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LPN_2005/RN_10 has 5 years experience and specializes in Cardiac Care, Palliative Care.

I've been accepted into UT-Arlington's RN-BSN program! Starting classes in November!

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    Excelsior in Maryland

    You may want to contact someone from Maryland's Board of Nursing to get a direct answer. http://www.mbon.org/main.php?v=norm&p=0&c=contact.html But I did find the website below. The report was established in September 2009, but I don't know if it's the most up-to-date. http://www.mbon.org/news/dlc_final_report.pdf
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    Congrats! Good luck on your NCLEX!
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    Does Excelsior have a good LPN to RN Program

    good luck!
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    How to deal with negative comments about Excelsior

    You already told them that the program is accredited, and you're able to take the NCLEX, and that's basically what your employer need to know. As far as their ignorance of distance learning programs, you can't change their opinions. Excelsior is a real school that is located in New York which offers distance learning programs, just like thousands of universities in the U.S. My coworkers were very understandable when they knew I would be testing out of classes and clinicals, since they told me I was pretty much working on an RN level anyway, but getting paid as an LPN. If your coworkers have any respect for you, which it seems like they don't, they will recognize your skills and knowledge, and have confidence that you're able to do distance learning without having to sit in a classroom and starting with the basics-->skills you're probably performing everyday at work. If you already informed them about Excelsior and they still don't approve of it, just ignore them. Go to work with your head held high, performing your skills at your best! If they keep bugging you about Excelsior, ask them if they're willing to pay your bills while you're enrolled full-time to a "real college" getting a "real education" Good luck with your studies!
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    Getting started with Excelsior College

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    there is a New GN in town!

    Congrats! Good luck on your NCLEX and RN career!
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    Does Excelsior have a good LPN to RN Program

    It seems that you're off to a great start! You already did alot of research already on Excelsior, especially finding out that Excelsior was accepted in your state. And you already know that Excelsior grads can find jobs, given that your previous co-worker is now working at a major hospital in the ICU. I graduated from Excelsior in December 2009 and is now working in a hospital on an acute palliative care unit. I was working a full-time and part-time job when I started with Excelsior, and was able to complete the program in 1 year. I am highly satisfied with Excelsior's nursing program. RUE and The College Network is quite expensive and is not necessary in order to pass the exams. You can go on Ebay to find books and study materials for alot less than the publishing company's materials. You'll have to finish with all of the program's requirements, pass the FCCA and CPNE before you are eligible for the NCLEX. The 2 1/2 day clinical exam was challenging, but it helps to have some sort of clinical background, which it seems like you have, working on an acute rehab unit. Good luck!
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    "obama" grant to go back to school

    If you go to the Distance Learning forum under the Students tab, you will find loads of info on Excelsior.
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    "obama" grant to go back to school

    http://obamagrantmoney.com/ http://www.propublica.org/article/bogus-obama-mom-grants-lure-students
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    LTC vs. Hospital, good move or not?

    I agree with one of the above posts that suggested you go prn at the nursing home of your choice 1st before totally quitting your hospital job.
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    Do Excelsior grads have a hard time being hired?

    New York accepts Excelsior's nursing degree, but the job market is pretty tight right now. Even nurses with BSNs from "traditional' nursing programs is having a difficult time finding employment. You've probably read recent posts from members stating Excelsior grads will never find jobs, but don't believe everything you read...especially from people who are only giving their opinion, not facts. But some states either don't accept Excelsior's degree or require you to have additional clinical hours with a preceptor. So doing careful research will prevent potential students from wasting their time and money. In my state, everyone I know(which is several people) that graduated from Excelsior, obtained employment shortly afterwards. My current employer only cared about whether the school I graduated from was accredited, I had an active license, and my previous work performance. I had excellent letters of recommendations from my manager and coworkers that sealed the deal in getting the position I have now. So good luck, and don't let the negative feedback from people who never attended or even graduated from Excelsior deter you!
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    Cheapest online RN-BSN

    http://www.stateu.com/uta/ProgramInfo.aspx?id=228 The have an online RN-BSN program for anyone with an unrestricted RN license. You can live in any state to apply.
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    Cheapest online RN-BSN

    The cheapest program I found so far that don't require a clinical is University Of Texas Arlington. The total program for the nursing courses is $6,450, 32 credit hours and 13 months completion time if full-time. The cheapest program that does require a clinical I found was University of Wyoming at $94/credit. After months of researching programs, I'm going to apply for the Spring 2011 semester at the University of Texas Arlington.
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    UT Arlington Partnership Online RN-BSN

    I was wondering how UT Arlington RN-BSN program is going for you? I'm highly considering this program due to the low cost and excellent reputation. From what I see, there is no clinical? Did they accept most of your previous general ed and associate degree credits?
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    Thanks for ruining my holiday ....

    Don't feel bad! It took me 4 months after graduating to get a position at the same place I've been employed at for 7 1/2 years! The job market for new grads is horrific in most areas. There are multiple threads regarding new grads being unable to find employment. Get a few letters of recommendations from your current manager and your co-workers. Have your resume and cover letter spruced up. There will be competition for these positions! Also apply for each and every position they have posted, even if it's not your dream job. Good luck!
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    Thanks for ruining my holiday ....

    I agree with Jolie regarding the "loser" comment. But I am interested to know the caller's exact words. I know how it feels getting multiple rejection letters and emails, and a few phone calls. I also felt like a loser, due to not being qualified enough for most hospital's RN positions. Some nurse recruiters and managers were very blunt with me regarding my lack of experience and qualifications for the position I had applied for, but there was never any name calling. When I was a new grad, a nurse recruiter called to tell me I didn't qualify for any of their RN positions, but after 6 months of working as an RN, I can apply again with them. I felt like she and other hospitals were basically telling me I was worthless. I also kind of overreacted when explaining to other people the reason why I didn't get the jobs I was applying for. I'll tell them that the nurse recruiters and/or hiring managers called be worthless, a loser, and that my previous LPN experience doesn't mean jack to them. But, honestly, they didn't tell me any of those things, I just felt like they were saying that when they basically told me I didn't qualify for any of their RN positions. I see on your profile that you have no nursing experience. There are lots of new grads that don't start out in their dream job without working somewhere else in order to get the necessary 1 year experience most RN positions are requiring. Good luck with your job search!