I'm graduating in December and am terrified that I won't be approved to test for very insignificant reasons. I have no felonies or even a DUI but I have many speeding tickets and a few that turned into warrants, one still in Texas that costs over $600. I've also lived in 3 different states and have over 15 addresses that show up on background checks. My credit isn't the best either. Will this prevent me from approval and take months for them to finally realize I was just irresponsible and not a felon. It really irks me and I don't believe it shows the character of a person if they have speeding tickets some for which weren't paid in a timely manner especially during cross country moves. Can anyone offer advice? Also I'm in a very small program in a small town (which I will not stay in) so our teachers hound their previous students after graduation demanding they know if they passed in order for the program to stay afloat and assure their relevance. 2011 classes had almost 90% pass rates. They also help to gather all of the information and probably will have folders to where we keep our info regarding the costs and entries and I just feel like in nursing school we have no privacy and they know everything about our lives. It makes me feel uncomfortable and I just want to be able to be approved as fast as possible so I can move out of my small hometown and on to a bigger, brighter future.
Jul 6, '12
I don't know about TX, but I just helped a friend (not a nurse) here in CA, with a red stop light infraction and a speeding ticket, that went for almost 18 months and couldn't afford close to $1,540 (with fines and penalties etc). We went to the ticket office, they offered to see a judge and now she's able to make 12 monthly payments and while it doesn't show "paid" or dismissed. It's "off the record" subject to not missing a single payment.
So with your bad credit, maybe you can try the same to spread the cost over the longest period possible, just do not miss a single payment.
I would get this done at the next business day, you'll feel much better and get this burden off your back and stop looking behind. Tell the courts you can't afford it, is there a solution other than payment in full? Times are tough and I'm sure you're not the only one making this request.
Jul 6, '12
"I'm in a very small program in a small town (which I will not stay in) so our teachers hound their previous students after graduation demanding they know if they passed in order for the program to stay afloat and assure their relevance. 2011 classes had almost 90% pass rates."
I empathize with you about the school seems to know all your personal buisness. The school I attended started with 80 in our class we graduated with 60 in May. I wish our class was smaller My LPN class was 20. But if you guys let them know if you passed or not that helps the class behind you calm their fears, I have no Idea how many in the class ahead of me passed their NCLEX RN.
Sorry I cant help with the real question you are asking.
Jul 7, '12
Thank you both for your help. I hear TX is very strict with boards but thankfully I'm in AR and I do plan to initiate payment plans. At best, they will demonstrate my ability to resolve conflict, haha.
I understand where my LPN PROGRAM IS coming from and it's really not my issue because we also started with 30 and now have 23. I've grown to care for most and would love to carry on our friendships but the libertarian in me comes out when all of my personal business is on display at all times, i.e. forms our instructors request when we are all perfectly capable of applying for the NCLEX ourselves. I'm also worried about previous my psych dx. I struggled with bulimia for 13 years and was in a treatment program at age 19 for it and drug abuse. I wasn't and am not an addict, however I was young (19 now almost 29) and severely sick. In hindsight, all of my issues lead me to the nursing profession and allowed me an ability to connect and empathize with a diverse crowd. My anxiety is also preventing me from seeking professional help for my ED through the local health dept. Can an eating disorder with accompanying issues also prevent a timely approval to test? I KNOW I SOUND CRAZY BUT I'VE WORKED SO HARD AND PLAN ON GRADUATING WITH ABOVE A 3.5 GPA,SOCIAL COMMITTEE CHAIR AND MEMBER OF MY LOCAL JAYCEES WHO TRULY LOVES HELPING PEOPLE BUT WASNT ALWAYS THE BIGGEST FAN OF RULES OR SMART DECISIONS IN MY PAST LIFE AND PRAY IT DOESN'T COME BACK TO HAUNT ME.
Rebel with regrets...
Jul 7, '12
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Can an eating disorder with accompanying issues also prevent a timely approval to test?
The eating disorder is debatable. But the details of your drug abuse may be where your timeline hangs.
In my state, yes it can slow you down a bit. But it's not guaranteed that it will inevitably deter you from achieving your goals. Here if you have a proven history, there's tons of hoops you have to jump through.
They require you to write a detailed personal statement stating how you've changed, any diversionary/rehabilitation programs you've completed, any retribution you've repaid and why you'll never do it again, as well as personal and professional recommendations.
Your state's regulations may vary, however. Good luck!
Oct 24, '12
Thanks for your help! I guess never checked back on this, mostly because I didn't want to deal with it and still don't! It is kind of irrelevant now because I'm moving back to New Orleans and LA isn't a compact state therefore even if I have my temp AR license I will probably be unable to practice in LA until I pass my boards. I'm sure it's a whole other, wonderful process I will stress over and I'm prepared to write a personal statement. I also have my instructors, director of my program and several licensed professionals who are more then willing to recommend me. Hopefully it won't take too long and keep me from applying into LPN-RN programs.
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