Need Advice on LPN Boards

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    Advice welcome, I need to "talk" this through with other nurses. I am trying to decide if I want to take the LPN boards...

    I am an RN student with one semester left of the program. All I have to do this semester is take the 3 credit nursing management class that accompanies my preceptorship. I cannot apply for my RN boards until I graduate, then I have to wait until they accept my application to test, and then schedule the test.... so all said and done, I could be waiting until Feb. to get a RN job... and that is only if I can even find a job right away.

    I decided not to take my LPN boards, because I didn't think I would use the certification. Now, looking down the road, I could be making much more than I am as a tech.

    I can't decide if it is worth it, to take the test, work for just a few months, and quit. Around here, the only LPN jobs are nursing home, and while that would work for awhile, I don't see that for me long term. I could use the experience, and I need the money, but I can't get over spending all that time and resource training for a job I have no intention of keeping for more than a few months.

    Thoughts?
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    What if you do not pass the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt? You'll have the LPN license and LPN paycheck on which you can fall back.

    I've taken jobs in the past without any intention of keeping them for the long term. Employers dispose of workers for any little reason in this day and age, so my feelings toward them are mutual. The days of workplace loyalty are long gone.
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    Workplace loyalty is the only real reason I don't want to do it. I feel bad screwing over my current place of work-- tech at the hospital, especially since I want to work there when I actually graduate the RN program and they have been so good about accommodating my school schedule without comment. I feel bad screwing over a new place of work, since I am just using them for experience and a quick buck for less than 6 months.

    Makes me feel bad.
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    Hello..
    I have a big problem with my ATI comprehensive exit test. I only have 1 more time to retake it. I got a 62%, then a 69%..one more time then I will have to retake the class for a whole year. I cried myself to sleep so worried I have one week to learn what I missed and go from there. Everyone tells me don't worry about it because LPN are not going to be around any more. I only want to be a LPN first then maybe down the road I will be a RN but I want my LPN . How can I make sure I pass this test next week? Anybody have this problem like I did? Please help me out with a study guide tips.
    I am feeling so low...
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    Djays, have you purchased the Nclex book? If so i suggest registering it through evolve. It gives you access to Nclex questions. It also gives you the rationale for each. I just did my comp test last week and got a 96. Also a good nights rest. My teacher told us to not study the night before and to get rest. Good luck!
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    Do the med surge practice test, the comprehensive test & the test under the tutorials. Do management test as well. I took mine last thursday made a 74.7 which gave me a 96%. What do u have to make to pass?
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    Quote from cjdmomma
    Workplace loyalty is the only real reason I don't want to do it. I feel bad screwing over my current place of work-- tech at the hospital, especially since I want to work there when I actually graduate the RN program and they have been so good about accommodating my school schedule without comment. I feel bad screwing over a new place of work, since I am just using them for experience and a quick buck for less than 6 months.

    Makes me feel bad.
    Has your current place of employment agreed to offer you a position as an RN? Also, assuming and hoping you pass the NCLEX PN or RN on the first attempt, it is not unheard of to hold two jobs at once. If you get the LPN job and then pass the NCLEX RN, that would be somewhat of a bargaining chip with the nursing home as far as salary goes, provided the nursing home employs you in the first place.

    Some places that offer you a position pending NCLEX success, only keep that offer on the table for one NCLEX sitting. If you fail on your first attempt, then the job turns into a first-come, first-serve, up-for-grabs type thing. As a nurse, you will find out that it doesn't hurt to keep a Plan B. With the economy the way it is, your current job might experience a hiring freeze before or even as you obtain the RN. If that happens, your manager won't be able to do a thing until the freeze is lifted.

    Food for thought.....
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    What if you do not pass the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt? You'll have the LPN license and LPN paycheck on which you can fall back.

    I've taken jobs in the past without any intention of keeping them for the long term. Employers dispose of workers for any little reason in this day and age, so my feelings toward them are mutual. The days of workplace loyalty are long gone.
    I could not agree better. This is your time and do what works best for you.
    Fyi You never know there may be a spot for you in the future as a nurse once you get your foot in the door.


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