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Caribbean_cruzin has 13 years experience.

I was a "late bloomer", waiting until my children were in junior high and high school before I started school. I graduated when I was 41. I've been an RN for 13 yrs now. I started off on a med-surg unit and was injured early on causing me to have surgery, an AFS C5-7. I spent some time working in a clinic as a coordinator, then for a company that processed Medicare claims. For the last 5 years, I have been working in the Quality Management Dept at a hospital primarily doing abstraction and chart review for Core Measures. I am married to a wonderful man, have 2 biological grown children, 3 stepchildren and 2 grandchildren.

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    WGU BSN-MSN Leadership in California... Any tips?

    Hello! I just started the RN-MSN leadership and management program August 1st. I am also in California. I would recommend you call and speak to an enrollment counselor. They are very helpful, in fact I would recommend the one I had, Whitney McKee. To move quickly through courses, you can review the course material, determine how competent you feel and try the pre-assessment test to give you an idea of areas you might need to focus on. I think your goal of 3 terms (6 months each) is very attainable! I am trying to get through mine in 18 months! Good luck to you!
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    classes one at a time or multiples

    Question for you all who are in the process of your programs. Are you taking one class at a time or doing more than one? Thank you!
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    RN to MSN Leadership &Management

    RNMal227, wow!!! I think this was perfect timing for me, I am getting ready to start August 1st. I am very proud of you! and you should be proud of yourself for sticking with it! You're truly an inspiration!! Susan
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    RN to MSN Leadership and Management August start date

    Well, I hope I won't be the only one in this group!
  5. I am starting this program in August. Has anyone else signed up for the RN-MSN Leadership and Management for August? I wouldn't mind connecting with those that have. I signed up for the Professional Leadership and Communications for Healthcare class on Mondays and Wednesdays starting August 12th 8-10PM MT, 7-9 California time. I am nervous and excited too. I would love to complete the program in 18 months or less if possible!
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    BSN to MSN leadership questions

    Hi. You might check out the RN to MSN Leadership & Management thread! it's current, you might find some answers there!
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    RN to MSN Leadership &Management

    Cool for you! I haven't enrolled yet, I waiting for the approval of my employers reimbursement program through Ed Assist. It's been almost 20 years since I graduated, so I am a little nervous about starting. Your shared experience and information has been helpful!
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    Can New Grad Nurses Work a PRN position?

    The term would be per diem. I would not recommend a new grad working as a per diem nurse and I am surprised that a hospital would hire one. You need that orientation period to get your feet under you as the new grad, working only when needed doesn't seem like a good choice. just my opinion.
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    RN to MSN Leadership &Management

    Curious as to how Statistics is going for you or have you completed it?
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    Nursing Salary Survey 2014

    Geographic location - Sacramento, CA Pay rate - $61.35/hr In which area / specialty do you work? - Quality Management What type of license do you have (RN or LPN)?- RN What type of degree and/or certification do you have? - ASN How many years of experience do you have? - 14 yrs as an RN 6 years in the Quality department Are you full-time, part-time, or casual / per diem / PRN status? - full-time What shift do you work? - day M-F Do you receive any shift differential? - No Are you a manager or supervisor? - not a manager of people but of various programs/projects