. I also have my BSN and MSN. I have worked mainly work peds and neonates with experience in clinic, hospital and home care. I was often times pool or PRN due to family constraints (my husband is a firefighter so the weekend commitments were tough with our kids and daycare). Regardless of being PRN, I often worked close to a 0.5 FTE and I did work weekends when he was off. All that said, I'm finding it difficult getting interviews for CM positions. I found the "perfect" job working as a NICU CM, interviewed and was passed over for nurses with more CM/UR experience. I understand that. Many of these insurance companies are recruiting beyond my area and have a host of well qualified applicants. I'm just wondering how I can get the experience if no one will hire me? My background is pretty specific, but I'm applying for any jobs with a high ambition to learn the ropes. I've looked at companies close to home, but they all seem to want that 3+ years of CM experience as well. I guess I'm just feeling deflated at this point. I've read suggestions about gaining experience working in hospice, but I have to be honest that's not something that I feel capable of doing since losing my mom at a young age. Plus the oncall requirements get tough with my kids and a husband who isn't around very much. Ugh. I feel like all I have are excuses, but my life circumstances really do make things difficult. Thanks for any advice.
  12. RN*mommy

    LVN Telephonic Service Coordinator

    Should mention the link to the online chat is found on their careers page.
  13. RN*mommy

    LVN Telephonic Service Coordinator

    Hi, I don't work for UHG but I'm interested in them as well. I've been applying for jobs with them for over 8 years now and had my first interview a few weeks ago. Sadly, I wasn't offered the job. One thing I can recommend is every Wednesday from 10a-noon CST time they have an online ask-a-recruiter session you can log onto and speak with a HR recruiter. They should be able to answer all the questions you have. I hope that helps and good luck!
  14. RN*mommy

    Contracted work with Medicaid

    I just happened across your thread. I know it is from April but I was curious how the position panned out for you and if it is a job they're recruiting for in different areas. Thanks!
  15. RN*mommy

    United Healthcare Telephonic Case Management

    Keep applying, but perhaps tweak your resume to really highlight your experience. Write a good cover letter that also highlights your past experience as a case manager and your telephonic skills. Do you have your BSN? I'm pretty sure if you don't, your application automatically gets kicked. Lastly, look on their website and try to get into one of their chat with a recruiter sessions. I can't remember when they are, but I'm sure it is on their website. Remember they are dealing with applicants across the USA, so they can be choosy. The more you can do to put your name out there with them, the more it can help. I don't work for them, but recently applied for and was interviewed for a similar position. I felt things went wonderfully, had a great interview with the hiring manager. Then received the thanks, but no thanks email. I've been applying off and on for 8 years with them and this was the first time I received an interview! I attribute it to the fact I recently got my MSN (but I don't know that for a fact). Best of luck. From what I've read it's a great company to work for, so if you get an interview you need to really shine.
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    Nursing Fear

    I've lost a few babies working in the NICU but peds is a scary new ball game. A dear friend of mine works in ped palliative care at our local children's hospital as an APN. At first I thought she was crazy. Now I think she's one of the strongest women I know. I'm actually beginning work on my thesis for my MSN and she's my inspiration. I've decided to focus on nursing perspectives of pediatric palliative and end-of-life care. My plan, when I reach this point, is to post a survey here on allnurses and get peds nurses thoughts, feelings and such. I hope you'll all help me out! I'm really excited about this project because I was always scared of death and dying in any capacity and peds....well that scared me the most, especially as a mother myself. However my perception is changing and though it still tugs at my heart, I slowly starting to see where hospice and palliative care can really benefit the child and the family.