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Hi, to all. I am new to this forum, and new Excelsior college student. I am useing Rue Study Guide. Any information on NC1 test would be appriciated.

I am wanting to test, I have put off testing, have read alot of negative at other

post about how hard to test is. Anyone with information would sure be appreciated. I also have read alot about the fact that I should have purchased EC books. It's too late now, I already signed to buy from Rue. I work in a large

hospital med-surg floor, 12 hour shifts. Thanks Linda

I don't think it matters so much what you use to study. Go through the EC study guide and make sure you know what it says to know. I am using different books then EC reccomends because I already had them and don't want to spend money I don't have to spend. I took NC1 3 weeks ago and took NC2 today and got As on both.

The biggest hurdle is getting past that first test. It's new and unknown, if you studied and you know the information you will do fine.

Hi, to all. I am new to this forum, and new excelsior college student. I am useing Rue Study Guide. Any information on NC1 test would be appriciated.

I am wanting to test, I have put off testing, have read alot of negative at other

post about how hard to test is. Anyone with information would sure be appreciated. I also have read alot about the fact that I should have purchased EC books. It's too late now, I already signed to buy from Rue. I work in a large

hospital med-surg floor, 12 hour shifts. Thanks Linda

chris_at_lucas_RN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

I finished Excelsior's program in approximately eight months, studying about 20 percent of that time.

I did purchase a study guide system, but it served only as a confidence builder after the first exam or two.

You can do this without buying a single book, although the safest way is to buy the books EC recommends and read the assignments they recomment. But remember, part of the culture of Excelsior College is, they don't care where you learned it, as long as you know it.

I made A's on all my exams. Here's my suggestion for almost painfree progress:

1) Join the yahoo group called "nontradnurses." Here's a link. They have files (I know because I organized them when I was moderator) for each of the nursing concepts exams--they may be called "Lisa's Notes." There are also practice tests, but do not assume that what they say are the right answers are in fact the right answers--double check!

2) Get comfy with http://www.google.com. Use this search engine to look up every disease, every process, every cocept, until you feel good about what you know. It can happen! You'll be amazed at the resources there, free.....

3) Take the practice test at the end of the EC study guide. If you get all the answers right, you are probably going to do OK. If you don't, go back to #2....

4) Go to the bulletin board on the Excelsior site and post for a "study buddy." I got one that way, and it helped a lot--especially with the terror before taking that first exam. We took ours together--it worked!

I also used Excelsior's practice tests for the first three exams. They were terrific.

As a note of caution: There is a group that calls themselves "Excel Advantage" and "Academy of Nursing." Same bunch, two names. They hint at having a relationship with EC (they do not), they say they have "five practice tests for" (however much it is--they don't, it's the same test over and over again, but the second through fifth versions, all the answers are "a," which is no help at all), their study guides, tutoring sessions and "virtual library" are worthless. They actually join various yahoo groups and then advertise their "school!!!!" (I got one of them thrown out of this BB, for posting his ads here.) Oh, and here's the clincher--not a single nurse, not one!--on their "faculty." Not one. (Might have changed since my experience but I'd bet not. They were very unsavory. Very.)

I bought the NC-1--got in there and found out it was just so much manure. It took me about 2 hours on the phone (toll free--so they paid for the call :rotfl: ), but I got my money back.

Lastly, stay in touch with the group here! I got so much support from the members of this board. There are lots of Excelsior alumni here, and we are also pretty proud of what we accomplished. You will be too!

Good luck!

Ahhh, Jeeze ya went and said it all now I have nothing to add!! :rotfl:

I finished Excelsior's program in approximately eight months, studying about 20 percent of that time.

I did purchase a study guide system, but it served only as a confidence builder after the first exam or two.

You can do this without buying a single book, although the safest way is to buy the books EC recommends and read the assignments they recomment. But remember, part of the culture of Excelsior College is, they don't care where you learned it, as long as you know it.

I made A's on all my exams. Here's my suggestion for almost painfree progress:

1) Join the yahoo group called "nontradnurses." Here's a link. They have files (I know because I organized them when I was moderator) for each of the nursing concepts exams--they may be called "Lisa's Notes." There are also practice tests, but do not assume that what they say are the right answers are in fact the right answers--double check!

2) Get comfy with http://www.google.com. Use this search engine to look up every disease, every process, every cocept, until you feel good about what you know. It can happen! You'll be amazed at the resources there, free.....

3) Take the practice test at the end of the EC study guide. If you get all the answers right, you are probably going to do OK. If you don't, go back to #2....

4) Go to the bulletin board on the Excelsior site and post for a "study buddy." I got one that way, and it helped a lot--especially with the terror before taking that first exam. We took ours together--it worked!

I also used Excelsior's practice tests for the first three exams. They were terrific.

As a note of caution: There is a group that calls themselves "Excel Advantage" and "Academy of Nursing." Same bunch, two names. They hint at having a relationship with EC (they do not), they say they have "five practice tests for" (however much it is--they don't, it's the same test over and over again, but the second through fifth versions, all the answers are "a," which is no help at all), their study guides, tutoring sessions and "virtual library" are worthless. They actually join various yahoo groups and then advertise their "school!!!!" (I got one of them thrown out of this BB, for posting his ads here.) Oh, and here's the clincher--not a single nurse, not one!--on their "faculty." Not one. (Might have changed since my experience but I'd bet not. They were very unsavory. Very.)

I bought the NC-1--got in there and found out it was just so much manure. It took me about 2 hours on the phone (toll free--so they paid for the call :rotfl: ), but I got my money back.

Lastly, stay in touch with the group here! I got so much support from the members of this board. There are lots of Excelsior alumni here, and we are also pretty proud of what we accomplished. You will be too!

Good luck!

chris_at_lucas_RN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

Ahhh, Jeeze ya went and said it all now I have nothing to add!! :rotfl:
Shoot, it's just the same thing I told you and 20 or 30 other people. Just can't resist.....

mona b RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Child/Adolescent Mental Health.

I finished Excelsior's program in approximately eight months, studying about 20 percent of that time.

I did purchase a study guide system, but it served only as a confidence builder after the first exam or two.

You can do this without buying a single book, although the safest way is to buy the books EC recommends and read the assignments they recomment. But remember, part of the culture of Excelsior College is, they don't care where you learned it, as long as you know it.

I made A's on all my exams. Here's my suggestion for almost painfree progress:

1) Join the yahoo group called "nontradnurses." Here's a link. They have files (I know because I organized them when I was moderator) for each of the nursing concepts exams--they may be called "Lisa's Notes." There are also practice tests, but do not assume that what they say are the right answers are in fact the right answers--double check!

2) Get comfy with http://www.google.com. Use this search engine to look up every disease, every process, every cocept, until you feel good about what you know. It can happen! You'll be amazed at the resources there, free.....

3) Take the practice test at the end of the EC study guide. If you get all the answers right, you are probably going to do OK. If you don't, go back to #2....

4) Go to the bulletin board on the Excelsior site and post for a "study buddy." I got one that way, and it helped a lot--especially with the terror before taking that first exam. We took ours together--it worked!

I also used Excelsior's practice tests for the first three exams. They were terrific.

As a note of caution: There is a group that calls themselves "Excel Advantage" and "Academy of Nursing." Same bunch, two names. They hint at having a relationship with EC (they do not), they say they have "five practice tests for" (however much it is--they don't, it's the same test over and over again, but the second through fifth versions, all the answers are "a," which is no help at all), their study guides, tutoring sessions and "virtual library" are worthless. They actually join various yahoo groups and then advertise their "school!!!!" (I got one of them thrown out of this BB, for posting his ads here.) Oh, and here's the clincher--not a single nurse, not one!--on their "faculty." Not one. (Might have changed since my experience but I'd bet not. They were very unsavory. Very.)

I bought the NC-1--got in there and found out it was just so much manure. It took me about 2 hours on the phone (toll free--so they paid for the call :rotfl: ), but I got my money back.

Lastly, stay in touch with the group here! I got so much support from the members of this board. There are lots of Excelsior alumni here, and we are also pretty proud of what we accomplished. You will be too!

Good luck!

I like this plan :idea: Sounds like excellent advice Chris!

Hello,

I am having trouble logging in the yahoo link, any suggestions.

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QUOTE=chris_at_lucas_RN]I finished Excelsior's program in approximately eight months, studying about 20 percent of that time.

I did purchase a study guide system, but it served only as a confidence builder after the first exam or two.

You can do this without buying a single book, although the safest way is to buy the books EC recommends and read the assignments they recomment. But remember, part of the culture of Excelsior College is, they don't care where you learned it, as long as you know it.

I made A's on all my exams. Here's my suggestion for almost painfree progress:

1) Join the yahoo group called "nontradnurses." Here's a link. They have files (I know because I organized them when I was moderator) for each of the nursing concepts exams--they may be called "Lisa's Notes." There are also practice tests, but do not assume that what they say are the right answers are in fact the right answers--double check!

2) Get comfy with www.google.com. Use this search engine to look up every disease, every process, every cocept, until you feel good about what you know. It can happen! You'll be amazed at the resources there, free.....

3) Take the practice test at the end of the EC study guide. If you get all the answers right, you are probably going to do OK. If you don't, go back to #2....

4) Go to the bulletin board on the Excelsior site and post for a "study buddy." I got one that way, and it helped a lot--especially with the terror before taking that first exam. We took ours together--it worked!

I also used Excelsior's practice tests for the first three exams. They were terrific.

As a note of caution: There is a group that calls themselves "Excel Advantage" and "Academy of Nursing." Same bunch, two names. They hint at having a relationship with EC (they do not), they say they have "five practice tests for" (however much it is--they don't, it's the same test over and over again, but the second through fifth versions, all the answers are "a," which is no help at all), their study guides, tutoring sessions and "virtual library" are worthless. They actually join various yahoo groups and then advertise their "school!!!!" (I got one of them thrown out of this BB, for posting his ads here.) Oh, and here's the clincher--not a single nurse, not one!--on their "faculty." Not one. (Might have changed since my experience but I'd bet not. They were very unsavory. Very.)

I bought the NC-1--got in there and found out it was just so much manure. It took me about 2 hours on the phone (toll free--so they paid for the call :rotfl: ), but I got my money back.

Lastly, stay in touch with the group here! I got so much support from the members of this board. There are lots of Excelsior alumni here, and we are also pretty proud of what we accomplished. You will be too!

Good luck!

Jo Dirt

Has 9 years experience.

I took NC 1 a few weeks ago and got a B. I really didn't study much for it and not being that ambitious a B is fine with me, and I would usually balk at a C but I'm so burned out on school anymore that if a C is passing let me have it. Anyway, if you are an LPN NC1 will be stuff you are mostly familiar with. You've just got to take that big step and sign up.

Thank you all for the encouragement! I am scheduled for Dec. 1, that will be my first

hurdle. Thanks again.

Betty_SPN_KS, LPN

Specializes in LTC.

linda111, how did the test go on Dec 1? I still haven't scheduled my first one. :o

About the Academy of Nursing/ExcelAdvantage: How can the same company have such worthless study material, yet have such a good CPNE Bootcamp

that so many rave about? Can someone explain this to me?

I would stay away from the academy of nursing! Take the EC workshop if you intend to take one. I found the workshop I attended last month informative.

Kim

I messed up and used that "nursing academy" also. Oh well, afterwards I found a much better study guide with software out there for a lot less, and have been trucking right along ever since. I really did need a study guide, as I just needed some direction for what to study - there's just too much in all the books to be focusing on everything! Anyways, working on NC2 now. Anyone else working on NC2 right now?

By the way, I'm new, so if you guys have any advice, I'd appreciate it.

chris_at_lucas_RN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

I messed up and used that "nursing academy" also. Oh well, afterwards I found a much better study guide with software out there for a lot less, and have been trucking right along ever since. I really did need a study guide, as I just needed some direction for what to study - there's just too much in all the books to be focusing on everything! Anyways, working on NC2 now. Anyone else working on NC2 right now?

By the way, I'm new, so if you guys have any advice, I'd appreciate it.

You already learned an important lesson, to say away from the Academy of Nursing. (I got my money back, threatened to rat them out to the Utah Dept of Ed and the NLN, based on false advertising.)

If you haven't, you must (just must!) join the yahoo group called nontradnurses and there is another one that is useful called allnursesstudents (or something like that--search the yahoo group page for "allnurses" and it will come up). The nontradnurses site has file folders for each of the NC exams, with practice tests, notes from previous students. I found it so useful I made it the basis for my preparation, using google to fill in the gaps.

Also, in contrast to what one might see elsewhere, and this is sooooo strictly my personal opinion, the better your grade for each of the NC exams, the higher the probability that you will remember more for the NCLEX (and, golly gee whiz :lol2: , the practice of nursing), so I would encourage you to give it all you've got. Really push to learn. It pays off, first for you, then for your patients.

Good luck!

chris_at_lucas_RN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

Hello, I am having trouble logging in the yahoo link, any suggestions.
Sorry I didn't pick up on this before. You can always email or PM me (email preferred) if something I post isn't linking up right. Sometimes I just put the link in wrong or something.

Try these, which are the only ones I stayed in, out of maybe 10 or 12 groups:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nontradnurses/

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/allnursesstudents/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RNstudentsforum/

AND while you are avoiding the Acadmey of Nursing, you will do well to avoid their yahoo groups. These are disguised as regular, normal, nursing student groups, but they are run by Rob Butner, who is the genius behind the A of N. He will send you an Academy of Nursing ad as soon as you join, moderates the posts (good luck getting a complaint posted!), and the whole thing is a massive advertisement.

You can get what you need from legitimate, honest, upfront sources.

Sorry I didn't pick up on this before. You can always email or PM me (email preferred) if something I post isn't linking up right. Sometimes I just put the link in wrong or something.

Try these, which are the only ones I stayed in, out of maybe 10 or 12 groups:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nontradnurses/

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/allnursesstudents/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RNstudentsforum/

AND while you are avoiding the Acadmey of Nursing, you will do well to avoid their yahoo groups. These are disguised as regular, normal, nursing student groups, but they are run by Rob Butner, who is the genius behind the A of N. He will send you an Academy of Nursing ad as soon as you join, moderates the posts (good luck getting a complaint posted!), and the whole thing is a massive advertisement.

You can get what you need from legitimate, honest, upfront sources.

I joined these and a few other Yahoo groups about a year ago. I agree, the notes and linked information available one these sites are tremendous. However, the way yahoo works the BB is outdated. Many of these groups have moderators and unlike here on allnurses, EVERY message has to go through a moderator before it's posted. I'm sorry to say at least a dozen times I have submitted a message to these boards and they were never posted but came back to me with a message indicating the "moderator" had not reviewed the message in 14 days and would therefore not be posted.

That is a huge disappointment and waste of time. If I post a question today here on allnurses, I can bet money I will get an answer the same day. WIth my busy schedule I don't have time to sit for days, weeks waiting for someone to reply. I might as well write a traditional letter and send it snail mail!! :rotfl:

So I encourage everyone studying to hit the Yahoo groups for the notes because they are very helpful and many folks put a great deal of time and effort into them but if its interaction and answers to specific questions, allnurses is the place.

Spazzy Nurse, RN

Specializes in Mental Health, MI/CD, Neurology. Has 9 years experience.

they are run by Rob Butner

Ohhhhhhhh I haven't heard that pukey little man's name for a long time. I remember catching him posing as a student on another board. He is a giant dork.

Ohhhhhhhh I haven't heard that pukey little man's name for a long time. I remember catching him posing as a student on another board. He is a giant dork.

I'll keep my eye open for this one. Thanks guys for the heads up!

BBFRN, BSN, PhD

Specializes in Trauma,ER,CCU/OHU/Nsg Ed/Nsg Research. Has 15 years experience.

Ohhhhhhhh I haven't heard that pukey little man's name for a long time. I remember catching him posing as a student on another board. He is a giant dork.

Lol...so true. He has posted on the yahoo groups and here...he changes his name often, but you can always tell it's him.

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