EC grad passes NCLEX on 2nd attempt

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    It's been a long road going from LVN to RN! I've been an LVN for 20+ years. I started Excelsior College four years ago. I had all my pre-reqs and started taking exams one by one. I finally qualified for the CPNE in March, passed without repeats (thanks to Sheri Taylor's workshop) and graduated in May.

    I used Saunders and Hurst to prepare for NCLEX the first time. The computer shut off at 76 questions and I got the "bad pop-up". I cried like a baby! Then decided, I'd come to far to give up!

    I signed up for Kaplan review. I did ALL the questions trainers and ALL of the QBank questions. I studied EVERY DAY for 4-6 hours for several weeks. I sat for my second attempt yesterday. It shut off after 75 questions. I wanted to cry - I thought "I can't go through this again", but then decided, if I hadn't passed, I would keep attempting until I did! Well, I went home and got the "good pop-up".

    I found out today, it's official. I get to changed those letters behind my name from LVN to RN!

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    Congrats, I take again NCLEX soon and like you I have decided not to give up.
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    It's been a long road going from LVN to RN! I've been an LVN for 20+ years. I started Excelsior College four years ago. I had all my pre-reqs and started taking exams one by one. I finally qualified for the CPNE in March, passed without repeats (thanks to Sheri Taylor's workshop) and graduated in May.

    I used Saunders and Hurst to prepare for NCLEX the first time. The computer shut off at 76 questions and I got the "bad pop-up". I cried like a baby! Then decided, I'd come to far to give up!

    I signed up for Kaplan review. I did ALL the questions trainers and ALL of the QBank questions. I studied EVERY DAY for 4-6 hours for several weeks. I sat for my second attempt yesterday. It shut off after 75 questions. I wanted to cry - I thought "I can't go through this again", but then decided, if I hadn't passed, I would keep attempting until I did! Well, I went home and got the "good pop-up".

    I found out today, it's official. I get to changed those letters behind my name from LVN to RN!

    Congratulations!!! I have a lil ways to go with EC haven't taken an exam since 2012 so i'm getting back into the swing of things. I'm so happy for you go out and celebrate RN!
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    Congrats, never give up because giving up is so easy to do!!!
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    Thanks! I had to "pause" when doing EC exams in 2011. Not only did I work full time, but a husband and three teenagers (at the time - one is now in college) and the oldest is autistic. It has been a long road like I said, but I am so glad I KEPT GOING. I encourage you to keep going too! It's SO worth it!
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    congrats too you... great job. do you think you will go back? or are you done.


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