Can't Pass NCLEX, So What Jobs Can I Get With My Nursing Degree? - page 4

I'm not going to look for help or encouragement like I did the last time because the folks on here made me feel less than cricket dung. I've been out of school for a while now and I've failed my... Read More

  1. by   bigwebike
    Hi Schizoh,
    i didn't pass the first attempt. I want to re-write the nclex. Pls, What materials did you use during your preparation?
  2. by   Psychcns
    If you don't pass take a review course. You need practice in how to take the test.
  3. by   AHeeb333
    Considering that I read all of the comments and didn't find that anyone actually answered your question, it's a little discouraging. Everyone just said keep trying. I personally was searching for the answer to your question too. Except I finally decided that it wasn't my passion anymore. And now I'm stuck with $40,000 in debt to a degree I can't find a use for other than the healthcare field. So if someone could answer our question "What jobs can I get that isn't nursing or tech related?" it would be well appreciated.
  4. by   krc92880
    I would also like to know the answer to this question. What other options do you have if you cannot get past this test? Also anyone recommend options for really how to take this test? Just frustrated as I know the material but cannot get past this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  5. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from krc92880
    I would also like to know the answer to this question. What other options do you have if you cannot get past this test? Also anyone recommend options for really how to take this test? Just frustrated as I know the material but cannot get past this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Kaplan is known for teaching test taking strategies. Work with no license? Any job that does not require a nursing license??
  6. by   jordandorsettrn
    That's not right that individuals on this website made you feel that way.

    You could be a scribe, I know a few friends of mine went into that job title since they didn't want to take boards.

    I am sorry you've had difficulty passing boards.

    I will say that I didn't pass the first time either. Can I ask how many times you've taken boards?

    A lot of people may suggest other NCLEX review materials, but given that I didn't pass the first time or the second. [Yes it took me 3 times] and I'm a GREAT RN. And I am planning on going for my NP. That doesn't have any affect on you as a nurse. AT ALL.

    I would suggest HURST.

    Hurst Review

    Previously, I used Kaplan, Lipincott's, Davis's, etc. NONE of them helped me.

    HURST did.

    Just a suggestion...
    Last edit by jordandorsettrn on Jan 7, '17 : Reason: Found more information
  7. by   jordandorsettrn
    See my response below
  8. by   JL80
    I 110% understand how you feel. If anyone could help me, I'd appreciate it!!!

    I've been out of school well over 5 years with my Bachelors and still have NOT passed. I've done everything I could think of: cut my hours down at work, moved back in with my parents since I do NOT enough money to live on my own and pay my bills (mind you I'm in my damn 30s-could I feel more like a loser??!!?!?!?), went back to my college for help, did Kaplan multiple times, bought so many Nclex review books....I mean this whole ordeal has completely ruined things for me in my life, my life has stalled....or maybe even went backwards. Nobody takes me serious. Can't find a decent/better job. I go to interviews and I feel them laughing at me on the inside when they see I have my Bachelors of Science in Nursing, but do not have the 'RN' since I still have not yet passed the damn Nclex.

    PLEASE HELP ME!!!! What else am I suppose to do? My life is passing me by and I'm spending what's 'suppose' to be some of the best years of my life completely miserable, depressed, sad, insecure, high name it.

    I can't even imagine being happy in life anymore. I have legit tried so hard with this and it is just NOT happening. How do you even think positive after years and years of failing?!?!?

    Again, please help! Feel free to reach out to me!!!! Anyone!!!!
    (414) 322-8892
  9. by   Rose_Queen
    JL80, I highly recommend you remove your phone and email from your post. You never know who may stumble across that info and use it against you.
  10. by   not.done.yet
    Unfortunately it is pretty well known that a degree in nursing is useless for employment without the associated license.

    I paid for a Kaplan review class before taking NCLEX.
  11. by   Lilrunninmama
    Career alternatives other than Nursing: Health Administration, Public Health, Community Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Pharmaceutical Sales. If you want to stay away from the medical field altogether, then one should consider looking into Hospitality Management, Secretarial work, Massage Therapy, Fitness Trainer/Instructor, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources.

    Limits are an illusion. Fear creates barriers in our mind and it takes years of struggle for one to break through them.

    "Fall seven times, stand up eight." -Japanese Proverb

    "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt (The Man in the Arena)
    Last edit by Lilrunninmama on Apr 27, '17
  12. by   HillaryChang-Lee
    Think about getting phlebotomist within three weeks course and try to get any jobs. Try it again. Uworld and Hurst
  13. by   amoLucia
    This is an older post that keeps on being resurrected.

    For OP and others, consider teaching in an ancillary field.

    Some time back, I taught 'Health Care' in a small private business school. The students were NOT aspiring to be licensed professionals. Had lots of students who were referrals from Unemployment or adults looking for some direction into some type of tangential health care related jobs. Office-oriented types of jobs with a heavy influence on computer technology.

    Just know, at the time, I was an RN and was also currently working as supervisor in LTC. And I had solid teaching experience. But I was the only RN they had ever had to teach there. My interview required that I actually had to present a 'class' to 2 campus coordinators. So I wrote out a lesson plan (that I provided them as a sample of my documentation skill) and then I taught them a 'class' on skin that emphasized terminology.

    My job was seeking someone with a background who could teach Medical Terminology (and VERY basic A&P for the terminology). IT DID NOT REQUIRE AN RN. There was also fundamental billing & coding, transcription, medical records. Also taught Keyboarding, Business Math and English, Office Functions, etc. It was a quick, 'Intro To' kind of program.

    Besides teaching and depending on other skills, one could branch out into research (all depends) or sales. I'm also thinking of teaching something like CPR. But with a BSN, employers usually expect applicant to be licensed, altho the situation could also be expanded to nurses working out Recovery Programs or with license stipulations.

    In the end, you may have to consider going back to school to switch your focus if nsg is no longer your desire.