Hello everyone!! I have a predicament that I need help on... I went to a vocational school to become an lvn. I did really well through the whole program, until it came time to take my exit exam. I couldn't pass!! I knew all the content but because it was on a computer rather than a written test as I was used to for some reason I just couldn't pass. I "graduated" December 2011 but because I couldn't pass the exit exam I didn't receive my certificate until about December of 2012. I got really discouraged and down on myself and felt incompetent of my nursing knowledge. So I kept procrastinating. Until FINALLY I decided to just take the nclex. And in February of 2013 I took it and PASSED ON THE FIRST TRY!!!! I was and am so relieved! But now my problem is addressing this problem or not addressing it on my resume/interviewing process. I don't know the best approach for this situation. I could really use some advice because I really do love nursing and want to make it my career. I fear that no one will give me a chance though because of the large gap between my school history and the date I received my license. That and I also DO NOT have any professional nursing experience that almost ALL jobs require!
Look it this way, the person you're looking at on the gurney ain't no computer terminal. Personally, I wouldn't bring it up unless asked and I doubt it would (but have an answer at the ready, just in case). If you're comfortable using a PC to type in data, I'm sure EMR software, like EPIC, shouldn't be that difficult.
Emphasize your passing the boards on the first try during the interview. I hear it's an achievement in itself.
On your resume, emphasize your clinical skills and any transferable skills (like customer service) from other jobs you've had.
Last edit by Bayat on May 14, '13