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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 still works! Just do what you do and be who you are. You ARE a nurse, credentials nothwithstanding.

    You'll get there.

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    To: NC29mom,

    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!

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    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!

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    Quote from fringe
    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...
    Hey all RN's!

    Also from Cali, here....graduated last July 2012, finally took NCLEX-RN today, July, 17. 2013. (I know, I know...but , sometimes "your life" is controlled by other forces! Hate it when that happens! haha)

    I took Kaplan, but didn't have time to even take the "Readiness Test", let alone, take time for the QB questions. My Diagnostic Score: 60%, Qt 1-3: averaged 56%, Listened to the online/live 24 hr class, then took the remainder of tests: QT5 = 61, QT6 = 65, QT7 = 62. Decided to just "Go For It" anyway, and use the 1st testing experience as a 'trial-run' and just reschedule in 45 days', since I didn't feel ready, and figured I'd fail on the 1st run.

    I decided ahead of time that I was not going to look up in the "upper Right Corner" to see which question I was on or what the time was. so when the first official break came 90 minutes later, I just assumed that I had already finished 75 questions, but still hadn't agreed to take the break. I took 20 minutes, ate some peanut M&Ms, smoked 2 cigs, drank a bottle of water, while prepareing prepared myself for a mental battle, even though I figured that I was going to fail, since it had been a year since I graduated and I never did finish the Kaplan course. But, I wasn't going down without a fight, and decided that "going slower" and reading every word in the stem and every answer choice before making a 'snap decision' seemed to "feel right", so I wasn't going to change my strategy. (I'm usually the 1st or 2nd person done taking a test, Yes---one of 'THOSE', and, I know...I could feel the hatred from my classmates! I wasn't trying to prove anything...but, they didn't know that I have ADD).

    Anyway...after the break..went back in (to fight that battle), and knew that I'd take a 'voluntary' break in another 1.5 hours. It wasn't until then that I peeked up at the upper right-hand corner, and saw that I was only on question 63. That was kind of a nice little 'pick-me-up', but it didn't interfere with my belief that I'd be there 'for the duration' for the entire 6 hours.

    Twenty minutes later, at question 75, the computer shut off. I was surprised, but not shocked, since I went into it ACCEPTING that I was going to fail. (Not "knowing", but "accepting"). Three hours later, I arrived home and did the Pearson Vue Trick, and got, "The Good Pop-Up".

    I passed! That's all I need to know. I've been on these boards for 4 years, and never once have I seen that "the good pop-up" was wrong. While California takes it's time to update their computer system...I'm gonna go play! Get my motorcycle out of the garage (it's been sitting patiently in the garage all winter/spring---poor baby), do a little dancing, and just GET MY *******' LIFE BACK! Make some friends, and get to know this awesome new city.

    If you got through nursing doesn't matter whether ADN or've been/were out of touch with what makes life awesome: Good Times! My advice, bite the bullet, take the Kaplan course, do all 7 Question Trainer Tests (at minimum), read EVERY rationale (even the ones you got right), use the internet to fill in any gaps....then just say, "F-it! I'm just gonna go for it! At worst, I'll not pass, and be able to get a peek into what the whole NCLEX-RN is really all about. I can always beg/borrow/steal the money to take it again in 45 days."

    Perhaps I'm a pessimist....but at 52 yrs old, what works for ME is to ACCEPT the worst that could happen (not EXPECT...ACCEPT), then give it my best. If I win....I'm still, humbly, surprised...but it's a FABULOUS surprise! THE PVT works! Do I have confirmation from the CA BON, yet? Nope. Don't need it. Still going for that motorcycle ride tomorrow...and the next day...and the next! Will try to remember to post again when I get the "official" results...but no promises....I gotta a lot of miles of 'exploring' to do in my new state--before I start sending out the resumes---fighting, yet that OTHER battle of the 'RN-new grad'.

    Best wishes to all of you 'angels in uniform'!

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    fcharmed23, maydaysvp, and joanna73 like this.

    Hi Mali! 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 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!

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    Hi Wish4...

    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!

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    Quote from himynameismr
    hey gang,

    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!
    i have been telling myself the same thing! "keep the faith" but this is because i honestly believe(d) that i "aced the interview" on wednesday. it went really well, everybody's body language was saying, "we love you!" (smiling, nodding in agreement to my responses, etc.).

    then i just read the last couple of pages here and see that most of those interviewed feel pretty much the same way! guess i wasn't so special after-all! haha

    i sent "thank-you emails, and received a response back from one of the interviewers who wrote:

    "[font=lucida console]it was my pleasure to meet with you and discuss your possible future career at scripps. good luck to you in your professional endeavors and may our paths meet again!"

    i've read it 10 times and can't decide if it's a "formed response" sent to all who send "thank you" emails, or if it's actually a "soft rejection" letter!

    what do you all think? did anybody else receive the above reply in response to your "thank you for the interview...." email?

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    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!


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    Hi Boobear0306~

    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?

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    Hey Kris10,

    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!

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    Hey all!

    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
    3) Age
    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.

    About me:

    External Candidate
    CNA since 2005, Started at Sharp in Oct, 2011
    50 yrs old
    BSN-Spring 2012
    Azusa Pacific University, GPA: 3.8
    Live in San Diego
    TalentMine scores:
    Motivation: 14% Interaction: 32% Cognition: 28% Execution: 26%

    Good luck to all of us!

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    Hi Elis
    Please email me at Then I'll send my phone number and we can connect-up. BTW: What is the name of the new program if not EENAP/SCAN?

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    [quote=AlliCat23;4494101]My name is Renee and I am accepted to the Spring 2011 cohort.

    PS: I WAS accepted to Summer 2012 but got bumped up because I was already on the wait list for Spring 2011. Be sure and talk with ----- if you were accepted for a much later cohort. There may be a chance that you'll get in earlier....but you HAVE TO ASK TO BE PUT ON THE WAIT LIST. Otherwise she'll just think that you are okay with waiting.

    I don't know if there are anymore openings for Spring....but it's worth a shot to try for an earlier cohort. Just be persistent. I must have spoken with her 5-6 times this summer!

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    Quote from katiekoll
    Hi all,
    Can you guys keep me posted if you hear anything about the research course? I've been stressed trying to find one because I need to take it in the fall and I haven't heard back regarding the classes I have asked about. But they were at Junior colleges! What are some of the classes that you all have found?
    My name is Renee and I am accepted to the Spring 2011 cohort. I spoke with ----- and she said that the Psychology Research Methods CAN be taken at the JC level. Mesa College has one class each semester. I hope to get in but I an #5 on the wait list. She also said a couple other things: 1) That APU us trying to get an online Research Methodology class going and 2) that those of us that haven't taken the course before starting can take the course at APU. But she didn't know when we would have to do so.

    That's about it. She is absolutely wonderful and very helpful. She'll get back to you with 24 hours-usually sooner if possible-so if you are accepted, give her a call. Otherwise talking with -------- is the way to go if applying and waiting to hear about acceptance.

    Anybody else here starting in SPRING 2011? Let's get together. my email address is
    Renee (AlliCat23)

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    puma123 likes this.

    Hi All,

    I was accepted into the SD EENAP program but not until Summer 2012! Crazy long waiting period to start! Am thinking about starting sooner elsewhere but....

    I tried OU's prgram but found it to be very disorganized....good thing I dropped because I heard that their graduating students don't have a very good rep and are having a tough time getting work.

    Is Azusa any more organized or supportive?

    I'm 50 yrs old, no kids or hubby to worry about and money isn't an issue....but from what I've read it's REALLY tough schedule.

    I don't learn as easily as I did when I was 20-30 yrs old. I have to read everything 3 times! (grin...sad but true)

    So, (to anyone in the program): if you don't mind, please tell me what you think. Is is worth waiting 2 yrs for?

    PS: has it gotten any better out there as far as jobs go? Where do you do your clinicals?