Quote from Josie, RN
The thing is that you can't really TELL a prospective employer you have a Nursing degree because the first thing they will want to know is if you're licensed and, if not...why? It just won't look good.
Actually that is not true. Having a 2 year gap on your resume is a lot worse then putting down a BSN even if I didn't pass NCLEX. And healthcare employers like to see that you studied nursing even if it is not what you are doing that moment. I tried for three months to get a job as an esthetician. I did not get one single reply.
So I decided to take an EMT class and now I am working as an EMT. It is many, many steps down from RN but at least I am in the right field. And the fact that I had a degree in nursing helped. They asked me why I didn't pursue nursing and I told the truth because I am an awful liar and I still had several job offer. OK I know it is only an EMT job but I am still happy that I am finally working at least. I decided this time instead of going to a bad school I was going to go to the best. So I went to San Francisco Paramedics Association and they are tied with UCLA for the number 1 school with the highest passing rate at 98%.
When I walked into Pearson Vue the lady at the front desk said "Oh you are back again." It was quite rude and I said I was here to take a different exam. I know this exam is so much easier but there are still a lot of peole that go to bad schools and are not prepared. It was nice acing an exam at Pearson Vue and the next time I go in there I will ace the NCLEX. :-)