Any recent Galen or Spencerian grads?

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    I have just enrolled into Spencerian's LPN program. I will be bridging over to their RN program next year. I am contemplating going to Galen for the RN because I have heard many negative things about Spencerian. One girl in my class told me a friend of hers graduated from Spencerian 6 months ago and still hasn't found a job because none of the hospitals in Louisville will hire a Spencerian graduate. Is this true? I've also heard that not many hospitals in Louisville are hiring many RN's with an associates, and the scholarships that Norton's offers is only if you are getting your bachelors. Is this true as well? Just wondering how long it took recent graduates from either Spencerian or Galen to find employment (for RN), and what you thought of the school.
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    Hospitals don't care what school you graduate from, everyone takes the same NCLEX! It is true that the so called "nursing shortage" isn't really an issue in this area but getting your foot in the door as PRN or part-time should help you find a good job. Spencerian is a crappy school but if you need the flexibility they offer then your options are limited. Given what my Galen friends tell me vs. my Spencerian friends, the schools are similar. They are both ridiculously expensive and are in conditional standing with boards. I've had a friend tell me that she chose Spencerian over Galen because Spencerian excepted all of her previous college credits and Galen wanted her to take everything over again (for the $$ I'm sure) and I'm also told that more of Spencerians general education credits are transferable because the transcript for those will say Sullivan University. By the way, 6 years ago I was told I wouldn't find a job because nobody would hire a Spencerian graduate....that's what all the disgruntled students will tell you..lol : ) Fact is, nobody cares. If they need a nurse then they need a nurse. If someone is having trouble finding a job, it's probably a personality issue or because they are a new grad. I would imagine that it will become more and more difficult to find a job as a nurse because of the economy, more nurses are coming back to work out of retirement and more are becoming the primary bread-winners for their families. Good Luck with school!

    By the way, there are several LPN's in the RN program at Spencerian whose tuition is being paid by Nortons and Jewish (they are eliminating LPN positions therefore requiring thier LPNs to become RN's). I would imagine if they weren't hiring Spencerian grads then they definitely wouldn't send people to school there.
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    i am a student in spencerian's LPN day program. the LPN program is good, but they are about to lose there RN program (even for good or for a few quarters) due to there pass rates. there are pros and con's to both schools (spencerian vs. galen) but all and all I have heard similar stories. I can only speak for spencerian and my experience, which has been that some shady things have been going on lately as far as what the "higher up's" are doing. exceptions are made for some and not others. I have a feeling that this situation will soon end because it all has to do with one student in particular who is about to graduate (which is scary to think about). as far as my experience has been so far, i have had good instructors and most all of them seem to care about the students. I dont know about the rn. I'm hoping the rn program stays or at least is back up by the time I get there. I graduate with my lpn in september so we will see. as far as hospitals not hiring spencerian grads, its not true. I know many rns from spencerian that work at nortons, jewish, frasier rehab, clark memorial, floyd memorial, etc...as well as many nursing homes if thats what your interested in. hope that helps.
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    oh btw...sullivan university is getting an rn-bsn program in the next year and a half or so. spencerian and sullivan are connected and owned by the same ppl so transferring credits will not be an issue
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    So many times what you hear is from disgruntled students or instructors. Go to the KBN site and read their evaluation and remember school is what YOU make it.Some people want an easy ride and nursing is definitely not for the faint of heart. Take confort in the student who is causing problems- they WILL get their due and they still have topass boards- can't talk your way through those. Thank goodness. Hang in there and believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. from an old NURSE
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    sorry for typos
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    Hi to all! This is my first post so forgive me if I'm doing it wrong. I have been accepted to the LPN program (I plan on going through the RN program directly after) at Galen beginning in January 2011 and I am excited! My concern, though, has been rising as to whether or not I should attend due them being accredited or not. It was actually today that I was meeting with a person in the healthcare field and I told her about going there and she said to make sure I check their accreditation because she had it on good authority that they are not accredited by the NLN. Well I researched it and it appears as though they are not. My question is this...because I will only be receiving an associates degree, will I have to continue on to get a bachelors to have any shot at getting a job? It's not a big deal because I do want to get a bachelors degree eventually but I feel like paying the large tuition just to get an associates and not have much of a shot at a job is a little insane. If I have to continue on to get a bachelors degree, wouldn't it make sense just to go to a four year college or community college that is accredited? Please help!! Thank you!
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    Quote from jessa8801
    Hi to all! This is my first post so forgive me if I'm doing it wrong. I have been accepted to the LPN program (I plan on going through the RN program directly after) at Galen beginning in January 2011 and I am excited! My concern, though, has been rising as to whether or not I should attend due them being accredited or not. It was actually today that I was meeting with a person in the healthcare field and I told her about going there and she said to make sure I check their accreditation because she had it on good authority that they are not accredited by the NLN. Well I researched it and it appears as though they are not. My question is this...because I will only be receiving an associates degree, will I have to continue on to get a bachelors to have any shot at getting a job? It's not a big deal because I do want to get a bachelors degree eventually but I feel like paying the large tuition just to get an associates and not have much of a shot at a job is a little insane. If I have to continue on to get a bachelors degree, wouldn't it make sense just to go to a four year college or community college that is accredited? Please help!! Thank you!

    so did you start at Galen if so how you like it
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    OK my opinion on Spencerian College....RUN!! TO THE NEAREST EXIT N find another college (dead serious!) The success rate is high. Turn over rate is CRAZY. Any issues what so ever NO HELP! I am attending now if I knew what I know now I would have left after 1st quarter. Now I am stuck paid out all this money and can't leave now. I started out with over 30 class mates n now have maybe 7 others in my class n still dropping students. Its not over yet. The school is unorganized and is only getting worse as I progress on. To b honest the most problems I have is the teacher and director changing the schedule n curriculum every week its something changing. I have just had enough n can't wait til I graduate. My goal is to tell as many people about my exsperience not for being hateful but for others not to go through what I went through. It is rough enough going to college with out dealing with bull on top.
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    nor galen or spencerian is nln accredited, and this will affect where you can go to school and in some cases work. there is a hospital system in indiana that won't hire you if you graduated from an non-accredited school and the va hospital certainly won't. now this is for rn. lpn is fine, but get your rn from either jcc or go ahead and go to a four-year college. cost-wise you will spend a lot less and won't have to worry about where you can or cannot work and whether or not you credits will transfer when you want to advance your education beyond the adn level.


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