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  1. fabulousnurse

    Challenge NCLEX-PN in California via Method 3

    To each is own. At the end of the day, no matter what capacity I work in, I work for the patient. I have no reason to lie about my work experience and my [previous] employer has nothing to gain by singing the work experience form for the BVNPT method 3 application and lying under penalty of perjury. If I decide to stretch the truth on my resume about my education (Which people do everyday) then so be it. That doesn't make me take any better or worse care of my patients. You know something, I found something online that showed that in 2012 [the year I challenged NCLEX-PN], out of 121 candidates that took the NCLEX-PN in california via Method 3, only 6 people passed the exam. I was one of the 6 out of 121 candidates who passed the NCLEX-PN without a formal education. If I can do that, then there is no reason for me to be scrutinized and/or penalized my a potential employer and have to risk not receiving a good job opportunity because I live in a world where nobody understands how smart and capable I really am. I have received countless rewards, praises and have been promoted because I am so competent in Nursing practice. Furthermore, I am now an RN as I graduated from an LVN to RN bridge program. I entered into the 2nd year of a standard 2 year ADN program and your statement of, "Nursing school is an experience for a reason, it changes you and it molds you into a Nurse, it's painful as well as extremely rewarding" is an absolute joke. The only thing that I and countless other grads found rewarding about Nursing school was graduation. There were times where Nursing instructors made it waaaaaaay harder than it needed to be. You know just as well as I do that it does not need to be like that. I'm glad you had a good experience in your Nursing Program, but there were days where I dreaded going to class to be nitpicked by instructors because I do know my stuff! You can call it what you want, but your holier than thou, straight-laced, by the book, no room for flexibility way of living has no room in my life. I got to where I am today for a reason. I'm not advocating to falsify medical records or to put your patient in harm. I'm advocating for someone to do what they need to do to get their foot in the door and show their worth..EVEN if that means bend the truth a little bit.
  2. fabulousnurse

    Pearson Vue trick 2014 -still works!

    I'm a little confused about the "good pop up". I took the NCLEX-PN back in 2012 and the pop up I got back then was, "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" Today, I took the NCLEX-RN, and I got the same message but it did not say, "Please contact your Member Board for further assistance", instead, it simply omitted that portion of it and said, "Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Another registration cannot be made at this time." Does anyone know if this means anything specific? I'm reading on here that to date, people are still getting the older message that I got in 2012.
  3. fabulousnurse

    Challenge NCLEX-PN in California via Method 3

    I had absolutely no trouble at all finding a job as a "Method 3 LVN". There is nothing on my license that indicates that I took this route to obtain my License and I found a Job 2 weeks after receiving it. They ask where you went to school, but just lie, they won't actually verify where you went to LVN school!
  4. sali22- Yes being a CNA on a Med-Surg floor is pretty much the only way you will qualify for this. I should know, because I did just that! Additionally, you CAN do an LVN to RN program in CA because most LVN-RN bridge programs simply require that you have 1,000 hours paid work experience. I should know, because I just graduated from an LVN to RN bridge program. Learning to be a Nurse is a variety of things including theory and clinical. If someone has the ability to pass the NCLEX-PN without a formal education, then they are, in my opinion, just as well qualified as the next LVN applicant who want to their local adult school and had 956 hours of shadowing a Nurse from the Philippines in a SNF.
  5. fabulousnurse

    Low demand for LVNs? How true?

    I got really lucky! I got my hard copy of my license 08/20/12(a Monday), I put in an application at a sub-acute rehab on 08/24/12(Friday Morning), and I received a call for an interview 6 hours later, Had the interview Monday 08/27 and started work the following Morning. They offered me $32 per hour base pay and $1 differential for PM shift and $2 differential for NOC shift. I am so thankful to have landed something so quick, I honestly just happened to be at the right place at the right time. I'm in the Bay Area, CA
  6. fabulousnurse

    Took NCLEX-PN July 21 in California

    On August 6th, My official results were processed and I in fact DID pass my NCLEX-PN examination. I drove to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians in Sacramento and paid for my initial license fee of $150 and they gave me a sixty day temporary license. This confirms that the Pearson Vue "trick" does in fact work and the moment I received the message when trying to re-register, "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", I knew that I had passed.
  7. fabulousnurse

    Indiana State University LPN-BSN 2012

    Hello All, I was hoping to see if anyone has recently taken Any of the four Indiana State Phase II CSM exams and could tell me the cost of each and how the exams are delivered. Additionally, I would like to know how they appear on your DARS report (or transcript) at ISU. Thank You
  8. Hello, I have read several posts about people who had questions about Challenging the NCLEX-PN here in California, and I would like to share my two cents on the matter because I have sucessfully challenged the NCLEX-PN in California. I was inclined to challenge the NCLEX-PN because I had finished a fundamentals of Nursing course in a traditional 2 year ADN program and had five years acute care experience as a CNA/Tech. In January 2012, I sent in my application to BVNPT to challenge the NCLEX-PN. I had my manager sign off my work experience form because I had successfully met all criteria in terms of clinical requirements at my hospital over the last five years. The BVNPT requires 48 months paid bedside experience on a Med/Surg floor, and then 6 weeks in pediatrics and 6 weeks in Maternity. I have worked on Med-Surg since being a New-Grad CNA back in '07, and have been cross-trained to float in the Emergency Department and in the OB. If you take care of any patient 17 or under in the Emergency department (or in any setting) they are considered a pediatric patient. Over the past five years, I accumulated all of that, and in my first semester of Nursing school in the ADN program, I took a separate pharmacology course as part of the program. I sent in a signed work experience form by my supervisor sealed in an envelope with our hospitals stamp on it, and I sent in an official transcript from my University to meet the pharmacology requirement. In addition, I had to pay to have my live scan done and had that completed(and send in a copy of the completed livescan form to the Board with my application), I sent in a passport photo and a check for $150. The BVNPT cashed my check three weeks later and Exactly 16 weeks from the day I applied, I received an envelope in the mail approving my application and directing me to register with pearson vue and pay the additional $200 to them in order to receive my ATT (authorization to test). I immediately did so online, and received my ATT via email moments later. I scheduled my NCLEX in San Francisco online via the pearson website, and set the date for July 21, 2012, giving me two months to prepare. I did the ATI NCLEX review course online, and did tons of Saunders practice questions. I went in feeling very nervous and took the test and it shut off at 85 questions (the minimum amount). To date(three days later) I have not yet received my official results, however I do get this message when trying to re-register:"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." I have read multiple people's testimonies online regarding challenging the LVN boards based on work experience. I have heard things such as they think it is "unsafe", "ridiculous", and the list goes on. I would just like to say that I would feel much more confident working with a new LVN that has had the five years experience that I carry and has seen what I have seen, over a new-grad LVN. I am not trying to toot my horn, but the Board does not just hand over an LVN license to any incompetent person. If you have the experience, and you can actually pass the NCLEX, then I believe that one is ready to start out as a new LVN. The NCLEX is designed to determine the level of Safety of the applicant, and I know multiple graduates of an Accredited LVN program who have failed the test more than once. And these people are all, for lack of a better term, clinically incompetent individuals as CNAs, so it doesn't surprise me that they have failed a test that requires critical thinking. I worked very hard to learn this material and to pass this test, and I am happy that California offers this to applicants. In May 2013, I'll be finished with my ADN and ready to take my NCLEX-RN, and believe that I am that much more prepared by achieving the LVN license. Next, I will have to pay another $150 to the BVNPT as an inital license fee, for a total of $600 between the application fee, the NCSBN NCLEX-PN registration fee, and initial license fee. All I can tell people is that if you think that you have the background, get it signed off and mail it in and do it. I did, I took the risk not knowing ANYONE who had done this, and here is where it has gotten me. If you have any questions on how to achieve your LVN license this method, I am very knowledgeable and prepared to answer any questions.
  9. fabulousnurse

    Took NCLEX-PN July 21 in California

    Took NCLEX-PN this last saturday here in California at the Pearson Vue center in San Francisco. What a stresfull event! My appointment was at 3:45, but I didn't get there until 4:40. I thought for sure that they were going to forfeit my registration, but sure enough, they were very empathetic and allowed me to test. I received 85 questions (The minimum) and I counted 41 Select all that Apply. No dosage calculations at all and probably five questions to arrange in the correct order. I was so nervous but thankful it shut off at 85. I knew in that case that based on CAT testing and NCLEX standards, I either did horrible or I did fabulous. Two hours after testing, I received this message: "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." I have read that this is the "good popup" and it has yet to take me to the credit card registration page, so that means that I PASSED. I called the BVNPT today 07/24/12, and they said that they were working on results from 07/12/2012. I am so excited and very thankful. Now it's time to start LVN-RN bridge in September.