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Student Not Eligible for NCLEX

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12 hours ago, TriciaJ said:

Yes, the part that mystifies me is that the school awarded her a degree but then got in the way of her taking the licensing exam.  If they need to see likelihood of her passing the NCLEX, shouldn't they ascertain that before conferring the degree?

My school administered NLN exams as a condition of graduating from the program.  It would have seemed a dirty deal if they let us graduate and then prevent us taking the licensing exam.

What they do is award the degree (cuts down on lawsuits), but refuse to complete the paperwork to allow the student to register for the exam.  

Schools are legally permitted to include the HESI as a condition for graduation...BUT in this particular case, it was added after the student had already started the major courses of the nursing program.  Students incorrectly believe that schools can just blindly change requirements on a whim--they can't.  This is why "satisfactory academic progress" and staying enrolled is important.  You fall under the catalog for degree requirements OF WHEN YOU STARTED.  This prevents schools from creating an unfair hardship on the student that can cost the student money. 

The school will generally count on your ignorance of not knowing this...but if you protest it enough, they'll remove the additional requirements.  

My school in my RN-BSN program tried to tack on an additional class right before we started our last term.  A few of us got together, sought legal advice, and paid an attorney to send a letter to the school informing them the school catalog is in essence, a contract.  What "could not be negotiated" per the Dean of Nursing and fell on deaf ears of the President, magically went away.

A simple search online, if you dig deep enough, will demonstrate students usually win those cases.  But again, it only applies if you are CURRENTLY in the program.  

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Yikes.  I thought it was dirty pool when they let a student get to almost the end of the program and then decide they weren't going to cut it.  But to give you your degree and then kibosh your ability to use it?  Unbelievable.

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Considering I am an advanced practice nurse, I think I know this.  But I appreciate your insight.  But you are just as wrong as you can be with your assessment.  

Have you worked in licensure? Or on the BON...just saying, because you say that you are an Advanced Practice Nurse...really doesn't make you an authority on any of this.  It is a different world. 

Does your state require you to retain your RN license as well as your Advanced Practice situation. Do you know?  I've seen many NPs come before the board because they did not know that or care about it.

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On 6/16/2019 at 11:21 PM, twinsmom788 said:

Considering I am an advanced practice nurse, I think I know this.  But I appreciate your insight.  But you are just as wrong as you can be with your assessment.  

Have you worked in licensure? Or on the BON...just saying, because you say that you are an Advanced Practice Nurse...really doesn't make you an authority on any of this.  It is a different world. 

Does your state require you to retain your RN license as well as your Advanced Practice situation. Do you know?  I've seen many NPs come before the board because they did not know that or care about it.

If you work in nursing long enough you learn how entities work.  I don't need to work on the BON either.  You want to know why? Because the laws/policies that regulate the BON are public information and available for anyone to read.  Do you know where to find yours?  Because I know where to find mine and frankly, it isn't too hard to find them in any other state either.  

ALL STATES require you to retain your RN license as well as your APRN.

By the way it's not "NPs" the proper collective term is APRN.  

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