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  1. ErikaMarie

    What states allow you to challenge the NCLEX-PN?

    Thanks y'all. I think I'm just gonna do the last semester of LPN. Not how I wanted to do this but it seems to be the quickest route to getting licensed.
  2. I am a student nurse & I've passed everything but my last class of the RN program (critical care). Because I failed this class by 2.5 points on my exam, I am unable to graduate & am being asked to take the LPN course & then re-enroll into the RN program after working as a full time LPN for 6 months. I feel that's far too long after I've already spent this long to get my RN! I would like to get my LPN ASAP. I can't find any solid information about it anywhere but I've heard that medics in the military & other RN students have challenged the NCLEX-PN to get their license. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you for your time!
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    Failed out of last 7.5 week of class before graduation

    I'm so upset! They said to transfer to the LPN program IN THE SAME SCHOOL, for an entire year & then we could start the LPN to RN program & would have to retake everything after Fundamentals!! That means even though I passed Med surg 1 & 2, Psych, Peds, OB, & Leadership, I would have to take them over again. Can we say transfer? I'd really like to know what states offer to challenge the NCLEX-PN. I would be making phone calls but I just had my tonsils out today & it's killing me to talk.
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    Failed out of last 7.5 week of class before graduation

    I don't think I can challenge in the state of Maryland but I am a dual resident of WV (since I own a home there.) I'm having trouble finding information about it. Since it's Saturday, the offices aren't open & the websites are a little confusing. I love in the Maryland panhandle & can be in PA, WV, or VA all within about 30 minutes. So I do have 4 states I could potentially gain licensure if I have to move or something. I'm just wondering if I can take the NCLEX-PN having passed all but my 7.5 week critical care (med surg 3) of an ADN program. I need to take the route of least resistance. I need a licensure & a job as soon as possible.
  5. I just got my final test grade for Critical Care & I bombed it. I don't know how, but it's done. I cried, hyperventilated, & puked everywhere the several minutes following being sent my score 3 hours ago & have been crying on & off since. I'm out of the program. I can't retake the class there (Hagerstown community College in Maryland). I have all my clinical hours completed. It's just this one class that is keeping me from my associates degree & my dream. I don't know what to do now.
  6. ErikaMarie

    April 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    Should I just bring you the coffee pot?
  7. My clinical instructor is not liked by many people because she's infection control & people are constantly being caught doing stuff they shouldn't be doing. Personally, I love her. I went in with a light attitude & poked fun at her a little & was sure to tell her I was only kidding. I suppose it could have gone the wrong way but my guess is that she's not used to students being so friendly & some of my clinical buddies tease me saying I'm a brown noser. lol It's okay, though. I really do like my clinical instructor & like the tax man, she just has a job that some people love to hate. I don't take it so personally. I'm very glad to have her & wish I could keep her for every rotation. Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  8. ErikaMarie

    Low oxygen saturation problem

    Asthma is a medical diagnosis... But I'd first check to see if they look like they're breathing okay, if the pulse ox is on properly, if they have nail polish on, try different fingers or toes... Etc. Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  9. I'm not sure this will help but there is a local school here that is not accredited but is turning over lots of dental assistant graduates. A friend of mine advise me that she applied for her certification after spending upwards of 15-20k for school and they wouldn't let her apply without a year & a half's worth of full time unpaid internship to make up for the lack of accreditation. Basically her school (Kaplan) lied through its teeth to get enrollments & I've read articles about other locations doing the same thing. They WANT you to enroll and therefore cannot be trusted. In short, be weary of any program that is not accredited. I wouldn't even waste my time. Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    The rolling backpack debate

    I bought all my books for Amazon & none were available digitally. :-( Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  11. ErikaMarie

    First week of Nursing School and I am off to a bad start...Help!

    I know how you feel. The hospice called my family to Michigan for her final hours. My parents left yesterday morning. I stay here... Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  12. ErikaMarie

    need support

    You might get a better response from an actual nurse outside of the student forum... Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  13. ErikaMarie

    BSN without RN

    I'm not talking about Math 101, etc. Of course those can be done online. Anatomy & Physiology requires dissection. Microbiology requires cultures done in a lab. However, I'm referring to the nursing program itself. I looked & looked for online programs because I couldn't see how I could support my family without working full time. They simply don't exist. & now that my family 4 has gone down to a family of 2, I am in a situation where I don't have to work and can use student loans & help from family to get by while in nursing school. If I want to be a nurse, I have to put in the work. There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.
  14. ErikaMarie

    The rolling backpack debate

    I totally might get a rolling suitcase! lol This load is ridiculous! I had to lug that stuff up a steep hill both ways & 1/4 mile away. Who decided to put a campus around a steep hill? lol
  15. I don't think you need to relate to someone to be their friend... Especially when you should be able to relate to their nursing school frustrations & excitements. I try to make friends whenever I can. You don't have to be best friends, & you don't need to take part in people's drama, but for me, it's nice to have people there for support, people who understand what I'm going through. I'm middle of the road. 30, divorced single mom of a 24 month old & my friends there are younger, older, but most do have kids. Making friends is never negative.
  16. ErikaMarie

    BSN without RN

    Also should note that I'm on Day 4 of nursing school for my RN & we're already working on each other in the classroom... You can't do that online. It's way more than just clinicals.