I can't work at the VA hospital when I graduate!

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    Hey everyone. I was at the VA today trying to get vocational rehab for nursing school. I'm currently attending Carrington College in Albuquerque. I found out today that the school is accredited, but the nursing program is not! As a result of there not being any accreditation, I was also told that I'd be limited as to the hospitals and facilities in which I can work. Is that accurate? If that's the case, I will likely drop out of Carrington after this term is over in January. I'd appreciate any feedback! Thanks!

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    yes it's true. Some states will not allow you to even sit for NCLEX if your school is unaccredited.
    ShondaJ, himilayaneyes, poppycat, and 3 others like this.
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    My nursing program is in the process of seeking accreditation from CCNE I think, but as of now they only have state accred. Because of that,many VA hospitals will disqualify the application based on that..
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    Think long and hard about staying in/investing in a program that is not nationally accredited, especially if you have any inclining you might want to work at a federal facility, move to another state, or continue your education.
    elkpark, himilayaneyes, poppycat, and 7 others like this.
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    Man, I'm really bummed about this. I was so excited to be in the program. So discouraging.
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    Even accredited programs (ie Excelsior) aren't recognized by some state BON's, the best thing to do is to check with the BON's in any states you might work in.
    himilayaneyes likes this.
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    Quote from El_blanco
    Man, I'm really bummed about this. I was so excited to be in the program. So discouraging.
    Don't be too bummed- you found out in time to do something about it after all.
    poppycat likes this.
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    Yeah I guess so. This term is up in January. Guess I'll start shopping around.
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    Good luck finding a new program.
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    Thanks. The only drawback is that all of the accredited schools have a waiting list and I'll be in school a lot longer just to get my Associates/RN license. If I stay at Carrington, I can work at a couple of local hospitals until I get my BSN. I know that the school where I would be getting my BSN from is accredited. Decisions, decisions...

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