Making a decision

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by Sheri Jeffrey Sheri Jeffrey (New) New

Hi, we’ll I have a question. I passed my nursing course at a for profit school in NC and we practically had to teach ourselves. I graduated in 2014. I took my exam but failed due to stress that was going on in my life, IDK really because I aced nursing school.. was on the deans list three times and graduated with a high GPA. After failing, I found out I have a new medical condition called anxiety because of this failure and relocated to Miami, Fl to be closer to my family for support but that didn’t help much because it felt like my family treated me like the family doctor and mental wasn’t  there but I pushed through. I used to study programs and completed them both, remar and UWorld but still has not retaken the test. Now that it’s 2021, I don’t know if I should just take the test again or go back to school for my RN seeing as how I retained 60% of what I have learned in school. As a kid I’ve always wanted to work in the medical field, I wanted to be a pediatric neurosurgeon but life happened and I had kids. So I changed it to nursing and because I failed I’m stuck and don’t know which path to take anymore. So if there’s someone out there that can help me.

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

@Sheri JeffreyCheck with the board of nursing to see if you’re even eligible to test after seven years. You may be required to complete an approved remediation course. 

14 hours ago, NotMyProblem MSN said:

@Sheri JeffreyCheck with the board of nursing to see if you’re even eligible to test after seven years. You may be required to complete an approved remediation course. 

Yea I’m eligible to test, I only took the test one time…. You have three attempts at the test before remediation is needed but it doesn’t matter how long In between the test are taken, just you had three attempts to get it. 

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

In that case, I would take the test again, if I were you. If you pass, you can look for RN bridge programs that will accept your science courses. If you fail the NCLEX a second time, I would start the process of applying to a traditional RN program and begin taking general education courses that you’ve not had while waiting for the third and final attempt for the LPN. These courses will not be wasted because they can transfer for your BSN later. 
 
On a side note, if you’re one to excel in academics, why not just go straight for a BSN program and forego the LPN?

I do excel academically but I just didn’t want to seem like a failure if I at least didn’t try. I aced my LPN school and that’s why I was so disappointed but you’re right…… thank you so much for the advice.