Finally did it! - page 2

Hey Everyone, It's been a while since I have posted. I have been soooo busy. Anyway, I finally sent my application/review to EC, now the waiting begins. I am told that the process could take up to... Read More

  1. by   Shae
    I am still in my first course-NC1. I think I am taking it too slow and really need to buckle down. I have my A&P materials waiting for me to get started on as soon as I complete NC1. I took this course first on the advice of Rue; but wish I had talked directly with EC first and would have started on my pre-reqs first to get them out of the way. So I have decided that once I finally..LOL..make it through NC1, I will do all of my pre-req's before going on to NC2. Any suggestions out there? Like others, I also have the responsibility of full-time work, house, kids, hubby, etc?
  2. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Shae---
    Welcome to the EC clan!

    You are going to REALLY need your family's help throughout this program, especially towards the end. You will need your husband to give you an extra hand with things, giving you extra study time. Find what time works best for you, and try to study at that time. If it's at night once the kids are in bed--- great, do it then. If it's cramming all weekend long, great--- get the hubby to take the kids camping for a weekend. You wouldn't BELIEVE how much you get done when you are alone!!! You can put 100% of your brain into it, whereas when there is someone around, even if they're not bothering you, part of your mind isn't on your studying.

    You can do this--- there are tons of FT working wives/moms to prove it! Just jump in and don't stop if you don't absolutely have to...... it's way too hard to start up again once you stop. Trust me on this.
  3. by   mona b RN
    Welcome Shae,

    I know exactly what you mean, I lose motivation too. I find that if I force myself to get back into the studying schedule, I usually get right back into the swing of things. Now that the weather is so nice it's twice as hard. I also run my daughter to softball practice/games, I take that opportunity to study. I do alot of studying in my car. I'm finding the A&P somewhat difficult because of all the info. I'm trying to focus on what is on EC's content guide. Maybe we should start an A&P thread




    mona b
  4. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by Spazzy Nurse
    I think that EMT-Bs can still enroll after Sept., but they'll need 1000 (?) hours of supervised experience in the field.
    The rule about the EMT changed as of Jan 01, 2003. I know because I was just about finished with an EMT class when the great news came my way.

    Good advice though, keep an watchful eye on this school for changes. It just seems to me some group must have come down hard on EC.

    Good luck,
    C
    Last edit by opalmRN on Apr 30, '03
  5. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by mona b
    Hi Spazzy Nurse,

    Effective September 3, 2003, individuals relying on EMT certification as a means to earn admission to the Excelsior College School of Nursing must hold Paramedic level certification. Basic and Intermediate EMT certification will no longer meet the School of Nursing admission requirement
    I took this directly from the EC site.
    Hi mona b,

    Now that's interesting because back in December when someone from the student nurse BB told me about the change I went to EC and the change was documented as "Jan 01, 2003".

    So now you are saying it says September not January?
    If that is true I am going to spit! I dropped that EMT class because of the EC change.
    C
  6. by   CraigB-RN
    You have to read those posting carefully. Usually they have a posting date and an implimentation date. They very rarely make a change like that without giving advanced notice.
  7. by   opalmRN
    Hi

    Actually, I called EC back in November when I was told about the change and that was after I went to the site and read the notice. When I called the Jan 2003 date was confirmed over the phone. So now if that is not really the date, what could anyone do?

    Thanks for responding but I assure you I have been pursuing this career for a long time. I don't let anything get by me when it comes to school.

    C
  8. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by CraigB-RN
    You have to read those posting carefully. Usually they have a posting date and an implimentation date. They very rarely make a change like that without giving advanced notice.
    Hi Craig,
    I went to the EC website to see if the date was changed but it is still in the catalog as Jan 01, 2003. If you go to the website, go to catalogs, nursing and look for the addendums.

    I found out about the change in Early Nov 2002. The school is not bound by anything that says they cannot make changes to the admission policy as when they deem necessary. This is one of those changes. Unrealistic to be sure as they are still admitting respiratory therapist. Not certified x-ray techs, same amount of schooling, same AS degree. I find that incredibly odd.

    At any rate, just wanted you to be clear on the date. It was Jan 2003.

    I have found a school that Iam very happy with. I believe Excelsior has a good program. I have a friend who completed her nursing degree through Excelsior and was very happy. Of course that was nearly 14 years ago when the school was called Regents and the admission policy wasn't so odd and guess what, they even provided tutoring for the course work!

    Good luck to all,
    C
  9. by   mona b RN
    Opalm,

    Good to hear from you. I know this EC thing is weird. I think they changed the requirements for the emt with 1000 hours of experience first, then they completely changed it to be effective that they do not even accept EMT anymore. Now you have to be a paramedic, I guess there is still some time for EMT's with 1000 hours to still apply but the change is coming. It definitely makes you wonder what is going on. Why would they accept a RT and not an EMT with experience?

    On another note, you must be excited that you start Deaconess soon. I am still working on A&P, but like everyone else, I have been so busy that A&P has taken a back seat.

    mona b
  10. by   Spazzy Nurse
    I'm sorry!!! You are right--- the EMT change took effect Jan. 2003. I was confusing it with the changes that'll take place regarding California and EC grads..... that one is Sept. 2003.

    Sorry. Turd brain here.
  11. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by Spazzy Nurse
    I'm sorry!!! You are right--- the EMT change took effect Jan. 2003. I was confusing it with the changes that'll take place regarding California and EC grads..... that one is Sept. 2003.

    Sorry. Turd brain here.
    Spazzynurse,
    No need to appolgize at all. I was just getting all fired up because I thought if they really had indicated the change wasn't effective until the fall, I was gonna scream. monab can attest to the fact that I was standing on my head spitting wooden nickels trying to get in with the EMT cert (even though I already have lic in X-ray and ultrasound) EC wouldn't accept that but the EMT was ok, go figure.

    So anyway, I am sticking with Deaconess at this point. Godd to see that this distance ed BB is providing info for all of us non-traditionals.

    Catch you again soon,
    C
  12. by   Katmease
    I'm sorry to hear that they are changing the EMT policy. I graduated with a BSN and went in as an EMT. I think the program was very thorough. I've been an ICU float nurse for a couple of years & am now a Director of Nursing. I would have missed out because I couldn't afford to quit work to go to a traditional school. What a shame.
  13. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by opalm


    Good advice though, keep an watchful eye on this school for changes. It just seems to me some group must have come down hard on EC.
    C
    Yup- it's called the State of California

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