Independent/distance learning - page 5

Hello everyone, It's great to see a distance /independent learning topic. Currently, I am considering Deaconess School of Nursing. Is there anyone else considering this school? I find I definately... Read More

  1. by   CraigB-RN
    Hopefully this forum will be more active than some of the other distance ed ones. Usully when theperson running the group graduates, they stop maintaining.

    I'm a Regents (Excelsior) Grad. I'm currently the Director of Nursing and run a program at my hospital to help LPN's and EMT/Paramedics get their ADN through Excelsior. In my enviroment I get the best of the ADN and the Diploma programs with a sig cost savings. I'd be glad to help anyone as best I can.

    Having a support group will get you much farther than spending money on the different publishers out there. Just set reaonable goals for yourself and work towards them. Don't get upset when someone says that they did the whole thing in 6 months. Everyones life is different.

    Good luck everyone

    (and no this isnt a payed advertisment)
  2. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Very well said, Craig!
  3. by   debRNo1
    Originally posted by CraigB-RN
    Having a support group will get you much farther than spending money on the different publishers out there. Just set reaonable goals for yourself and work towards them. Don't get upset when someone says that they did the whole thing in 6 months. Everyones life is different.
    Craig, I too am a PROUD regents grad. Your program sounds very interesting and Id love to hear a little more about it if you could indulge me

    The support group indeed was my saving grace and it is a shame that they arent maintained. I too departed soon after passing the boards but like you Im willing to assist and advise anyone in need.

    It takes a special and dedicated person to complete non-traditional programs such as these. We are few and far between and its nice to have a place to meet/greet and support one another.

    Didnt use a publishing company bought and borrowed books and used the study guides provided. Took me 5 years start to finish for ADN

    deb

    Excelsior ADN RN 'o1
  4. by   angelbear
    would 2 yrs be an unreasonable goal? I need micro, A&P and ethics plus the nursing.
  5. by   bestblondRN
    I am new to this thread and have a few questions about distance learning, so if any of you could offer some insight, I would really appreciate it!

    What is RUE?
    How did you pick a program?
    How do future employers/future programs (master's level, etc.) view distance learning?

    Thanks in advance for any insight you have!
  6. by   CraigB-RN
    I took one test a month, and for me that was perfect.

    When I hire a new nurse, I don't look at what school she graduated from. I look for a license, references and then he/she gets 90 days initial orientation/internship. Then things go from there.

    As to grad school. I got in the first try.
  7. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Angelbear--- I'd say 2 years is very doable.

    DebRN--- if the support groups you are talking about are the online message boards, there are quite a few up and running wild these days..... moderators and all for most of them.
  8. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by CraigB-RN
    I'm currently the Director of Nursing and run a program at my hospital to help LPN's and EMT/Paramedics get their ADN through Excelsior.
    Craig,
    Wanna move to PA and take on a director of nursing position here?

    I am currently trying to secure a clinical site for a program I hope to begin in June. Yee-Gads it's like pulling teeth to get someone to call me back so that I can explain the program. It seems to be that if I was a student from one of the local college nursing programs they would have no problem with me doing my clinical rotations with them. I'm beginning to think there is no shortage here in PA.

    Anyway, just thought I'd try and lure you over here!

    Great to hear those in Kansas have a person like you to work with.
    C
  9. by   puffnstuff
    Can anyone tell me the website of Deaconess School of Nursing?
    Thanks!
  10. by   Mkue
  11. by   puffnstuff
    Thanks mkue
  12. by   Mkue
    you are welcome puffnstuff
  13. by   TNcanNURSE
    originally posted by bestblondrn
    what is rue?
    rue is a publisher of study materials. they gather information from ec (that is free btw) and turn it into one helluva money machine. they sell study guides. thats it. oh and their favorite past-time seems to be spying. maybe i am starting to sound a bit parandoid/delusional, but after signing with a publisher i can promise you they are the college level equivalent of the mafia.


    their study guides aren't always up to speed either. for the most part i concede that they do cover the needed material, but a lot of times they leave major topics a bit shadey.

    did i mention the typing errors????!!!????
    my favorite one in the course i am studying for now:

    "in his type of conditioning. the subject is likely or less likely to become exhibit certain behaviors because of past reinforment, negative reinforcement, or punishment, or like behavior"

    huh??

    i may not be a rocket scientist but i promise you i have not got a clue what that means. that is a direct quote and i have checked it for errors on my part.........that is exactly how it is written in my study guide. once again i had to look that topic up in a textbook i purchased from a local college to have any idea what the theme of the subject was. that book is in addition to the nearly $300 i forked out for that study guide.

    my advice: just say no to publishers.
    oh and if any of you can translate that statement from my guide please let me know!!!:d

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