Hello I am a new grad and just got my first job starting in a few weeks. I was wondering if anybody had any opinions/advice/suggestions about the online Excelsior program? I don't think I would have time to do an in-class program and don't want to do deal with the hassle of rearranging a work schedule at a new job?
Quote from gbassett215
How was the clinical at the end?? That's the only thing that is scaring me!
The clinical went EXACTLY as spelled out in the CPNE study guide. If you are not nervous with someone watching over you and are able to keep your focus on what you're assigned to do, you are guaranteed to pass. Don't let those who have never done this or any other program dissuade you. Those individuals are only referencing hear-say. This and any program will be what you make of it. Yes, I had over 20 years of LPN experience and yes, I did the program in under a year, and yes, I passed the CPNE and the NCLEX on the first attempt. But no, your LPN experience will NOT help you get through the program or pass the CPNE. What WILL help is the ability to understand and apply concepts and follow simple directions. Let me make one little clarification: being an LPN did help with the CPNE in that as a nurse already, I was MORE than comfortable with people watching my every move. Patients' families do it all the time. Self-study is not for everyone.....only those that are highly motivated and very well self-disciplined.....hence, the self-study. If someone says Excelsior College was too easy, it gets attacked as being not a valid nursing education. If someone says it's too hard, EC is labeled as a rip-off. I heard both sides prior to enrolling and decided no one paying for this EXCEPT me and I knew I was prepared to do whatever to get my degree; only, I felt, for me, sitting in a college classroom was not an option for a working adult of my age. So, I went for it, gave it my best shot, and it worked for me. As far as the CPNE, a silly mistake does not cause you to fail the CPNE. A number of things had gone wrong over the 3-day weekend if a person failed and poor preparation is one of them and although my preparation for the weekend cost me $500, there is an online 'friend' of mine who studied nothing BUT the CPNE study guide, practice according to the guide, and passed. Obviously, her confidence level was much higher than mine even with my years of LPN experience and she was a Respiratory Therapist. Judge for yourself. Every institution in this country has its share of passes and failures and it all boils down to preparation.
Good luck to you! Much success!!!
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