online rn degrees

  1. i am coming to a realization in my life, and i really really feel i would be a great l & d nurse. i am all about pg, and delivery, bfing, etc. i already have a masters in counseling and am wondering if there's any online programs for me to get my rn? i would have gen ed under my belt. i am trying to find the best way to go about this. any suggestions?

    TIA!
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I don't know how, if you are not already a nurse. You have hours and hours of clinical components to do....I know of no nursing school that does soley ONLINE education for those who are not already LPN/RN's. you can try looking at:

    www.allnursingschools.com just to check. Good luck!

    BY the way, I am an L and D nurse. PM me if you need anything else.
  4. by   kavi
    There's a new thread under "Student Nursing" for distance education and nursing.

    The program I'm in (Excelsior) requires prior medical licensure and experience, but there might be one that doesn't. Why not post your question on that thread?
  5. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by wanna be l&d
    i already have a masters in counseling and am wondering if there's any online programs for me to get my rn?
    Hi there,
    Not to keep tooting the horn of Deaconess, but you may want to look into this nursing school if you are looking for a distance Ed program.

    Deaconesses accepts students with none, some or even those with nursing degrees. What I mean is if you have no prior nursing experience you would begin at the beginning. If you are a licensed LPN you would begin with the ADN portion. If you have your RN licensure you can go into the BSN program.

    You mentioned that you have a masters in counseling which may or may not cover the required gen Ed courses. I say this because there are several science classes that are part of the Deaconess as well as most nursing programs that you may not have had during your schooling for counseling. If you don't have the A & P I and II, Chemistry and Microbiology you can take those through your local college or through an approved (by Deaconess) school through distance Ed. It is very important that you be sure that any classes that you want to take and plan to transfer to this school are approved prior to taking them.

    I have read much discussion on the cost of Deaconess on this BB. I have to say that yes this is the most expensive program that I considered but it is also the one I feel has the merit. They are a nursing college and have been long before they added the distance programs. The school is accredited by numerous nursing associations and for that reason they would not add a distance program that would jeopardize their accreditation. Also as was mentioned on another post, the ADN program is currently in it's first year and there are no graduates at this point. I have been corresponding to one of the current students and she is extremely happy with the program and the professionalism of the school overall.

    The bottom line is whatever program you decide to pursue will ultimately come down to you. No matter how good the reputation of the school, no matter how great it's NCLEX pass rate is, no matter how $$ or inexpensive the program is has absolutely no bearing on YOUR outcome.

    My very best to you in whatever you decide.
    The Deaconess website is
    www.Deaconess.edu.
    C
  6. by   Dr. Kate
    There are other ways to participate in the birth experience besides nursing. My hospital has a very active doula program.

    There are lactation consultants that are not part of La Leche. I know UCLA has programs.
  7. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by Dr. Kate
    There are other ways to participate in the birth experience besides nursing. My hospital has a very active doula program.

    There are lactation consultants that are not part of La Leche. I know UCLA has programs.
    Dr. Kate, I'm confused by this post?
    C
  8. by   Tim-GNP
    Check out the Excelsior program in New York- there are reputed to be very good [my friend Amanda is working on her RN through them!]... she loves it.
  9. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Only problem with that though, Tim, is that people need some sort of medical background for EC..... and they're (thankfully) even getting more strict on the matter. You wouldn't believe some of the ya-hoos who got into the program. Kind of makes all EC students look bad.

    *I'm not saying that YOU are one of those people, L&D, so please don't take offense. I am just talking about some other people I know who have no degree and no medical background.
  10. by   mona b RN
    Originally posted by Spazzy Nurse
    Only problem with that though, Tim, is that people need some sort of medical background for EC..... and they're (thankfully) even getting more strict on the matter. You wouldn't believe some of the ya-hoos who got into the program. Kind of makes all EC students look bad.

    *I'm not saying that YOU are one of those people, L&D, so please don't take offense. I am just talking about some other people I know who have no degree and no medical background.
    Yes, I can vouch for that Spazzy Nurse. I just received my nursing review packet from Excelsior. You really have to have some background or they will turn you down for admission. Current experience seems to carry the most weight though. This whole review process is very interesting. I actually called Sue Culver who is the nursing admission advisor and spoke with her at length, she was very helpful and informative. To be frank, she was more informative and helpful than I anticipated due to the sloppy way they handle new inquiries; i.e. returning phone calls and the like. So I was pleasantly surprised that she stayed on the phone with me for as long as she did. Now I need to decide whether to pursue Deaconess or Excelsior.


    mona b
  11. by   TNcanNURSE
    I know that you have to have medical background to be enrolled in EC.

    They have quit accepting CNA's into their program.

    I know they accept LPN's and EMT's.


    MA's I don't know about, but if you don't have a license I think you might have some difficulty getting into the program.
  12. by   Spazzy Nurse
    An EMT-P (paramedic) is very different than an EMT-B. I think paramedics deserve to be admitted. EMT-B's, I guess I can't make a judgement before knowing their work hx.

    I know that psych. techs are admitted. I have always thought those were basically CNAs, but maybe I am wrong.

    CMAs are admitted--- or at least they were in the recent past.

    A degree doesn't always make a difference anyway in my opinion. I have met 2 people in person, 1 with their LPN and the other with their paramedic degree, neither which have practiced since the mid 70's. The LPN got her degree and then decided she didn't want to do it, so she has no experience as a nurse. Were they admitted to the program? Si senor.
  13. by   mona b RN
    Hi Spazzy nurse,

    Yes, they are still admitting CMA's. My situation is a little different because although I never became certified, I have a transcript from the college I attended. It seems to me that you have to be very motivated and present them with a very organized and realistic plan for obtaining clinical and patient care exposure. I think they are getting stricter on their admitting policies, which imho, is not such a bad idea.

    I wonder what is going on with the California issue? Anybody know?

    mona b
  14. by   opalmRN
    Just wanted to throw in my two cents here.

    I also contacted Excelsior last summer. I was told that I would have to take an EMT course to be considered. (BTW, that was not true) so I enrolled in a 7 month class. Got up to December when I found out Excelsior changed that. EMT-B would be admitted but after Jan 1, 2003 they had to have an additional 1000 hours POST certification in order to get into Excelsior's program. So, when I contacted the school again about this change I was told my only other option was to have my educational and work experienced reviewed. I ask for the review packet and when it was finally sent (had to make a second request) it turns out that the review form is an exact duplicate of the form that is used for students to review whether they are ready for the CPNE weekend. I couldn't believe it. Excelsior is saying that to be considered for their program you must posses the same skills as you would have at the end. What is that all about? What is the point of the program if you need to have the same skills at the end as you do to be considered at the beginning?

    Needless to say, I have lost faith in Excelsior and the way that they considered applicants. I do believe that there are excellent nurses out there who did go through the Excelsior program. I just think that in addition to narrowing the field of who they accept they also need to consider what it is that they are looking for in the first place. As another poster indicated, just because you have the certification in a particular field does not necessarily have any indication of how proficient one is at that job.

    I also know a school that teaches medical assisting. I would not admit any of the graduates from that school to a nursing program merely because of their certification. On the same hand I know several medical assistants that are not certified that I highly respect for their experience and knowledge.

    I wish that I had had better results from Excelsior but I also believe that everything happens for a reason.

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