STAY WHERE YOU ARE!!!
I am an Excelsior grad (May 2004), and while I am glad to have my RN, I would NEVER recommend this program to ANYONE, esp. if you have just one more semester.
Between me and my best friend and paramedic co-worker (who also has a bachelors in biology) we had to do that damn clinical, in two different states, FIVE TIMES!!!:angryfire We are far from stupid; between us we have about 20 years of healthcare under our collective belt. The THOUSANDS of dollars (no grants) I spent on trying to finish this ludicrious system sent me into bankruptcy
. (No joke, real bankruptcy.)
I will tell you this too...ALOT of the Excelsior instructors WANT to fail you as well. They see you as someone trying to "sneak" in through the back door of their sacred profession "the easy way." Hey, they get paid the same amount at the end of the clinical, whereas YOU have spent $3000-$5000 on a two day gamble.
And when you do get that RN, ALOT of other nurses that you work with will want to watch you fail too, unfortunately. I have been VERY disappointed with nursing, because the other nurses can be SO nasty to each other. Everyone wants to look good; the simplest way to do it is to make others look bad. So political and pathetic. The patients and the pay, the only way I stay.