distance learning support - page 2

I realize that there are a few individuals that like to frequent this forum and engage in conflict related to distance learning/on-line degrees....but I hope that it does not discourage those seeking positive support here. While... Read More

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    Bottom line is--all any of us need to do to be licensed nurses is pass the NCLEX.

    I've met students from schools whose names you would recognize, even well outside this state, and I pray to God I'm never under their care. Stupid, sloppy, arrogant, walking fomites (there's an insult! LOL).

    Then again, I've had a lot of support being a distance learner, including from my professors and former classmates from my first ("real") nursing school, where I served a year. And I had a wonderful nurse actually CALL me to say she had graduated from EC ten or so years ago, had her ADN, was applying to NP school and had found that she didn't need a BSN or MSN to get in, they accepted her ADN from EC just fine. And those were good schools too..... And she never had trouble getting a job, and was never discriminated against because of where she went.

    You can be a good nurse, or not, but nobody really cares where you got your degree or what your GPA was. That old joke about the med student who graduated with the lowest GPA in his class is true: they still call him doctor.

    You apply for a job, and they want to know, do you have your license. That's pretty much it.

    I got my BA and MA--graduated with honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and interestingly enough, in almost 20 years, I haven't had one single potential employer, or one colleague who might have seen my vita ever remark on it.

    So I guess the point I want to make is, this BB is a nice safe place for people who have little or nothing to back up their negative opinions, to act like they know something and chip away at the resolve and confidence of distance students.

    If they are already nurses, for shame! Kinda goes against the vow to "first do no harm," doesn't it?

    Maybe we need a nice stickie thread that is JUST for support.....?

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    Amen, Chris! And I love the idea for the sticky thread!

    One thing I have learned from doing the distance thang, is that most of our distance peers are very supportive. Like Mztixi, I have always been able to find study buddies, and a good number of people willing to share practice tests, notes, website links, and other helpful study aids. And it feels good to pay it forward, too. Sometimes we just need a "Good luck" before taking a difficult exam, and we get it with sincerity. The weird thing about this is that it was never this way in any of my traditional programs. Everything was dog-eat-dog, and so competitive. It's nice to not have to deal with that added stress now. There is a feeling of "We're all in this together" in my study groups, so we can carry that on over here, too- that would be awesome.
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    Now that you mention it, I'd forgotten about the dog-eat-dog aspect of "trad" programs.

    and it wasn't just classmates either, the instructors and administrators seemed to be in on it.

    All I know is, my BP and resting pulse rate are down since I got out of the trad program and into EC.

    And it is indeed good to get that wonderful support. Thank you so much for yours.....

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    Originally posted by chris_at_lucas

    All I know is, my BP and resting pulse rate are down since I got out of the trad program and into EC.
    :chuckle Mine, too!!!

    Originally posted by chris_at_lucas
    And it is indeed good to get that wonderful support. Thank you so much for yours.....

    Back atcha, Chris. :kiss
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    I have four courses left NC3-6. I will be testing on NC7 at the end of January. I completed all of my prereq's at my local CC where I continue to take courses every semester that will apply to a bachelor's degree later. I will be starting spring semester on Monday and am enrolled in American history from 1877-present and Greek and Roman humanities. I have maintained a 4.0 in the 36+ general courses taken traditionally--I can verify that EC tests are challanging--It certainly takes devotion and plenty of self motivation. I chose EC for a number of reasons--none of which include not being accepted to my local CC ( my GPA speaks for itself) but primarily not wanting to put my 2 year old in childcare all day. I also have 8 years of LPN experience in a variety of settings--a necessity I think is needed to do the EC program. Congrats to you, as you are close to completions Good luck as continue on!!!!
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    Congrats to you, too Kim! It sounds like you have a plan!

    Let me know if you need any study aids- I have Lisa's Notes, SETH tests, plus a whole bunch of practice quizzes and other stuff for every exam except NC7 at the moment- I'm putting it together as we speak...lol.

    (((Sending passing vibes your way)))

    Good luck on your exam!

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    Well said, Kim!

    Remember the phrase "nurses eat their young"? I think that the negativity is just one more example of that! What cannibals we can be. It seems some of us have difficulties accepting changes in tradition and have big appetites for new nurses! How wonderful it would be if we could all support each other with our endeavors.

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