OK please don't give any studying advice. I took the NCLEX twice. I failed twice at 75 Q. I did all of Kaplan, every inch of and started repeating the Q Bank. I did Hurst. Started with it online and then did the live version but I don't like how they dumb everything down. After watching all the videos 5 times I was done. I did ATI questions. I did a 2 month prep course for people that have been out of school for a while. We had 5 hours of homework every night for 2 months. And I used a bunch of different resources.
I graduated with a 3.87 GPA in my BSN. But I am DONE with NCLEX for a while. I don't want to talk about NCLEX.
I went to nursing school so that I could work in a medi spa. I also wanted to do Doctors without Borders.
So I have to find a job. I am going all these different directions. I had a Cosmetology license from before my first Bachelors so I thought I'll work as an esthetician and then start studying NCLEX again. When I pass I can migrate from doing facials to doing injections and laser. Well I took a couple advanced classes and I started interning at the place I get my facials. She works alone so she can't hire me. So I have been applying for esthetician jobs for a month and not a single bite. Not a call, email, nothing.
So now I am leaning back towards the medical field again but what can I do besides being a CNA. And even that requires flying to LA to challenge an exam. But I do not want to work in a CNA capacity. I will end up strangling myself within a week.
I can do a phlebotomy course or an EMT course because they are short BUT could I get hired for either of those? I totally see myself being an EMT. I know the pay is crap but I would be working in the medical field and then I could start studying again.
However, I don't want to waste time and money if I won't be able to get a job. And like everything it seems every single job wants experience before they will hire you.
I am at my wits end and I really don't know what to do. I feel like crawling under a rock. I am feeling like an unproductive member of society.
But please if anyone has suggestions of what type of jobs are in demand that I could do without going back to school for longer then a month please assist. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area so there are tons of two week classes for both EMT and phlebotomy but could I get a job?
Other jobs that I am missing? Ideas of job titles I can search in Indeed? I want to find a job that will allow a candidate who does not have experience and jobs in demand. Please...
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My scores for the QT were 45, 49, 39, 48, 51, 53, 53. So they did get progressively better but not enough to pass.
^This...scores should be above 60% prior to taking the NCLEX...when you get ready to retake it.
But I really DO NOT want to talk about the exam. I have to get a job and I don't have time to stufy for NCLEX right now. My question is NOT about NCLEX.
^I understand that you don't want to talk about NCLEX; however, the sooner you master what's holding you back, the more opportunities in starting your career...You are in a pickle due to your educational status and the license you need to obtain in order to practice.
My question is what can I do to earn money in health care NOT having NCLEX. Again I reiterate I do not want to talk about the NCLEX. I need to find a job.
^And you are going to have difficulty finding one in healthcare without it, unless you want to take a phlebotomy course; however, you "earned" a degree which may give you some difficulty getting a job. Why would an organization hire you otherwise than in a nursing position ??? True story-a classmate of mine wanted to get a job before the NCLEX, and was asked the same question from a recruiter...
Most employers put people who have a degree in nursing that are applying for a healthcare job in the "NO" pile...just trying to give you the reality of how a lot of employers think. It will be an uphill battle.
This is why a lot of posters are trying to assist you in going through with retrying the NCLEX sooner, rather than later...you may want to try later, and find you may need to take a refresher course, or redo school altogether. You invested your time in becoming a nurse...it behooves you to triumph over your setback.
While you are looking for a job, look at your results and tackle getting LaCharity, and alternative format questioning, and take the NCSBN course if you can-practice questions are the MOST similar to the exam. If you cannot, look into Saunders and Lippincott. It is hard economically when looking for a position, and employees are going to be right right now...do what you must to survive, even if it is county assistance to help the tide.
I am encouraging you to continue looking for a job AND to at least get back to studying for the NCLEX within a month...then take two months to study for it, then go for it again...you do indeed, have time not to wait for another setback down the road.
Last edit by LadyFree28 on Jun 5, '13