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NCLEX...how was it

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by Creamsoda Creamsoda, ASN, RN (Member) Member

Creamsoda is a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Im just wondering what the thoughts are of Canadian RN's who have been out of school for a bit who have taken the exam. Ive been out of school for 2 years now, ive worked in med/surg, and med/surg/neuro ICU for the past year and a half. Ive been reading a NCLEX review book, but since ive been out of school for so long that I dont know if thats an advantage or not. I just want to hear from anyone who was in a similar situation, and how their exam went. I passed the Canadian exam obviously, but ive just heard the 2 exams are very different.

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danigirl58 specializes in Adult ER.

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For me it was the hardest test that I have ever taken. I left not knowing one way or another as to if I passed. I struggled with the different drug names just little stuff that could all add up to a big fat F

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Dear fellow nurses

I am a LPN in BC and I would like to do my bridge-in program on-line for the RN? So easy in the USA but so hard to do in Canada? Why is that? Can anyone-anyone, please please give me some information as how I can bridge into the RN program on-line in Canada?

Thank you so much

Susanna

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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maame specializes in Telemetry, IMC.

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I Was In The Same Situation I Was Out Of School For 3yrs, I Was Very Hard I Passes On My Third Tried. The Drugs Are Very Different Indeed But If Youread The Drug Name Will Have An Idae Of Which Group They Belong And Also Try To Study Your Med Surg Book. And Try To Understand The Lab Values.

If You Need More Info You Can Pm Me And I Will Answer Some Of Your Questions. I Know It Is Hard But Don't Give Up When You Fail.

Best Of Luck

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Dear fellow nurses

I am a LPN in BC and I would like to do my bridge-in program on-line for the RN? So easy in the USA but so hard to do in Canada? Why is that? Can anyone-anyone, please please give me some information as how I can bridge into the RN program on-line in Canada?

Thank you so much

Susanna

Vancouver, BC, Canada

The main reason why it is so much harder in Canada is due to the fact they don't recognize the LPN for as much as they do in the US and also because Canada only has the 4 year BSN now. In the US they have the associates degree and then later you can still get your BSN often completely paid by your employer. I am also Canadian and since it was faster to get into school in the US I went to school in the US. I took my LPN first in the US and then transitioned into a LPN to RN program and now am working and doing my RN to BSN completely funded (except for books) by my employer. It is great. Since you are in Canada and if you wouldn't mind commuting you might want to consider looking into Bellingham Technical College that does a post LPN to RN program. You would have to do some additional pre-reqs but it is a part time program where you go to school 3 days a week every other week and the teachers are pretty nurturing of their students. A friend of mine did it. The nursing part is one year (September - June) and then you have your RN and can write NCLEX. The only online program I have heard of that can also be done in Canada is the Excelsior program but not sure if it is recognized in Canada. There are some states like California that don't recongize it though. I looked into it but you do all of your course work and then do a weekend type clinical test in lieu of doing clinicals for your schooling and have heard it is really stressful, expensive and some people fail over the least little thing. There is also Athabasca University in Alberta that you can do online but I think you have to do some clinical in Alberta and you have to get a Alberta LPN licence and have worked for at least a year and it is a LPN to BSN. You might want to look into that one over Excelsior. I have read that they are making it harder rather than easier for LPN's in BC to bridge in. Kind of frustrating. Believe me...I looked into all the options. The only hard part you may have about going to school in Washington State is that you need a LPN licence and you can't get one unless you have work authorization and you can't get work authorization as an LPN...kind of a vicious circle. It took me a while to get around that one. I had the advantage of going to school in the US which allowed me a practical training called OPT and through that got my social security card. Hope this wasn't too depressing for you...I understand the frustration believe me!!!!

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