Okay, I graduated a few years back and hung on to my other profession due to financial and life reasons. Left that career and am in job search mode 100%. I've got a background different from most of you but all of you share my same dilemma in that only recently is the clinical mandate enforced in select areas. My questions...
1) If you got hired from your Excelsior ADN what and how did you get around the "clinicals" questions?
I've been called to some very good interviews but as soon as that generic question comes up all I hear is "crickets". My whole presentation/sales pitch on me comes to a screeching halt no matter how I try to explain the whole "Excelsior students are given credit for clinicals due to their healthcare background" which is albeit somewhat construed but never-the-less true.
2) Do you personally feel trained and adequate in the things we got tested and passed on in the CPNE despite not necessarily doing those tasks in our prior careers?
LVN, paramedic, EMT and even foreign med grads (In my case Chiropractor) don't necessarily do those tasks in our prior careers but we are smart enough to learn, figure it out and test out. That is hardly the answer I want to give in an interview but I'm running out of ideas other than embellishing. I know that a traditional new grad from a community college may have done these things on mannequins and walked around watching other nurses on clinicals but it pales in comparison to having to test on real patients and actually do various forms of patient care EVERYDAY on literally thousands of people in our past work.
3) Is there a way to find other Excelsior grads in hopes of networking and applying to places that grads are already working and proving the point that our education is adequate?
I'm a little peeved that the school doesn't selfishly keep us in an alumni form that we can actually network. For example, plain ol' ask us if we want to be published in an alumni guide that's accessible to students/alumni for networking purposes. It sure would be great to have someone talk to the hiring manager that has my same degree and vouch for it rather than explaining it over and over again to a blank stare.
I know it's a tough market for jobs period, any job. And I do feel lucky to get the bites I've gotten with the big dogs BUT I'm coming up empty and it's partly due to this clinicals dilemma. I literally feel if I outright BS'd my way through it nobody would ever check and I would have gotten some offers but I didn't leave my past profession to BS anybody...I already had to do enough of that.
Appreciate insight. Don't appreciate comments from non-excelsior people telling me what I already know...Excelsior sucks...blah, blah, blah. It doesn't suck and I've got the same license as everyone else but this damn clinicals thing...that I have no comeback to!!!