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Question for my Chamberlain RN-BSN peeps ...

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Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 12 years experience.

So far I've only been taking one course at a time towards my BSN, but I'm thinking that I need to double up on something in the next couple of sessions -- I want to finish before July 2010. I'm looking at doing a forensic nursing certificate through a local university (http://chhs.gmu.edu/nursing/grad-cert-forensic), and they're taking applications now for a Fall 2010 cohort that starts the last week of August. At my current speed, I'll be finishing my BSN at that exact same time. The only problem is that for the forensic program, you either have to have a BSN, or be an RN with an ADN and a BS in another area, so I'd like to finish my BSN with a little bit of a cushion! I'm not even sure if they'll let me apply for that session without already having finished, but I'll call them to ask about that.

The point of my long-winded blah-blah is that I'm looking for recommendations on which two courses I should take together, bearing in mind that I work three 12's a week and am a volunteer paramedic another day each week, and I'm looking to not totally drown myself with school work. I'm in week two of Community Health Nursing, but I have the following classes remaining:

NR446 -- Collaborative Healthcare

NR448 -- Information Systems for Healthcare

NR449 -- Evidence-Based Practice

NR450 -- Capstone

For those of you who have taken any of those, any thoughts on which two would go together with the least amount of pain? I've heard that Collaborative Healthcare is a "lighter" course, assignment-wise. Any input is appreciated! Thanks.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 12 years experience.

I think I've answered my own question. LOL! By process of elimination, the only two I can take together are Collaborative Healthcare and Information Systems for Healthcare, because the capstone requires that you be done with all the nursing courses, and Evidence-Based Practice lists Information Systems for Healthcare as a pre-req. So it looks like I'll be taking Collaborative Healthcare and Information Systems for Healthcare together next session ... ugh. At least it'll be cold out and I'll want to be holed up inside on my computer! Ha ha.

WyndDrivenRain, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych, Chem Dependency, Occ. Health. Has 8 years experience.

I did information systems last semester and it isn't so bad. It is research/EBP based and you spend most of your time searching Medline, CINAHL and google scholar. There are three papers, two of them are 1-2 pages only, technical writing on your searches and the last one is a literature search 7-8 pages but you search for and talk about 6+ articles so that eats up lots of pages in the paper. If you get into it and need any help let me know, I will have finished collaborative and evidenced based nursing by that time so I should know what they entail too.

Sue, RN

Good luck Lunah, I've just gotten started, and am loving taking 1 course per session... but I may get anxious to get it done at some point, and start doubling up also. I work 530am to 2-3pm 5 days a week, so one class is really plenty for now. Let us know how your combinations pair up!

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 12 years experience.

Thanks, peeps. :D I'll keep you posted!

Sue, I'm taking Information Systems for Healthcare right now. This is week 6 and I'm working on my literature search paper due week 7. I wish I had some idea of what the layout should be. I have printed the Rubic and directions. So far I've done pretty well on the "mini" papers. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I did information systems last semester and it isn't so bad. It is research/EBP based and you spend most of your time searching Medline, CINAHL and google scholar. There are three papers, two of them are 1-2 pages only, technical writing on your searches and the last one is a literature search 7-8 pages but you search for and talk about 6+ articles so that eats up lots of pages in the paper. If you get into it and need any help let me know, I will have finished collaborative and evidenced based nursing by that time so I should know what they entail too.

Sue, RN

I am taking one course per session, too. So far so good. Ths is my 3rd session. They go by so fast.

Good luck Lunah, I've just gotten started, and am loving taking 1 course per session... but I may get anxious to get it done at some point, and start doubling up also. I work 530am to 2-3pm 5 days a week, so one class is really plenty for now. Let us know how your combinations pair up!

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I did information systems last semester and it isn't so bad. It is research/EBP based and you spend most of your time searching Medline, CINAHL and google scholar. There are three papers, two of them are 1-2 pages only, technical writing on your searches and the last one is a literature search 7-8 pages but you search for and talk about 6+ articles so that eats up lots of pages in the paper. If you get into it and need any help let me know, I will have finished collaborative and evidenced based nursing by that time so I should know what they entail too.

Sue,
RN

Hi I wanted to know how Coll and EBN were?? I have to take them in January. Then ECON 312 and NR450 finished.

ANy info on the amount of assignments(papers) for Coll and EBN would be nice. Do you know anything about ECON 312???

Thanks I was just wondering how many papers for those classes.

Did you enjoy them???

Thank you Juie

Lunah I have seen many of your post on this site you left a lot of good post helping me through Excelsior I am know finishing up my BSN with chamberlain I have been taking three classes at a time so I can apply to the FNP program by summer of fall 2010. I have still been working full time. I will have chamberlain completed I have the capstone and ECOn left to take. I took sociology and transitional nursing together while taking statistics at a jounior college. Then I took health assessment and comunity health together. I am in the last week of Evidence based practice, history, and collaberative health. Then I will be taking my Capstone and ECON in Jan finishing every thing in Feb. I think you can double up even triple up if you need to. I find it to be cheaper this way you pay the same tuition as twelve hours even though you are taking more than twelve hours. I have been taking 15 to 17 hours a semester and paying the price of only taking twelve. I think you can do it. I work and take classes and still have a 3.63 GPA. I will be glad when these next few months are over though. I am glad to see another Exelsior Graduate moving on. Your post about the CPNE encouraged me to just go for it I passed first time no repeats. I hope you finish your BSN then may be I will see you in graduate school to GOOD LUCK

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Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 12 years experience.

I'll be finishing in June! :) I am doubling up on NR446 and NR446 next semester, than doing NR449 and NR450 consecutively. With everything else I have going on here, I'm at capacity already, so that's enough. :D

mlizhev

Specializes in Adult Med/Surg, NICU,.

EBN is not bad. A lot of lit searches and a paper at the end.