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    Achieve Test Prep.... anyone?

    The college network is where it is at!! I just bought their amazing 18,000 dollar program. Just click this link right here... I promise I dont make a dime. hhtp://iget90%ofwhatyouspend.orgcom.edu Oh wait... I bought 8 TCN nursing books, anatomy and micro for 200$ on ebay and amazon. That leaves me 17,800 dollars to spend on a tutor.
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    Looking for feedback/positive vibes

    I did intermediate algebra and statistics for behavioral health to make sure I had my lower and upper level math completed. Both through ALEKS. I did them just over a week ago and had the ACE transcripts sent to excelsior. Both were accepted although I only needed the algebra. The course or assessments are not precepted. For those who are awful at math this is a good alternative. They are slowly putting more restrictions on these types of credits... so jump on it fast. It ended up being cheaper than a clep exam with none of the stress.
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    Newbie CNA shocked "care" given by CNA co-workers!

    Also a sad fact. Many of the residents at our most notorious nursing facility were in fact frequent flyers long before that. In the few years I worked the area I saw at least 3 of our 3 time a week drug and alcohol realted patients end up there. Some had homes and families. The worst ones are where you end up when nobody is willing to fight for you anymore.
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    Newbie CNA shocked "care" given by CNA co-workers!

    Let me give you some advice. Find employment elsewhere and enroll in LPN or ADN or go to EMT school even... ASAP. If you turn a blind eye to abuse or let it go unreported a single time you become part of the problem. As a paramedic who worked in the tampa/st.pete area I would guess 80% of my calls were for geriatric patients. half of those were at assisted living, nursing or LTC facilities. They are the most horrible place on earth. I worked as a correctional officer in 2 states before EMS. We take much better care of our inmates. I have seen an LPN doing CPR on a consious patient. I have seen multiple patients with aspiration pneumonia from being force/rapidly fed orally or through feeding tubes. I have been called for difficulty breathing only to find the patient laying flat on their back, with no oxygen, and no nurse or CNA present. I have seen 80% of LTC patients with toe nails yellowed and an inch long, severe bed sores, infections and rashes from laying in feces and urine. I have smelled the overpowering smell of urine and feces in 80% of LTC i have been in. I have run on a patient with a UTI so far gone they became septic, had a core temp of 104, a blown pupil, screaming, babbling, crying, seizure like activity, hypotension and mild hypoglycemia. SA02 @ 88%. Laying in days worth of feces and urine. basically left to die. When the screaming became unbearable the LTC called 911. I have had nursing homes request that I begin CPR and transport a deceased patient with obvious rigor, and dependant lividity. I have seen first hand a LTC facility make up fake 911 compalints for patients on an entire wing to have them removed so they could deep clean for a state inspection. I have called the department of health and human services because of filthy conditions. returned a week later and found the same dirty used band-aid on the floor where it was a week earlier. I have transported "Difficult patients" that "accidentally" fall or get dropped by staff. I have had patients from an infamous LTC close to st.pete general hospital tell me stories of patients having to trade sexual favors just to get their food and medications. Staff allowing violent psychiatric patients to prey on the old and infirm. In many cases ( certainly not all ) CNA's are uneducated, overworked, underpaid, understaffed. LCT facilities are in the buisness of warehousing people. They make a profit when medicare or medicaid pays. All that is required is that the residents are kept alive. The very poor or lower middle class without supplemental income or insurance are doomed to neglect if they are very lucky. Downright abuse and maltreatment very often. The few CNA's or LPN's at nursing homes that are waiting with the patient, have a full medical history, list of meds, allergies and a good history of recent changes, signs and symptoms... I literally have hugged them and praised them for doing an amazing job. I have given my number and email out and assisted many of them into finding an affordable EMT or LPN Program. Patient Advocacy: Speak for those that cant speak for themselves. Defend those that nobody else cares about. Always Err on the side of caution when a human life is involved. File a complaint every single time you see a violation of patient safety, dignity, human rights, care or comfort. Meet with a patients family, encourage them to visit often and to participate in patient care. This is the ugly side of healthcare that nobody wants to talk about.
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    Got accepted, enrolled, info lit completed!

    Believe it or not, I dont have it. I was a stupid, stubborn 19 year old kid. I refused the 100 dollars a month you were required to pay for it back in 1990. I swore I would never go to college... ever. Such an idiot! Now I would gladly pay out the 100 dollars a month for 12 months to get it...
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    Got accepted, enrolled, info lit completed!

    The only thing better than a self imposed deadline is knowing Excelsior is going to charge a ridiculous amount of money and make you suffer through a 16 week seminar just to take one nursing exam after july 15th. Oh yes my friends... that lit a fire under my posterior region. oh look... Im already using my big boy anatomy words... LOL!
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    Got accepted, enrolled, info lit completed!

    Not really a big hurdle. But I was happy to get accepted. Before enrolling I called to make sure that all I needed was anat/phys and micro to start my nursing exams. The lady said the program went in phases and I had to have all my gen-eds just to take anatomy and micro... and then I could start the nursing exams!!??!!?? ***!!! 5 minutes later an actual school of nursing counselor explained that I was correct, anatomy and micro were all that was needed and actually encouraged me to take the first nursing exam. I enrolled... I forgot that I was going to get a break on enrollment, only 740$ for being ex-military. I paid for info lit at noon ( before getting course approval... LOL... then called to get approved ) and finished the 5 sections, quizzes and final exam with an 88% by 630pm. Bought TCN nursing concepts 2,3,4,5,6 and TCN microbiology on amazon and ebay. Paid 7$ for the cheapest nursing and 70$ for micro... most were 14-20$. They accepted my intermediate algebra and statistics for behavioral health from ALEKs... thank god... other than drug calcs and my bank account I never have to do math again! Ive been competing chapters, sections, videos, and quizzes covering anatomy/phys online with learning-portal.com and plan on 2 hard weeks of study once I get off this oil rig wednesday. Ill take the exam in about 3 weeks from now. Study Micro my next 3 weeks out at work and take that exam in late october. Im going to shoot for a nursing exam in november, december, jan and feb. Then hoping I can register for all my remaining exams at once to beat the july 15th deadline. Planning and obsessing over it is half the fun... way better that things being structured, spoon fed and easy.
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    New to the concept of nursing and Excelsior... Help!

    I have been aware of California's restrictions since paramedic school when I first looked at the program. Needing a Lab for a nursing degree in the state of florida I understand, for a BSN at some schools I understand. I have not one heard one instance of Florida requiring Excelsior students to have anatomy with a lab. Someone please post a link to some verified information if this is the case.
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    New to the concept of nursing and Excelsior... Help!

    WHOAH!!!! Pump the brakes for a second... I live in Texas but am from Florida and planned on returning. If I get my BSN I would just go ahead and use excelsior so no problem there. There is nothing on excelsiors website listing any restrictions in Florida. The added lab requirement is unlike any in any of the other states with restictions. I am not sure that this is credible information. Just one of the nurses? Not all of them? And what do you mean by more difficult? Loose your application a few times? Make you test with one eye covered? Deliver a more difficult exam? I smell BS...
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    The College Network study guides worth it?

    I snagged 2 of the nursing books for 13$ a piece, 30$ for anatomy still sealed with DVDs. Unless I find them useful resources I am sure I can resell them and not loose a dime.
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    The College Network study guides worth it?

    Good to know Barb. I hate reading tons and tons of information when I am after a few key points. I find most text books great once I have a better working knowledge of what I am studying. I stary with audio, then on to study guides, then the full textbooks to dig out those final bits of knowledge im missing. Good to know we can benifit from TCN for pennies on the dollar while they get sued for being scam artists.
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    The College Network study guides worth it?

    Not the program itself... I have known a bunch of Fire Monkeys that have paid for the program and never even cracked a book ( No offense to fire mokeys ). I would sign up for the Amway sceme before I ever let TCN vampires make a penny off of me. I have however been told that they are a really good guide for the Excelsior exams. I ordered anatomy and physiology sealed with the DVDs for 30 bucks from Amazon and was wondering how useful the guides were for the exams across the board? I dont mind reading entire text books, but on difficult subjects sometimes I just prefer a more summarized version. I also like the fact that I dont have to print anything or need access to a computer. As I mentioned before I have plenty of disposable income to throw at anatomy/phys, micro, and the nursing exams. Looking for input on these guides.
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    Lisa Arant Study Notes

    When I applied the first time I bought a Lisa Arend CD. I was not at all impressed. I have recently downloaded the SG-101 PDF and Audio for Anatomy and Microbiology and Human lifespan psychology. Tons and Tons and Tons of info, well done professionaly done audio. SG-101 pretty much contains a text book, charts, practice exams... I cant see how you cant pass with all that info.
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    New to the concept of nursing and Excelsior... Help!

    I started studying Anatomy yesterday using education-portal.com. I have one lower level math and one upper level math I did at Aleks and recieved and ace transcript for that I am praying Excelsior accepts. They have recieved all of my transcripts, just waiting for my final reveiw before enrolling. I plan on immediatley registering for the october information literacy class and plan on completing anat/psy and micro by November. I will complete or be registered for all nursing exams by july if not sooner... even if it frikkin kills me!
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    Education Portal... seems well worth the money.

    The internet out here is so slow that its hard to watch anything streaming. I will pre-game and have plenty of downloaded videos and audio befor my next rotation however. I guess the layout is nice because if i get interupted with work ( Say it aint so! ) i just re-read that section and take the quiz. Its the bite sized blocks that I enjoy. I can bargain with myself, "just 2 more and you can go to the gym"... "Just one more before bed"... I am just using it for anat/phys and micro then cancelling during the nursing exams. I may pick it up again for my last 3 clep exams later though. I tried reading through the SG-101 guide, and will use that to fill in any weak areas and do all the quizzes. SG-101 is probably a lot more bang for the buck, just not quite as convienient for me.
  16. Last night on the reccomendation of a forum member I took a look at education-portal.com. They appear to have just about every subject you could ever want to study, but I wasnt thrilled about 50$ a month. I tried the free trial. After discovering the July 15th deadline to register for all the nursing exams before having to pay for a 16 week seminar I became very desperate to get Anatomy/physiology and Microbiology out of the way as soon as humanly possible. While I have drive, good reading comprehension and consider myself intelligent I was a very poor student. My entire family dropped out of school and placed no value on education. I never learned great study habits. I did well in EMT and Paramedic school ( always in the top 10-20% ) but that was because of paying attention in class and not so much from studying. Each class at education portal is broken down into chapters, and each chapter is broken down into easily digestable one page guides. Wach one of these has an associated video. Due to bandwith restictions out here on the oil rig I really cant play the videos well but like the parts I have watched so far. At the end of each mini lecture page/video is a 5 question quiz. I covered the respiratory system today. It covered anatomy, ventilation, respiration, the chemical exchange and even some respiratory diseases. I have to say I wish I had this in paramedic school. I am going to of course use SG-101s PDF and audio, and take a practice exe exam to see where I am at. Education portal also has practice exams ( 200 questions )... The chapters are kind of addictive... the little bite sized blocks of learning make you want to do another and another. It makes studying pretty easy... a chapter a day for 19 days, or 2 a day... whatever you feel you can retain. I think I will make a note card from every section of every chapter. Nice thing is some of the stuff is redundant. Hemoglobin carrying 4 molecules of oxygen, surficant, exchange in the Aveoli and capilaries. Im going to use them for Micro and my last few gen eds. I honestly believe on some of the easy CLEP exams you could complete the course in a day or two, take a few notes and pass without issue. If your not sure about 50$ a month, try the free trial. I have found it to be great so far. Ill let you know if it helps me pass.