September 26, 2006, 10:47 am

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is and Announcing Sign-On Bonuses!


I suppose I should make fun of this photo.

It’s pretty hokey.

But somehow it’s not as humorous as I might have found it two weeks ago.

After getting all upset over the “Doctor of Nursing Practice” debate, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and go back to school.

Yes, this dyed in the wool ADN graduate is going back for her BSN.

I want to see for myself if having a BSN will change my practice in any way.

So, I’ve applied to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay BSNLINC program.

It’s entirely online except for a community health clinical that will be arranged here in my local area when the time comes.

I’m alternating between excitement and feeling like what-the-hell-have-I-done.

Of course, I’ll be blogging my way through the entire thing.

I think this means I’m obligated to become a Green Bay Packers fan.

That’s not easy when there are two major NFL teams within 40 miles of me already.

In reality I’ll be rooting for whoever drafts Brady Quinn (Notre Dame QB) next year.

But see what stress I’m under already?

And my application is still “in progress”!

I hope they actually want me! I have visions of getting a rejection letter:

“Dear Kim,

Thank you for applying but you are too old and decrepit to take on this educational challenge. We are concerned that having to study nursing diagnoses will be a threat to your already tenuous mental status. In fact we suggest retiring at the soonest possible time.”

Hey, it could happen.


I’ve mentioned in the past that I act in an advisory capacity to; Emergiblog is syndicated through a sister-site called Nursing Voices. It’s been a link on my sidebar for a long time.

(It’s how I met Shane, “My Web Guy”. I should copyright that title. “My Web Guy”. Maybe it should be “The Man Who Put Emergiblog On the Map”. Nah, while true, I like “My Web Guy” better.)

So, I have heard through the grapevine that some of the jobs available at actually have sign-on bonuses if you sign up through

These sign-on bonuses are over and above anything the hospital might offer and are payable after three months of continuous employment.

There are a couple of jobs posted now (heads up, you nurses back East!), but there will be more added soon.

Totally true disclaimer: I receive no monetary renumeration from this announcement or from

I’m just spreadin’ the good news!


  • RedNP

    September 26, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    I find it a total shame that *all* nursing jobs have “sign-on” and “retention” bonuses — AND SO FEW NURSES ASK FOR THEM. The money is out there.

    Great blog, btw. Glad I found it! Tnx!

  • Mama Mia

    September 26, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    Back to school, eh! Good for you!!! Can’t wait to hear the ‘nursing school’ stories!

  • Susan

    September 26, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    Go sister! I know you’ll do great. You’re never too old to go back to school. I feel bad for your fellow students – you’re really going to throw off the curve!

  • OneKewlRN

    September 26, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    I am so proud of you!! I have been entertaining the thought of going back for my BSN ( I am also an ADN) I am afraid i don’t have the discipline as I am so easily distracted once I log on my computer! lol

    I wish you all the best and I look forward to reading all about how it goes.

  • Dana

    September 26, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    I went to college in Wisconsin, about 30 miles south of Green Bay. I was, during my tenure there, and still am, a die-hard ANYTHING-but-Packers fan. You need not become a Packers fan. Just don’t go visit Green Bay during the season wearing a Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears shirt. Unless you’re like me and you enjoy provoking the locals (locals being anyone in the entire state of Wisconsin).

  • intelinurse2b

    September 27, 2006 at 5:28 am

    Kim is joining the nursing student ranks!! Im so excited!! Maybe we will have to list your blog under Nurses AND Nursing Students!

    I will be anxiuosly awaiting your posts about this experience, as it is next on my own “to do” list.

    You can do it! (you could actually probably teach the darn classes)

  • Bob

    September 27, 2006 at 5:33 am

    You wrote: “I want to see for myself if having a BSN will change my practice in any way.” I think there’s almost a 100% chance that it will change your practice. No change can be made to a system without influencing the system’s behavior, or something like that. It may be something as simple as adding another set of considerations, a “Hey, I hadn’t thought of it that way before,” to your daily modus operandi. I also think the extra learnin’ will be a good thing (I think education is very rarely a waste of time or effort). Good luck! I look forward to reading about your experiences.

  • Candy

    September 27, 2006 at 7:55 am

    Best friend is a Green Bay nurse. Son lived in GB, now in Madison. I lived 100 miles from GB most of my life. I think Bret Favre is totally incredible, but his backup QB, Aaron Rogers, played for Cal…so there’s a (sort of) connection for you…

    Seriously, you will find an earnestness, a delight in nursing and a openness in the UWGB faculty that will make this journey for you a truly rewarding one (no, they didn’t pay me to say that!). And I agree with Bob — every experience changes you, and this one will make your practice different, just as others have. You’ll have to decide on the back end how much — then share it with us. If you ever feel bogged down, we’ll be here to cheer you on!

    Yay, Kim!

  • birdy

    September 27, 2006 at 12:58 pm


  • jen

    September 27, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    well, i’m off to find the best sign on bonus……

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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