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RetrieverGirl BSN, RN

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  1. I am in the process of switching nursing programs because I failed my second nursing class in my ADN program (in which I would've graduated in December 2010). My only options are to transfer to the BSN program through the same university and start all over, or transfer to Excelsior and finish within 12-18 months for my ADN. I wanted to know more about the program from someone with experience. I was unsuccessful my first semester because I took too many credit hours which left me 2 points short of passing in my main nursing class. The reason for my unfortunate grade this time was some unexpected events that occured the last few weeks of school. I did great on all of my tests, but failed the next to the last test and did horribly. My overall class grade headed for a downward spiral and I ended up coming up 3 points shy on the final to redeem myself. I am ready to get things started and I'm nervous about what to expect from the computerized tests!!! I'm determined to become a nurse this time and NOTHING will stand in my way!!! After successful completion I will sit for the nclex in Ohio.
  2. RetrieverGirl

    Looking for Excelsior nursing grads!!!!

    I need to work right now and I am not wasting my time going to school for another 3 years for my BSN!!! I am very self motivated. Some things happen for a reason and I am a firm believer. I'm not sure why it had to happen to me when I was so close to graduating with my ADN, but I was under a lot of stress at home with some issues the last few weeks of school and I feel it had a large impact on my concentration and performance in the end. Never had a problem all semester and then all of he sudden the walls came crashing down...It hurts deep inside. I wake up every day wondering what happened to me. I'm not jumping nursing schools because I am a failure. I am determined to finish what I started and I will become an RN.
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    Are all Excelsior Grads "Super Smart" ?

    To Lunah: Do you mix any meds or use carbo jets, or ampules for the skills test? And I'm not sure what you mean about using a stethoscope for fluid management with IVs. That is something I never learned in school. Fortunately I still have a lot of my kits left from the ADN program to practice. It doesn't sound as bad as I thought. We had to do skills tests and nail critical points as well during a given time limit. The only downside is we didn't do them all in one weekend!!! Do you remember it taking a long time in between registering for your CPNE? How long is the clinical day? I mean, do you do shifts on the hospital floor? Are you on different units on each day? I find your information to be very helpful to me. I really wanted to know this program inside and out before I committed myself to something foreign to me. The admissions counselors are telling me different things. It really peeves me that I can't speak to a nursing advisor until I am an actual student!!! However, there are 2 exams that I can take before becoming a student and I plan on doing so this summer. I want to purchase a practice exam and skim some of my material to see how I do. I really want to get through this as quickly as possible!!! They said my transcripts would take 6 weeks to transfer so I am not messing around.
  4. RetrieverGirl

    Are all Excelsior Grads "Super Smart" ?

    I'm not sure how to respond in provate to your message, but I am interested in what the CPNE clinical exam entails? I have completed 50% or more of my clinical time in the ADN program I was enrolled in and we went over everything but trach care. What state did you take this exam? I will be taking it in Ohio.
  5. RetrieverGirl

    Looking for Excelsior nursing grads!!!!

    I don't think I could stomach another 3 years right now. I have been in school since 2003. I was an education major and switched to nursing in 2007. I eventually would like to get my BSN, but I can also transition online through the university I attend after I acheive my RN. I would do that after I established a job and hopefully would receive assistance from the institution in which I am employed. With the Excelsior program I am able to work mor often. I work in home health and will have plenty of time to study. But if I attend classes on campus and have 12 hr clinicals I won't be able to work many hours or study for that matter!!!
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    Failed, I need some advice!

    I understand what you mean completely. I am going through the same situation right now, only I was in an accelerated ADN program. I failed by 3 points in my 3rd semester of a 4 semester program. I would be graduating in December if none of this happened. And the worst part is my options are very limited because most other nursing schools will not take my credits because I did not successfully get C's or better in all of my nursing courses. Fortunately the college I attend will let me transfer to an accelerated BSN program, but I would have to repeat some sciences because the gpa criteria is different amongst program. I also wouldn't finish until Summer 2013. Hard to swallow when I was almost there. My college suggested an online ADN program through Excelsior college. Check it out online. It is accredited and is legit. I have called them 3 times to ask questions and I had them send me tons of information. I also read a lot about it on the web and asked other nurses if they have heard about it or knew anyone that graduated from there. It is a self study program and yo have 7 yrs to complete it. You read the information and go to a local testing center to take the exams. There are 8 exams and a 3 component clinical exam that requires travel in the end. After successful completion of the degree you are able to set fot the nclex for licensure. Just be sure that your state doesn't require additional clinical hours for the nclex. I am in the process of enrolling now so that I can finish by July 2011. I also have 2 other friends enrolling as well. It's worth checking into. Keep your head up, you are not the only one out there having difficulties!!! Hope this helps.:hug:
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    Case studies wanted for orthopedics

    Did poorly on ortho section and am prepping for final exam. Would appreciate some assistance with additional material (preferably NCLEX style questions with rationale).
  8. Looking for some useful case studies or scenarios with rationales for IV fluids. I am prepping for our upcoming comprehensive final exam, and need assistance on IV questions. I did poorly on those questions in the past. It would be greatly appreciated!!!
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    Useful resources for ABGs anyone???

    We are currently learning ABGs and fluid and electrolytes in second semester. We just tested over fluid and electrolytes, and now we are covering ABGs. Looks a little confusing to me right now. Anyone know of a helpful method of remembering ABGs or a useful resource that break everything down???? We test in 2 weeks!!!!
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    First test anxiety

    I am a second semester nursing student and I am having a hard time transitioning. I love the clinical setting and do very well, but I unfortunately have a difficult time taking nursing exams. I feel so stupid!!! I failed my first couple of tests and I feel like I am heading for a downward spiral. I constantly look for supplemental material to use to help break down the more difficult concepts. I busted my butt to get into this program and I sometimes feel I have doubts about myself. I often times turn into an emotional wreck. I already had to repeat one class and now there isn't another chance to mess around. Has anyone experienced what I am going through, and if so please give me some helpful advice on how to pull through and keep my sanity!!!!!
  11. RetrieverGirl

    First test anxiety

    Thanks for the advice. As a matter of fact I just purchased a Saunders Nclex book online and received it on Saturday. I feel as though you completely described me in your posting. I try to read all the required chapters and find myself bogged down with information and can barely recall a darn thing!!! I get worried if I don't read EVERYTHING that I will miss important points. Although we have about 6 books required for our semester the instructor did tell us to that she is only using information from our Lewis textbook for test information, so maybe I only need to start focusing in on that book. Now I understand why our first semester nursing instructor told us to get an nclex over the summer....
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    I'm really discouraged

    I am also experiencing the same anxiety as you are describing. I am a second semester student in a 2yr program. I love the clinical setting and I am very much a hands on person, but I unfortunately suck at taking nursing exams. I have a friend that is very book smart and gets fantastic grades on her exams, but lacks the confidence to perform skills during clinical. I have found it very helpful to purchase supplemental information to break down the important concepts into an easier way of learning for me. I need visual examples and mneumonics to assist with difficult information.
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    Need desperate help with test questions.

    I do know you can register your text books online for helpful nclex style questions. Some may give you rationale for choosing the right answer verses the wrong choice. I did notice that my instructors pulled some questions from the back of the chapter review tests and some similar online. I am experiencing the same difficulty. Some much information and so very few questions... Good luck to you. I feel your pain:crying2:
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    Useful resources for ABGs anyone???

    Thanks for your help!!!
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    Need desperate help with test questions.

    Experiencing same problem. Struggling to meet the minimum.
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