Feeling some anxiety and needing encouragement...
- 0Jan 30, '13 by rcarm01Hello All! I'm new to the site and love all the support and resources here! I'm in a bit of a quandry. I'm an LPN with over 20 years experience and have worked mostly in acute hospital settings. I started an LPN to RN program at my local community college this month. It is about 11 months long. Right out of the gate, it was A LOT of work! I felt overwhelmed beyond belief by the work load and my first skills check off by an instructor was brutal and very stressful! I was prepared for it being a lot of work but didn't realize the extent of it. Needless to say, this has done nothing for my self-confidence. I withdrew from the program 2 weeks in do to other circumstances beyond my control but am now rethinking my best course of action. I've looked into Excelsior program but not crazy about the out of pocket expenses as well as the dreaded CPNE but figured I could get through 2 1/2 days of high stress as opposed to 11months. I have been given an invitation to return to the traditional program if I decided to do so this fall since the circumstances of my withdrawal could not be avoided. Not sure what to do! I'm thinking maybe I need to just bite the bullet, dig down for the self-confidence and do the traditional program but both options truly give me anxiety. . Any thoughts? Sorry this post was soo lengthy...
- 1Feb 1, '13 by delarmerI am doing the research, and like you, I am thinking about Excelsior. I have been an LPN for 20 yrs. and the thought of starting school agin, scares me!! Whatever you decide, follow your dream!! No pain, no gain!! Hold your head high, because you can do it!!
- 0Feb 1, '13 by rcarm01Thanks for the encouragement! I certainly appreciate it. It's nice to know I'm not alone out there. School full-time is definitely an adjustment. I went through LPN school when I was 19 and I'm 41 now, so it's been awhile! I have a family and household to take care of now as well. I'm thinking I may have to find ways to deal with stress as well such as taking better care of myself through excercise, eating clean, etc. I don't have to make a decision for another month or two but it's still anxiety inducing!
- 1Feb 3, '13 by NurseGuyBriIf you have been a successful LPN for 20 years, you already have what it takes to be an RN. Do not let it scare you or drop your confidence- You are good enough. I know that in this area, Excelsior is looked down upon (I do not know why). Every time you mention them (I'm in SE Virginia) someone says, "Oh, you went there? How did you get out of it to go to a real school?". I do not know if this is a true representation of the program or not. Either way, I think that a physical LPN-RN is much more successful- I learned some things from the instructors that I wouldn't have if it were online. I think any way you go will be good if you put the work in, so good luck!!
- 1Feb 3, '13 by BSNbeDONEExcelsior graduate here! I tried the community college route and they told me not to even think about applying to their bridge program for at least a year. So I stayed at that college taking easy courses like art, etc., so that I could keep getting the student loans/refunds. By the time the year for me to apply for their bridge rolled around, I had been an RN for 2 months, thanks to Excelsior! I used those student loan refunds to pay for my education at EC. Once i met my last requirement for graduation at EC, I withdrew from the community college. At the time of my enrollment, I had been an LPN for 23 years and was very appauled at the treatment that I received from the community college, especially since they had 14 vacant seats in the program. Lots of folks asked me how did I manage to focus on 2 colleges at the same time. The answer is easy: I took classes that came easy to me that were no brainers like art, English, etc. it fulfilled EC general education requirements, too. Because of those easy class subjects, I was able to focus my studies on the college that let me into the nursing program. I did EC program from start to RN in hand, a total of 10 months! As far as the CPNE, nerves get the best of those who fail, as well as poor preparation. My comfort zone was the hospital setting, so the CPNE was a piece of cake. EC tells you exactly how to pass the CPNE, so don't let that stop you. It is not a BEAST and does NOT live up to all the hype. And this is coming from a person who was older than you are now when I went through the program. And I kept my hospital job while I did it. Or course I modified my hours because the brain cells could handle just so much, even with the no brainer courses that I took. And guess what? Those classes that i thought meant nothing transferred towards general education requirements for the BSN. So i actually killed 3 birds with one stone! Naturally life got in the way like it does sometimes and i had to delay my studies but I'm getting back on the horse in March with EC to finish what i started.
I hope this gives you some insight. I'm not sure about the specifics of this website, but I will gladly provide you with my email address in a PM if there is anything else I might be able to answer for you. Either way, good luck in your decision!Last edit by BSNbeDONE on Feb 3, '13
- 0Feb 4, '13 by rcarm01Thanks for the insight! I appreciate the input from both sides. It will certainly help me make a decision which I need to make in the next couple of weeks. I know I have a bad habit of letting my nerves get the best of me. I certainly need to learn to put that aside and believe I can conquer this regardless. I know the financial gain is the the main driving force for me. Especially when I work with RN's that are making twice what I make for doing the same job.