RETIRED NAVY HOSPITAL CORPSMAN trying to test for LPN

  1. Hello,
    My name is Duane, but I am known as Rip to my friends and relatives. I retired from the Naval Reserve as a Hospital Corpsman (HM) in October 2004. I have run medical departments at 4 Reserve Centers, have done a lot of personal research, and have operated at a level roughly equivalent to a RN/PA for a lot of my career (25 years total). I am now fighting to take the LPN test in Wisconsin. After a year of fighting, I might actually get to take the test in January. I am keeping my fingers crossed! I look forward to talking with you in the future.
    Last edit by cadeuces on Nov 15, '05
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Welcome aboard and best wishes to you
  4. by   Cindy_A
    Good Luck! Sounds like you could test for the RN, but is sounds like you're lucky to get to test for the LPN! Keep us posted!
  5. by   Thunderwolf
    good luck on your test!
    wish you the best!!!
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  6. by   cadeuces
    Quote from Cindy_A
    Good Luck! Sounds like you could test for the RN, but is sounds like you're lucky to get to test for the LPN! Keep us posted!
    Thank you!
  7. by   CoRpSmAn8404
    How R u doin' my fellow CORPSMAN? Im also taking the NCLEX-PN this JAN06. Do you have any good study guides that you wanna share?
  8. by   cadeuces
    Quote from CoRpSmAn8404
    How R u doin' my fellow CORPSMAN? Im also taking the NCLEX-PN this JAN06. Do you have any good study guides that you wanna share?
    I am doing well. Just sent my package overnith this morning, then e-maild the board contact that I had sent it. I will now have to wait for the board to meet in December. I will not schedule the NCLEX until I know I can take the state LPN test, though. As for study guides, the best and only thing I have found that's free is http://www.geocities.com/webstation_.../practicetests
    There are several practice tests there, including a 4-part set of NCLEX-type questions. It's a great site! Semper Fi, my fellow 8404!!! If they only knew what we have seen...no?
    Last edit by cadeuces on Nov 16, '05
  9. by   suzanne4
    California will let you test, but then the license won't be transferable. If your state permits you to be able to take the exam, be aware that if you decide to move, you will have issues with trying to endorse it. Almost an impossibility.

    The issue that you are up against is not the work experience, but having hours in an approved school of nursing.

    Good luck, and please keep us posted. Interested to hear what the Board has to say.
  10. by   cadeuces
    Quote from suzanne4
    California will let you test, but then the license won't be transferable. If your state permits you to be able to take the exam, be aware that if you decide to move, you will have issues with trying to endorse it. Almost an impossibility.

    The issue that you are up against is not the work experience, but having hours in an approved school of nursing.

    Good luck, and please keep us posted. Interested to hear what the Board has to say.
    Thank you for the information. Yes, I am aware that the Navy has a program in place with California, wherein Corpsmen can test for LVN and maybe LPN. That doesn't help me here, though. If you are interested, I have a rather long rant that I wrote and sent to newspapers and congressmen. It finally got me noticed.
    See, here is the thing (and I hope I don't upset too many folks with this)...college is a necessary thing, I believe. It does two things; (1) it provides education and training to people to ensure they are prepared for their real-world endeavor. Where else are they going to learn? and (2) it weeds out the half-hearted and uncertain. It's hard...it's supposed to be. However, I have one major problem with where society and business are going. In times past, before the colleges started training people for certain things, who figured it out in the first place? Non-college trained people, that's who! They learned from many sources in non-didactic settings and from practicing what they were taught. I consider myself both very lucky and very capable of doing anything to which I set my mind. Yes, I have some college under my belt, and I'm not using it (except the parts that come in handy, like the phych, sociology, math, chemistry, etc) I am using that which I was taught by those considered to be worthy of teaching by the Navy. I still consider some of them the best teachers/instructors I have ever met.
    I have been trained, and by some of the best. One of my most enthusiastic trainers is me. If I don't know, I look it up. I am very familiar with most health care reference books, and I have used many of them many times. I do internet research and read articles in an attempt to stay abreast of current knowledge. See, I am fully aware that I don't know everything there is to know. That makes me a lot safer than many, who think just because they have a piece of paper, they are infallable. I have known both doctors and nurses to fall into that pitfall. I want to know that the person who is telling me what to do is doing the same thing...not just running on tradition or old memory. Right now, I know I am rusty in some areas, so I have my Merck Manual, my Dorland's, my Control of Communicable Diseases in Man, my Current Therapy, A&P and Drug books out and am studying them again to ensure I pass the test, if I am allowed to take it.
    As for the half-hearted part, I am pretty sure I didn't spend 5 years in the Naval Reserve and another 20 years on active duty providing medical services because I don't know what I want. I have wiped butts and drawn blood and given injections and prepared swabs (both oral and from places we won't talk about). I have read and written reports and performed transcription. I have prepped patients for exams and cleaned up after. In other words, I have paid my dues in spades.
    Guess I got on another rant. Sorry! I simply want to take the LPN test so I can go get my RN degree so I can be a Medical Administrator. That's who and where I am at this stage of life. Thanks for listening.
    Duane:deadhorse
  11. by   LPN2RNdude
    I, too, was a Navy Corpsman. I gained a lot of experience in this job, and am very fortunate to have been a part of such an exciting and meaningful job. But when my service was up, I had to resort to working as an MA. Then I went to LPN school in 2000, (graduated top of my class) and now I'm into my second and FINAL year of RN school (ADN). Its true, usually only california will let you sit for the LPN board. But trust me, when you do get that LPN title, you'll strive for greater responsibility, and more pay, and youll get your RN.
    GOOD LUCK with the boards!!!!:chuckle youll do fine

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