What can I do with a nursing degree (without my Candian RN license)?

  1. I graduated with a nursing degree and I've been struggling to get my nursing license over a year. I written twice missed by 4 and 1 point. I have delayed acquiring my license and been wondering what can I do with a nursing degree without a license?
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Oct 29, '12 : Reason: clarification
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  3. by   KelRN215
    I suggest taking an NCLEX prep course if you haven't done so already. A nursing degree without a license is nothing more than an expensive piece of paper.
  4. by   whatshouldido
    I am from Canada. It's the CRNE that i need to pass..
  5. by   Asystole RN
    I have heard of nurses with "license issues" being marketing managers, patient liaisons, consultants, ADONs, and even a SNF Administrator. Mind you, all of these people had either extensive experience or other degrees and licenses to fall upon.

    Without experience your degree is worth about as much as a degree is psychology or political science, of the same level of course. Hopefully you have a bachelor's degree, at least that will count for something if you attempt to find a job outside of healthcare.

    Study, study, and study again until you pass NCLEX. Take NCLEX prep courses like they are going out of style.
  6. by   loriangel14
    Are you going to try again? Since you only get three tries you should maybe look into a CRNE prep course.
  7. by   whatshouldido
    @ Asystole RN
    I have a 4 year bachelor of nursing degree

    @ loriangel14
    Yes I am still trying and I am having a very hard time getting over my fears to write it the final time.
  8. by   Fiona59
    Once met a pharmaceuticals sales rep who had failed three times. She was making a pretty good paycheque from what she said.

    But like Lori said, you have one more chance, use it.
  9. by   itsmejuli
    Is english your second language? Perhaps you should brush up on your english comprehension skills before you write the exam again.