NCLEX in Hongkong

  1. Hi colleagues! Here's my first hand experience in Hongkong when I went there to take the NCLEX last March.This could be of help to all of you who'll be taking the exams there.

    1. Look for special travel packages for Hongkong visitors.Sometimes there are travel agencies that offer special travel promos to nurses especially when they travel in groups.I didn't do this.But an acquaintance told me that their group did just that.I didn't get the name of the agency.

    2. Fly to Hongkong in the morning before your scheduled exam so that you can tour the area where the Grand Millenium Plaza is located in the afternoon.This could free you from hassles that could occur the day of your exams.But again,due to miscommunication with my agency,I wasn't able to book a flight early.It pays to have a responsible agency to take care of you.I was the first to be sent by my agency to Hongkong.They use to send their nurses to Guam or Saipan.I had quite an adventure.

    3.After passing through immigration and claiming your luggage,go directly to the hotel reservations desk personnel because they can greatly help you double check your hotel reservations.Sort of a Hongkong Welcoming Committee.The personnel who was there during my arrival was very courteous and helpful.It is alright if people from your hotel will be there to pick you up.When I went there,I was alone.So I had to really ask these people how I could get to my hotel in an affordable way.She guided me well in perfect english.She said that it's a lot cheaper to ride a shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel because Hongkong airport is on another island and it's far from central Hongkong.Taxis can get pricey if you ride them from the airport to your hotel. I paid the shuttle bus fare right after I had my pocket money changed by a money changing establishment that's just beside the hotel reservations desk.But the counter for the shuttle bus is a little farther.Hongkong airport is so big. You need to read the signs to get to where you would want to go.Airline personnels are also quite helpful especially if you ride PAL. Be sure to ride the right shuttle bus to your hotel.Anyway, they'll be asking you at the shuttle bus counter where you're hotel is situated.They'll write the address on a large white paper and stick it on your shirt or jacket so that the bus personnel can actually see whose going to to Kowloon area,or to Kaoshiung area etc. etc.. I enjoyed my bus ride even if I arrived late in the afternoon.It was dark due to cloudy skies and rained hard much much later.Hongkong skycrapers were good to look at even at night.They are illuminated well with bright dancing lights.It felt grand.I forgot the tension that was building inside me even just for a few minutes because of the excitement of being in Hongkong.I arrived at the hotel a little past 7 in the evening.I wasn't able to check on Grand Millenium's location so I just asked for directions from the hotel personnel.It was hard to be talking in english in a place that is not use to it.But I got by.

    4.Please bring a jacket or a sweater.It could come in handy especially in the testing center..When I went there last March, no one told me that the Hongkong weather was cold.It was actually freezing cold.I had to turn off the aircon in my room to be able to sleep. I even met a group of Cebuano nurses who went there wearing just sleeveless blouses,shirts,shorts and slippers.They had to scramble for the nearest flea market to buy bargain sweaters.Quite an experience for them.Thank God I brought a shawl and a blazer.I knew the test center environment was cold but not the weather outside.

    5. Bring instant cup noodles.They were my source of nourishment during my three days stay in Hongkong.But I had the best meal of my life from a fastfood establishment that is there at Grand Millenium Plaza.I was able to eat sumptuously probably because it was affordable and super delicious.And the coffee was the best coffee I ever tasted in this side of the planet.

    6. Ride the red taxis only.They can get you anywhere Hongkong.Yellow and green taxis have their own routes so better ride the red ones.But they are pricey.

    7. When asking for directions, it is much better to approach yuppies and students than the middle aged people there.You are 100% sure you'll get a straight english answer from the young ones. The older ones were a little rude and would gesture a no or even say the word when you start asking for directions in English.Well,I understand their predicament.English by the way is not their everyday language. Although they have been occupied by the British for a long period of time. In fairness, there are some oldies who tried their very best english inorder to direct me to where the Grand Millenium is.I'm grateful for their gesture.

    8.You can arrive early at the Grand Millenium Plaza but the Pearson VUE personnel will not allow you to loiter inside their offices if it's not yet your time to take the test.You will be asked to leave the premises then just come back if it's already your time. There is a mini park near the testing center. I sat in one of the benches and mulled over my chances of passing the exam.I prayed even harder during that time.I wanted to go to a church but I might get lost so I opted to stay put near Grand Millenium.

    9.If you'll use your passport as your main ID,better sign it before you present it to the Pearson VUE personnel.They will not allow you to take the exams once your passport is not signed.It happened to a nurse doctor who is also scheduled to take the exam on the day I took it.So to save yourselves from this heartbreaking scenario,please check your passports if they are signed.

    I still believe in the integrity of the Filipino nurse.In due time,we will be redeemed.

    In the midst of these obstacles, I thank God I passed the NCLEX and I am getting ready for my migration in America.Thank you so much America for giving all of us the chance to prove ourselves in your land.God is so good!
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   mtjmnov
    Thank you very much for the elaborate information. Now I know the location, I have been browsing the net about it but to no avail. Once again thank you
  4. by   mazeRN
    Hi,
    I'm taking the NCLEX at the end of this month in Hong Kong and I have the same apprehensions. I've been there a couple of times in the last 5 years but we went there as a group, (as I was still working with a multinational firm at the time) so I never cared about the directions and all. This time I am on my own so I do not know what will happen of me. Can you, or is there anybody who can recommend a travel agency who can take care of everything, from the airport to the hotel and all that? Thanks a lot.
  5. by   badminton
    Addtional info with regard to directions,I forgot to tell you too that it will also be useful if you request the hotel front desk personnel to write all places you want to go to in Chinese characters.You can later show the piece of paper to the taxi driver.It' much easier that way.Where did I get the idea?Well, I got it from a magazine which I read the night after my exam.Too late the hero but I enjoyed every minute of it.
  6. by   suzanne4
    NCLEX doesn not pertain to only nurses from the Philipines.
    Moved to the International Forum.
  7. by   k607
    Hi, i would like to ask the requirements needed when you will take NCLEX in Hongkong? I can't find it in the website of board of nursing... Did you go to an agency to help you process your papers?What agency could you recommend?... Thanks!
  8. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from k607
    Hi, i would like to ask the requirements needed when you will take NCLEX in Hongkong? I can't find it in the website of board of nursing... Did you go to an agency to help you process your papers?What agency could you recommend?... Thanks!

    you need to go through a USA BON, get your nurse training evaluated, get ATT then register to take NCLEX with pearsonvue which Hong Kong is one site out of the US where you can sit it
  9. by   lawrence01
    Quote from k607
    hi, i would like to ask the requirements needed when you will take nclex in hongkong? i can't find it in the website of board of nursing... did you go to an agency to help you process your papers?what agency could you recommend?... thanks!
    you do not apply to pearson-vue hk to take the nclex. it is a 3rd-party company that was contracted by the national council of states board of nursing (ncsbn) to administer the test. nothing more, nothing less.

    you register only to pearson-vue once a state bon made you eligible to take the nclex.

    you must 1st pick a state bon to apply for the eligibility to take the nclex then if that bon made you eligible, you may now register to pearson-vue.

    you pick the state bon according to w/c state you would want to work in. applying directly to the state bon where you want to work is the rule of thumb, w/ the excemption of ca. most foreign rns apply to either vermont or new mexico then have it endorse to ca.

    there are a lot of threads here that you can read to gain more knowledge of the whole process but i recommend reading suzanne's primer 1st because it will answer most of your q's and then some.

    happy reading.
  10. by   beaisobelle
    hello everyone!

    the post of 'badminton' is really informative, and lets out some of the anxiety from my system...

    I am scheduled to take the NCLEX-RN in HK come Sept 12... I will be on my own... but my agency has made the necessary bookings for me like hotel, and flights... however, this will be my first time to travel outside the Philippines, so i am getting quite apprehensive...

    if anyone of you from my country will also be sitting for the nclex-rn in HK on Sept 12, pls let me know...

    thanks!
  11. by   kiko88
    Quote from beaisobelle
    hello everyone!

    the post of 'badminton' is really informative, and lets out some of the anxiety from my system...

    I am scheduled to take the NCLEX-RN in HK come Sept 12... I will be on my own... but my agency has made the necessary bookings for me like hotel, and flights... however, this will be my first time to travel outside the Philippines, so i am getting quite apprehensive...

    if anyone of you from my country will also be sitting for the nclex-rn in HK on Sept 12, pls let me know...

    thanks!
    wishing you success.
  12. by   beaisobelle
    successfully passed NCLEX! thanks for the prayers!

    Quote from kiko88
    wishing you success.
  13. by   spiderman21
    Quote from beaisobelle
    successfully passed NCLEX! thanks for the prayers!
    CONGRATULATIONS Bea............

    i'M still awaiting for my RESULTS (sept 22 exam Hkong CA BON)..... huhuhuhuhu


  14. by   towojoke
    Quote from kiko88
    wishing you success.
    Am about taking my CGFNS by march and am so excited and i ve enough library to back it up. Please, someone outthere should help me out. Moreover, is it compulsory that i must sit for NCLEX after CGFNS.

    thank you
    Towobola, RN
    Nigeria

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