I turned in all the accommodations paperwork including letter from my doctor and nursing school
dean, with very clear request to
1) be allowed to bring in food/glucose tablets, water, my insulin pump, and blood test meter to the exam with me
2) be allowed additional unscheduled breaks to use the washroom or for a low blood sugar
When I received my ATT, the accommodations I & my Dr. asked for were not granted. Instead I was granted 9 hours to take the exam (which I do not need). I found out everyone is allowed unscheduled breaks. When I asked Pearson about the problem with my insulin pump & glucose tablets they said, "If it is not on your accommodations, we can't allow you to bring it in. But don't worry! There are locked lockers in another room where you can safely keep your insulin pump. If you need it, you can just let the proctor know, sign out, and go use it." I then had trouble scheduling because there were very few 9 hour slots, and I told them I didn't need a 9 hour slot, but they said they were forced to schedule me for that with my accommodation.
When I call the BRN (California), they said that I would be allowed to bring my insulin pump in - but they won't give me written documentation of this for Pearson. They said they don't allow anyone to bring food in, ever, not even glucose tablets (couldn't this be considered a medication not food anyways?). When I said that was discrimination, my Dr. signed forms saying I needed to, they said, it's not our fault, it's the national (NCBSN) rule, that they are not allowed to grant accommodations to bring food in. I told them it was a safety issue and I needed to not rely on another person to access glucose tablets, and that if I was hypoglycemic I shouldn't have to walk to another place and unlock a locker. I said it's unsafe for me to be without them so I will have to bring glucose tablets in anyways. She then said, "If you are caught bringing those in, your exam will be invalidated and further action may be taken against you in accordance with the consequences listed on page 7 of the NCLEX bulletin." That includes possibly not being allowed to take it again.
I also asked to reject the 9 hour test time since that was not an accommodation I had requested. She told me that to do that, I would have to start all over again and apply for a new ATT (I don't know if I would have to pay again or not, but I didn't want to wait another 4-6 weeks since the reason I wanted to reject it in the first place was to schedule earlier).
So, I am definitely not allowed to bring glucose tablets in. And the BRN says I'll be able to bring in my insulin pump but won't put it in writing... and Pearson thinks it's just fine if I take it off, lock it up, and can go get it if I need it. Ha. Too bad I always need it!
My classmate had extreme difficulty getting someone from Pearson to call her back, and once they did she had extremely limited options for when to take it (and one of our classmates without a disability scheduled hers the same day and basically had a choice of nearly any weekday that month)