Testing out?

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I'm a 46 year old mom planning on going back to school for LPN (to start). I'm currently a CNA and due to family illness have had a lot of exposure to medical issues when I was growing up.

I went to the community college today to see where to start. I was told that if I thought I could pull it off, I could always test out of "Intro to Nursing and Healthcare" and "Foundations of Nursing Care."

I've done a few practice NCLEX-PN tests and scored above 80% which I didn't think was too bad with no nursing training other than the CNA.

I was wondering how viable this would be or would there really be that much in these two classes that I may not know? I'd like to get all my "non-nursing" classes out of the way as I can get those locally where I have to travel probably an hour each way for all the nursing classes that involve clinical work.

Can anyone advise me here? Would it be possible to find practice tests for these two classes to see what I'd be up against?



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Sorry I don't know the answer to your question but I want to wish you good luck anyway!

Most of the practice tests on the internet are fee for service, but I do know that you can buy NCLEX-PN practice books at most larger bookstores. (pretty cheap at half.com). As far as the particulars of the two classes you mentioned, I don't know......but think safety! Also don't sell yourself short, you have probably learned a lot by just watching and listening and taking care of patients over the years.

Best to you as you start your journey!



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I've only been working as a CNA for 6 months, but like I said, I grew up around a lot of medical stuff. I can remember being pretty young changing the dressings from my mom's surgery. She's had some ungodly number or surgeries...I believe it's twenty-something.

I picked up a practice NCLEX-PN at the library. It's a few years old but I don't imagine things have changed that much.

I haven't even started my journey yet, I'm still scoping things out. Part of me says "Check this out very carefully" and another part says "Heck, you could've been part way through by now."

Thanks for the response.



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You will be amazed at what changes weekly.... The chance to test out is great... But be completely sure you feel comfortable doing that.. I would hate for you to do that and then get to the next part and realize you weren't as ready as you thought you were... But Good Luck :)


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I would go for it myself. What is the worst that could happen? You test and you fail, then you take the classes, right? Go for it! You never know.

Good luck!

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