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I took a break from school where I was working on my RN degree. Someone told me I could take the NCLEX to become an LPN until I can go back. Is this true?

Tuesday June 11, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I completed four semesters of an RN associate degree, but I want to take a break to help my wife. I plan on going back and finishing, but I’m having a hard time right now, financially. Someone told me I could take the NCLEX to become an LPN. Is this true?

Wants to Take LPN Exam

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to Take LPN Exam,

It depends which state you live in. Some states will allow this, while others will not. Your professors at your RN school should be able to answer this question, or you can check with your state board of nursing. Find your state board of nursing at www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm. You may be able to find the answer to your question on their website. Otherwise call or email them.

Regarding your financial situation, know that there is a lot of scholarship money available out there from many different sources. Also, it is not all based on academics, some scholarships even provide living expenses while in school. I encourage you to pursue that avenue. Read “Master the scholarship game” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Scholarship-Game).

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.