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  1. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    Wasted 5 years of my life with LPNschool, now failed NCLEX for the 2nd time. I'M DONE

    My advise to you is DON'T GIVE UP!!!!! I've seen the stupidest nurses pass the NCLEX on the first try, and their everyday battle is which insulin to draw up first lantus (ummmmm okkkkkk?????) or regular :nuke: and they can't seem to understand why we look at them with a horrid look when they ask us this question day in and day out. The NCLEX isn't an easy test to pass. It's all theory and it's set up to fail us. My best friend is a horrible test taker but she knows how to critical think on the floor. She passed the NCLEX on the second try and she wasn't going to give up. She used Lippincotts & Davis as her study tooks after failing it the first time. She stopped at 85 and then passed. Once again, I'm going to tell you DON'T GIVE UP. You can nip this in the butt. Rest your mind for a couple of weeks and the start studying again. Good Luck
  2. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    speaking spanish & nursing in san diego

    For liability purposes in our hospital there's a differential only if you're a certified interpreter. If you're not certified then you wont get that extra pay. It can be in any language.
  3. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    Denied CA lvn license for 2 DUI's

    This is all too weird as when I went to LVN school we were told that there would be a background check. I'm surprised that none of you were told that there would be a background check. I guess in the boards mind is that they want to make sure that the applicant displays honesty and integrity before they will grant them a license. I'm not saying that those who were denied don't deserve a license but a DUI is a serious offense and someone could have gotten seriously hurt or maybe even killed. In the boards mind they are probably thinking who knows they may have only gotten caught once or twice, but is this a regular habit of the applicant? The BON has a lot of things to consider before they license anyone. I'm the first to admit that we are all human and we all make mistakes and we learn from them. But, I'm also someone who lost a family member due to someone driving under the influence that survived. So I see this a little bit differently than most people do. Best wishes and good luck to you all who are having this issue.
  4. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    Future Nurse wanting to work somewhere in South America

    Most likely the pay wont be as good as the US, but you will find that the cost of living is cheaper. The first step is finding a country where you would like to work as a nurse. Not all countries are accepting to Americans so that's another thing to consider. You may want to research different countries and see which culture interests you the most and go from there. Good Luck
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    Visa screen certificate vs IELTS result

    To be honest with you it's just a way to suck more money out of you. If you have a long wait to go you should really think about a plan B and try another route. Others have done that and have decided plan B was better and have canceled their route to the US. Good Luck
  6. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    From Michigan to SanDiego.. HELP!

    The area where Scripps is located is VERY EXPENSIVE! For what they're paying nurses there I don't understand how anybody can afford to live there on that salary. I make more as a LVN up in the Bay Area than a RN does does in San Diego. Isn't that pitiful? Right now moving to CA isn't a hot idea as you would find it easier and less expensive to move somewhere in South Texas where I heard and read that they are hiring new grads. Get your feet wet first before making a huge move to CA as it might be beneficial at this time. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck!
  7. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    Help Chronicity! Excelsior

    This is an interesting thread as I've read that many people are completing 2 exams a month. How do you do it? Are you basically studying 48 hours a day?
  8. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    CPNE Excelsior College

    Congratulations GN!! That is an accomplishment that I'm hoping to accomplish one day. I've worked with Excelsior Grads when it was Reagents, and two when it went Excelsior. All of them stated that the program wasn't easy. I can see this as they are tops and you can tell they are one of the sharpest tools in the shed. Good luck on your NCLEX
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    ***FYI Excelsior students can get Licensed in Cali***

    Thank you for clarification because i understood differently. I had thought you meant that the LVN clinical hours wouldn't count for the RN licensure if completing a RN program in CA. But I see what you're saying and it does make sense. If Excelsior would just include clinical hours for those states that do require additional clinical hours. From my understanding when I spoke with someone from Excelsior months ago. You can gain licensure through Oklahoma after completing two 30 hour preceptorship in both ob & psych. You will also gain 2 units of credit towards that and it will show up on your college transcripts. But you would have to complete them in Oklahoma. That clinical component is also arranged through Excelsior College and it's completed before graduation. For Arizona which requires 120 hours of preceptorship, you aren't awarded any units, but it does show up on your Excelsior transcripts. That can be done before or after graduation. I'm unsure about Colorado and Washington, but I do know that they require preceptorships also. Sometimes I feel I'm wasting time twiddling my thumbs hoping and praying a LVN-RN program accepts me. I get sooooo tempted to just go through with the program and complete one of the preceptorships and attempt to at least endorse into CA. But then I'm afraid at the sametime because if I'm not accepted then I'm @$$ed out because no CA school would accept me to complete their program because I would have already completed another RN program. It's a catch 22, but if I'm successful then I would be able to help others who are in a similar situation. But we will wait and see. MsPC what are your plans? I know you had mentioned that you'll be moving to another state or something like that. Or did I confuse you with someone else.
  10. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    Looking for suggestion

    While you're waiting you may want to brush up on your English skills. Not only is verbal communication important, but also written documentation. Good Luck in your search.
  11. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    CPNE this weekend!!!!!!

    Good Luck this weekend!
  12. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    Friends cheating.. what to do?

    My nursing program had a policy that if you knew someone was cheating and didn't report it, then you're cheating too. Let me ask you this. What if you knew that your friend was double dosing a patient each day that she was takinig care of that patient. As a RN you're a mandated reporter. I hope you wouldn't keep your mouth shut. That's someones family member right there. I wouldn't hesitate to turn that person in. I'm sorry but these are patients lives are at stake. Someone with integrity wouldn't do what you're describing. If you don't want to report it, then pass on over the email to your professor and I will do it for you. Good Luck
  13. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    Same Day Endorsement

    They must be back logged with endorsement applications along with new applicants. There are fewer workers and more paperwork to deal with. Sad situation in CA altogether.
  14. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    rn application from philippines for the US

    Right now local RNs are having issues with finding employment, especially new grads. Keep continuing with your MSN and specialize in something. That would increase your chances for a work visa, but it's not a permanent visa and it can be canceled at anytime. With your MSN that will open up so many opportunities for you. Good Luck
  15. NurseCubanitaRN2b

    ***FYI Excelsior students can get Licensed in Cali***

    I'm sorry if you feel that I'm offending you as that's not what I'm meaning to do. It's a good thing that you're reading the regulations because you can get a clearer picture of how things work. But sometimes I feel the regulations are so confusing that you need someone to interpret them for you. Here in CA, most of the LVN programs run about 3 semesters long and have over 900 hours of clinical experience. Which that exceeds the RN program here in CA, but the LVN-RN student still needs to complete the last 2 semesters of the RN program which includes around 300-400 hours of clinical experience. So in the end, the LVN would have completed about 1200 hours of clinical experience between both the LVN & RN programs. Thank you for the information that you have provided because I definately learned something new. That's what I love about this site is because I learn so many new things from the people that post here.