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Questions regarding getting started with Excelsior

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glenn216 glenn216 (New) New

Has 9 years experience.

Hi all,

I'm applying to Excelsior (LPN to RN Bridge) and had a couple of questions for those of you who have gone through the program.

1. I know from previous college experience that textbooks are out of this world as far as price. Was there any tricks you know about getting them cheaper, such as Amazon, ebay, etc that was beneficial?

2. I've learned there are test prep sites out there, but it seems like it's more money to go through these than they're worth. I've heard of a Sherry Taylor (or something like that) which would help with the clinical aspect and certain study guides, but I can't remember the names of them. Have any of you used these and found them helpful?

Thanks so much for your insight!

ScudderRN31

Specializes in Med-Surg, OR, ICU.

I didn't purchase any books for the program, used studygroup 101, the practice exam for each exam and notes I got from yahoo groups which are free. Plenty of information to be successful. As far as clinical prep I am using Sheri Taylor's online prep which is fairly inexpensive to prepare for cpne. Best of luck!

glenn216

Has 9 years experience.

Thanks ahinman! I'll have to look into these yahoo groups.

ScudderRN31

Specializes in Med-Surg, OR, ICU.

Thanks ahinman! I'll have to look into these yahoo groups.

The names of the exams have changed so you'll need to find the notes that correlate with the exam you're looking for

Studygroup101 is a great resource and only $10 for each class. I used them for all my classes and barely opened a book. But you can get books on Amazon cheap and sometimes you can get by with an older edition but I wouldn't go more than one edition back.

I rented some of the books. I also use Study Group 101 and the practice exams.

glenn216

Has 9 years experience.

Thanks everyone! I'll definitely look into these options! :-)

I got the studygroup101 notes and text books as well. But I also got the last edition of most of the books. I just couldn't fathom paying that much for some of them, when their earlier counterparts were a lot cheaper and only 2 years old. I also picked up Sander NCLEX review which i am told, will help me through this.

glenn216

Has 9 years experience.

Thanks for all the input eveyone! I really do appreciate it!! :-)