My name is Alex
and I am a new grad. Some of you may know me from Instagram. If you don't know who I am, take a moment to check out my content on my Instagram. I posted my entire nursing school journey on there and have developed a platform where many nursing students and healthcare professionals can come on my page and feel comfortable asking me whatever nursing school related questions they had. Currently, I am expanding my platforms by adding YouTube and Allnurses as other outlets you can reach me at.
A little bit about myself, as stated I am a new grad
. I should be taking my NCLEX by the end of January making me an official RN. Additionally, I am a mother, current hairstylist and makeup artist and future ER RN. I will begin my new grad position starting in the emergency room at the end of January. While in nursing school I worked as a nurse apprentice in a pediatric ER and I fell in love with the pace and environment of the emergency room.
I look forward to networking with many of you on this amazing platform that allows us nurses to ask for help, support or any questions we may have. I am always willing to help inspire, support or give any advice to students or anyone in general.
I do have some questions for you all:
1. What type of topics would you all like to read about/engage in?
2. Do you guys like product reviews? If so, which products? (scrubs
, stethoscopes, etc.)
3. Please tell me a little bit about yourselves such, as which department you work in and what your future goals are and how long you have been a nurse.
Talk to you all soon,
Congrats on finishing!
1. My hobbies/favorite topics to search are completely non-nursing related so I'm not much help there. Whilst in school, I did search this site for tips on how to be a good ED RN, tips for difficult sticks, etc.
2. Not sure about the product review question? My stethoscope is Littmann and I love it. Best scrubs
for me are Grey's Anatomy and Purple Heart
3. I'm almost 1yr in the ED, graduated 12/16. Passed NCLEX 2/17 and started my residency later that month as well. I too worked in an ED during school and it helped so much. The ER so far has been fun and challenging but I can't see myself working in another department, though I know I'll have to do ICU for my end goal.
End goal is flight (any mentors out there? *wink* )
Here's what helped me:
-30-day sub from World (main NCLEX resource and what helped me MOST. I did the entire bank and then redid the ones I got wrong before taking their "readiness assessment")
-NCLEX-RN app, I memorized the critical values on their app and their questions were good as well
-Reviewed OB/Peds basics (my least favorite/weaker subjects in school)
-Scheduled my exam for 11am (I am NOT a morning person and the center was 1.5hrs away. Consider that when scheduling your test date.) Also, I took mine on a Friday meaning I wouldn't get my results until Monday. Longest weekend of my life, but I caved and did the pop-up trick and saw that I'd passed
-I went to dinner with a friend the day before the exam
A lot of people say to relax and not do anything the day before but I got sick whilst studying and slacked off a couple of days so it gave me comfort to skim over some things before bed. My mom drove me there (always good to have someone drive you) and I did a few questions on NCLEX-RN app on the drive there to get my mind into testing mode. It's different for everyone but that's what worked for me and what I felt comfortable with. I felt prepared for the test but of course, nervous. That went away by question 2 and I got more confident at the test went on. I still had many challenging questions and told myself if it didn't cut off at 75, I'd get up to take a break. It shut off at 75 and BOOM! A new world opened. I attribute my success to a disciplined study schedule, TONS of practice questions, and UWORLD.
Last edit by PocketSize on Jan 7