Is this true? Re: Excelsior - page 2

My colleagues and I where in the break room congratulating one of our fellow LVN's who just got here RN-IP she has been an LVN for approx. over 10 years she did Excelsior College. I am too doing... Read More

  1. by   nservice
    I am a clinical nurse educator in California and I am currently managing the orientation of an Excelsior graduate. Until now, I had never heard of Excelsior. Now this particular Orientee has no clinical experience. NONE!!! She has been on orientation for quite a while (almost 4 months) and frankly, I fear that she will not be successful. That said, I am still doing everything in my power to make her successful in her position. Since my experience with Excelsior is limited, I cannot blast the program based on one graduate. That wouldn't be fair. I do, however, think that any nursing program that does not include hospital clinicals is not one that I would recommend.
  2. by   zenman
    Quote from nservice
    I am a clinical nurse educator in California and I am currently managing the orientation of an Excelsior graduate. Until now, I had never heard of Excelsior. Now this particular Orientee has no clinical experience. NONE!!! She has been on orientation for quite a while (almost 4 months) and frankly, I fear that she will not be successful. That said, I am still doing everything in my power to make her successful in her position. Since my experience with Excelsior is limited, I cannot blast the program based on one graduate. That wouldn't be fair. I do, however, think that any nursing program that does not include hospital clinicals is not one that I would recommend.
    Excelsior is for people who do have a clinical background so I don't understand this person's story. I did Excelsior and wound up an assistant professor teaching in both ADN and BSN programs (at one time). The program is tougher than anything else I've seen. I had to fly to NY for my clinical testing and if I forgot to wash my hands before touching a patient I would have been sent packing. None of the grad schools I've been to ever questioned my Excelsior degree. It's not for everyone tho'.
  3. by   powernurse
    Quote from zenman
    Excelsior is for people who do have a clinical background so I don't understand this person's story. I did Excelsior and wound up an assistant professor teaching in both ADN and BSN programs (at one time). The program is tougher than anything else I've seen. I had to fly to NY for my clinical testing and if I forgot to wash my hands before touching a patient I would have been sent packing. None of the grad schools I've been to ever questioned my Excelsior degree. It's not for everyone tho'.
    This can happen because Excelsior accepts not only LPN's, EMT's, Paramedics, but also former nursing students who have completed 3 semesters of traditional nursing school..... that does not leave much in the way of clinical experience...... just because you can pass "lab stations" doenst mean that every one of the nurses that are graduating from that program have much practical experience.....some people test well and are lucky.

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