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NCLEX RN to LPN

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Has 2 years experience.

SO I failed my first attempt to the NCLEX RN.... a few nurses that I know suggested that I take the NCLEX LPN instead so that i start working and get experience before i take the RN.... I mean if that was the case I would have taken the NCLEX PN, WHAT IM SAYING IS SOME OF THE STUDY MATERIAL IS DIFFERENT BETWEEN BOTH EXAMS...feeling blue....i feel like no one believes in me....

what is the difference? all of my study material is for the RN, so can i still use that, do i need to get PN question bank/study guide...??

ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

Is that even possible? Not being cross when I ask, mind you. You completed requirements for RN, with education on the RN scope of practice. I'd contact your BON to see if it's possible. I'm also not sure the PN exam would necessarily be easier. So much overlaps between scope of RN and PN. Personally, I'd stick with RN. Real world nursing is not necessarily going to prepare you more for NCLEX world.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

What state? In most states that is not possible. LPN is not a consolation prize. Many find NCLEX-PN to be more difficult than NCLEX-RN not easier. If you only failed once, why not wait for your candidate performance report and create a targeted study plan to pass the next time.

Some facilities, due to accreditation cannot hire LPNs that did not graduate from a practical nursing program. I know my multi-state company cannot but RN failures cannot take the NCLEX-PN in my state.

RoyalBlue

Has 2 years experience.

NY...I don't think it is easier either...and it doesnt make sense to me....i have my BSN, Ive been preparing for the RN and that what I'll continue to do... I only asked on the forum, because I fell helpless and discouraged from what I really want to achieve. Is there somewhere on the web I can look it up?

RoyalBlue

Has 2 years experience.

?also...what kind of job can i get at a hospital, without my RN?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

In NY it's not an option to take the NCLEX PN without graduating from a practical nursing program. You might be able to get a job as a unit secretary but most hospital jobs are highly competitive in NYC. But be aware facilities may be reluctant to hire as you will leave the position once you earn your license.

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whatsmyusername_RN

Specializes in Medical/Oncology.

Is that even possible? Not being cross when I ask, mind you. You completed requirements for RN, with education on the RN scope of practice. I'd contact your BON to see if it's possible. I'm also not sure the PN exam would necessarily be easier. So much overlaps between scope of RN and PN. Personally, I'd stick with RN. Real world nursing is not necessarily going to prepare you more for NCLEX world.

My thought exactly. I didn't think it was possible for someone who graduated with a BSN to take the Nclex-pn...

RoyalBlue, you may feel discouraged right now, but stick with Nclex-RN even if you could take the PN exam. You are an RN; you went to school for it and you were prepared for the role. You can pass the RN exam the second time. Don't give up hope! You can do it!

Nienna Celebrindal

Has 12 years experience.

Honestly I think some people just think LVNs are idiots so therefore their test must be easier. Thats my take away from being an LVN anyway, RNs seem to think we're a half a step above a CNA.

I personally do not recommend doing this. The scope of practice is different and the way you answer questions is different.

Nienna Celebrindal

Has 12 years experience.

?also...what kind of job can i get at a hospital, without my RN?

Seems to vary depending on where you live but overall your options are very limited. Floor work is in general going out at most hospitals. Seems like ERs use LVNs the most but they are hard to come by but you'd need to go get IV certified and that's not cheap (you'd be better off using that time and money to get a tutor or do hurst/kaplan etc). Hospital jobs for LVNs in the states I have worked in are HIGHLY competitive and do not go to new nurses.

whatsmyusername_RN

Specializes in Medical/Oncology.

Honestly I think some people just think LVNs are idiots so therefore their test must be easier. Thats my take away from being an LVN anyway, RNs seem to think we're a half a step above a CNA.

Relax Nightcrow, I don't think RNs would look down LPNs or think that they are idiots. Certainly I don't think the PN test would be easier than the RN exam. I have a lot of respect for LPNs and CNAs and the work that they do.

I believe a lot of people who have commented that RoyalBlue should not take the PN exam because she went to school and have graduated in her BSN program, so naturally she should retake her RN exam.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

It's a moot point as NY BoN does not permit RN graduates to sit the NCLEX-PN

Again to the OP await your candidate performance report, create a targeted study plan and try again with the knowledge of having faced the test once and knowing what tested areas are more challenging for you.

Thanks NightCrow for that comment, us LPN's are not idiots.

well, if your state let you take LVN, simply take both RN and LVN in two weeks apart.

And remember your main major is RN

SWM2009

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

What makes you think you will pass the NCLEX PN either? Do you know why you failed the NCLEX RN? Until you answer that question there is no point in taking any NCLEX exam, PN or RN.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

It's a moot point as NY BoN does not permit RN graduates to sit the NCLEX-PN

Again to the OP await your candidate performance report, create a targeted study plan and try again with the knowledge of having faced the test once and knowing what tested areas are more challenging for you.

This.

Your best bet is to figure out a study plan. :yes:

The first step is to look at your performance report when you are able to receive it.

Learn how to understand the four concepts of becoming a competent, entry-level nurse:

1. Safe, effective care;

2.Health promotion;

3.Physiological Integrity;

4.Psychosocial integrity

Will determine WHAT the question is asking you; the question may be Respiratory related-but is it a Health Promotion or a Safety, or a Physiological or a Psychosocial one? Would you know the difference and choose the BEST answer?

Once one understands the concepts of NCLEX, they can do so successfully.

Looking forward once you find out what categories you did not pass in, review questions, rationales, if you don't understand the rationale THEN refer to content to understand the rationale-lather, rinse, repeat. ;)

Best wishes.

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akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 6 years experience.

It's a moot point as NY BoN does not permit RN graduates to sit the NCLEX-PN

Again to the OP await your candidate performance report, create a targeted study plan and try again with the knowledge of having faced the test once and knowing what tested areas are more challenging for you.

This.

Your best bet is to figure out a study plan. :yes:

The first step is to look at your performance report when you are able to receive it.

Learn how to understand the four concepts of becoming a competent, entry-level nurse:

1. Safe, effective care;

2.Health promotion;

3.Physiological Integrity;

4.Psychosocial integrity

Will determine WHAT the question is asking you; the question may be Respiratory related-but is it a Health Promotion or a Safety, or a Physiological or a Psychosocial one? Would you know the difference and choose the BEST answer?

Once one understands the concepts of NCLEX, they can do so successfully.

Looking forward once you find out what categories you did not pass in, review questions, rationales, if you don't understand the rationale THEN refer to content to understand the rationale-lather, rinse, repeat. ;)

Best wishes.

Another thing to remember is when you're sitting for the exam, expect to go 265 and 6 hours. It could shut off sooner than that, but plan to go the full distance. When you get a new question, take a deep breath, read the question & answer it in your mind. Then read the answers. Compare the official answers to what you thought the answer should be. If something is similar, you might be in the right ball park. Here's a key thing: Go back and re-read the question and look for key words and phrases. Sometimes you might realize you read the question wrong when you do this. (I'm guilty of that...) Then read the answers again and choose the most correct answer. Submit and move on.

Don't worry about the last question you had, you can't change the past. Don't worry about the next question because you don't know what it'll be. The only question that matters is the one in front of you and you MUST answer it. So, focus on that question because it's the only one that matters and do your best. Wrong answers will happen and are expected. It's part of the process.

You've now had one good look at the exam process and the next one should be less stressful.

Also, your CPR report will tell you where you need to concentrate your studies. If all areas are near passing standard, you're probably having a test-taking issue rather than a content issue.

This.

Your best bet is to figure out a study plan. :yes:

The first step is to look at your performance report when you are able to receive it.

Learn how to understand the four concepts of becoming a competent, entry-level nurse:

1. Safe, effective care;

2.Health promotion;

3.Physiological Integrity;

4.Psychosocial integrity

Will determine WHAT the question is asking you; the question may be Respiratory related-but is it a Health Promotion or a Safety, or a Physiological or a Psychosocial one? Would you know the difference and choose the BEST answer?

Once one understands the concepts of NCLEX, they can do so successfully.

Looking forward once you find out what categories you did not pass in, review questions, rationales, if you don't understand the rationale THEN refer to content to understand the rationale-lather, rinse, repeat. ;)

Best wishes.

very nice comment and so encouraging. thanks