AlliCat23 1,275 Views
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I have to agree that the study schedule that joanna73 stalked about is optimum--for most people. But, I've always been an "all-or-nothing" kind of gal, and studying for 12-14 hours is just what I do. I get so interested/involved that the time just passes by. Naturally, I'd take a 5-20 minute break every 3-4 hours...take an hour or so off for a big meal and walk the dogs...then I'd be back at it again.
Yes, I'd wear myself out after about 10 days....then take a week off...before going at it again.
Wouldn't recommend this schedule, but if this is the type of studier that you are....it still works! Just do what you do and be who you are. You ARE a nurse, credentials nothwithstanding.
You'll get there.
I am trying to PM you, but get an error message that your PM inbox has reached a limit and that you won't be able to receive any PMs until you delete some. I REALLY need your opinion about something that I don't want to post on the boards. Thanks!
It's official. My name is posted as an RN on the California BON site! Forty-eight hours after taking the test. The Pearson Vue Trick (not allowing you to register) works! Woohoo!
Exactly! Haha. It doesn't make sense but hopefully the PVT is correct and it can keep us from going out of our minds during the wait, right? I've started taking sleeping pills the last few weeks since NCLEX because, I can't sleep and then end up not being able to function at work...
Man....do I feel you! I graduated last June, 2012 and then "life" happened:, got divorced, moved to a new state in November, etc. I took an Accelerated BSN program, and I swear, by the end of those 17 months, I had PTSD! Seriously! I really needed to decompress and get that "Maslow" thing of 'shelter/home, food, safety' all settled before I could even start to study for the NCLEX. It, literally took me 4 months to unpack and decorate, then "relax'. So, I didn't start studying for the NCLEX-RN until about April. I didn't want to pay $500 for Kaplan, because I had a copy of the Hurst Review videos/documents, bought Saunders 5th ed., and NCLEX 4000 software.
Without any real "road-map", I was like you are now. In the morning, I'd start studying Cardiac stuff, but because I needed so much "refreshing" (and I'm ANAL about wanting to understand the pathophysiology!), that by noon, I'd find myself online looking up renal patho! This went on for 2 months, and I felt like I hadn't even put a 'crack' in what I believed I needed to review/study.
So, I broke down at the end of May and signed up for the online Kaplan review (the one with a live classroom via the computer), It was the BEST thing I could have done! By following their program, I was able to take a Diagnostic Test to find out my weak areas. Then, I took the four-day/6 hrs class (But, I'd recommend taking a eight-day/3 hrs class), and listened to only the blood-products and pharmacology video. Then I just started taking the Question Trainer 1-7 tests. I'd review every question/rationale--even the ones I answered correctly---and looked online for any further clarification, as needed.
I wouldn't recommend it, but I didn't even take the final Readiness Test, or do any of the Question Banks (I think there's like an additional 3000 questions), because I ran out of time. I'm such a procrastinator! I've had plenty of time...but just couldn't seem to get in the mood where I wanted to sit and focus. I'd study for 12-14 hours a day for 3-4 days then take a whole week off! I think I've been a bit depressed, because I had convinced myself that the NCLEX-RN probably was going to be the FIRST TEST I'VE EVER FAILED!
So...when I arrived at Pearson Vue at 11 a.m. today...I told myself, "Well, what's the worst that can happen? You'll fail. So, you just reschedule, and take it 45 days later, but at least you'll have gotten over the test anxiety, and will have a better idea of what this (harder as of 4/1/13) NCLEX-RN test is really looking for!"
You wouldn't believe how much pressure was relieved with that attitude. I fully expected to have to answer all 265 questions, and be there for 6 hours...so I took water, snacks, etc. (I also took 0.5 mg of Ativan! haha) I usually rush through tests, but decided that I would take as much time on each question as I needed. I didn't look at the time or even notice what question I was on. Then the computer informed me that it was time to take a break, if I wanted. I wanted! I'd been at it for 1.5 hours...assumed that I had already passed the 75 question mark, and that I'd be in for 'a battle'.
I took 20 min off, went downstairs, ate some peanut M&M's and a bottle of water, and reminded myself that "this was just a test-run, after all", and that's it's okay if I fail; but if I'm going to fail, I'll go down fighting!" Went back and restarted the test, and looked up at the top-right corner and realized that I had only answered 63 questions. Twenty minutes later, the computer shut off at 75 questions. I was totally shocked! Had I missed more than 50% of the questions? Hmmm--maybe. There were a couple pharm questions that DID NOT give the Brand name---only the generic---and that threw me off, because I had been told that the NCLEX will give you both the generic AND Brand names. SO, I just guessed what the med was based on the ending of the word.
Got home at about 5 p.m.---did the Pearson Vue Trick---and got 'the good pop-up'!!! I passed. Woohoo! So, my dear---all you can do is do your best. Be mentally prepared for the worst, 'cuz it feels fabulous to discover that you passed. I'd highly recommend Kaplan. It's about $450, but you can pay it over 3 months. Without the guidance the course offered, I'd still be bouncing all over the place trying to figure out where to land.
Best of luck to you!
Yes, I am in the SD ELM program. Just finishing the 7 week Residency next week. I swear-that was the hardest 18 months of my life! So happy it's about over!
i interviewed wednesday after working a 12 the night before. not the best idea but it seemed to go quite well. praying for everyone who interviewed. don't stress, be confident in where god has brought you and where he is leading you. take care!
OMG! I just read my email. I have an interview on June 6th at 12:30. I can only pray that I will take my NCLEX at the end of July. My school won't post the BSN until July 2nd. I've heard that the turn-around time with the BSN to approve testing takes from 3-6 weeks. That would be a bummer if I miss the Aug 13th deadline. Oh well, not much I can do but keep positive. Good luck to everyone! And don't despair if you haven't rec'd an interview email, yet. Give it another week.
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Thanks for letting us know the status of your application-as of 2 pm: Fri, May 18th. Mine still says "submission received" as of Fri, May 18th, too. I heard that some people who applied on Monday (Nov 7, 2011) for the last cohort, started receiving emails on Thursday (Nov. 10th), even before the posting was withdrawn on Friday.
Guess we just need to put it in the hands of God, and quit stressing. Interview emails should sart going out over the next 2 weeks.
Best of luck to all!
P.S. Anybody posting here that also applied to Sharp's July or August NG Program? Any luck? If so, what was the interview like? ANything you care to share?
Unfortunately, there is no way to go back and look at the Talentmine scores, Interpretation, or Develop Your Strengths sections. I just happened to print them out, 'cuz I thought I might add them to my Portfolio.
If you don't mind (and have the time) leave us a message when you do receive the interview email. See? I'm already thinking positive thoughts for you!
I wanted to start this thread for those of us that applied to Scripps New Grad Program for August 2012.
I uploaded my app and finished the Talentmine appraisal on Monday, May 14, at 2 pm. I hear that the first 500 apps (the limit that they will consider) tend to be uploaded on the first day. I am checking every couple of hours to see if my app status has been changed from: "Application Received" to: "Application Under Review". Nothing yet, (22 hours later). Those who applied on Nov. 7 2011, heard within 10 days if they were scheduled for an interview.
Let's keep each other posted, okay? Let us know if you are:
1) An "internal" or "external" candidate,
2) Any experience as a CNA or NA
4) BSN or ADN and when you graduate(d)
5) School and GPA (if comfortable)
6) Local or from out of San Diego
7) Talentmine Category breakdown by percentages (If you saved/printed that screen with the Pie Chart out)
8) If you received an email for an interview
This will help us figure out what Scripps is looking for.
CNA since 2005, Started at Sharp in Oct, 2011
50 yrs old
Azusa Pacific University, GPA: 3.8
Live in San Diego
Motivation: 14% Interaction: 32% Cognition: 28% Execution: 26%
Good luck to all of us!
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