Quote from dcfashionista@hotmai
This is my first post. I've graduated from an LPN class in 1994. but haven't taken the boards. What do I have to do to become a nurse?
In Maryland, if you haven't taken the boards yet, all you have to do is reapply for the NCLEX. A refresher course w/clinicals is not required, for that class is to help reactivate your license. But if you never got one, you can't reactivate it. Like I said, the course is not required here in Maryland, but it does really help you out, especially if you been out of school for awhile or never got the chance to take the nclex in the first place for whatever reasons. I myself, am taking the refresher course right now. I have class twice a week (approx 4 hours each day), and the class is televised to 3 campuses. Initially, on the first day of class, we had about 6 people (all 3 satellite classrooms) drop out. We just had our first test, and for being out awhile, it was a doosie. You had to make an 80% in order to pass. About a little more than half (in my class - my campus) passed.
Check with your state board first to be on the safe side if the course is required or not.
So basically, I would highly encourage you to take the refresher course first, find a person you can study with (via inperson, email, or whatever), then take the boards. The course here in Maryland was approx. $800 for it. And the course will last till mid-Dec. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you need more info., or in need of a study partner (via email or whatever) I know, I could always use extra help to study. Whatever you decide, good luck!