So, I have kind of a unique situation. Both my husband and I went to nursing school
in PR. It is accredited by the NLNAC so I didn't think we would have any problems. Well, we moved to AZ and it is around $2500 for both of us to even take the NCLEX here because for some crazy reason AZ considers Puerto Rico as international. We have four children, so there is NO way we can come up with that $$. Not to mention, no one is hiring new nurses here anyway. I just got a cashier job at Wal-Mart so we can have at least some money coming in. I just can't get over the fact that I have a nursing degree and I'm cashiering and pushing freaking shopping carts in the 115 degree AZ heat for $8.05 an hour just to make ends meet. What did I go to nursing school for?!?!?! My husband had an interview at DaVita today for a reuse technician since he doesn't have his RN license and won't have it for God only knows how long, and they said he was too qualified. Seriously?! I have seen plenty of people on here saying that they worked as medical assistants, technicians, phlebotomists, etc., but how do they land those jobs without being "over qualified"?????
I could just cry right now. We have no money to pay for the NCLEX/license, and working at Wal-Mart and other minimum wage jobs will never allow us to save for it. I'm so frustrated. Meanwhile, the student loans will have to be repaid soon, making it even tougher. Ughhhhhh! Thanks for letting me vent. I feel completely defeated.