I am inquiring on behalf of my niece, who graduated a year ago from a university with a general degree as she did not have the credits for a nursing degree. She was not able to pass the RN test, but she really wants to pursue a career in nursing. How can she make this happen?
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Concerned Aunt,
It is challenging for me to advise you without knowing all the specifics of the program she was in and what the actual challenges or obstacles were. If she is not able to pursue a nursing degree in the program or school she graduated from, you can inquire at another school offering either an associate degree in nursing or a second degree BSN. You can search for these schools on the Internet using the terms associate degree in nursing or a second degree BSN and the city or state where your niece resides.
If she is not able to get accepted into any RN program at this time, she can consider attending a technical or vocational program to become a licensed practical nurse. Many RNs start out as LPNs, work for a while and then go on to become an RN.
I would suggest your niece take steps now to become a nurse’s aide or patient care technician in a hospital or nursing home since this is excellent training and experience for a career in nursing, and it can facilitate acceptance into a nursing program in the future.