Thursday, March 24, 2011
I have spoken multiple times on this blog concerning how I have been using older versions of TCN guides to prepare for my Excelsior College exams. Although a single study system rarely works for everyone, I have had great success using these modules. I have used TCN modules to pass 6 exams so far, scoring an "A" or "B" on each. These include:
1. Anatomy & Physiology
3. EONC: Health Safety
4. EONC: Health Differences
5. EONC: Chronicity
6. EONC: Reproductive Health
I have used the test-prep CD's offered for sale by Larends and SudyGroup101 found on Ebay as supplemental sources, as well as FlashcardExchange.com, but haven't used either extensively. My personal opinion is that the TCN modules are well written and cover all necessary information. The versions I have used up until this point were printed between 2004 and 2006, with the exception of one. The EONC: Reproductive Health guide was printed in 2007.
I hope that this information is helpful. Again, I have no experience in dealing with The College Network directly, I have only used second-hand study guides.
Good luck to everyone, and please feel free to contact me if you feel that I may of some assistance.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The TCN module that I used this time was not one that was written for the older series of Nursing Concepts exams, as I have used in the past. For this exam I used the updated TCN module Essentials of Nursing Care: Reproductive Health.
Thus far I have used The College Network modules as my primary study source for 6 exams, including:
Anatomy and Physiology
EONC: Health Safety
EONC: Health Differences
EONC: Reproductive Health
I'm planning on using the TCN module to study for the next exam, Health Differences 1, and will let everyone know how it works out.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Nursing Book List / ISBN Numbers
Nursing Concepts 1: (2006) B000VHUAG6
Nursing Concepts 2: (2005) B000YA2AMW
Nursing Concepts 3: (2006) B000UOG02I
Nursing Concepts 4: (2006) B000VHUIP4 , (2007) B000WW54IE
Nursing Concepts 5: (2002) B000UOG0I2
Nursing Concepts 6: (2007) B000WW54YI, (2006) B000VHSU4K
Nursing Concepts-Foundations of Professional Practice: (2005) B000XS8EDY
Microbiology: (2001) B000UOHQSU, (2002) B0016LAITU, (2006) B000VHSMRU
Anatomy and Physiology: (2006) B000VKZ7L6
I had great luck finding most of my modules thru:
I have used the TCN modules for 3 exams now, and they are actually very good. I have used them to study for the Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Safety exam, Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Differences exam, and the Excelsior Anatomy and Physiology exam. I have taken both the Health Safety and the Health Differences exams, and received an A and a B respectively. I am preparing to take the A & P exam on February 20th. I love the modules, but you DO NOT have to purchase them directly from TCN. The College Network will evaluate what credit you already have, tell you what you still need, and then want you to sign a contract to purchase ALL the modules for the exams you need to complete your degree. In my humble opinion, THIS IS CRAZY!
If you never even complete 1 single exam, you are still contracted to pay for all of the modules, and let me tell you that isn't cheap. The modules can cost several hundred dollars a piece, so a contract to buy all of the Nursing modules, as well as some General Education modules, could quickly turn into a promise to pay thousands of dollars!
A friend of mine who began the Excelsior Nursing program sometime before I did turned me on to a great way to buy and use the TCN modules. She purchased the TCN modules for the "old" Nursing Concept exams (for those of you that are unfamiliar with what I mean, let me explain. Prior to, oh I think 2007, there were 7 total Associate level Nursing exams for the Excelsior program, including Nursing Concepts 1 thru 6, and a role transition exam. Since then there have been a total of 8 exams, which are the exams now required.), and she used them to study for the current exams. She purchased her modules through sources like Ebay, Amazon, Half.com, etc..
Although the names have changed, the same material is covered in the "old" exam modules, but it is divided a little differently for a few of the exams. For example, the modules for Nursing Concepts 1 and 2 mirrors the material covered in the modules for Health Safety and Health Differences, BUT Nursing Concepts 3 and 4 have been divided in Chronicity, Reproductive Health, and Health Differences 1. I have used the Nursing Concepts 1 to study for EONC: Health Safety, and used the Nursing Concepts 2 to study for EONC: Health Differences, and as I said above, received an A and a B respectively.
To date I have purchased the modules for Nursing Concepts 1 thru 6,a nd for Anatomy and Physiology and thus far have spent a grand total, including shipping, of $220.46! the least exspensive, including shipping, was $17.94, and the most expensive, including shipping, was $53.99! I bought all of mine thru Amazon.com, Half.com, Ebay, etc..
Now of course these are not current editions because they no longer print these. All the modules that I have purchased so far have been 2005 or 2006 editions. One module was from 2002, but all have still been in their origional cellophane. I simply went through the Excelsior Content Guide for each exam to see what may have been updated, and then supplemented the modules with that. In all honesty, the yearly updates to the exams have been pretty minimal.
I don't know that Excelsior provides a comparison of the Nursing Concept exams and the Essential of Nursing Care / Health Differences exams, but they are available. I have one that I have put together myself from a variety of sources, and have found several online.
Here is a basic breakdown of the comparison:
Nursing Concepts 1 same as EONC: Health Safety
Nursing Concepts 2 same as EONC: Health Differences
Nursing Concepts 5 same as Health Differences 2
Nursing Concepts 6 same as Health Differences 3
Nursing Concepts Foundations of Professional Practice is the same as
Transition to the Registered Professional Nurse Role
The difference in division applies to Nursing Concepts 3 and 4, which are now divied into Chronicity, Reproductive Health, and Health Differences 1. Here is the comparison:
EONC: Chronicity topics - Comfort & Pain, Chronic illness, End of life care, Sensory Impairment, Community Settings, Cultural diversity - can be found in Nursing Concepts 3.
EONC: Reporductive Health topics - Human Sexuality, Child Bearing Family, Reproductive disorders, Congenital Anomalies, Genetic Disorders - can be found in Nursing Concepts 3 and 4.
Health Differences 1 topics - Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Abnormal Cell Growth - can be found in Nursing Concepts 4.
I hope that this information is helpful. Good luck with your studies. Below is a link for a site that I used to find most of the modules.