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Hello, I've just sent in my first payment to start taking classes from Excelsior to get my ADN. When I called the school where I got my LPN, I was told by the director that Colleges are not... Read More

  1. by   BBFRN
    ddc- I agree...most people will learn 10 times more in their first 6 months as a new nurse on the floor than they learn in their entire stint in school (as far as clinical learning goes). On my floor, I've had more advanced Med/Surg, Psych, etc. than I care to have...lol. In my experience, I had a greater benefit from the more intense didactic education than I would have with clinical ed. I don't think that's true for everyone, but that's my situation. Thoes without much floor experience can benefit by doing nurse externships (and get paid to get clinical nursing experience). It may not be for everyone, but it's a great option.
  2. by   ddc101
    Thoes without much floor experience can benefit by doing nurse externships Explain this in further detail please or maybe start a new thread.Good topic.ddc
  3. by   BBFRN
    ddc-
    Most hospitals have Nurse Extern slots now, to help nursing students matriculate clinically into floor nursing. They are limited in what kinds of things they can do (can't pass meds, admit, etc.), but they do learn a lot during the externship. They are paired with a mentor, like a preceptor and are helped in getting clinical experience while in school. At my facility, one has to be within 1 year of graduating to do an externship, and from what I hear, the pay is a bit higher than the Tech pay. For anyone interested in doing an externship, call your local hospitals and see what they have to offer and what their criteria are for getting a slot. It's a great way to get clinical hours under your belt.
  4. by   ddc101
    Quote from lgflamini
    ddc-
    Most hospitals have Nurse Extern slots now, to help nursing students matriculate clinically into floor nursing. They are limited in what kinds of things they can do (can't pass meds, admit, etc.), but they do learn a lot during the externship. They are paired with a mentor, like a preceptor and are helped in getting clinical experience while in school. At my facility, one has to be within 1 year of graduating to do an externship, and from what I hear, the pay is a bit higher than the Tech pay. For anyone interested in doing an externship, call your local hospitals and see what they have to offer and what their criteria are for getting a slot. It's a great way to get clinical hours under your belt.
    Thanks for the great advice.Its going to be different being an RN after being and Lpn for so many years.I am going to need the extra clinical work.
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Don't underestimate yourself. Despite what others on this thread (and elsewhere) may suggest, you have tremendous experience--you'll be surprised what you already know!
    Good luck, and welcome to our happy little party! :hatparty:
  6. by   BBFRN
    ddc- I wouldn't worry about doing an externship if you are already an acute care LPN. I say this because in my facility, nurse externs can't do as much clinically as the LPNs (except care planning stuff). I was able to do that as an LPN where I work, and the RNs signed off after me (I got more $ for LPN than I would've for an externship, too). I guess it all depends on where your focus of experience is. Most of the EC curriculum is focused on acute care and community health issues. I had a study buddy who worked in a clinic, and whose main experience was in community health (LPNx12 years), and she did just fine. But- if you're planning on working in acute care after you get your RN, and you don't have much experience in that area, an externship could still be the way to go for you so you can get immersed in that field, and can help to keep a job slot open for you when you graduate.
  7. by   txspadequeenRN
    If you go to Excelsior's web site it even tells you CA no longer accepts Excelsior grads to sit for NCLEX . I will tell you this I was on the phone with the TX BNE and they told me that they are considering doing the same thing as CA because there is no clinical throughout the program. Their meeting was this week ,I wish you luck .




    Quote from northernnyLPN
    Hello,
    I've just sent in my first payment to start taking classes from Excelsior to get my ADN. When I called the school where I got my LPN, I was told by the director that Colleges are not recognizing ADN from Excelsior college because they do not have a Clinical Component. Is this true, I did call Excelsior and was told that California will no longer accept students from Excelsior to sit for the Boards. But those that are already enrolled will be allowed but no new students. Has anyone had any problems in the past or present with going on to get your BSN from a different colleg? Say Pace University or Stony Brook? Thank you for any information you can give me. I don't want to be halfway through with Excelsior and find out it will be useless to me..


    Thanks
  8. by   RN34TX
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    If you go to Excelsior's web site it even tells you CA no longer accepts Excelsior grads to sit for NCLEX . I will tell you this I was on the phone with the TX BNE and they told me that they are considering doing the same thing as CA because there is no clinical throughout the program. Their meeting was this week ,I wish you luck .
    I was very concerned by your last thread regarding Texas and Excelsior so I called Excelsior and spoke to the licensing/state board division.
    They were not aware that TX was reviewing their program until I called them and told them what you wrote on this website. Since these meetings Excelsior has been in contact with the TX BON and I was told that they were reviewing the CA decision and the program iteself but they do not intend to follow suit. She told me that many state boards are talking about CA's recent actions because they did take such a radical stance and make major changes in their licensing policies but reviewing Excelsior at board meetings is not necessarily for the purpose of doing the same thing as CA. All schools get reviewed from time to time and Excelsior is popping up on many state board agendas due to the recent CA decision.
    Again, Excelsior told me that there is no cause for alarm because Texas does not intend to make any changes regarding the acceptance of Excelsior grads and that the board meetings regarding Excelsior were very positive.
    But keep in mind that I'm only going by what Excelsior has told me. I intend to call the TX BON myself on monday (when I have a spare 2 hours to be on hold due to their "high volume of calls") so I can get the scoop on the outcomes of their meetings myself.
    I will post this message on your other thread as well to keep other TX students and grads updated.
  9. by   scrubbie1
    colorado asn graduates sitting for boards: anyone registered before january 1, 2006 will be grandfathered in with no changes to them as long as they keep their registration with excelsior active by paying the applicable maintenance fee each year. those who complete an associate degree and are not lpns will need 750 additional clinical hours. those who complete an associate degree and are lpns will need 350 additional clinical hours. the state of co is currently working on a plan to make those additional clinical hours available. (9/2005)

    kansas residents:
    check with the kansas state board of nursing about additional clinical hours needed.

    effective september 1, 2004:
    excelsior college will no longer accept cmas or surgical techs into the nursing program. if a student is planning to gain admission to the nursing program using cma or surgical tech credentials, they must submit an undergraduate application (with verifying documentation) by september 1, 2004. if the prospective student is accepted for admission the student must enroll with the college by november 1, 2004.

    very important
    if you are earning your bsn degree through excelsior college and do not plan to graduate before december 31, 2004, you should not take health support a or professional nursing: issues and concepts. these exams are being replaced. please begin with another bsn exam. california residents:
    the california board of nursing will not accept adn degrees from excelsior college school of nursing students who enrolled on or after december 6, 2003.

    effective immediately:
    non-rns are no longer accepted into the excelsior bsn program. to be accepted in the program, a student must complete the excelsior associate degree program first, then pass the nclex to receive rn certification.

    effective september 3, 2003, the basic and intermediate emt certification will not meet excelsior college's admission requirements. after that date, you must hold a paramedic level certification in order to be admitted.

    alabama state board evaluates excelsior college graduates on an individual basis.

    georgia state board only accept excelsior college graduates through reciprocity.

    louisiana, washington, florida, and rhode island state boards accept all lpn's. all others should contact your state board for current regulations.

    illinois state board does not recognize excelsior college asn degrees, but does recognize excelsior college bsn degrees.

    canada nurses: only lpn's qualify for the excelsior college program if they reside in canada.
  10. by   switzer66
    Hey, to all who care, I have spoke to Indiana State University concerning the college network. the program runs the same as the university. There are pre-reqs that can be obtained anywhere and transferred. clinicals are done at hospitals in terre haute. support is available with the nursing profs at ISU. They also have a fast track that moves a little faster than the traditional semesters. this is very legit! it is well worth the time to inquire more from ISU. you can call the nursing school and they can get the info to you.:angel2:

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