Quote from LiliRN
I dunno. We have the same type of program in AZ at NAU...but that was 16 months in class am from what I'm hearing the programm is a total bust. Administrators are complaining that nurses are coming out with not even the basic clinical knowledge and are hesitant even to hire nurses who come out of programs like this. Seriously no offense, but I cringe at the thought of having a nurse with one year of study under his/her belt...just as a patient, not even thinking about the liability of a charge nurse.
I'm sure there are programs that are "a bust." However, folks should know that this is a broad brush to be painting a picture of all accelerated programs with. I'm about four weeks away from completing just such a program. Don't know what other programs in other states are like, but the program I'm in doesn't short anything. Same number of clinical hours, class hours, and lab times as our "traditional" bretheren (state BON wouldn't have it any other way). The only difference is that we spend about twice the average time working during our year so we finish that much faster. So I'm not don't know what anybody is "cringing" about.
In regards to what employers are thinking.. again, better look at the program and the area you are in. My program was something around $15k and the entire cost, including lab fees, was covered by a scholarship from one of the region's largest healthcare networks. So while I don't doubt that there are those that think this is some sort of rip-off, there are also those who seek these graduates out. Why? Consider this story...
On the first day of the new year, a faculty member arrived at their class 15 minutes early in order to make certain all was ready. When she arrived, she found the professor from the previous session still in the class, packing up his teaching materials. The room also still full of students. After loitering in the hall for a few minutes while waiting for the class to empty, the instructor went back into the class to discover that the students already seated were not from the previous class. They were, in fact, second-degree students and they were ready to learn.
This illustrates what some research has shown to be the case. Second degree students are usually older, more focused, and more inclined to take the initiative in learning their new craft. They actively seek out learning opportunities and aren't afraid to probe, ask questions, and when presented with conflicting information, aren't afraid to confront their professors. I mean, think about it... these folks have already gone through the college drill. Many of them have already spent many years working as a professional. For them to spend the sort of effort that's needed to finish such a program, they've got to be highly motivated and certain that they're doing what they were meant to be doing.
So, highly motivated, already using critical thinking skills, knowledge of how the "real world" works, dedicated, and undoubtedly hard working. Why wouldn't you want to have this sort of person working with you?