I got the job!!!

  1. I am sooo excited!!! I graduated from EC in the beginning of Aug. I passed the boards on 8/25. I had been working at a LTC facility forever and after passing boards didn't really go looking for another job. I did go to a job fair the hospital had and was told they do not hire anyone directly to first shift. You have to be hired on 2nd or 3rd shift and when a day shift job opens, you can bid on it. I can't work 2nd or 3rd because my kids are in almost every activity known to man. So anyways here I was still working at the LTC facility doing the same job I was doing before I became a RN. The only difference was I signed RN after my name and made more money. I was fairly happy with that though. Then one sunday, my coworker and I were looking through the Help wanted ads and saw one for a LTC facility that NEVER has ads in the paper. This place has like zero turnover. The listing was for a full time daylight supervisor. She talked me into applying for this job. I didn't really think I had a prayer of getting it, but she said what would it hurt to try. I applied and a few days later was called for an interview. I interviewed with the HR director and the DON. They asked alot of questions about Excelsior and how it works. They seemed very skeptical about the CPNE and said " you only had to do one weekend of clinicals?" I explained that only LPNs and paramedics (sorry if I forgot anyone else) could do this program and as far as the CPNE, it had to be done with 100% accuracy or you failed, had to pay another $1600 plus the wait time. When I explained it like that they were completely accepting of the program. I interview on a Tuesday. I asked when they would be making their decision. was told they had 6 other people to interview, and the decision would be made on friday or monday at the latest. Thursday morning I got the call offering me the job. I know this is a long post, but what I wanted to say was that Excelsior may not be the most traditional school in the world, but it worked for me. I was able to work full time as a LPN, study, take care of my family and husband after a major accident and still finish the program in just a little over 2 years. For everyone who is just starting, keep on it. You'll get done and when you do, it is sooooo worth it!!!!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   NaomieRN
    Congratulations on getting the job that you wanted. Good luck to you
  4. by   EricJRN
    Congrats on the new position!
  5. by   Eager2bRN
    Congratulations! That's wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story.
  6. by   Lovely RN
    Congrats on the new job. Good luck.
  7. by   luv4nursing
    congratulations! way to go!
  8. by   Mudwoman
    Great story! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the new job.
  9. by   rh39
    TammyJo,
    Thank you for sharing your story. I am also an LPN who works in LTC. I just applied to Excelsior this month and am starting to study for exams. I have had niggling doubts about Excelsior vs. a traditional nursing program. Thoughts like, can I get through the courses without deadlines, and after all that will I get through the CPNE? What if I have trouble getting a job as an RN because of where I went to school? Will facilities question my clinical abilities, and more importantly will I?

    There are several well known college RN programs very close to me. I was encouraged by 2 of my vocational instructors from my LPN program (1 an excelsior grad herself, the other with her masters in nursing) to go the Excelsior route. It is one of the main reasons I looked into it.

    It's encouraging to hear of success stories with Excelsior, I think there are a lot more of them out there than we actually hear about.

    Good luck with your new job.

    Lisa
  10. by   Tweety
    That's awesome! Congratulations!
  11. by   CHATSDALE
    congrats on rn passing and on new job

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