'graduated' but could not sit for NCLEX

  1. I completed all of my courses. I did 2 attempts with the comprehensive. I scored a 90% passing rate. The school wants 98%. The school told me to do 12 week virtual ATI. I could not get green light in the pass 12 weeks to sit for the comprehensive.

    They are refusing to offer an extension for me to take my second and my third attempt at VATI to get green light.

    I would graduate with a 'certificate.'

    What are my other options?
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
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    I completed all of my courses. I did 2 attempts with the comprehensive. I scored a 90% passing rate. The school wants 98%. The school told me to do 12 week virtual ATI. I could not get green light in the pass 12 weeks to sit for the comprehensive.

    They are refusing to offer an extension for me to take my second and my third attempt at VATI to get green light.

    I would graduate with a 'certificate.'

    What are my other options?
    If the school requires a score to graduate that you've been unable to achieve, you just might be out of luck. I suppose you could consult an attorney to see if there are any loopholes?
    I went to school with a girl who had a similar problem. She was unable to get the required HESI exit exam score, but the school did make an exception and allow her to take NCLEX in the end. She was VERY lucky.
    Has the school made any other suggestions to you?
  4. by   studentnurseASN
    I would be granted a 'certificate.' Is there still a way I could sit for NCLEX?
    Last edit by studentnurseASN on Sep 9
  5. by   studentnurseASN
    Did your friend seek legal advice?
  6. by   Sour Lemon
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    I would be granted a 'certificate.' Is there still a way I could sit for NCLEX?
    If you didn't graduate, you're not going to be able to take boards. My friend didn't need to seek legal advice because she was able to persuade the school to allow her to graduate. The school could have declined, as she did not technically meet their criteria.
    Legal advice is just an idea, but it may not get you anywhere. It should be a last ditch plan, though. It's in your best interest to try to work something out with your school.
  7. by   studentnurseASN
    I just called my school. They said that I can remediate on my second attempt and my third attempt if my VATI tutor said that it was okay. She said that she hopes I could remediate on my second attempt using VATI even though I have 4 days left. I would have to work out another time extension.

    I need tips on what to use at this point to prepare for predictor 2.

    I struggle with prioritizing questions that are not related to airway, breathing, and circulation. I got a question that was asking about prioritizing eczema, healing laceration, and stage 1 ulcer. The question was asking which was important.

    Another question that I struggled with was picking the client to see first among clients who have two or 3 different diagnoses and a complaint. All were airway concerns. A patient with advanced TB, and PVD who has shortness of breath. A patient who has COPD, and vascular insufficency with shortness of breath (so stressed that I can't spell). A patient with HIV and TB with difficulty breathing.

    Another question that I had trouble with. During a fire which of the following should be done: close all the doors, tell the person in charge of the building, or use the fire extinguisher.

    Some questions will not have the first or send priority. But the 4th, 5th, or 6th priority.

    40 of my questions were like this until the end of the exam.

    Terminology not mentioned in ATI readings or modules. How do I answer these questions without limited information?

    PM me, or post it here. If you guys have something to add.
    Last edit by studentnurseASN on Sep 10
  8. by   rnhopeful82
    This one may help you with the fire questions, I've had a few of those on tests and ATI questions and this always helps me: R.A.C.E: An acronym that hospital personnel use to remember their duties in case of fire. It stands for RESCUE, ALARM, CONFINE, EXTINGUISH/EVACUATE. so if you can remember that, you should be able to prioritize what to do. Good luck!
  9. by   Sour Lemon
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    I struggle with prioritizing questions that are not related to airway, breathing, and circulation. I got a question that was asking about prioritizing eczema, healing laceration, and stage 1 ulcer. The question was asking which was important.

    Another question that I struggled with was picking the client to see first among clients who have two or 3 different diagnoses and a complaint. All were airway concerns. A patient with advanced TB, and PVD who has shortness of breath. A patient who has COPD, and vascular insufficency with shortness of breath (so stressed that I can't spell). A patient with HIV and TB with difficulty breathing.

    Another question that I had trouble with. During a fire which of the following should be done: close all the doors, tell the person in charge of the building, or use the fire extinguisher.
    I'll tell you how I would have answered those three and why. I've never been an A+ student, though!

    The first one seems pretty straight forward. Eczema is a chronic condition. I'm not feeling a sense of urgency. The healing laceration is also easy to rule out. It's improving, and the patient who's getting better is rarely the priority. A stage one pressure ulcer may not sound too significant, but the patient is declining from intact skin. Patients who develop pressure ulcers are typically limited in their mobility, have poor nutrition, and may have cognitive deficits. They're vulnerable, in other words ...and that ulcer will quickly progress if it's allowed to. It might progress even if you do everything "right".

    The second question is a little trickier, but I would choose the patient with COPD and vascular insufficiency. I'm thinking possible DVT or PE?? A patient with advanced TB would be expected to have some shortness of breath. The other TB patient seems like a distraction because they threw in HIV which has nothing to do with anything.

    For the fire question, I would first notify the person in charge of the building. Fire plans are system wide. EVERYONE needs to know what's going on so that they can react properly. That doesn't mean you need to go look up the number, sit on the phone and have a ten minute conversation. Maybe you just yell at another nurse to call the operator and get acknowledgement before moving on the the next step. Kind of like yelling for help before you start CPR.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts. I'd like to know what the actual answers are.
  10. by   mi_dreamin
    I highly recommend Mark Klimek live review to help you prepare. He addresses all the things you mentioned plus tons more. It is pricey but definitely worth the $$$
  11. by   Julius Seizure
    Grant you a certificate of what? Nursing school?

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