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    Pearsonvue Trick - Does it Work Every Time? Part 3

    That is still a good message and means you passed. I got that same message.
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    5th attempt & 10 months later...

    Obloom14, where did you go to nursing school? Congratulations on passing! That must have been a surreal experience seeing your name post!
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    Pearson Vue Trick California NCLEX

    I took the California NCLEX-RN on 10/16/2013 and checked the PVT a few hours after I finished. I received a pop-up that said: "Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. please contact your member board for further assistance. another registration cannot be made at this time." After my name not posting on the BRN after three days I got very nervous and later contacted the BRN to see why my name hadn't posted. They said the system recently went through an update and now it can take up to 4 weeks for your name to post. They also confirmed that if PV website will not let you register than means you passed. My name ended up posting on 10/26/2013.
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    Pearsonvue Trick - Does it Work Every Time? Part 3

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    Ca BRN Website License check?

    It now can take up to 4 weeks for your name to post to the California BRN.
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    Pearsonvue Trick - Does it Work Every Time? Part 3

    In California, took 10 days for my name to post on the BRN. The California BRN recently updated their system and they said it now can take up to 4 weeks to post.
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    Pearsonvue Trick - Does it Work Every Time? Part 3

    I took the NCLEX yesterday in California and received the pop up that says, ""Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Please contact your Member Board for further assistance. Another registration cannot be made at this time." Its interesting how there are two different messages; the one I got, and the other one that most people get that says "passed" in the pop up. I wonder if those of us in California only receive the one I got. It won't let me to go the credit card screen, so I guess that is good, right? I've been checking the California BRN website and searching for my name. It hasn't been posted yet, I heard it can take 2-3 days for it to appear. This is the website,. On the page you click the top link: https://www.breeze.ca.gov/datamart/selSearchTypeCADCA.do Any comments on any or no difference between the pop up I got, and the pop up that says "passed"?
  8. Congrats on getting in to both schools! If I were in your situation I would look at two main things: 1. Can I handle an entire nursing program crammed into 1 year? 2. Is it worth paying more for MSMC since I will graduate and make money sooner than WGU? Regarding 1: I know a nurse who did the ABSN program at MSMC and she said it was very difficult. Cramming all the information in one year created a year of hardcore constant homework. But she was able to graduate on time. Regarding 2: In one way, MSMC would cost less than WGU. If you go to MSMC and graduate in one year, you will have 1.5 years to work before you would have graduated WGU. Therefore, if a standard nurse starts at $60,000 a year, you would make $90,000 in that 1.5 years. Therefore MSMC could theoretically save you money. However, due to the high cost of MSMC, you will probably have to take out student loans and the interest will have a marginal decrease on the savings. If you live near MSMC and think you can handle the one year program, I would say do that. MSMC makes great nurses and has the best reputation around. If you chose MSMC make sure you live near the campus, sitting in hours of traffic before and after school for an entire year can break you. If you are unsure if you can handle the MSMC workload, don't want to pay student loans for 10-20 years, and want a more relaxed school environment (and you can work while attending WGU), then I would chose WGU. You just have to decide which of the two fits you best. WGU nurses get hired very easily, I personally know of some at Cedars Sinai and Kaiser.
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    Mount St. Mary's ABSN 2011 applicants

    Congrats on getting in to both schools! If I were in your situation I would look at two main things: 1. Can I handle an entire nursing program crammed into 1 year? 2. Is it worth paying more for MSMC since I will graduate and make money sooner than WGU? Regarding 1: I know a nurse who did the ABSN program at MSMC and she said it was very difficult. Cramming all the information in one year created a year of hardcore constant homework. But she was able to graduate on time. Regarding 2: In one way, MSMC would cost less than WGU. If you go to MSMC and graduate in one year, you will have 1.5 years to work before you would have graduated WGU. Therefore, if a standard nurse starts at $60,000 a year, you would make $90,000 in that 1.5 years. Therefore MSMC could theoretically save you money. However, due to the high cost of MSMC, you will probably have to take out student loans and the interest will have a marginal decrease on the savings. If you live near MSMC and think you can handle the one year program, I would say do that. MSMC makes great nurses and has the best reputation around. If you chose MSMC make sure you live near the campus, sitting in hours of traffic before and after school for an entire year can break you. If you are unsure if you can handle the MSMC workload, don't want to pay student loans for 10-20 years, and want a more relaxed school environment (and you can work while attending WGU), then I would chose WGU. You just have to decide which of the two fits you best.
  10. Yes, I am in the prelicensure program and overall I really like it. There are several flaws, as with all programs, but its a fairly new program and hopefully they will work the kinks out. They do not ask students for their opinion on important topics such as program improvement though. I really think they should regularly contact us to see what we feel could be improved upon. I highly recommend the program to everyone. Extending the program will have no effect on students practicing and perfecting taking blood pressure and other vital signs. Those skills are not included in the extension. We learned those over two days and practice them in future labs and all clinical intensives. If you were hoping those extra six months will give students more practice to those and other skills, I am sad to inform you that it will not. Your story about the nurse giving incorrect information is unfortunate. Hopefully the nurse was accidently referring to another patient, but who knows. Nurses, doctors, physical therapists, etc make mistakes every day. West Coast University should be avoided at all costs by prospective nursing students. They are the most expensive program I am aware of, and employers do not want to hire their graduates. You can get bad grades in college and still get accepted there if you are willing to pay outrageous tuition prices. Nursing demands more outgoing, dedicated, and bright people. I know there are some brilliant people that attend WCU, but when you look at their NCLEX pass rates, retention, and class profile statistics, you will see what I am referring to. I don't know of any programs that are less expensive than WGU, except for hundreds of community college programs. But those are only ADN programs. Mt. St. Marys is more expensive but is much more prestigious and turns out very prepared nurses and get hired immediately out of school. That program is only a year long. Then they start making money sooner and it ends up costing less than attending WGU or a community college. Concordia is 18 months, a full year shorter than WGU, and is not much more expensive. And then the nurses can work for a a full year before WGU grads can, and make $65,000 a year, which also ends up costing less than WGU.
  11. WGU's motto or slogan is: "Online. Accelerated. Affordable. Accredited." This is a university slogan, not one that is only being used by a few different programs. This same slogan is also found on the cover of the "Program Guide Book" to the "Bachelor of Science, Nursing (Prelicensure) BSPRN" book. Certainly it is meant to apply to the prelicensure program and to attract students. Adding $3,750 essentially raised the price of tuition approximately 20% overnight. This price hike in addition to the extended program completion time only encourages students to look elsewhere. In the extra 6-18 months this program takes over traditional accelerated programs, nurses could attended and graduated other programs and could have made $30,000-$90,000. WGU is a great school and the nursing prelicensure program is a great program. I still highly recommend it. It is just very unfortunate the school has taken this longer and more expensive route. I want to see WGU and this program thrive, and I don't see that happening with these changes. I hope I'm wrong.
  12. The Western Governors Pre-Licensure BSN Nursing program is no longer an "accelerated" program. It used to be a 2 year program, it has now been extended to 2 1/2 years. I believe the change was made about 1 1/2 years ago. Its unfortunate they extended it 6 months. Not only does it take longer to get through the program, it also costs about $4500 more. This brings the program cost up to ~$24,000, close to other traditional private BSN programs. I heard the reason for the length extension was to allow students to complete pre-reqs during the first few months and to extend the pediatric and obstetrics classes/labs/clinicals. Although this is still a good program, the extension was unnecessary. They could have taken one week away from other classes and added it to peds and ob. Although WGU can't really be considered Accelerated and Affordable anymore at least it is still Accredited.
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    WGU Pre-licensure program

    I have a classmate that works full time and two that work part time and they are able to keep on top of things. They just have to be more dedicated.As far as studying beforehand, I don't think it will help. Just show up on day one and be prepared to write a lot of essays.
  14. Yes I still use that email. We are not allowed to tell anyone what we were tested on. The reason is because it will give others an unfair advantage. And, I did it without knowing and you can to! You have all the answers right there in the check lists. This is the easiest one besides the first one were you have to take vitals and make the bed.
  15. I do remember but we are not allowed to say.
  16. Always wash your hands, introduce yourself, check physician orders, check patient wrist band for name, MRN, room number, and birth date. Ask permission to touch patient. When palpating for a pulse, do not push too hard. Your knuckles will turn white and the assessor can tell by this indication that you are pressing too hard. The hardest most difficult assessor quit, probably from all the student complaints, so it should be easy compared to what most other students went through. Always make sure the side rails are up if you are away from bed. Always raise the bed to a comfortable height and lower it before you are done. Verbalize everything you do.
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