December 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM #11006
So here’s my story (and I’m sticking to it). . .I’m currently, against my will, in the job market again because of my husband’s job transfer. I have lots of hospital experience, but as a LPN. I finished my RN through Excelsior College, which I’ve heard rumors of employers looking down on, and then could only find work at a LTC facility. While I loved that job, I still lack certain skills that most places would assume I’m comfortable with because of my past job situations, such as starting IV’s, central lines, inserting NG tubes, etc. My last hospital job was as a LPN and it was the job from $#%, leaving me more insecure then ever because my then manager refused to train me properly. I’m a good nurse, and I graduated with a 4.0 GPA, but with the job situation being what it is, could someone give me an opinion on graduating from Excelsior? I would love to attend a regular college for my BSN so I could put it behind me but I can’t afford to right now.December 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM #11008
Jason Hautala RNMember
Co-worker had a bad experience from Excelsior … it took over a year for them to release her transcripts so she could sit for the NCLEX, so she had to continue to work as an LPN for an additional year while waiting and waiting. Last I heard, my state will no longer accept graduates from Excelsior, but I haven’t fact checked that.
As a new grad, I paid out of pocket to attend an ICU prep course a large hospital was putting on for their employees. While in the class I got to get to know the nurse managers and they were impressed with me, and I left the class with a full time job. Not everyone can afford that, but it was a good program and got me a real job, so I was happy.
If you don’t have that option, take ACLS, PALS, TNCC, etc … all of those certificate courses which will be required or preferred for many jobs.
Good luck … personally, I would get some more RN experience in before continuing on for the BSN, but the day is quickly coming when a BSN will be required and then people like me will be hosed. I went part way through an RN to BSN online program, but it was a huge money suck and time suck and I didn’t really feel like it was helping me at all, so I dropped out … I’m sure I will regret that someday.
Good luck.December 17, 2013 at 6:53 AM #11010
Thanks for the advice. If I had known how Excelsior would come to be viewed I might have thought twice about it- I definitely don’t recommend it when people ask. Even though I graduated and was able to get licensed as a RN, I still have my complaints. I can’t say I completely regret it though- between working and having babies and going to school, it was the choice I made so I could be there for my kids.
I have been thinking about taking an ACLS class. I agree with you that it might be helpful in landing a job. I’m just cringing at forking over the money right now. We just moved and things are tight.
Glad I found this website. I was looking for a forum to discuss nurse related issues and I love what I see!
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