Almost out of RN school

  1. Just joined the forum today. I'm finishing nursing school next week!! Looking foward to graduation but scarred of taking boards. How do the rest of you handle this? :uhoh21:
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  3. by   Auds
    Hi there, I just joined today as well. Im still plugging away in school so I cant give any advice about the boards, however Id like your advice on the OB rotation. I start it in May and have only 6 weeks to do it. Im told its so hard and tons of reading and dont count on passing the first time. Whats your take on this?
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Congrats on graduating. As to boards - deep breaths and good luck!
  5. by   pgrsctrn2be
    The program I am almost out of has a bridge for the LPNs that does the OB in the class room but no OB rotation... I am currently an LPN so I didn't really do OB rotations other than LPN school and it was rough then (12 yrs ago). Very glad to say that I never went back to the OB setting again except to deliver my daughter and only stayed 12 hrs then!!
    Good luck with your OB!
  6. by   Newgrad-CCU
    I sat for the boards last week. My computer shut off at 75 and I had never felt so stupid in my life. It had to be the worst feeling ever. My instructors told the entire class that when the computer turned off at 75, it didn't necessarily mean that you passed. I felt so bad about the test that I was positive that I had failed. That was Tuesday morning at 9:30. Imagine my surprise when the Director of my nursing program called me at work on Thursday morning at 7:30 and informed me that I had passed! :chuckle

    I will never understand how the nurses took the boards with paper and pencil and had to wait months for their results. I would have had a bleeding ulcer!

    My advice for those taking the boards soon is: Take the 48 hours prior to your exam and do nothing but pamper yourself. Forget about the boards--hide your NCLEX review books -- go shopping -- go out to eat and see a movie! Whatever you do, just do it for the fun of it! What you haven't learned by then -- well, you probably won't learn from cramming!

    Good luck to all the Graduate Nurses!!
    Last edit by Newgrad-CCU on May 23, '04 : Reason: Update
  7. by   Tweety
    Congrats and good luck.

    I just studied one of those review books for one hour a day about five days a week until it was time to take boards. (Back then the entire state took them together and we couldn't pick the date).

    Good luck and relax.
  8. by   crmdy423x
    Quote from pgrsctrn2be
    Just joined the forum today. I'm finishing nursing school next week!! Looking foward to graduation but scarred of taking boards. How do the rest of you handle this? :uhoh21:
    Congrates on finishing nursing school. You want to take the boards right away while everything is fresh in your mind. Continue after school with the NCLEX test questions because that will help to prepare you for the boards. Remember the boards are nothing like school. No question will be like school. The test is more like how you will handle things as a nurse and how you will put motions into actions. Good Luck, I was a C student and passed the boards the 1st time. :hatparty:
  9. by   suzanne4
    to all of you newbies, good luck with your boards. you actually have it much easier now. when tweety and i took boards they were only given a couple of times per year, minewere actually over two days and all day both days. you had to wait minimum of 8 weeks to get your scores by snail mail. of course, there was no internet back then.

    just remember to take that last twenty four hours for yourself.................

    again, good luck
  10. by   pgrsctrn2be
    Quote from crmdy423x
    Congrates on finishing nursing school. You want to take the boards right away while everything is fresh in your mind. Continue after school with the NCLEX test questions because that will help to prepare you for the boards. Remember the boards are nothing like school. No question will be like school. The test is more like how you will handle things as a nurse and how you will put motions into actions. Good Luck, I was a C student and passed the boards the 1st time. :hatparty:
    That gives me hope for passing boards, I'm a C average right now also.
    We have a test monday on the neuro system and then final exam for the semester on friday, I'll be happy to finish with a C hoping to bring it up to a B before finals, I'm that close to the B right now, less than 1 %.
    Off to hit the books again!!

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