Help for Local Board June '07 - page 2

hi to all, i am patricia soon to be a bsn graduate on march. i would just like to ask if you would recommend any books to review for the june local board? i just finished the doh book and udan's... Read More

  1. by   oriezo
    the formal review comes in two phases - the regular sessions and the final coaching.

    initially, you would be overwhelmed by the magnitude of information. you would not know where to focus, which data are essential knowledge and the updates in the local board exam. review classes can help you direct your attention. plus you have to keep up with the pace set by the review center.

    with self-review, you tend to take a leisurely pace. but this is good if you need to read up on the topics that involves a lot of your time.

    so i would suggest regular review, then self-review instead of the final coaching.
    Last edit by oriezo on Feb 14, '07
  2. by   cherrycoke
    Quote from oriezo
    fyi, the final coaching charge you with exorbitant fees for 1 week - for what? take a guess...
    Uhm.. bullets? :rollLOL
    These things are unnecessary when the test is near, really..I hope they start giving them at the start of the review.
  3. by   oriezo
    cherrycoke, you are right... edited it. was inviting a lot of fire. i was just referring to the huge profits raked in for a information that you already know.
  4. by   sinagbayan
    hi there. i took and passed for the first time the june 2005 NLE without enrolling in a review center. i just re-read all the nursing notes i had and borrowed some books from a few friends. sometimes it helps to actually do reviews on your own but you have to follow a strict schedule. for one month i had the same routine from morning 'till night. it keeps you focused and directed.
    when i took the cgfns exam i attended two review centers because the style and format is quite different from our NLE.

    and suzanne, are you sure that gapuz has no u.s. license? some friends of mine say he has a georgia license. it was presented to them in one of his review classes.
  5. by   lawrence01
    Quote from sinagbayan
    hi there. i took and passed for the first time the june 2005 NLE without enrolling in a review center. i just re-read all the nursing notes i had and borrowed some books from a few friends. sometimes it helps to actually do reviews on your own but you have to follow a strict schedule. for one month i had the same routine from morning 'till night. it keeps you focused and directed.
    when i took the cgfns exam i attended two review centers because the style and format is quite different from our NLE.

    and suzanne, are you sure that gapuz has no u.s. license? some friends of mine say he has a georgia license. it was presented to them in one of his review classes.
    Technically, he doesn't have a Georgia license anymore as it has lapsed. You can go to Georgia's website and look up his name.
  6. by   don2_rn
    ...my advice? don't go to any reveiw school at all...choose a book that is easy for you to handle...just keep reading...
  7. by   patanRN
    [FONT=System]thank you so much for your replies! :spin: i really appreciate it. i think i won't go into a review center this summer but im also afraid that i wouldn't also go. im still a bit confused but i take all your advice into consideration.

    THANKS AGAIN! please pray for me for the NLE on june 10-11/12!

    thanks a lot!



    pat
  8. by   suzanne4
    Quote from nxt777
    yes, gapuz review center is very famous in the philippines. i think as well as to the other parts of the world due to the alleged controversy with him and the center right now. a lot of filipino nursing students and registered nurses like to attend his review because they have a good passing percentage.

    i remember a colleague of mine when we took our cgfns exam here in the philippines. she told me that there was like 5 questions in the exam that they have actually reviewed during their close door review the night before the cgfns exam. exactly the same questions with the same choices of answers i think even the arrangement of the options.

    well, now i wonder... i might be coincidental or it may be really cheating....

    dont have anything against gapuz. but good thing i didnt get tempted of attending his reveiws just to pass the exams..... :innerconf
    after hearing from many of his students, the way he does things. those that take the cgfns exam have to give him one question with the choices of answers when they come out of the exam, he actually assigns them each a question. for the nclex exam, there is his special review that he does right before the exam with them in hong kong, and he gives them questions that he got from previous students of his. when they take this review and the special review, they have to give him five questions with the choices of answers.

    that is how he does things. and if i have heard it so have many others around the world.

    in the us and in the filipino communities, he has a terrible reputation, and this passes on to those that attend his review centers. and the reason that they have a good pass rate is that they are given the questions beforehand, so they really do not know the material but have memorized what was given to them.

    my gut instinct? if the nurse goes thru his program now, and after hearing all of what has come out the past few months, then that means that they are willing to cheat to get to the us, and nurses like that are not needed here. it makes it bad for everyone else. and then you wonder what they will do when they are at work and either do not know what to do, or try to pass the blame for something to someone else.

    i have worked with a large group of filipinos here for most of my career and they are furious over what is going on over there now. they are very ashamed over it. they have worked extremely hard to build up the reputation of the philippine rn and it is being torn down over and over again. first by the cheating scandal, and the board there still not going after those that were involved and the nurses that are coming over that have not one drop of experience around a patient and not one skill, and they are bragging about their wonderful training....what training??????

    if you were on my end of things, what would you do?
  9. by   suzanne4
    Quote from sinagbayan
    hi there. i took and passed for the first time the june 2005 NLE without enrolling in a review center. i just re-read all the nursing notes i had and borrowed some books from a few friends. sometimes it helps to actually do reviews on your own but you have to follow a strict schedule. for one month i had the same routine from morning 'till night. it keeps you focused and directed.
    when i took the cgfns exam i attended two review centers because the style and format is quite different from our NLE.

    and suzanne, are you sure that gapuz has no u.s. license? some friends of mine say he has a georgia license. it was presented to them in one of his review classes.
    Positive, you can go to their website and check it out yourself. He was issued one, but never came to the US to work, and never had a SSN#, so no license that is active. It is listed as inactive, which means that there is no current license.

    He has also told students in the past that he was licensed in NY, CA, and WA. Not one license has even existed in any of those states for him
    --------------------
    And their is another supposed review center instructor that states that he is very close with the BRN in CA. Reason that he is is that his license was first suspended by them, and then revoked last year, which means that he can never work in the US as an RN ever. But he fails to tell that to the students, along with other pertinent information that they should have been given.
  10. by   suzanne4
    Quote from pmagpali
    [FONT=System]thank you so much for your replies! :spin: i really appreciate it. i think i won't go into a review center this summer but im also afraid that i wouldn't also go. im still a bit confused but i take all your advice into consideration.

    [FONT=System]THANKS AGAIN! please pray for me for the NLE on june 10-11/12!

    [FONT=System]thanks a lot!



    pat
    If you are planning not to work there and just in the US; do not even bother with that exam. I only expect more issues to come up over the next two years or so with that exam. It is not needed to work in the US.
  11. by   bnarmywife
    hi there. i just took the december board exams. my advise for you is to go on self review. what i've done with my friends is that we rented an apartment for 3 weeks so that we'll be able to concentrate. we collected review materials from different review centers and we read different books. just make sure that the answers to the questionnaires are correct because we found out that review centers have different answers to the same question.

    of course we went on a break once a week. there are times when you get tired and bored of just reading and reading.

    don't forget to try answering questions from local board exams and nclex type questions to gauge what are your weaknesses.

    a lot of imci questions were asked. you should read it thoroughly. there were a lot of research questions, too and there were nclex type questions. only 2 questions were from the DOH book. (i read it 2x! hmp!)

    there were 4 of us who isolated ourselves for 3 weeks. guess what? i landed on top 4, the other one top 9 and the other two got ratings of 80+%.

    good luck!

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