Refresher programs: My licence has lapsed, ugh, retesting sounds challenging, advice? - page 4

Hi All, After working as a Neonatal Nurse Practioner for 10 years I "retired", and have been living abroad for several years. I am really wanting to return to nursing and realized I must first get... Read More

  1. Visit  debbren profile page
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    Hi Shery,
    I am reading Med-Surg Demystified at the moment. I also have downloaded at least 100 podcasts on my itouch and listen to lectures everyday when I exercise and when I can't sleep. Sometimes up to 4 hours a day! I really am amazed how it comes back to you....you will be amazed also.
    I also have found UTube to have some interesting stuff under nursing and medicine. I used to be proficient at intubation, central lines etc...not saying I am ready to jump in with out refresher...but it makes your realize it is still there, just hastn't been used in a while.
    My gut tells me to believe you can do anything you set out to do....
    As far as the paperwork, all has been recieved by my state board, just waiting to hear back....
    In the meantime, I will plan to follow the advise given to me to do "Suzanne's Plan", you will see that on an earlier post. I figure all these people have such good advice, and that sounds like the way to go....

    How are you doing with your future plans? Dream it and it will happen!

    Debbie
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    Hello Debbie, Thanks so much for responding to my need for help and someone to talk to about my problem. I left nursing and went into being a Mary Kay Cosmetic Director and now want to go back into nursing. I found out last Friday that I failed my nclex exam. I was studying day and night on a site called nclextestanswers.com and could do all of the test to around 88-90%. None of the info on that site was on the exam. Now I know that I must find a site that is going to teach me what I need to know. How do you find a site that offers to you what you need to know? I want to study what I need to know to continue to be a good nurse and be successful. Does the board of nursing have any counseling information? Does the league of nursing help with counseling as what site is not a scam and is the "Real Deal". I did learn lots of information about diseases.....Please tell me what you know.....sherry
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    Hello Everyone, I wanted to State a GREAT BIG "Thank YOu" to all of you that have responded to my request.
    As of right now, yesterday was a very productive day. I read all of the responses and couldn't get any info from the Suzanne suggest. I'm awesuming she doesn't exist anymore. But, did get a response about the Kaplan program and also got that from a nurse friend of mine. So this is what I did yesterday....contacted the board of nursing and they took me to their web site and down loaded the plan for Nclex exam to see what is all on it. They told me I can test again in 45 days. There is not a requirement from them to take any classes until you fail x3. But, I don't want any part of that.....and my friend who stated that it takes a life savings is correct to get your license back and also the friend that stated "DON'T EVER LET YOUR LICENSE LAPSE".... two very correct statements. So I enrolled in the Kaplan program as recommended from another friend on here. So I have that scheduled in Ann Arbor, Michigan 2nd aND 3RD week of May. I don't want to wait.....Thanks and Hugs to all of you....sherry
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    I have one more ??????? Does anyone know of any money out there to help with the cost......being there is a Nursing shortage......I just wondered if there is aid out there......sherry
  5. Visit  backinthesaddleRN profile page
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    Hi
    I just re-took my NCLEX RN after 17 years off duty being a mom. I got a bunch of review books but the best thing I did was an online Saunders interactive review. I think it was $59.00 and it was totally worth itThrough a website called Evolve.). You take a pretest and from that they fashion the course by your weaknesses. At the end you take an actual CAT type test. My test stopped at 75 and so did my NCLEX RN and I passed. You can even choose how long you want the material spread out and they make a calendar for you. I highly reccommend it!
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    Thank You so much for responding to my story. I just took my Ncclex last Tuesday, July 14th for the second time and I have passed. After Fail, the first time, I took the Kaplan program and worked on it online for about 6-8 hours per day except Sunday. I have succeeded at my goal and can't wait to start working now. So very happy and will never let my license lapse again....
    Sherry
  7. Visit  backinthesaddleRN profile page
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    Congratulations to you!!!! I know how daunting the whole process is!!! Good luck with all future endeavors!!
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    Thanks
    It feels so good!!! That all that hard work pays off and really works...
    I would recommend Kaplan to everyone.....it works if you work it!!!
    Now I have to find a position working as an RN....in the Flint area.....
    I want to work Visiting Nurses or Home Care.....does anyone have any employment agencies that they would recommend????? Sherry
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    Quote from backinthesaddleRN
    Hi
    I just re-took my NCLEX RN after 17 years off duty being a mom. I got a bunch of review books but the best thing I did was an online Saunders interactive review. I think it was $59.00 and it was totally worth itThrough a website called Evolve.). You take a pretest and from that they fashion the course by your weaknesses. At the end you take an actual CAT type test. My test stopped at 75 and so did my NCLEX RN and I passed. You can even choose how long you want the material spread out and they make a calendar for you. I highly reccommend it!
    Hi there, I too have been sidelined for over 10 years, and just got my RN back....why I ever allowed it to lapse...anyway would love to hear what you are doing with your licence now!
    All the best...
  10. Visit  backinthesaddleRN profile page
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    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest. I applied to about 6 hospital positions.....A Kaiser personnel RN called. She said I needed 6 months current experience before they would hire me. Kind of a catch 22, we can't hire you without RECENT experience so where do you get that? I am in the hunt for a state position but they are very slow at filling them. I started the process in October went through one round of interviews in Dec., ranked no.1 and am still waiting for round #2! Thank goodness my husband has a great job and we are not depending on me getting a job to survive! I have a friend in home health placement....she said they would have to place me as an LPN.....that made no sense, you can't get RN experience working as an LPN! So I search apply and wait! I did get my BLS!
  11. Visit  debbren profile page
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    Hello again,
    It is so hard to believe in these days of dire nursing shortages (which I have seen first hand with my mother in the hospital!), that great nurses like you...with years of experience , are finding it difficult to get a job anywhere.

    If you have been following this post, you know I too just got my licence back, so exciting...but my issue is now, I am living overseas...so although I have found some refresher courses, the timing is tough, not usually back in the states for 6 weeks at a time.

    But for now just reviewing on my own...it really does come back. The highly tech. part of my old job, vents, CT placement, reviewing CT scans, xrays, that type of thing....no question can't do from a book!

    The biggest advantage I feel I have now is , my three sons are all grown, no longer the pull of family needs as it used to be. Hard to go off to a 24 hour shift when you have ear infections brewing at home!

    I too have a really supportive husband who has a busy career, so my future is just starting again! I actually am going to Haiti next week with my husbands team, and hope to be able to lend a hand....

    Keep me posted on your progress, I will be rooting for you!

    Best of luck to you....
  12. Visit  backinthesaddleRN profile page
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    Thanks for your kind words of support! Good Luck in Haiti and God Bless!
  13. Visit  honeysusanjohn profile page
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    hello to u all...i am jst a starter....n before starting i had to end evrything...aftr my graduation i jst worked for 3 years..n dos 3 years wer d hell of ma life i had to suffer evrything...i felt in d name of a noble profession i was among terrorist ..all backstabbing n politiking..OMG..i jst ran out for my life i say...but i really had only one intensioun to help d needy n dats y i took dis profession...
    Bt now i feel really bad i have evryting by gods grace but dat emptyness,dat satisfaction i used to get wen d clients sply d granpas n grannies used to bless me evrytime dey saw me...n now i happened to see d abve posts... thanx ya all for inspiring me...god bless u all...i have decided to join sme hospital i wish GOD grant me ...n thanx for AN.

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