Quote from preppygirl
That is a good question, and I suppose it depends what you wish to do with the degree. I do know Nurses who have their ADN and BSN through Excelsior, and they seem to do ok. However, I do know for a fact that a degree from Excelsior is not well respected. The hospital I used to work at in Florida would not even hire Excelsior grads (Back then it was called Reagents or something like that). A friend of mine is a director of Nursing for a very large hospital, and she will only hire an Excelsior grad as a last resort. When I asked her why her facility feels this way, she said that Excelsior is a virtual university, it is not a real school. I guess you need to do what you need to do, but try to go to the best College or University you can.
Personally that is a poor management decision. They may be passing over a really good RN for a maybe sub par
RN from a well known school.
( I am NOT saying traditional are sub par, but they may be passing over a great person with good training for someone with a well known school)
I have seen new RN grads from the" Traditional" RN school come out and not know a damn thing, nothing. Even with clinicals they do and have to be trained since their instructor or class was too busy or too large or just skirted through it.
Believe me I have seen this with several RN new hires in the last several weeks already and they have a 12 week probation/training because of this .( So I am not too impressed with so called traditional schools, they are not as great as others think they are)
I have seen the Excelsior Test and it is NOT a easy class, it is not a easy test and it has a lot more hurdles to get over and to get in a school then most RN schools. You have to actually know material, not depend on the like or dislike of your instructor to pass you in a class.
The final Clinical is not a cake walk where the traditional schools have 2 years to" make mistakes" their grads have to already know and understand how to do what is needed. I know some folks from Excelsior and "Traditional" school and both can and do pull their weight and all are great RNs.
Am I biased, yes as I am just one of those "internet RNs" I hope to Grad between Dec and spring, but I can pull my weight with a RN from a Traditional school any day against any new Grad RN, not everyone has the time, money or can wait to go sit in a classroom wait a few years to earn a degree they can earn right away. I can't stop my life, my bills wont wait and I sure can't stop working to drop everything to go to a traditional "RN" school sit in class, have a instructor tell me I can't or cannot do something right in clinical I have been doing for years. If I was close to 20 years younger maybe, but right now that is not a option.
Till management and close-minded people think this, maybe they should watch the exam and see what these folks will have to go through before making judgment on those they know only through rumor, hearsay and their own ideas of what of course "They " think a RN school should be, they might be missing out on a great employee.:angryfire
I personally think this is the way of the future and the
dinosaur schools will eventually go away and that is what some of the schools fear most. 3 of ours have closed already and I am in a major Metro area.