I graduated as an LPN back in 2007 and immediately started pursuing LPN to RN degrees at my local university. After realizing that my university was set up more to collect tuition dollars and less to produce a good RN, I sought out distance learning. I liked the idea and the flexibility of distance learning, and enrolled in Excelsior College in 2007. In August of 2009, I passed my CPNE and became a GN shortly after (which almost doubled my pay the instant my BON faxed my temp license to my employer).
I found myself on allnurses and excelsior forums. I was trying to find validation that I was doing things right, and that I was not making a mistake by choosing distance learning. I found a few strangers here who posted detailed info and it really helped me.
Since graduating, I have had a successful career, working in three different states and several different areas of care with salaries ranging from $60k to $90k. I have gotten to experience what RNs do in all sorts of settings. I have seen a whole new side of humanity and it has been very enlightening to me. Despite being warned otherwise, no employer has looked twice at where I got my degree, and I have not hit any snags with license endorsement. Personally I have found that employers
look hard at my interview, experience, and references, not so much where I graduated or what my GPA was. I think that's sensible on the employer's part, too. Don't let any snooty students or co-workers make you feel like a lesser RN. Knowledge, critical thinking, and skill makes good RNs, and the source of those three things does not matter. Employers know that.