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  • Aug 24 '15

    I have told this story a few times throughout AN, so please forgive me if you have already read it elsewhere, but my nursing education experience might help guide you. I started my nursing education in my late 20's, after I was married and had debt, and time and money was not on my side. As I looked at the local community college system, it would have taken me like 1.5-2 years probably to complete the prerequisites required for admission into the RN/ADN program. Then, I would have to apply and wait on admission to the ADN program (who knows how long that would take), and then the program would take 2 years to get my RN. Instead, I applied to the LVN program, and got in after one semester of waiting, as it required no prerequisites. I was able to work weekends and some nights as a CNA, and my wife was an LVN at the time, so we were able to make ends meet while I got right into school. I was an LVN after only one year, and then was able to get a reasonable paying job in Austin TX at a nursing home (I think I made like $18.50 an hour), and I eventually moved into the hospital setting in a system that still uses some LVN's for MedSurg floors. So, while working as an LVN and earning a modest, but respectable wage, I finished my RN through Excelsior College. That took about 14 months. I then was able to bump up to RN status and pay at the hospital, and eventually did my BSN through WGU. The BSN took me 1.5 years (or 3 of their six-month terms). I am now starting my MSN through WGU, and continue to work as an RN/BSN at the same hospital. Another noteworthy aspect of all of this is that my wife developed health problems and had to basically quit working back when I was still an LVN. Therefore, I worked two jobs (hospital and home health), working mostly full-time at both places (6-7 12-hour night shifts per week) while doing Excelsior for my RN and then WGU for my BSN. Since both are basically self-paced, I was able to work my schooling into my already busy schedule and achieve my educational goals. There is no way I could have done my RN or BSN through a more traditional program. Also, I feel like my experience in working as a CNA, then LVN, and then RN, with all of the continuous schooling, has made me a stronger nurse (versus an RN/BSN straight out of a 4-year program). Now, if you have the time and $$$ to go straight into an RN or BSN program, that is great and I recommend it. However, if your life is anything like mine, and those are not viable options, you can start with the LVN and piece together your education from the bottom to the top, just as I did. Basically, 7 years have passed since I started my LVN program to now. I did take some time off between each new level of school. If I had pushed harder, I could have gone from LVN to BSN in like 3-4 years probably.
    anyway, I hope this helps. The main idea is that it can be done. And, starting as an LVN is perfectly okay. I wouldn't recommend planning your career as an LVN, but it is a reasonable place to start and get decent work and nursing experience while continuing your education.
    Please message me if you have any other specific questions or if I can help in any way.
    Are you in Austin? you mention ACC...... is that Austin Community College?

    I don't know much about the WGU pre-licensure program, but my understanding is that it is only available in certain areas, and I'm quite sure the clinical hours are immense, so I don't know if "traveling" to do clinicals is an option. You will have to contact WGU to find out those details.
    If you are in the Austin area, I know there are an assortment of schools around for both ADN/RN and/or LVN, including Austin Community College, Temple College in Temple, Central Texas College in Killeen, and Career Point College in Austin. I think I might have heard that Temple College may have a campus in Taylor also (not sure, don't quote me on that).
    I would double-check the 20-month LVN program at ACC. That seems a bit long, unless you are taking the summer off or something. I completed my LVN through Cisco Junior College at their campus in Abilene Texas, and it took only 12 months (going to school year-round for the 12-months straight).
    again, let me know if you have any questions I might be able to help with.
    Oh, and by the way, The big hospital players in Austin (Seton and St Davids) don't have LVN's as floor nurses (as far as I know). I worked MedSurg as an LVN at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. I now work at their location in Round Rock TX (next to Austin) in the ICU. I don't see any LVN's working the floor in Round Rock, but I know there are tons in Temple still and a lot in the various S&W clinics in the Austin area.

  • Jun 16 '15

    Would you rather not quit and fail? Or quit, pass, and start a new career? If I were you, I'd quit. No employers would shun you for quitting to focus on school.

  • Jun 16 '15

    You need to put your foot down and say no to assignments. You are there to do a job during a certain time. Are you still on the clock during this time? It's ok to say no. Your job is not your life.

  • Jun 2 '15

    Because no matter what haters are going to hate. 8-)

  • May 26 '15

    You will always hold your BSN. Nobody can take that away from you unless it is the institution that granted it in the first place. Now, to answer the question you posed: I would write a letter to the Board of Nursing and to the school (when you find one) to get an answer. However, I believe that you would be correct in putting down your BSN education level on your resume and on future job applications. You can list the added courses in a separate resume entry so that it is not confused with your BSN (Use a phrase similar to "Added coursework in Medical-Surgical Nursing from J&S Community College"). After all, if you were to return to the Philippines, you would still be regarded to have your BSN and the employer would not care what extra courses you were forced to take in the US. Be proud of your BSN!

  • May 26 '15

    You will still have your previous degree, regardless of what education you may complete in the future.

  • May 15 '15

    Quote from Red Kryptonite
    What excuse could you possibly have for this nastiness?
    Probably residual anger from her last thread where people weren't justifying her letting her godparents go into $132k in debt for her to go to West Coast University.

    That comment was ridiculously uncalled for!

  • May 15 '15

    Hello everybody!

    Sorry I wasn't able to reply in few months because I started working as a CNA to pay some bills and review at the same time.

    AND YES. THE NEVADA STATE BOARD GRANTED ME MY ATT *****FOR NCLEX-REGISTERED NURSES EXAM*****, meaning.. my curriculum got in and I will be taking the exam in few weeks!

  • May 15 '15

    Hi there everybody! Good vibes.

    I just want to share my experience and help other people, because I know how it feels to search everywhere around google and find information to answer all my questions.

    I am a BSN graduate last March 2014.
    A permanent resident (green card holder)
    Did not take the Nursing Licensure Exam in the Philippines (because I will work here in US)
    Of course, curriculum rejected by BON of California.
    So, I moved to Nevada.

    Heads up!

    First thing I did was to clarify if Nevada BON requires local license from PI. Called them and told me that THEY DO NOT REQUIRE IT. (did that around October 2014)

    Heads up again!

    Steps that I did to complete my Nevada RN/LPN Exam Requirements

    1. Apply to Nevada BON for RN/LPN exam, download the form and mail it to them
    direct link:

    Kindly read everything.

    2. At the same time, do your fingerprints ELECTRONICALLY, ASAP! If you fingerprint in Nevada, you may choose to have your fingerprints submitted via electronic transmission(livescan) instead of submitting a card (other very slow option/manual version). Electronic transmission is only available if you have your fingerprints ****captured in Nevada****. Just tell them to send it to Nevada State Board of Nursing and provide details

    3. Avail a service from CGFNS which is CGFNS-CES Academic Report (this will just let them compare your nursing curriculum from PI to US, no exam)
    -You will register
    -pay 350$ (yes, it hurts to pay that much but you need it)
    -download a form send it to your school (I downloaded the form, filled out info & attached my a picture of my signature, sent it via email to my bff, had my best friend on the PI print it and submit to the registrar and the school must know what to do)
    -then the school will mail it back DIRECTLY to CGFNS (the school will let you pay for mailing costs of course)
    -it took 2 months for them to finish and review everything and directly email it to Nevada BON (you have a choice not to wait for 2 mos, you can pay additional 250$ for an expedited service of 10days processing only)
    Link: CGFNS International | Global Credibility | Credentials evaluation and professional development services that provide strategic value and direction to health care professionals worldwide.

    4. While waiting for the CGFNS process, I took the toefl IBT exam. That was 185$. You must have a total score of 84 or higher and 26 on speaking section. TOEFL will release scores after 9-10 days from taking the exam then mail it directly to Nevada BON.
    link: TOEFL: Home

    Already passed my TOEFL ibt months ago, you can buy a book from Amazon, made by the makers of the TOEFL exam itself. This one is very very very exact and helpful: Official Guide to the TOEFL Test With CD-ROM, 4th Edition (Official Guide to the Toefl Ibt) (9780071766586): Educational Testing Service: Books ITS LIKE THE ACTUAL TEST!

    So now, I checked the status of my CGFNS order and saw that they already sent my credentials report to Nevada BON (February 12, 2015)

    I AM NOW HAVING HIGH HOPES THAT I WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE RN EXAM RIGHT AWAY WITH NO NEED OF TAKING ADDITIONAL COURSES OR WHATSOEVER. I will update everyone on this thread on how long did I received a response now that I successfully finished the requirements and if they will allow me to take NCLEX without any other problems. God bless everyone!

  • Mar 29 '15

    It's another joke post!

    Hilarious. Where's the hidden camera?

  • Mar 29 '15

    Cut your losses now and do something else.

  • Mar 29 '15

    This is true. In order to get to one of those nursing jobs where you don't actually touch patients, you will need to touch a lot of people, and some of them will be sick, dirty, isn't pretty sometimes.

    I am a telephone triage nurse and I never even see a patient face to face, much less touch them, but it took me twenty-five years as a nurse and a lot of gross experiences to get here. I earned my stripes. so to speak.

  • Mar 29 '15

    Get treatment. Don't even think about nursing school until you get this under control.

  • Mar 29 '15

    Not without experience...and you def. won't get through nursing school w/o touching pts, as NS is very acute care focused. I highly recommend getting yourself some professional help if you're set on nursing. Wishing you the best!

  • Mar 18 '15

    There will never be a "perfect time" and just know that "plans" hardly ever go as planned. My "plan" was to get pregnant during nursing school, have a baby right after, take 6 months off, then start work. Well……lets just say I had a lot of bad luck. I finally stayed pregnant (with my 3rd pregnancy in less than a year) when I was a few months into a job as a new grad. I had my baby, moved across country, broke my arm, had a hard time finding a job with only a year experience yada yada yada…… There's a good side and bad side to everything and you never know what will happen. Choose and make the best decision you can now, with the information that you have.