Aussie nurse studying NCLEX

  1. hi... i've been given the ok to sit my NCLEX exam recently9went thru vermont state board) and had a few questions. i'm looking at sitting it in Sydney late March. i am doing it by myself, as couldn't commit to OGP- as i'm travelling sth america for 4-6 months in april and they needed me to be in Australia whilst everything is organised! also... a little scared of signing the contract knowing the exit fee is so great. haven't completely ruled them out though. anyhoo, my questions are:
    1) has anyone else done the exam in sydney?
    2) what study materials did you end up buying? (there seems to be so many options- Kaplan/Saunders etc) would you want to sell your old ones to me???
    3) i was looking at studing for a solid 10 weeks... is this a bit ambitious of me? do i need more time to prepare?
    4)do US nurses get paid penalty rates for nites/weekends/pub hols? if so... what % on the base rate?
    i'd be interested to hear any info, as have read thru some posts and know a few aussie people, username 'augigi' etc, are/have been in the same boat.
    thanks in advance!
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  3. by   Djuna
    Congratulations on getting the ok to sit NCLEX and all the best for the exam.
  4. by   susieok
    well, i had a look thru the NCLEX thread on here that Suzanne does, so have just bought the 'saunders comprehensive review for nclex-rn exam' book/cd rom off amazon. hopefully this will be enough to get me going. i'd still be interested to hear from any aussie's that have done/or are doing the exam though. and also keen to find out about penalty rates(if any). thanks!
  5. by   daverika
    Hi, susieok,
    I don't know much about sitting the NCLEX outside the US but I would be glad to share payrates. They do vary and nurses on the west coast (Wahington State, Oregon and California) usually make more than other areas of the country. Rates usually go by experience, (I have over 20 years).I live in the Pacific Northwest region of the US. My basic pay is 39.00 an hour + 5 dollars an hour for night shift, 1.50/ hour weekends, + 2.00/ hour when I am in charge. Holidays are paid at time and a half with an extra day added in to your vacation/sick hours. I get 5 weeks vacation/sick time per year, that goes up to 10 weeks if you work in my particular system for 20 years (I've been here for 3.) Overtime starts after 36 hours (we do 3 12 hour shifts a week) and is paid at up to 1.7 x base pay, then add your differentials (what you call penalties). My hospital system is non-union, I think we nurses are well treated and well-respected, and I really do love it here. That said, the reason I came across your post is because our family of 6 may immigrate to New Zealand sometime in the next 2-3 years! I hope some of this information is helpful, one thing that can be said for the US system, it is supply and demand and we nurses are in incredibly high demand, particularly in speciality areas like ICU, Emergency and OR. Good luck on your test, if you were a good student just review the study guides a few times, especially any areas of weakness. When you take your test, use your common sense! You will do fine, please post when you pass with flying colors! Erika
  6. by   johana
    Try to answer about 5000 NCLEX type questions for the next 10 weeks. Do a certain amount of questions every day. Use various materials. Utilize Kaplan, Saunders all that you can get a hold off. Try ordering used cd's/books from ebay America. Buy from people that are willing to ship overseas. I did a four day NCLEX workshop and I studies for about 2 month answering questions every day. Sorry gave all my study aids away.
  7. by   susieok
    thanks for all the information. i just got the saunders comp r/v book delivered and will most likely utilize the kaplan online testing as well. looking at sitting it in april now, so have got a good 10 weeks of study to do. thanks again.
  8. by   seeandwhy
    take the NCSBN online review. The presentation of the review questions are very similar to the NCLEX. It was the best!
  9. by   pedar72
    hi
    i am a brisbane hospital trained rn. i did my bachelor or nursing post reg.
    i am interested in working in ca - usa. does anyone know do i need obstetrics/pediatrics to get a licence in the us? we didn't do obs clinical in my training.
    any information on the application process would be greatly appreciated.
    cheers!
    pedar72
  10. by   susieok
    i'm stoked... got the "unofficial" PASS result for my NCLEX that i sat on Thursday in Sydney!!! weird... especially as i'm not that keen on going anymore... but really excited that i passed as it was a really tough/weird exam... walked out feeling like i had totally butchered it, but then the next day thought... 'no, i think i did okay', it really makes you question what's what...and common sense really does prevail at the end of the day as there was a good stretch of 5-10 Q that i had no real clue about, but ended up rationalising an answer give the ABC's! simple as that, well... almost as simple, but pretty samn close!
    Pedar... i wish i could say otherwise... but YOU DO need ob/gyn plus peads to work in the US. you can't even sit the exam without these... go thru Deakin Uni in Victoria to do the bridging courses. it takes a while, but if you are desperate to go, i know of no other way of getting there faster than just getting the bridging courses done. without the min theory/prac requirements you honestly wont get recoginised at any nurse state board. sure... it sux, but that's just the way it is. let me know if you want any further info.
  11. by   m00sh
    HELLO!

    How often are the nclex-rn exams sat in Sydney? I don't know why i'm under the impression that they only sit the exam in oz ONCE a year?? Is that true? Or is it the same as in the US (6 days a week it's available). I cannot find any info ANYWHERE about how often the international testing centers sit the NCLEX-RN exams- particularly in Sydney!!
  12. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from m00sh
    HELLO!

    How often are the nclex-rn exams sat in Sydney? I don't know why i'm under the impression that they only sit the exam in oz ONCE a year?? Is that true? Or is it the same as in the US (6 days a week it's available). I cannot find any info ANYWHERE about how often the international testing centers sit the NCLEX-RN exams- particularly in Sydney!!
    NCLEX is not twice a year but on days that the center has available and NCLEX can only be sat at pearsonvue whcih is the only center approved to administer it
  13. by   susieok
    Silverdragan is right. Personvue is the company that administers the exam via computer. as i sat the exam 4 years ago, things may have changed. but from memory you could sit the exam 3-4 times a year on set dates in their office at St Leonards. Maybe google person vue?? hope this helps...
  14. by   NeenersRN
    Quote from susieok
    hi... i've been given the ok to sit my NCLEX exam recently9went thru vermont state board) and had a few questions. i'm looking at sitting it in Sydney late March. i am doing it by myself, as couldn't commit to OGP- as i'm travelling sth america for 4-6 months in april and they needed me to be in Australia whilst everything is organised! also... a little scared of signing the contract knowing the exit fee is so great. haven't completely ruled them out though. anyhoo, my questions are:
    1) has anyone else done the exam in sydney?
    2) what study materials did you end up buying? (there seems to be so many options- Kaplan/Saunders etc) would you want to sell your old ones to me???
    3) i was looking at studing for a solid 10 weeks... is this a bit ambitious of me? do i need more time to prepare?
    4)do US nurses get paid penalty rates for nites/weekends/pub hols? if so... what % on the base rate?
    i'd be interested to hear any info, as have read thru some posts and know a few aussie people, username 'augigi' etc, are/have been in the same boat.
    thanks in advance!
    Hi Susie,
    I will be applying to the California Nursing Board to see if my course meets the requirements to sit the NCLEX. However, I believe that I will need to take the Obstretrics and Pediatrics professional development course from Deakin University via distance learning. Is this what you took to fulfil the requirements. Can you please advise how long it took for the Nursing Board to process your application and which state did you apply to. Also, was it easy to organize clinicals as I was told that we would need to find them ourselves. Sorry, for so many questions but there isn't much information out there and everyone seems to be giving different answers. Thank You

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