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    Quote from Purple_roses
    At this point, i would be willing to trade some pay for sunshine.
    LOL me too!

    A friend of mine left Florida about ten years ago, and at that time she WAS pulling in over $100K per year. RN, with psych specialty certification. Did legal nurse consulting as well. Worked a lot, true, but never killed herself as far as I could tell. She never believed anyone who told her that the pay in Florida was pretty bad because she made excellent money, but I guess it's always what you know and who you know as much as where you know it!

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    Quote from TheCommuter
    To be fair, the OP will probably never approach earnings of $100k as a nurse in Florida. After all, it is the state where people are "paid with sunshine."
    Agreed, but she did ask about nursing salaries for a BSN and it sounded like she was hearing a lot of personal stories about how bad nursing pay is "in general". I thought it better to give the wider view, as she may NOT wish to be a nurse who stays in Florida, once realizing that a better pay to COL ratio can be had elsewhere

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    Quote from salmon12
    So I just wanted to post my experience as I am wondering if others have had it charge them and got the "bad pop up" I am wondering if i did it too early and actually did pass... I waited about 6 hours after my exam. Finished at 6pm and then checked at midnight and had it charge me. Is there any chance it is a false negative?!? Please help!
    *I should also mention that I am in Canada and I do not have the option of quick result here, sadly.
    I just answered you on another thread, but in case you see this first, it is very unlikely you passed. You can hope, but honestly it's a pretty rare thing to be charged $200 and find out later you passed.

    The person who posted this thread, as well as others who said "it did not work for me" did not actually DO the PVT. They stopped one or two steps SHORT of doing it correctly, so no, they did not know if it did or didn't work.

    You, unfortunately, DID do it all the way through but the risk you take is having it take your money---and it did. Like I said, not a good chance at all that you passed, but it HAS happened.

    I guess I can hope for you that you passed and are only out a couple hundred bucks, but if you did fail, you'd need that new registration anyway.

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    Quote from salmon12
    So I just wanted to post my experience as I am wondering if others have had it charge them and got the "bad pop up" I am wondering if i did it too early and actually did pass... I waited about 6 hours after my exam. Finished at 6pm and then checked at midnight and had it charge me. Is there any chance it is a false negative?!? Please help!
    *I should also mention that I am in Canada and I do not have the option of quick result here, sadly.
    When you register for another exam and it charges you, it's unlikely you passed. If you did you will be happy that you passed but sad that you lost the $200, it is not refundable. I wouldn't put much hope in a "false fail", although it has happened. Mostly paying means failing.

    All you can do now is wait for notification. No one will know anything more than you do, so best to just do something to get your mind off of it for now and wait for the official results.

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    Purple_roses likes this.

    If you're willing to compare apples and oranges, I can tell you that you should expect to make anywhere from $40K a year to $100K a year as an RN. Pretty big swing, right? That's because of all the variables. Specialty certifications, weekend/nights/holiday shifts, overtime. Makes a big difference.

    For most places the difference between BSN and ADN isn't a big bump in pay, it's the ability to get hired at all. Some places have so many nurses to choose from, the hiring market is so tight that the BSN edge is needed to become employed. In other places it doesn't matter at all, ADNs have their choice of jobs. Location matters! Same with pay in nursing in general. If I remember right here on this site people have discussed Florida pay and it's among the lowest in the country. A nurse doing the same job in California can expect a much higher salary but she should also expect a much higher cost of living. What do you NEED to make, when you consider your mortgage or rent, taxes, education bills, medical bills, homeowner expenses, entertainment? Compare that to what you can expect to make as an RN in YOUR area and you'll know if it's a good financial move.

    I don't know of any nurses who struggle to make ends meet unless they have unusual expenses, so the salary must be decent for most.

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    Simplistic, with all due respect I think you are looking at this very simplistically.

    I make no judgment on whether anyone should or shouldn't use marijuana. That is not the question before us, presented by the OP. The question is whether she should expect drug testing as part of her nursing program and the answer is YES, as well as the expectation that she will probably face drug testing as part of the employment process pretty much everywhere AND the expectation that if there is a random-testing policy in place (with suspicion only OR completely random) it can happen then, too.

    Whether you think it's silly or stupid or unnecessary or anything else isn't the issue. The ISSUE is that any healthcare facility, any employer can ask for this testing and refusal to comply is reason enough to disqualify for the position, termination of employment or determination of dismissal from a school program.

    Unless you are in a job where no matter what you aren't tested, and never leave that job and their policies never change, you should give up the drugs that will potentially harm your career, unless you're ok with losing it. Seems simple enough, right?

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    Quote from GGirll22
    I think you need a good night of rest. Are they willing to let you swap shifts with other co workers? Good luck !
    What do you mean about swapping shifts? It's not like she can ask a day shift person to swap out a night for her we know that won't happen. Same thing with evenings, when I worked nights no one from days or evenings even agreed to work a short staffed night shift unless they got premium pay and we're basically begged with other incentives. Swapping out a shift here and there just because they think she's nice and need some sleep? Does that happen where you are?

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    Yes, you are rescinding not declining because you DID accept the spot, but most people would probably just call it "changing your decision"

    Simply put, send a letter stating that you very much appreciate their consideration and were so pleased to be accepted but at this time your plans have changed and you will not be enrolling in their school as previously anticipated; you hope that this gives them enough notice to offer the seat to another prospective student. Thank them for their time and sign your name.

    Oh and congrats to you

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    Quote from Han1dayCRNA
    Where do I start in getting my BSN/RN?
    Multiple routes. Some do a traditional BSN 4-year program that includes pre-requisite coursework within those years. Some who have a Bachelor degree in another area of study can apply to an accelerated BSN program because they will already have completed the General Education requirements and need the core nursing courses in order to meet the BSN degree's requirements.

    Do I have to complete my associates first?
    No, see above. However, there are those who complete an ADN (Associate's Degree in Nursing) program first, take the licensing exam, and then work as an RN while competing a "bridge" program for already-licensed nurses, an "RN-BSN" program. Many use this route to get a foot in the door and make some money while continuing their education. Some stop right there. Depends on ultimate goals, but it's a valid first step for many. Keep in mind that a typical ADN is NOT a "2-year degree"; the pre-requisite coursework can be anywhere from 1-2 years depending on program requirements for the nursing school you want to attend.

    Or just some pre-reqs at a community college and transfer next year to a more prestigious bachelors program?
    See above. Keep in mind that each BSN program will have its' own requirements for admission, and taking "just some pre-reqs" probably isn't a good plan. Once you have decided on the BSN program you want ultimately to enroll in, you'll want to take THOSE courses that make you eligible to apply. For now, forget about "prestige". There are amazing (yes, prestigious) ADN programs and awful BSN programs, and vice versa. But right now, at the beginning, "prestigious" isn't your focus.

    Does it even make sense to get your RN after your associates or wait for your bachelors?
    See above. The answer is yes, frequently, but it's not a matter of getting an RN license after just any Associate's program, it's an Associate's in NURSING that makes you eligible to attempt licensure. And once you have that license, you are then eligible for those RN-BSN programs I mentioned earlier. Without having the RN license, you aren't eligible for the "completer" BSN programs.

    [QUOTE] Is completing pre/Reqs and entering a bachelors program the same as getting associates level nursing training to even sit for an RN exam? [/QUOTE

    No. You are only eligible to take the NCLEX-RN after you have graduated from an approved (by the state board of nursing) program. That happens after you complete an ADN program in its entirety, OR after completing a BSN program in its entirety. Once you have completed the 2 years' worth of pre-requisite courses for a traditional BSN program, you aren't "ADN level", you haven't yet had any nursing courses. And ADN graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX. A student who has completed pre-requisites for a BSN program is not.

    [QUOTE] Can you tell I'm super confused?

    YES lol but that's ok, everyone starts somewhere! HOWEVER it is now up to you to contact schools that interest you and find out what THEIR requirements are. Like you mentioned from your recollection of high school guidance counselor days, that is where you need to be right now, contacting school admissions counselors and program advisors. THEY can best direct you to what you need to do to get into their programs and complete them successfully. Bear in mind that in many areas of the country there are FAR more student nurse wannabes than there are openings in schools, so entry can be anywhere from mildly competitive to Are You Kidding Me competitive. Be prepared!

    And good luck

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    Quote from nursingsyed
    Do you have any ideas about programs that focus on more than your GPA?
    As far as I know they pretty much all pay attention to more than your GPA, because once you have a pile of applicants who all have wonderful GPAs you have to go outside of that to narrow down the list. People usually add volunteering in hospitals and/or nursing homes and employment as a CNA to their applications when the competition is steep, to stay in the game.

    Also, if I decide to go for a program that is into my money, is that necessarily a bad thing? I have heard of some good for-profit programs that teach very well and have a high NCLEX passing rate.
    If you know of such a program it is likely to be very expensive. Like Guy said, it's a rare bird to have a school be BOTH easy to get into AND have a good (let alone high) NCLEX pass rate.

    Like the saying goes, you can have Cheap, Fast, and Good, but you can't have all three. Choose two options and go from there.

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    Gangsteroids and Nurse Leigh like this.

    Quote from kataraang
    Most community colleges will take anyone who writes a check. I got a better education at community college than I did at my 4 year university, so don't think it's of lesser quality!
    If you post the name of a community college that doesn't have a minimum GPA requirement, and a pretty decent minimum at that, I'd bet it could soon afford to be very picky!

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    medical office/clinic is less physically taxing but the pay isn't usually much of a draw. Depends on whether the need for a lighter physical load outweighs the need for the $$.

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    Quote from HopefulRN2017
    Soooo here I sit and wait for the next 18 hours to check the state board site again and will update to confirm if PVT works here in AZ.
    Pearson Vue is a national testing center, and the registration software doesn't vary by state. Whether the trick gave you the correct answer is a crapshoot but it doesn't matter whether it's California or Arizona or anywhere else.

    By the way, the email thing is irrelevant. The trick is a game and if you're lucky it won't let you pay the $200 if you pass. Most of the time it looks pretty good in that if you get the message that your card is declined you can be pretty sure you failed, the problem only really seems to come in when you put in anything less than 100% correct information from your credit card. In those cases, Card Declined doesn't always mean fail, it means the registration program knows you didn't give it valid information because it tested the card. Usually it's not even tested if you passed but you have to be willing to take the risk because sometimes it does. Personally, I'd let it all go and get your mind off it for now, go do something FUN!

    Keeping good wishes going for you that you passed this time!

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    Quote from myAngel71
    anyone who took the exam recently? what review materials are you using?
    Based on your posting history, I'm thinking maybe you mean NCLEX? Which isn't board certification, it's licensure. Unless you mean something else entirely?