This is obviously my first post ever on allnurses.com and I wanted to start off with a hello!
So, like many people who come to this portion of the site, I am seriously looking into excelsior and am very close to pulling the trigger. I have two A.S degrees, one in fire science, the other in Emergency Medical Technology. I am a licensed paramedic, and like most paramedics in Oregon I have found that the jobs are very hard to find as a paramedic and as a firefighter. I have been volunteer firefighting for two years, and am finding it extremely difficult to find a job. Thus, I am close to going down the nursing path.
I am used to taking online classes so that atmosphere to me won't be any different. Are there any paramedics out there that have gone through excelsior (or anyone from Oregon that has done it)? What should I expect from Excelsior?
I am not worried about the payments or the money, as it will cost me roughly around 8k when it is all said and done (thankfully, my fire department reimburses volunteers 5250 per year). I currently work at a hospital full time as a pharmacy tech (for those familiar, I work at OHSU, Oregon Health and Sciences University). If I put my head down and really hammered this program out, could I possibly do it in 10-12 months?
Thank you all for any replies/information that would be beneficial to my decision!