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    lindarn likes this.

    guess I'm a little slow on the reply lol. sorry about that. I did work for SLMVRMC a long time ago... as far as negociating sign on bonuses go as far as I can tell around Idaho they are pretty locked in to what you get will be what they offer. That being said there is a little wiggle room with bonuses during negociations if for instance you don't need health insurance, or have special skills being searched for by that company.

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    I would call your state board of nursing to find out... I can't imagine it would based on the fact the charges were dropped. You may have to do some extra paper work but I really don't think you have anything to worry about, but check with the board don't take my word for it.

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    Liyah24_RN and keldel like this.

    Hey Red Dog, I just wanted to let you know I understand very much how you must be feeling right now. I remember when I graduated the LPN program and passed the NCLEX I was the proud parent of a new nursing license , it was so amazing to hold it in my hand I just wanted to keep looking at it over and over. In fact I had the darn thing lamenated and showed everyone. After a couple of years of working as a LPN I had almost forgot the feeling of pride that came along with my LPN license and was already a RN in my mind.... after all I completed the RN program. The only thing in my was that silly little NCLEX lol (yeah right!) As you probably have already guessed I failed. Man I can still remember the pain I felt the day I got my results,.. I was so sure I had to have passed!?! I was so discouraged by my results it took me a year to get up the nerve to even attempt the test again. I started studying the Saunders NCLEX review CD on the computer before it hit me; I was over thinking the questions. I began to see the test in a different light. I went over each question and answer on the Saunders CD and read the reasoning and review and patterns/connections started to form. Things like ABC's airway, breathing, circulation.... simple stuff like that. I began to mentally picture myself as the tester and started feeling a surge of confidence again for the first time since my previous attempt. Upon setting up and paying for my next test I was so confident I even negociated a 5 dollar an hour raise with my employer at the time. She agreed under the contengency I would pass the test she'd pay me the increase but would drop my wage back down if I did not pass. Talk about pressure! So I made the necessary arrangements to test again and while I waited to test I kept studying. Finally, the day before the test I put away my study material, focused on getting rest and eating brain healthy foods. (by the way Ginko Biloba is a great brain booster) After getting a good night sleep and a really good breakfast I went in nervous as hell but determined to do my best. As I was in there testing all my fears started to creep in and started to feel as if the world was caving in on me. I took a deep breath, reminded myself this is just one more attempt, and decided to just let things be as they are going to be. Although I didn't feel like I knew much of the test, I answered the questions based on the knowledge I had instead of trying to guess on the finer details in the questions. I read through each question slowly and attempted to look passed all of the meds and terminology I didn't recognize. Of course as soon as I finished the test I felt as though I had failed and dreaded my results. Thankfully I was wrong, I didn't have to give up my 5 dollar an hour raise or retest.... I passed!!! I was so excited I teared up and started grinning from ear to ear. I know you will reach this experience too. Be proud you are an LPN and remember you have the knowledge you need to pass weather or not the test told you otherwise in the past. Build up your confidence, accept each attempt not as a failure but as a learning lesson and never give up,... you are a noble breed, you are a nurse!

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    Thats Great!!! I actually graduated the RN program at CSI in May of '06 doing it the exact same way. I would highly recommend this approach to anyone thinking of becoming a nurse. My experience as a LPN has been critical in my developement as a proffessional nurse. One gets the chance to experience the behind the scenes look at what to expect that is not in the ciriculum; like nurses eating there young/own. You have to be a strong nurse to stay a nurse.

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    I originally posted this days before I graduated the RN program last year. Since than I finally passed the RN course almost a year after graduation and have negotiated myself some exceptional deals. I can say that more than half the battle is knowing when and how to ask for more. I am currently making 25.62/28.12 with night differential at one hospital and 25.00/hr at a long term care facility. One thing I can say don't be afraid after your established to go looking around even if your happy where your at because you never know how valuable you are to an employer until they are afraid to lose you.

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    If you are looking for a school it may be hard because it seems everybody is trying to be a nurse, but a word to the wise DON'T GIVE UP!!!
    If school has taught me anything as long as you keep trying you will get on the list. Make the nursing instructors take notice of who you are. I have been through the LPN and RN program and I will tell you its not what you know but who you know. If you have 15 years exp. as a CNA make sure they know that it will give you extra points towards the program and you will gain respect of the instructors for your hard work. I have 8 credits left after this semester for my BSN and most of the people in my classes haven't got into the RN program yet. Please don't give up we need more good nurses out there.

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    I am graduating in may and I have a couple of years experience as a LPN and hope to make a little extra cash for my experience. Does any one know the average pay for new grads with experience?

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    I went through the LPN program at CSI and worked as a therpy tech while I went through the program. I am now working as a LPN and I have a month to go to finish the RN program. I would recommend doing this because it gives you a good base to go from but don't expect the LPN program to be easy, it is much harder than you might think so be prepared. Good Luck! :-)

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    I know you lol

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    Pay does it for me, a competitive salary will always draw a person in. If you are on a limited budget you can divert money's from other components like benefits and holiday pay to get people in the door in it for the almighty dollar.

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    That is great advice, thanks for taking the time to point me in a new direction, I would have never thought to shadow a CRNA or NP.

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    Me as well, I would like to be a NP to give orders and work with doctors, but I want to become an CRNA for the money and because I love math which I hear is very involved in the CRNA course. Thanks for your reply

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    Good point on the respect thing, I am an LPN right now and I am working on my RN with a month to go. I just want to head in the right direction for pay and a rewarding career. No offenece taken

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    Does anyone have any recommendations on which direction to take. They both appear appealing. The pay with nurse anethnitist and the respect with NP.

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    Wow that is something


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