Greetings all! I was hoping someone had some advice on this. I'm a registered nurse from Arizona and took the NCLEX in Arizona in 2012. I passed the NCLEX with no problems then, but since then my license has expired due to multiple moves with my military husband overseas and not being able to renew my license or work as a nurse. We've now settled, at least temporarily, in South Carolina and instead of doing a nursing refresher course which seems like more of a hassle, I'm thinking I would just like to retake the NCLEX which was presented to me as an option by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing. I've been out of school for 8 years now and I would love to know if anyone has done anything like this. I'm a little afraid of failing, to be honest, since I've been out of school for so long.
What do you recommend in passing the NCLEX? Do you think retaking the NCLEX is an easier route than taking a refresher course with long clinical hours (90 hours of clinicals and I have to worry about childcare since my husband goes overseas now frequently). I don't really have an interest in working as a nurse right now, but I would love to have my license reactivated since I am wanting to pursue my RN to BSN. Eventually, I would like to work as a nurse educator, or possibly a nurse in a research setting. I don't really have an interest in bedside nursing at this time, but I know that there's a lot that you can do with a BSN. Anyway, any advice on taking the NCLEX again, if it would be worth it to take the NCLEX again rather than doing a refresher, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for any advice you can offer! I'm looking forward to getting this chapter closed.