Share you Deaconess Experiences! - page 4

I've started looking into the Deaconess route for the LPN to RN program. I'd appreciate it if anyone would share their experiences (good and bad) with Deaconess, even if you decided not to... Read More

  1. by   mona b RN
    Quote from nadja9
    Hi Mona b,

    No, none of us got to finish our pn. It was a really bad deal. The sad thing is, I loved that program the first semester. I was working my butt off, but I really liked my instructors, and I even though I only had one week out of the semester that I didn't have a test in at least one class, I had nothing but great things to say about the program. I don't know how many people I told to consider DCN.

    I should've been ready to sit for my RN boards this summer, and instead, I'll just be starting over in the fall, if I can afford it. I am now paying back student loans for DCN. I have to have an even/weekend program because of work. Since I'm a single mom of a daughter getting ready to go to college in the fall, not working is not an option. Because I already have a BS degree, I don't qualify for any free money (grants) and must rely on student loans and out of pocket.

    Regardless, I am glad that you have not encountered the problems I did. I wish you the best, and I think nursing is an amazing field. I've worked in some area of healthcare most of my working life, and I admire the work nurses do. Anyone who can say, "I'm a Nurse", be proud. You are the backbone, the strength of the healthcare system. You provide comfort, physically and emotionally. You wipe the tears of people who are scared, in pain, feel helpless and hopeless. Sometimes it's your own tears you must attend to. YOU SAVE LIVES. And at the end of the shift, when your back, your legs, your feet, and your brain is sore, when you haven't had a break, haven't eaten, and your bladder is the size of a football because you haven't had time to go to the bathroom, you leave thoroughly exhausted. And when you do, you can smile and stand tall, feeling great about the work you have done - that you've made a difference. It's an awesome feeling.

    So, I will get that RN. And I'm glad you will, too, even if it's sooner than me!!! YOU RAT!!! LOL. Just kidding, you have my support.

    Wow Nadja, what a graceful post. Thanks so much for the well wishes. I wish you all the best and I hope that your next nursing school experience is a great one!

    Going to school is never easy, especially when you are a working mom. It sounds like you were a great student too. Best of luck to you
  2. by   mona b RN
    Quote from nadja9
    Hi

    Hi Cheri,

    The student in Louisiana needs to check with her state board of nursing. In the minutes from July, 2004, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing had some issues with DCN online specifically because of the clinical situation. Just an FYI I thought I'd pass on.

    Also, since we were in the online program, DCN has obviously made some changes, but that didn't help us back when we were supposed to start our clinicals. You guys are lucky you weren't in it then.
    Here is a link to the minutes from July. I did not notice anything out of the ordinary. It sounds like they are really trying to prepare themselves for more programs such as DCN.
    Check it out. Scroll about halfway down the page. You can also do a search from the homepage for "Deaconess".

    http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/document...in04272004.pdf
  3. by   nadja9
    Quote from mona b
    Here is a link to the minutes from July. I did not notice anything out of the ordinary. It sounds like they are really trying to prepare themselves for more programs such as DCN.
    Check it out. Scroll about halfway down the page. You can also do a search from the homepage for "Deaconess".

    http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/document...in04272004.pdf

    Hey Mona,

    Thanks for that! It's actually a different set of minutes than I have!
  4. by   nadja9
    Quote from mona b
    Here is a link to the minutes from July. I did not notice anything out of the ordinary. It sounds like they are really trying to prepare themselves for more programs such as DCN.
    Check it out. Scroll about halfway down the page. You can also do a search from the homepage for "Deaconess".

    http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/document...in04272004.pdf

    Hello again.

    Just got off their website. Those minutes you linked to were from April. Look at Septembers, months later. The final decision was individual review. Check it out.
  5. by   mona b RN
    Quote from nadja9
    Hello again.

    Just got off their website. Those minutes you linked to were from April. Look at Septembers, months later. The final decision was individual review. Check it out.
    Yes, I saw that as well. I think they also mentioned Excelscior college in the same statement.
  6. by   fry.girl
    Quote from nadja9
    Hi

    Hi Cheri,

    The student in Louisiana needs to check with her state board of nursing. In the minutes from July, 2004, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing had some issues with DCN online specifically because of the clinical situation. Just an FYI I thought I'd pass on.

    Also, since we were in the online program, DCN has obviously made some changes, but that didn't help us back when we were supposed to start our clinicals. You guys are lucky you weren't in it then.
    Nadja9,

    I am so sorry to hear that the Deaconess program started out rough for you and your classmates. But I was just wondering...if you completed many of the DCN courses not too long ago, couldn't you reenter and finish what you need for the PN component. By third semester you would be more than half way done. Then what you started would not be totally lost. Apparently they have the clinical issues under control now and you would be able to have the experience you need.

    Just a thought...I am sure that you may be turned off by the past problems...but perhaps there is something there to salvage.

    Best Wishes to you in your further pursuit of nursing.

    Cheri
    Last edit by fry.girl on Feb 3, '05
  7. by   VickyRN
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  8. by   nadja9
    Quote from cbarnett2
    Nadja9,

    I am so sorry to hear that the Deaconess program started out rough for you and your classmates. But I was just wondering...if you completed many of the DCN courses not too long ago, couldn't you reenter and finish what you need for the PN component. By third semester you would be more than half way done. Then what you started would not be totally lost. Apparently they have the clinical issues under control now and you would be able to have the experience you need.

    Just a thought...I am sure that you may be turned off by the past problems...but perhaps there is something there to salvage.

    Best Wishes to you in your further pursuit of nursing.

    Cheri
    Hi Cheri,

    Actually, it didn't start rough. It just ended that way due to the clinical issue. I had a GPA of 3.85 or 3.8 something after 1st semester. And I loved DCN at that point. At the time things happened, it was policy that the program was continuous, and one could not sit out a semester. I actually thought about going back there, but they actually have restructured the program since then (the clinical issues aren't the only things that have changed). So there is a group of us moving on to other schools.

    However, I am glad it appears DCN has worked out the "bugs" in the program, and I wish you the very best. You have my support, positive thoughts, and prayers as you go on your journey. The only reason I began discussing the whole thing was because I didn't want anyone else to go through what we did.
  9. by   mona b RN
    Quote from nadja9
    Hi Cheri,

    Actually, it didn't start rough. It just ended that way due to the clinical issue. I had a GPA of 3.85 or 3.8 something after 1st semester. And I loved DCN at that point. At the time things happened, it was policy that the program was continuous, and one could not sit out a semester. I actually thought about going back there, but they actually have restructured the program since then (the clinical issues aren't the only things that have changed). So there is a group of us moving on to other schools.

    However, I am glad it appears DCN has worked out the "bugs" in the program, and I wish you the very best. You have my support, positive thoughts, and prayers as you go on your journey. The only reason I began discussing the whole thing was because I didn't want anyone else to go through what we did.
    Hi Nadja9,

    I find it very disturbing that things like this were allowed to develop for students at DCN. I'm not quite sure exactly what the issues were but if it were "clinical issues" I don't understand how come they did not accommadate the students at FPH.

    There used to be a policy that if a student wanted to sit for the nclex pn, they had to exit out for a semster but I have not heard that you must remain in the program without semester break. Actually, it does say in the catalog that if you exit out for more than 1 semester you may have to reapply which leads me to believe that leaves of absence were acceptable.The policy regarding taking a LOA for the sake of taking the nclex may apply to future students, I am not really sure on that one.

    BTW, nice gpa.
  10. by   nadja9
    Quote from mona b
    Hi Nadja9,

    I find it very disturbing that things like this were allowed to develop for students at DCN. I'm not quite sure exactly what the issues were but if it were "clinical issues" I don't understand how come they did not accommadate the students at FPH.

    There used to be a policy that if a student wanted to sit for the nclex pn, they had to exit out for a semster but I have not heard that you must remain in the program without semester break. Actually, it does say in the catalog that if you exit out for more than 1 semester you may have to reapply which leads me to believe that leaves of absence were acceptable.The policy regarding taking a LOA for the sake of taking the nclex may apply to future students, I am not really sure on that one.

    BTW, nice gpa.
    Hi!

    Yes, they had that PN policy when I was there. And we didn't understand why we weren't offered FPH til the VERY end. Like I said before, a lot has changed since we were there. And for the sake of others, I am happy.

    Thank you on the GPA. That was a crazy semester! Woo-hoo!
  11. by   fry.girl
    Quote from mona b
    There used to be a policy that if a student wanted to sit for the nclex pn, they had to exit out for a semster but I have not heard that you must remain in the program without semester break. Actually, it does say in the catalog that if you exit out for more than 1 semester you may have to reapply which leads me to believe that leaves of absence were acceptable.The policy regarding taking a LOA for the sake of taking the nclex may apply to future students, I am not really sure on that one.
    Mona,

    Have you heard recently that the policy on taking a semester off for the NCLEX PN is no longer required. Last semester I signed a form as to whether or not I wanted to take the NCLEX PN and if I selected yes, I agreed to take a semester off. I had not heard that this changed. If so, I will graduate sooner than I thought...WOOHOO!

    Also I know that at this point you can take a semester off and still return to the program where you left off as long as you give notice of your intentions. I know this because I have already requested to take the summer off this year...I do not want to do Semester III of the program over the short summer term, plus I have other gen eds I want to work on. There are a handful of my classmates that are doing the same.

    Cheri
  12. by   nadja9
    Hey you guys,

    Who owns Deaconess now? Is the school still owned by Tenet, or did that new company that bought Forest Park Hospital buy the school?

    I hope the weather is better where you all are at. It is cold and gloomy here. C'mooooooooon Spring!!!!
  13. by   fry.girl
    Quote from nadja9
    Hey you guys,

    Who owns Deaconess now? Is the school still owned by Tenet, or did that new company that bought Forest Park Hospital buy the school?

    I hope the weather is better where you all are at. It is cold and gloomy here. C'mooooooooon Spring!!!!
    Nadja9,

    The hospital (Forest Park) was sold but the school (Deaconess) is still owned by Tenet.

    Cheri

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