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

  1. 0 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!
  2. Visit  El_blanco profile page

    About El_blanco

    From 'Albuquerque, NM, US'; Joined Oct '13; Posts: 6; Likes: 7.

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  3. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  KimberlyRN89 profile page
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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..
  5. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
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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.
  6. Visit  El_blanco profile page
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    Man, I'm really bummed about this. I was so excited to be in the program. So discouraging.
  7. Visit  MunoRN profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  meanmaryjean profile page
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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.
  9. Visit  El_blanco profile page
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    Yeah I guess so. This term is up in January. Guess I'll start shopping around.
  10. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Good luck finding a new program.
  11. Visit  El_blanco profile page
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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...
  12. Visit  schnookimz profile page
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    Quote from El_blanco
    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...
    Yea but can you even sit for the nclex in your state if your schools program is not accredited??? I am guessing you cannot so no nclex=no license=no RN to BSN program.
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  13. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from El_blanco
    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...
    but you will still be limited by the non accredited school for your RN....they will ask and will see it wasn't and it can limit your options later and some states my not issue you a license if you move...if you are willing to risk it.
    poppycat likes this.
  14. Visit  delawaremalenurse profile page
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    Quote from El_blanco
    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...
    I'd double-check with those hospitals to ensure they hire graduates from this program and I'd verify with your prospective BSN program(s) that they will allow students from this program to matriculate
    poppycat likes this.


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