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    Long hours/no life

    Thank you for sharing and I understand the stress. I have been working for a small CM company for almost five years. I have about 30 to 40+ cases. When I ask not to get assigned to new patients, I am told that I have the smallest caseload in the company. I work overtime each month, and I am struggling to submit all my documentation before the deadlines. After being in the field all day, documentation would have to take place either late night, early morning or some weekends before patients or insurance adjusters blow up my phone or inbox. I am getting burned out with patients who do not take the initiative to better themselves or their situations. The more they whine, the more is handed to them on a silver platter. There is barely a work-life balance as I feel that I am on call 24/7. The only driver, to be honest, is the generous pay. I sometimes think about returning to the bedside parttime, or perhaps starting an entrepreneurial venture since I am already an independent contractor. I hope to save enough money so I can go for the latter.
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    Nurse Innovators - Meet Deanna Gillingham RN, CCM

    Deanna truly is an innovator by creating ways to help fellow nurses/case managers succeed. Her study guide, online review course and community group have helped me pass my CCM exam. She has also been sincere, supportive and encouraging during our email exchanges. Thanks for featuring her in this article. :)
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    My first night shift... help!

    I understand the anxiety! During my first job as a nurse, I worked the 6a-6p shift for months, and then the next day, I switched to 7p-7a. I had no choice but to force myself to stay up all night so that I could sleep all day before my first night shift, which was difficult. It took a while to adjust, and some nights I had to drink a five-hour energy shot or double fist with coffee and water. It would help to have room-darkening curtains/blinds or wear an eye mask and no noise/distractions. Good luck!
  4. Congratulations! I was also looking into American Sentinel and Chamberlain. Let me know how you like it and I'll keep you posted as well.
  5. I understand what you mean about the application requirements. Congratulations on your new job! I also left the bedside and started CM last year. Some days are challenging, but I'm enjoying it and learning a lot every day.
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    Should I leave this racist town?

    I'm so sorry to hear of your experience. Toxic environments don't change. I honestly would leave and move on. There is a better job(s) with supportive colleagues waiting for you. Stay strong. Good luck!
  7. Hi! I'm still in the middle of my application. I'm just nervous about committing to grad school at this moment because I currently work full-time in CM and I'm finishing my last BSN class. If I get accepted into the Fall 2016 class, I may ask to defer it to next Fall 2017. I would also want to obtain my CCM (Certified Case Manager) designation by early 2017. I keep beating myself up for taking the long route to success! A support group would definitely be encouraging. How is your application process going?
  8. Hello! I, too, am applying for the MSN-Case Management program at The University of Alabama, and I hope to start next Fall 2016. I work full time, so I plan to take online classes part time. Even though I don't have kids, having a work-life balance is important. I get sick if I have too much on my plate or if I'm overly stressed. Other MSN programs that I've been eying are at Loyola University of New Orleans and Seton Hall University. Alabama's lower tuition is a huge convincing factor, but I like how Loyola's courses are taken one at a time every six weeks. We're pretty much neighbors as I live in Virginia Beach! Let me know if you decide to go to Alabama!