Excelsior Students how are you preparing resumes?? - page 3

I recently passed the NCLEX and am now trying to figure out how to prepart a resume. There was really no clinical experience with EC and I am not sure how I should word it. Does anyone have any... Read More

  1. Visit  mrstookielpn profile page
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    Quote from OneFlyNurz
    As an EC grad, I must disagree with RNfinally about there being no clinical experience, what exactly was that CPNE then? Might not have been the traditional type of clinicals but EC isnt a traditional school! The time you take preparing for the CPNE, what is that called? I just wanted to address that statement. Now to address whether it should be listed on a resume, answer is NO! Ur clinical training in brick and mortar school or a distance learning program will not count as 'WORK' experience because u werent getting paid for it. It doesnt have to be highlighted under education either because it is understood that u would not hold the title without a clinical foundation, which in our case was the CPNE. Now the other poster is right with saying u must have some kinda lpn/emt exp or else u wouldnt be an EC grad. This is what u list as work exp. I hope this helped and I didnt offend anyone....n if I did, who cares, I love EC and I appreciate the opportunity to complete the ASN through them and I will not have the program belittled in any way shape or form so I apologise.
    LOL! Girl, I couldn't have said it better!!!!
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  3. Visit  llg profile page
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    Quote from OneFlyNurz
    Now the other poster is right with saying u must have some kinda lpn/emt exp or else u wouldnt be an EC grad. This is what u list as work exp.
    Actually, you can graduate from EC without any "real work" experience in health care. That's the OP's problem. It sounds like her ONLY clinical experience is the experience she got as a student from the first program she attended but didn't finish. EC will accept students who flunk out of their nursing school -- and give them their degrees as long as they pass the tests -- additional clinicals not required.

    That's one of the main reasons a lot of people (and an increasing number of state boards) have serious reservations about EC. They do graduate people with next-to-nothing in clinical experience. That's the situation with the OP.

    If I were the OP, I would simply say that I graduated, am an RN and hope the employer does not ask for details. If they do, talk about the clinicals at your original school in the courses that you passed.
  4. Visit  OneFlyNurz profile page
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    EC no longer allows entry into the program from completing 50% of clinical semesters from other school, one either has to be a lpn/emt or rt. The op did not specify she had no healthcare exp, so maybe she should chime in here. I do understand that ppl might hold these titles but never actually worked, many variables with individual situations
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  5. Visit  RNFinally12 profile page
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    Oneflynurz/Mrstookielpn..I too love EC. Yes, I know you spend countless hours preparing for the CPNE, but it is only one weekend. I phrased it as a "weekend clinical" because that is the only time as an EC student that you spend in a hosptial.I have never been an LPN nor a paramedic. I could do EC's program because I completed half of my traditional nursing program.Llg.. Thank you for clarifying that for me..
  6. Visit  RNFinally12 profile page
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    Yes I am a graduate..I loved EC.. I would not down play anything about it or its nursing program..
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  7. Visit  tnmarie profile page
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    I got my prereqs from a couple of different schools but I'm only listing Ec. I don't think companies care where you got your prereqs, only where you got your degree. I don't really understand why you are worried about listing clinical experience on your resume; I've never heard of that being done, even with schools that offer clinicals. If you have medical experience, list those jobs. If not, do an entry level resume and you should be set. Good luck!
  8. Visit  RNFinally12 profile page
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    I thought I was suppose to list them. I was looking online at several entry level RN resumes and they listed clinical experience on it.Thank you everyone for the input. I think I have my resume in order now..Happy New Year!
  9. Visit  agldragonRN profile page
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    Quote from RNFinally12
    I thought I was suppose to list them. I was looking online at several entry level RN resumes and they listed clinical experience on it.Thank you everyone for the input. I think I have my resume in order now..Happy New Year!
    I hope you are proud of your accomplishments. The CPNE is a monster and you conquered it.

    Maybe practice being more enthusiastic about EC now so on your interview, they will sense that the EC RN program is not an easy feat?

    Good luck RNFinally12!
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  10. Visit  RNFinally12 profile page
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    It does not matter where you receive you degree from. We all take the same NCLEX and we all receive the same tile... REGISTERED NURSE!!
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  11. Visit  RNFinally12 profile page
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    AgldragoonRN,Thank you for your kind words. I am very proud if myself. Anyone who graduates from an RN program should be. It is the hardest thing that I have done in my life..
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  12. Visit  JustBeachyNurse profile page
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    Quote from llg
    Actually, you can graduate from EC without any "real work" experience in health care. That's the OP's problem. It sounds like her ONLY clinical experience is the experience she got as a student from the first program she attended but didn't finish. EC will accept students who flunk out of their nursing school -- and give them their degrees as long as they pass the tests -- additional clinicals not required. That's one of the main reasons a lot of people (and an increasing number of state boards) have serious reservations about EC. They do graduate people with next-to-nothing in clinical experience. That's the situation with the OP.If I were the OP, I would simply say that I graduated, am an RN and hope the employer does not ask for details. If they do, talk about the clinicals at your original school in the courses that you passed.
    FYI Excelsior no longer admits students who have failed out of a traditional nursing program as of January 1, 2012 "Effective January 1, 2012, applicants who have completed 50% of the clinical credit hours in an associate, bachelor's, or RN diploma nursing program are no longer eligible for direct admission to the School of Nursing. Individuals who have completed at least 50% of the clinical nursing credit hours with a minimum grade of C within 5 years of enrollment into Excelsior College will be reviewed on a case by case appeal basis. This appeal process requires submission of the undergraduate application, fee, official transcripts, and letter of appeal indicating where and how clinical skills are being practiced in a health care setting. Only applicants who are currently employed in a clinical capacity and maintained good academic standing (minimum grade of C in all nursing courses) throughout their nursing program will be considered in this appeal process."


    Source: Admission Requirements for Associate Degree in Nursing Programs - excelsior.edu
  13. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Quote from RNFinally12
    It does not matter where you receive you degree from. We all take the same NCLEX and we all receive the same tile... REGISTERED NURSE!!
    Unfortunately it matters to some of the BONs in various states. But seriously ... there will always be those who disparage certain schools' quality. I just focus on being the best nurse I can be, and I don't rise to any bait. Not worth it!
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  14. Visit  chiromed0 profile page
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    Honestly, it will matter. I'm in the same boat and I've got 8 years of direct primary provider experience! In addition, three related degrees and in a RN-MSN program. They (for whatever reason) still will ask about the clinicals. I've asked the same question to others b/c it's hard to explain EC program to those who are stuck in "brick & mortar" mentality. It's getting better but also worse b/c of the number of people going into nursing at traditional universities where the lines get blurry about who is doing online and classroom. EC isn't much different from what traditional schools are doing but they are catching flack about the clinicals.

    Do I think it's right? Heck no..I passed the same national standard (NCLEX) everyone else did, why should it matter? Depending on the school/person clinicals may just be a waste of time if it's just observation. I did 1400 hours of clinicals to become a Chiropractor with labs, treatment, exams...blah, blah. I know a lot is transferable skills but trying to get someone to understand that is getting hard to do.

    So my comment? Get a job, any job and do some practical time in a hospital as a PCT or something. If I wasn't so pressured to make a certain income that would be my next step b/c at least that will be something to show them. It can get you connections, get you experience and get you hired as an RN from the inside which is a heck of a lot easier than coming from the outside.
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