Thanks so much everyone! I'm taking a breather while I wait to take my nclex. I have all the leg work done & sent off, now just to relax. The mock nclex I took at school predicted that I have a 97% chance of passing the first time!! My instructor advised us to relax for a bit then study our ATI stuff for a couple hours every day & to relax, get plenty of rest, and eat well the day before & morning of our test.
- waiting until you move is a good idea. I imagine it will be a pain to transfer your license & find a job if you haven't even worked in the state you're in. And...a classmate of mine told me that her husband did an LPN program in Florida and his program was MUCH easier than ours (NC).
- you will be great! I 37 years old, divorced with 2 teenage kids. I have always wanted to become a nurse, but my ex wouldn't allow it. It's amazing the things we can do when we really set our minds to it. If I can overcome those hurdles (and, I've always been a shy, non-assertive person), anyone can do it! It just takes dedication, determination and a positive attitude! --Attitude is crucial!
- Thanks! I'm rewarding myself by spending some time with family & friends, so I pretty much ignored everyone while I was in school. Thankfully, they understood & knew how much stress I was under. I am so thankful for the support I got from my fiancee because I don't know how I would've handled school and 2 teenage boys at the same time without him!
- Congratulations!!! It's been a very tough year & I look forward to graduating with you on Tuesday!!
- Thank you! If you don't have one, get a recorder & record all class lectures. I had a 45 min commute to/from class & I always listened to my recorder while driving or while making dinner, housework, etc. It helps a lot. I took handwritten notes in class while recording the lecture, then at home, I typed my notes while listening to the recording & checking my books for anything I didn't understand. I also made flash cards for things I needed to memorize on quizlet.com. If you have a smart phone, you can download an app to view your cards on your phone. I LOVED that. It saved me from buying tons of index cards & the phone is much easier to carry around. I would sit and look thru my flash cards while waiting at the barber shop with my kids or whatever.
- Thanks! And glad to hear you're doing so well! In my program, we had to take A&P as a pre-requisite. I took the basic anatomy, then took A&P 1 before I started the LPN program and next semester I'm taking A&P 2 and microbiology because they're pre-requisites for RN. I loved my anatomy teacher & loved the classes. I'm a very hands on learner and she had models of everything. I would stay after class and go thru the models when we needed to memorize & I did a lot of repetition because that's how I learn. I did struggle with the cellular process & still don't have that down pat...but, I guess I'll have to get it next semester in micro! Good luck to you!
- Good luck to you!! I've heard about the Kaplan course, but ATI was part of my program, so I'm doing the online practice assessments & going through my ATI books to study for the nclex.