My feeling after taking boards...a lesson for all - page 3

I prepared myself for months for the boards. I've read the sweatbook a total of 5 times! The memory master for a total of 2! I felt ready and prepared to take the exam and I did take it yesterday.... Read More

  1. by   MaleAPRN
    Nope, haven't heard yet. They say within 4 weeks. Although some have gotten their results in 2 weeks. I'll keep you guys posted no matter what the outcome is.

    Vinny.
  2. by   MaleAPRN
    Well folks, the wait is over. I didn't make the cut. As soon as I got my results and found out that I didn't make it, I immediately re-sent my application to retake the exam (that'll put my retake date around mid October).

    I would like to thank all of those folks who wished me goodluck and who offered their emotional support as I waited for my results. I am actually OK with it. Like I said, "it's a small set-back." I'm not as devastated as one would expect. I think grieving right after the exam for a few days helped alleviate the effect of having to deal with the bad news when I opened the fed-ex envelope today :wink2: .

    It's back to the drawing board. The second time's a charm

    A friend of mine asked me this evening why I would even consider posting that I failed the exam on this board. So then I told her, "Well, it's because I'm not ashamed to admit I failed at something." And that, "Humility is a good thing to have." I could only hope that someone may learn from my experience. No matter what aspect of my life that may be.

    I could easily dwell on the "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda". And the "If only...." But, life's too short. Things could be worse. It's only an exam, I told her. I'll take it again, like the 10-15% of people who fail it every year. Sure, I'm disappointed. But who wouldn't be? I'm just better equipped in handling this bump on the road than say, someone who had a lot riding on this exam. I'm very thankful to be able to have the chance to re-take it again and not be pressured by outside sources. I'm thankful that my future employer's business manager was very supportive on the phone today, telling me that, "You're not the first one to not make it on this exam. There have been a lot before you." Now, who could ask for a better manager than him? :wink2:

    Thanks again folks for offering your well wishes and goodlucks.

    I'll pop in from time to time, until I re-take the exam again.

    Vinny.
  3. by   SproutRN
    My best wishes and prayers are with you Vinny!! You can do it!!

    Look forward to hearing from you soon.......stay in it!

    Sprout
  4. by   dfk
    vinny,
    never take for granted the accomplishments you have achieved in such a rigorous and most demanding program and profession.
    no one can take that away from you, ever.
    it's just a matter of time before this last hurdle is achieved. we all have faith, and only hope that those of us who are striving to be in your shoes someday are as strong and humble.
    i, for one, don't usually make posts like such, but i am coming to terms each and every day of my program to what it means and takes to be an anesthetist.
    thank you - and keep on truckin'
  5. by   skipaway
    So very sorry to hear your news, but I'm sure you'll quickly be back in the game. My best wishes to you.
  6. by   egul105
    Vinny,
    I am so sorry for your news. You don't know me but I've been rooting for you in the background! I am in my first year, which I am repeating from the very beginning, because I made an 81 in a class. It is painful to feel like you have not achieved a particular goal, especially when you have worked so hard. Although our circumstances are different, (you retaking the boards and me retaking two semesters worth of classes), I think both of us in the end are winners for getting our you know what's up off the floor, dusting it off, and going after it again. You WILL pass, and we all appreciate that you were not afraid to share your experiences with us. Who knows how many people you have helped by doing that!
    Take care and best wishes,
    Deb
  7. by   dfk
    Quote from egul105
    Vinny,
    I am so sorry for your news. You don't know me but I've been rooting for you in the background! I am in my first year, which I am repeating from the very beginning, because I made an 81 in a class. It is painful to feel like you have not achieved a particular goal, especially when you have worked so hard. Although our circumstances are different, (you retaking the boards and me retaking two semesters worth of classes), I think both of us in the end are winners for getting our you know what's up off the floor, dusting it off, and going after it again. You WILL pass, and we all appreciate that you were not afraid to share your experiences with us. Who knows how many people you have helped by doing that!
    Take care and best wishes,
    Deb

    FOR AN 81? wow, find me another skool.
  8. by   MaleAPRN
    Quote from egul105
    Vinny,
    I am so sorry for your news. You don't know me but I've been rooting for you in the background! I am in my first year, which I am repeating from the very beginning, because I made an 81 in a class. It is painful to feel like you have not achieved a particular goal, especially when you have worked so hard. Although our circumstances are different, (you retaking the boards and me retaking two semesters worth of classes), I think both of us in the end are winners for getting our you know what's up off the floor, dusting it off, and going after it again. You WILL pass, and we all appreciate that you were not afraid to share your experiences with us. Who knows how many people you have helped by doing that!
    Take care and best wishes,
    Deb
    Hey there,

    I appreciate the kind comments. I have gotten other private messages already from others that I have helped, one way or another through my experiences throughout this past 2 years. Whether it be through school related issues, to personal ups and downs while in school.

    I am quite satisfied with the cards I have been dealt. For I know that it's only temporary. I'm disappointed, but NOT DEVASTATED. I just sent my application to retake the exam and had just talked with the AANA rep in Illinois, confirming that he had received it.

    It's funny...reading M&M half-way already...all the information I've been reading are freshly ingrained in my head as I've been studying almost non-stop for months it seems. So, it's quite easier to study again this time around. I'm focused more on certain aspects of anesthesia that I recall from my previous exam, where I was obviously weak on and I will have a better plan of attack (so to speak) for the second round.

    On the up side, I'll be starting my job at the Pain Clinic on Monday as an NP. Our business manager called me yesterday to ask if I was available to start and help the docs out, 3 days a week for now. It'll give me enough time to still study in between until my next exam date.

    Thanks again!

    Vinny.
  9. by   beethoven1117
    im not sure what test you took but i just passed my lvn test. before the exam we had a review with a nurse practitioner who actually writes questions for the board exam, and she told us if the questions start to get harder that actually means your doing well. the questions started to get harder on my exam too and i passed. im sure you did just fine. good luck to you.
  10. by   uniolao
    Just took the boards last Aug. and i feel the same as you do after..took me 105 questions before it stops..but before that my computer suddenly stops after question 85..i thought thats the end..but then it pops..time for a break hehehe..it opted not to..my wife also took it and her's stops at 75..almost all in my group stops at 75..it's weird when you are left alone answering..but i can still remember the question before it stops..and i knew i got it right..so if you knew you got the last question right before it stops..you'll probably pass..I pass the exam and so is my wife..Good luck..
  11. by   KayceeLeeRN
    Quote from vinnysca
    I would advise those who will be taking this exam in the future to supplement your readings outside of the sweatbook and memory master. Sure, I tried supplementing my studies by reading M&M, but not thoroughly.

    Just curious...what is the sweatbook/memory master/M&M?????
  12. by   MaleAPRN
    Quote from uniolao
    Just took the boards last Aug. and i feel the same as you do after..took me 105 questions before it stops..but before that my computer suddenly stops after question 85..i thought thats the end..but then it pops..time for a break hehehe..it opted not to..my wife also took it and her's stops at 75..almost all in my group stops at 75..it's weird when you are left alone answering..but i can still remember the question before it stops..and i knew i got it right..so if you knew you got the last question right before it stops..you'll probably pass..I pass the exam and so is my wife..Good luck..
    I was talking about my experience taking the board exam for nurse anesthetists. I believe you guys are talking about the LVN & RN board exams.

    But, irregardless of what exam one takes...I still don't get the correlation behind getting the LAST question right or wrong...as it would "seal" ones fate on passing or failing.

    Let's just say, that if someone took ALL 160 or 90 questions...and if he or she answered more than 70 percent of the questions right...THEN, if by chance the last question was answered WRONG....then wouldn't that mean that, that person would highly likely fail? If this was based on following this logic.

    Just my 0.0002 cents.

    Vinny
  13. by   onegaby_hart
    Quote from vinnysca
    Well folks, the wait is over. I didn't make the cut. As soon as I got my results and found out that I didn't make it, I immediately re-sent my application to retake the exam (that'll put my retake date around mid October).

    I would like to thank all of those folks who wished me goodluck and who offered their emotional support as I waited for my results. I am actually OK with it. Like I said, "it's a small set-back." I'm not as devastated as one would expect. I think grieving right after the exam for a few days helped alleviate the effect of having to deal with the bad news when I opened the fed-ex envelope today :wink2: .

    It's back to the drawing board. The second time's a charm

    A friend of mine asked me this evening why I would even consider posting that I failed the exam on this board. So then I told her, "Well, it's because I'm not ashamed to admit I failed at something." And that, "Humility is a good thing to have." I could only hope that someone may learn from my experience. No matter what aspect of my life that may be.

    I could easily dwell on the "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda". And the "If only...." But, life's too short. Things could be worse. It's only an exam, I told her. I'll take it again, like the 10-15% of people who fail it every year. Sure, I'm disappointed. But who wouldn't be? I'm just better equipped in handling this bump on the road than say, someone who had a lot riding on this exam. I'm very thankful to be able to have the chance to re-take it again and not be pressured by outside sources. I'm thankful that my future employer's business manager was very supportive on the phone today, telling me that, "You're not the first one to not make it on this exam. There have been a lot before you." Now, who could ask for a better manager than him? :wink2:

    Thanks again folks for offering your well wishes and goodlucks.

    I'll pop in from time to time, until I re-take the exam again.

    Vinny.
    Vinny

    You are good in handling situations or problems like this...i am touched by your attitude...You will be lucky, I hope the next time you try to sit again for the test you will be able to get it with flying colors...I will be praying for you. You boast my moral, even if I am not going to take yet ( I just received my eligibility) I got this confidence now, and the goal to study harder, and believe in myself.
    Goodluck on your second...with your right attitude I know you will be a good health care giver. And your manager made the right decision of hiring you...

    onegaby_hart

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