I see that this thread is a little bit dated, but due to my experiences with Rasmussen students, I felt the need to post a comment. I can't speak for WI, because I am in Fla. First of all, the first comment is from someone who claims to be a Dean of their nursing program, yet his writing style screams salesman, not to mention, unprofessional. No capitalization or spaces where they are needed. I am a graduate nurse myself and have had to share clinical space with Rasmussen, Keiser, etc students and I am less than impressed. It's true, they will take ANYBODY! If they can help you secure the $50,000 in tuition, you're in like flynn.
The Rasmussen students in my opinion are woefully inadequate. They are very rude and behave unprofessionally also. My experience with them yesterday went like this: First of all they hogged up the computers. One girl who had on gobs of make up and big huge fake eyelashes, and a giant boufant hairdo had to be told three times to get off the computers so a NURSE could use it!! How entitled is that? This same one gave me an attitude when I asked her to let me use the computer so I could chart my shift assessments, she had the nerve to say, "Can't you use one of the WOWS to chart?" That's when my preceptor stepped in and told her that I'm on preceptorship and whatever she's doing on the computer isn't as important as what I need to do, and the nurses and preceptor students trump them. I found out later they are just out of fundamentals and beginning Adult I, so they should know better.... All day I had to tolerate glares and attitudes from them.
I think they are jealous because I'm a community college student and they can't get in there. They all remind me of nursing school rejects. Only one was nice that I met a few weeks ago, but her knowledge deficit is huge. She was on preceptorship with my preceptor at that time, and I was following them that day, well the preceptor asked her for a pts b/p trends and she got a blank look on her face, she didn't know what that meant. Then she told me that a pt's b/p was 80/113. I said, "You mean 113/80?" And she insisted it was that because the computer said so, and I explained that someone must've manually entered it, and they flip flopped the numbers. It didn't dawn on her that 80/113 is physiologically impossible!! Additionally, I took three of her pts, well two of them needed dressing changes and I offered for her to do them since she was on preceptorship and she declined, but instead asked if she could watch me. I had the feeling she's never done one before. And this is someone who was days away from graduating from an RN program!!
Yesterday they also hogged up the break room with their huge backpacks, bags and lunch coolers. What were always told about that?? We weren't allowed to bring backpacks or even a lunch, we had to spend a small fortune on the cafeteria to eat so we wouldn't take up space from the staff! Then when my preceptor and I went into the break room to eat our lunch, a whole gang of them came piling in and one of them picked up her big wheeled back pack and set it on top of the lunch table like it was no big deal! Gross! We eat on the table. Those wheels have been on the ground and hospital floors, yuck! I would have said something to her if I was staff. My preceptor said nothing, but we both looked at her. Lastly, two of these students totally screwed up a pt. They were clueless to the most minor of common sense stuff. The pt was in a wheelchair, naked except for a dirty stained gown, juices running down her body from an open infected wound, pee on the floor and her IV tubing practically ripped from her arm because it was all wound-up around her wheelchair. They were bumbling around, their instructor peeked in and did nothing to intervene. So I went in, it wasn't my pt, but I felt like I had to do something. The two jerks up and left me there without so much as a "thanks", just a dirty look from one, and left me to clean up the huge mess they made. And the one that gave me the look was also being mean to this pt. She rolled her eyes at her and spoke to her in a snappish tone.
I'm disturbed that these schools are allowed to do business and they are churning out a poor quality product. And we actually have to compete with it! They are causing a glut in the market and stinking up the nursing profession. Every encounter I've had with them during my three years of nursing school has been about the same, and it's because the "college" will literally take anybody. There is a reason nursing schools have certain accreditations. One of the manuevers that Rasmussen and other for-profit private schools like them use, is the alleged "nursing shortage". This tactic paves the way for them to earn accreditation. This fact should not be confused with the idea that they are providing a quality education, because from what I've seen they are not. There is also a reason that nursing school takes nearly three years to complete. It should.
There is an ABUNDANCE of information one must learn. Rasmussen also doesn't have prerequisites, and that is a disadvantage to the student and the public they will one day care for. Prerequisite classes provide a foundation of understanding of disease processes, the physiology of the human body, growth and development, psychology and social science. It also shows which of the applicants has the brains to be a nurse. At my community college, there are hundreds that apply to the biannual application period. Only 24 get picked each time. Not to toot my own horn, but I was one of those 24 and it means a lot. It's a hard-earned accomplishment. We are considered the cream of the crop in the intelligence department. In order to have a chance of getting selected, you really need to have a 4.0 in your prerequisite classes and a very high TEAS score.
It's my opinion that Rasmussen is actually doing a disservice to the medical community. All they care about is getting the tuition.