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I failed my state boards years ago and have never been licensed. How should I go about giving nursing another try?

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Dear Donna,

I failed my state boards in 1975 and never went back. I have been working in assisted living facilities for all these years as a medical technician, but I’d like to give nursing another try. Can you provide me with information on LPN refresher courses?

Cathy

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Cathy,

Because you received your nursing education so long ago and you never became licensed, I would urge you to repeat the nursing education program. So much has changed and so much time has passed. Besides that, refresher courses typically are for licensed nurses. Since the precepted clinical experience is an important part of any refresher course, you wouldn’t be able to do that because you do not have a nursing license.

You also should check with your state board of nursing or whatever entity administers the exam. They might require that your education be within a certain time frame in order to be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN.

I encourage you to enroll in a PN education program and finish what you started. With the additional healthcare and life experience, you should be better prepared for success.

I’m rooting for you,
Donna

By | 2010-09-14T00:00:00-04:00 September 14th, 2010|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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