Okay, here's my deal.
May 2006 I graduate. August 2006, I take the NCLEX, first time. 265 questions, didn't pass. Hit me hard. I felt lonely, anxious, scared, and dissapointed in myself so I didn't take the test again until this morning, November 4, 2006. 120 questions. I don't think I passed (but I'm trying to be optimistic, can you tell? =P)
Anyway, I miss being at the bedside. I'm becoming restless just sitting at home studying 24/7. I NEED to work. I've been having so much dreams of working, it's weird. However, I have 2 problems: not passing the NCLEX, and not having any previous nursing experience.
- If I don't pass this test, is there something hospital related I can do with my BSN? I don't want to take the LPN test because I need the money to take the NCLEX. Is CNA the only thing I can do?
- If I do pass the test, what can I say in interviews when they ask me why I do not have any previous experience? This is where I hit potholes when I had interviews the first time. [I didn't get a job during nursing school because I was too scared to; I wanted to take nursing one step at a time.) This seems to be a big downside for me because I can see in the employers face that they don't think I'm qualified.
Any suggestions and comments would be GREATLY appreciated!