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  • 12:22 pm

    Cranial Nerves Tips & Tricks

    “A trap door is not going to open up and swallow you if you fail this test, Caroline!”


    That was what I told myself when I finally sat down and pressed start for the NCLEX. I have never been the best test taker and my anxiety oftentimes made me study until my professor made me close my book. Which explains why I also placed my NCLEX review book and some notes in my locker prior to entering the exam room.

    This was the worst I had ever been though, I could barely see the white screen because there were black spots in my vision from my panicking. The calm words were helping though and as every second passed, I could see more of the screen and thankfully, less black spots. Eventually, when I was able to read, I realized just how much visual aids and silly Mnemonics were so helpful.

    I would not say that I’m a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner… unfortunately, things seem to come slow for me and I’m pressured to use all types of learning techniques available. I was so surprised to notice though, how, while reading the questions one of the first things that would pop in my head were memorization tricks like the one we are going to show you in this video. So although it may seem silly or trivial, please do not overlook the value.

    In this video I’m going to go over a visual mnemonic for the 12 Cranial Nerves that every nurse needs to know. I will also present at the end of the video a visual aid that AllNurses provided for you.

    I found it helpful to watch and listen to educational videos while doing things that did not require 100% of my mental capacity, such as: walking, morning care, cleaning the house etc.

    So I hope you also find it helpful!

    If you like this video and want to see more videos like it, please give the video a thumbs up!

    See you in my best video!
    ~Caroline



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  • 12:20 pm

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  • 11:51 am

    Good luck! dont think you did anything wrong.

    If for some reason you dont get this one, it was a great practice interview.

    But hopefully you 'll hear soon

  • 11:51 am

    Sour Lemon, thank you for sharing your thoughts I appreciate it. As I said in my post, I did not cry because I was under pressure. I graduated from an intense BSN nursing program. Each term was 9 weeks long and we had no summer or winter breaks. The longest break I've had was for about a couple of days after the term. I studied for almost 7+ hours every single day for 2.5 years. Along with studying, my school required us to participate in a simulation lab for 8-16 hours each term where we were required to be under the spotlight. During this, we were given a clinical scenario and had to provide care as a registered nurse while our fellow peers and instructors watched our every move. Of course, I also had clinical rotations during day and night shift. I didn't need coddling even as a nursing student living under pressure every day for years. My point is, I never crack under pressure. I strive under it. Nursing is difficult but very rewarding. I was asked to recall a roadblock which for many individuals, comes with difficult memories.

  • 11:51 am

    Nursing is difficult as a new graduate. Honestly, I would worry about someone who cried during an interview and wonder if they were tough enough to make it through orientation without constant coddling. I would be supportive to them at the time, but I would have my doubts. I do tend to be an unemotional person, though ...and the people who interviewed you may have totally different personalities and perspectives.

  • 11:51 am

    I think you did great. If you don't get that job you will find another.

  • 11:50 am

    I agree with the others. You demonstrated the ability to reorient yourself and maintain focus under stress. Best wishes to you!

  • 11:50 am

    I think it showed your passion for nursing. I would have cried listening to you. You are an inspiration to others.

  • 11:50 am

    I do not think you ruined your chances. Our repertoire of emotions is a major part of what makes us human.

    On another note, my lack of emotional display often kills my chances of obtaining the job during interviews. On occasion I have a restricted affect and can seem rather unenthusiastic about the position for which I am interviewing.

  • 11:50 am

    Don't sweat it. They told you it was a great interview. It wasn't a social date--they are under no obligation to say such niceties if it wasn't so.

    If you don't get the job, it won't be because you cried. But I hope you do get it!

  • 11:50 am

    Judging by your whole post, I don't think you ruined your chances. They required you to relive a painful memory, then you rallied and told them how you overcame difficult circumstances. I personally think you should be a shoe-in. (For what that's worth.) I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  • 11:50 am

    I don't think that ruined your chances. I think it made you look sincere in your interview. I was speaking to my CNO about the possibility of a promotion, and she was telling me thibgs that concerned her about giving me the promotion. I teared up a bit and told her I was embarrassed for doing that. She said to me, "If walls could talk, they'd tell you how many people have cried in this office." I ended up getting the promotion.

  • 11:50 am

    Even if you aren't selected, you won't know if this situation weighed more heavily than anything else in the hiring decision. Stop worrying about something that you can not change. This could be a good experience if it allows you to progress to a better interview experience in the future. You are less likely to tear up again. Good luck.

  • 11:50 am

    Hi everyone,

    I had my first new graduate interview today for med-surg/telemetry with 3 managers. I felt that the entire interview went really well. However, I was asked what roadblock I have had in life. I told them I did poorly in high school because of personal/family issues at home. Then I started to tear up. They gave me a tissue and then I composed myself after about 20 seconds and resumed with no difficulty. I feel really embarrassed. I didn't cry because I was stressed. I didn't stutter and didn't feel any anxiety regarding the interview. I just got emotional because all these bad memories just slapped me in my face. I told them how after HS, people thought I was joking when I said I want to be a nurse because of how poorly I did but then I ended up graduating nursing school with magna cum laude. They told me how proud of me they were and one of the interviewers said "stop before you make me cry." I apologized right after and said sorry I'm not this emotional ever. Another interviewer said, "you should be, we are nurses." I really did not intend on crying. I was extremely prepared for this and had a professional portfolio with me so I just feel pretty embarrassed. Do you think I ruined my chances?
    Before I left, one of them made a comment about how this was a great interview.

    I really really want this job and to be a part of this facility so I'm feeling really down at the moment.

    Share your input please!

  • 11:46 am

    Thank you all for the tips. Although I am not in the market for a new job, I have decided to make a document to highlight both so I have it available should I need to find a new job. This question is always my weakness, lol. It can be hard to state your strengths without sounding cocky. On the flip side, its hard to state your weakness's. for myself, its my interpersonal skills because i have zero tolerance for people not doing their jobs, or not treating their patients as they were most important (in my eyes). So with this I always struggle on how to answer this question. So anybody who has idea's on how to state this would be great. Thank you.


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