Regents College - page 3
Hi Im considering going back and advancing my degree at Regents. Has anyone had any dealings with the school, what are they like, what have you heard? Are their programs any good? Does the work... Read More
Mar 18, '04Quote from llileyWith 10 years prior experience as an LPN, I had no difficulty passing the boards or any of their tests (1996). Remember that passing the boards is just an indicator of beginning or novice proficiency and knowledge.wondering if you have heard anything negative about Excelsior graduates or difficulty passing the NClexx.
The clinical was so stressful that I would not go there again when I went for for my BSN or MSN. I saw several ADN's (already RN's) fail the clinical. If you fail, you must retake and pay again.
The really good thing about the program is I could work full time and get credit for nursing courses without a ton of busy work (as in the traditional nursing programs). I challenged the nursing courses in about 6 months by taking 6 tests over two weekends.
The bad part was I had to wait 11 months to take the clinical AFTER PAYING more than $1000 (I don't recall the exact amount). The fastest place I could get in to take the clinical was Long Beach CA and I live in TN.
Everyone I took clinical with was an RN or LPN, one Paramedic successfully took and passed the clinical by memorizing the clinical syllabus/study guide word for word. Five people out of 14 failed when I was there. The Evaluators did try to be objective. They expected you to know the material, it is spelled out exactly in the syllabus what you will be tested on and if you didn't know it or could not demonstrate those skills under pressure you were out! Most people failed for compromising patient safety, ie not washing their hands before speaking to the patient.
I believe it is difficult to judge the proficiency of an individual based on what program they graduated from. I know some highly skilled nurses who went to crappy schools and I know some borderline nurses from Ivy League schools. It boils down to learning the content you need not only to pass the boards, but to be a competent and responsible nurse. Competency is not spoonfed from the institution. Competency is something that we must attain ourselves by constant evaluation, experience, and continuing education.
Once you find the program that is right for you, GO FOR IT. Let nothing get in your way.