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  • Nov 19 '14

    Hi sir! You probably are in a bleak situation but look past that. You probably are being prepared for some bigger and greater things ahead so don't loose hope. Sometimes God shakes us if we have become too comfortable and complacent so we can grow more and bear more fruits than we previously did. You always have a choice. Do things that make you happy and if you are feeling miserable at your current whereabouts, then by all means leave. Maybe you just haven't found an environment that's just right for you. It might not be the job itself but it could be the people, the environment or the account that you support.

    At some point during my 5 years experience as a BPO employee, I also felt bad about not being able to practice nursing. More so, I felt miserable looking at my schoolmates who persisted on looking for hospital-based jobs as nurses who one by one went abroad where they got awesome job offers as nurses. This may sound absurd but I truly got depressed to the point that I couldn't really sleep well for a couple of days by just thinking about these things.

    Then one day, I woke up and realized that I am in a very practical and advantageous situation because I could help my family and relatives, buy most of the things I wanted and still have some savings unlike most of my batch-mates who bummed around until they could get jobs in hospitals as nurses. I started using my spare time walking in different hospitals to submit my resume and then suddenly God opened gates of opportunities for me to go back and that was when everything started falling into place and started making sense.

    I was hopeless and frustrated too but I poured it out by being the best BPO associate I could be until I earned some money to save that I never knew would come really handy during my RNHEALS days. My point is, keep your goals in your mind but find some other ways to get there if doors to it are currently shut. Pray without ceasing and believe in your heart that all He wants for us is to prosper us in ways unfathomable and unimaginable to us.

    God bless you.

  • Nov 30 '13

    Nurses for several years have been able to go direct to EB3 employer driven green card. There is also the E3 for Australian citizens. I haven't heard H1a being used for nurses as that is a seasonal work visa and H1c I think no longer used much and even when it was it had a cap of 500.

    Nursing over the last few years has become an area which is no longer in demand with many countries but what I would like to say although into impossible it is hard and may take time. If you keep aware of current issues, look at gaining experience which makes you more attractive to employers and don't give up the dream will eventually come true.

    To all that try, give it your best and don't give up

  • Jun 24 '12

    Look at your resume!!!

    I've been reviewing resumes for open positions in my department and can't believe the resumes I've received: misspelling, words crossed off, no cover letter, including personal information about family life. Please don't send a resume if you have none of the job qualifications, unless your cover letter has explanation eg enrolled in education program etc.

    I was taught in lpn and bsn program how to prepare a resume. Is this a lost art being skipped??

    Also agree with our bb members that calling facility and finding out who is department manager, then forwarding your resume to them along with hr is great idea.

    I work in smaller organization than hospital but has taken me over two months to get open positions advertised and three weeks to get resumes sent to me...those that sent to me directly have interview same week.

    a. Resume Writing updated links 1/3/2011

    mary somers rn: john hopkins son

    resume writing and interview tips for nurses from univ. of pennsylvania:resume writing by donna cardillo rn--lots of advice:monster resume advice
    ** healthcare resume readiness quiz
    Are you confident your resume will make it to the yes pile? Take our resume readiness quiz for healthcare pros, and see if your resume passes the test.
    forbeswoman: 11/4/2011
    final cut: words to strike from your resume

    b. cover letters for the resume

    the basics of the cover letter: vault sample cover letters - a step-by-step guide of what goes on a cover letter done in the format of how the letter should appear.

    new graduate nurse resume

    sample cover letters: first impressions count - avoid common cover letter mistakes

    from monster:
    cover letters that sell this article contains an outline and guideline of what each paragraph of a cover letter should contain
    cover letters: more helpful hints

    c. interview advice

    research before your interview - boston college
    types of interviews - boston college information on different types of interviews
    questions interviewers ask - boston college
    interview tips - typical questions interviewers ask and a few good responses
    dealing with interview anxiety - boston college

    interviewing advice from recruiters
    Well before the interview, do an "inventory of your successes." Write them down. and have stories and examples you can draw on to elaborate on the successes. The goal is to have a menu of successes you can draw from during an interview, depending on which strengths and characteristics you want to emphasize.
    difficult interview questions + a few answers

    You are interviewing the hospital too:


    questions for management positions

    • If I called a member of your current staff and asked them to tell me about you, what would they say?
    • What actions would you take if you came on board?
    • How do you lead?
    • What's your secret to getting subordinates to follow you?
    • How do you motivate employees?
    • How do you reward employees?
    • Describe your management philosophy and management style.
    • Some managers supervise their employees closely, while others use a loose rein. How do you manage?
    • How have you improved as a manager over the years?
    • How many people have you fired? How do you go about it?
    • How would you deal with an employee who broke a policy (ie: late for work)?
    • How would you deal with an employee who was not open and honest in communication?
    • It is very hard to attract (critical care, er, or, ob etc.) nurses to this area. What are some strategies you might use to have enough qualified nurses to be sure patients get quality care in the facility?
    • What single professional event made you most proud to be a manager/leader?
    • What event made you least proud to be a leader?
    • In prior positions did you have budgeting responsibilities? If so, what was the size of your operating budget?
    • Do you know how to figure fte's?
    • What is your definition of empowerment?
    • What is your definition of quality assurance (QA), and who should be responsible, for QA?
    • Tell me about a time when your manager made a decision you disagreed with. What actions did you take and why?
    • Tell me about a time when you had to handle a disruptive employee. What did you do? What were the results?
    • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an irate physician, patient, employee etc. How did you handle it and what was the result?
    • How have you managed to foster a successful team in your past positions?
    • What methods have you found successful in determining the priorities when you start in a new facility?
    • What methods do you use to foster open communication with staff and management?
    • Tell me about a work incident when you were totally honest, despite a potential risk or downside for the honesty.
    • How did you handle a recent situation where the direction from above was unclear and circumstances were changing?
    • Describe how you motivated a group of people to do something they did not want to do.
    • Who is your most effective subordinate and your least effective subordinate?
    • What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? What have you done to develop each of these subordinates?
    • Tell me about some of the people who have become successful as a result of your management. What was your role in their development?
    • What are the major training and development needs of the people in your department? How did you identify them? What are you doing about them?
    • Are there any techniques you have found useful in identifying particular subordinates' needs and potentials? Tell me how they worked with a particular person.
    • What do you do differently than other managers? Why? Examples?
    • What is the farthest you've had to bend your standards in order to succeed?
    • What job duties would you like to avoid if at all possible?
    • Describe a time in which you weighed the pros and cons of a situation and decided not to take action, even though you were under pressure to do so.
    • All of us have been in situations where we assigned work to other people and they didn't do what we intended. Can you tell me about some of those? What were the circumstances and how did you handle it?
    • Have you ever had problems in getting your subordinates to accept your ideas or department goals? What approach did you use? How effective was it?
    • Have you ever needed cooperation from groups that did not report to you? What did you do to gain cooperation? What were the satisfactions and disappointments?
    • Is there a trait or characteristic about you that you find is frequently misunderstood, that surprises you when you find out that people think that about you?
    • What 3 things do you hope to accomplish in your first year?
    • What do you expect of those who report to you? If candidate responds with a one word answer (for example saying, "support" you can probe further by asking the candidate to describe three behaviors that she/he would view as being supportive.
    • If you had an unfavorable plan (i.e., budget) to implement, what would you do to get the managers' buy in and support?
    • With the current nursing shortage, what are two solutions you would like to see put in place?
    • What kind of support do you offer managers, directors and front-line staff, knowing the stress of the nursing shortage and the increasing acuity of our patients?
    • Tell us about a high level innovative idea/change that you implemented. Was it or was it not successful?
    questions to ask the employer

    • What unique challenges has this unit faced over the last year? (i.e. successes, failures, etc.)
    • What sets this organization apart from it's competitors?
    • How long is the orientation phase and what can I expect?
    • Will I work with one preceptor throughout or will I have several different preceptors?
    • How does the administration view nursing in terms of importance to the hospital?
    • How much independence do nurses have in being creative problem-solvers?

    • What kind of professional advancement is available to nurses here?
    • What are some of the attributes of working for your hospital?
    • If I were to get a job offer from another hospital, why would I want to work for this one?
    • What is the criterion you will use to select the person you are looking for?
    • What kind of support can I expect from the nursing educators and preceptors?
    • How does the hospital handle new grads that might be slow in becoming oriented to their new jobs?
    • How long have you been the manager of this unit and what is your nursing background?
    • How many nurses have quit and how many hired for this unit in the past 6 months? how long have some of the nurses been working on this unit?
    • Who will be precepting me? Can you tell me something about them? Will I always have the same preceptor or will there be more than one?
    • Have you ever had a new grad who didn't seem to work out? How was it handled?
    • If for any reason it seems that orientation is just not going well for me what will happen and who should I talk to about it?

    questions about the following are illegal to ask at a job interview here in the U.S.:
    • your personal life (married, divorced, children)
    • family planning
    • pregnancy
    • provision for child care
    • religious preference
    • club memberships
    • height
    • weight
    • dependents
    • age (birth date)
    • ethnic background
    • maiden name
    • native language
    • physical problems
    • psychiatric problems
    • spouse's employment and/or earnings
    • credit rating
    • home ownership
    • automobile ownership

    illegal job questions

    aacn: hallmarks of the professional nursing practice setting

    Where is the top nursing voice in the organization? are nurses represented in key committees and in governance? request organizational chart:

    what nursing grads should consider when seeking employment

    d. resigning from position

    Check your facilities policy and procedures--most require that you give notice equal to amount of vacation provided, often 2-3 weeks; long term employed rns can be 4-5weeks.
    managers often need 1-3 months notice to be eligible for rehire --don't burn your bridges. karen

    resign from a healthcare job gracefully


    the nursing job search handbook | dunne, genny (added 8/28/2006)

    building and managing a career in nursing: strategies for advancing your career (added 1/17/08 per llg advice)

    a separate unit on reclaiming one's career includes three unique chapters on the stalled career, the impaired career, and overcoming damage and building new credibility. the final two chapters address the importance of building support networks and mentoring. there are also discussions on inquiry letters, resumes, cvs and how to complete a successful interview, with examples of each.
    the ultimate career guide for nurses: practical strategies for thriving at every state of your career

    your 1st year as a nurse: making the transition from total novice to successful professional.

  • Jun 24 '12

    Wondering why you're not getting interviews or being hired?

    Look at your RESUME!!!

    I've been reviewing resumes this May 2012 for open positions in my department and can't believe the resumes I've received: misspelling, words crossed off, no cover letter, including personal information about family life. Please don't send a resume if you have NONE of the job qualifications, unless your cover letter has explanation e.g. enrolled in education program etc.

    Also, agree with our members that calling facility and finding out who is department manager, then forwarding your resume to them along with HR is great idea.

    Facility Telephone Operators on second shift are great at helping me spell the name of Manager of 2nd floor Med Surg ...Telemetry or ICU unit "so I can respond to their voice mail with a thank you card."

    I work in a smaller organization than a hospital, but it has taken me over two months to get open positions advertised and three weeks to get resumes sent to me...those that are sent to me directly have interview scheduled the same week. When 300+ persons responded to ONE position online, I can't possibly screen that many candidate. HR is always overwhelmed with applicants to our online Kenexa job application program so quicker for me to review those applying for my occasional 1-2 open positions.

    Some online application programs have the ability to screen for key job words based on application summary or position description built into it.

    Visit: Job-Seeker's Glossary of Key Job-Hunting, Career, Job-Search, and Employment Terms

    This glossary of job, career, and employment terms is designed to give job-seekers a quick definition -- and then provide links where you can find more details, samples, and much more information.
    Create your resume in a Word document using standard fonts (Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, with Century Old Style used most for business positions). PROOF READ two times before cut n' pasting material. Previous jobs should have language in past tense while current jobs have present tense used to describe work activities.

    If attaching a resume and cover letter, it is best to have file saved using your name and date so I can find it again if I download to my computer. Make sure your cover letter is for CORRECT FACILITY, not employer in the next state. (Yes, I received application for NJ hospital while I'm with a PA home care agency--quickest way to hit the recycle bin. Because I had an extra minute that day, I called RN and informed him of this error--before it hit deskside recycle bin.)

    Acceptable examples:

    Skywalker_Luke 5-20-12
    Skywalker, L 05-20-2012
    Skywalker, L Resume

    Not recommended:

    my resume; updated resume L; ?X old style; lukes bio;
    peters bio (yet first name listed as Luke ????)

    With focus on facilities going to electronic medical records (EMR), don't forget to list "Computer skills" as heading after work experiences. Under computer skills, list those you have experience with, especially if at intermediate or advanced proficiency. You might want to include any computer course work taken. List any experience moderating websites, etc. All these skills are what facilities need and looking for today.


    Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer-proficient; Access- intermediate); McKesson Horizon Homecare database administration. Privacy officer for 6 insurance websites including Navinet x 6 yrs utilized for healthcare eligibility and authorizations. 10 yrs experience as Administrator and moderator at worlds largest nursing website.

    As hiring manager, I look at length of time at positions and job progression along with experiences applicants state that would transfer to a healthcare environment. I'm always skeptical of someone changing jobs every 3-6 months without explanation in cover letter due to cost of hiring and training --need someone to be with me at least a year to recoup my investment in new employee. If job changes are due to working for temp agency, better to list temp agency as employer, then companies and skills obtained/utilized underneath that heading.

    Consider joining the most often used social media site for the business community: As of March 31, 2012, LinkedIn operates the world's largest professional network on the Internet with 161 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

    Members post professional bios and resumes online, can connect with persons in similar positions, or reconnect with lost colleagues creating networks -- recruiters often search this site. You can look to see if anyone in your network is connected to someone who works at the company you're applying to. Depending on who the connections are, you could possibly: ask for background information on the job, ask for a proactive referral or introduction, or ask directly for an interview.

    This advice also applies to job postings within your health system. A college acquaintance I kept in touch with over the years as they ascended the Nursing ranks, called me out of the blue one day to discuss the posting for our Education Director as they had no home care experience.

    I knew they had taught in a BSN program, served as editor for a nursing publication, worked as Nursing Supervisor and with 20+ years nursing experience, were vastly qualified. As we chatted, told them about online home care CEU articles one could read and what this new position entailed. Next day, as I passed VP Patient Services in the hallway, mentioned phone call and recommended person's resume be looked at IF they applied. Three years later, they have totally transformed our home care education, developing a department with 5 educators!

    Network freely as a student and later in your career with your instructors, unit Nurse Managers, Preceptor's, colleagues, nursing assistants, house keepers and security guards--anyone you might know that works within a facility; You may someday need to contact them for the scoop on unposted jobs, reference letters or advice on facility "politics" as one tries to climb the nursing ladder.

    May the force be with you in creating an individualized resume and cover letter highlighting your skills to land the position YOU desire.

    For advice on interview skills, visit Nursing Interview Help

    Nursing Resume | How to Create a Stunning Resume for Nurses, Doctors & Healthcare Workers

    Get Started

    AACN Brochure: What Nursing Grads Should Consider When Seeking Employment

    Resume Writing

    Resume Tips for Nurses
    Sample Resume for a Nurse
    Final Cut: Words to Strike from your Resume

    Cover Letters For The Resume

    The Basics of the Cover Letter: Vault Sample Cover Letters - a step-by-step guide of what goes on a cover letter done in the format of how the letter should appear.

    Tips For Submitting Online Applications

    How to Stand Out When Applying for Jobs Online

    Letters of

    Asking for a Letter of Recommendation
    Writing a Letter of Recommendation

  • May 25 '12

    Quote from juan de la cruz
    O come on, of course not! not only do PH educated nurses need to acclimate to a new environment, familiarize with a culture not of their own, learn new facility protocols, adjust to US staffing patterns, utilize the patient education role more than the task of direct care giving... it's a long list. US educated nurses are trained in the model we already have here. They already have the upper hand. They don't even need to spend a lot of money on NCLEX-RN review classes. Why is it that we constantly read complaints about foreign nurses particularly from the Philippines requring more training and orientation than those educated locally? I'm sure they wouldn't be proud to say they went to UP or UST, would they?
    Why are you talking about practicing in US again? I commented on your statement about actual clinical practice brings a degree of confidence as a professional nurse. It applies to every one. And you're talking about PH educated nurses practicing in US again. Please move on, not every Filipino wants to practice there.

    And of course, if you do vice versa. Bring a US educated nurse here and I'm pretty sure he/she will have a hell of a hard time adjusting to the culture, facility protocols, and nurse to patient ratio. It's just common sense.

  • May 18 '12

    Let me start of by saying that I intend to make this a thread to help others (more on Filipinos but can be used as a general guide) who want to pursue their nursing career abroad, specifically the United States, and need an unofficial guide. We can turn this into a one stop thread so others don't end up shooting in the dark when applying for licensure by examination.

    Disclaimer: I am not an expert nor do I work for/represent CGFNS. I am writing this guide through experience and it may or may not contain all of the information needed. Use this only as a reference since I will not be held responsible for any mishaps this may ultimately cause. With that said, let's start it off!

    Before you consider choosing the state where you intend to practice make sure you do a little research on the requirements since every state has their own rules and guidelines. Also, keep in mind that most of the states to date require a SSN so even if you are approved for the CES you may not be able to continue to apply to that state.

    The CES is intended to analyze your credentials and see if they are up to par with the standards in the United States.

    Application for the CES starts here:

    Instruction booklet:
    Page not found - CGFNS International, Inc.

    The first step in applying for the CES, assuming you've already chosen the state you wish to apply to, is to fill up either there application online or printed of the internet. The application itself contains your basic information like name, address, schools attended (primary - elementary/middle school, secondary - high school, and post-secondary - college/university), license, and etc. You will also be required to create a login account and make sure you use your main e-mail account just to be sure that you receive all of their e-mails.

    Once you've gone through inputting your information you will then reach the part where you choose your service. Assuming you've done your research, this is where you apply what you've learned about the your state's requirements in choosing the specific service you want to avail. For instance, Virginia is a state that requires the CES Professional Report. Most of us will opt for the Professional report since we've already completed our BSN and are looking for a license. If you're still not aware what your state requires then click here to view each state's required service.

    The fees for the service can be easily accessed by clicking here. The basic fee for the CES will be $335 and you can opt for the expedited service which promises a report within 10 business days assuming all of your requirements are submitted and complete for an extra $150. An extra payment will also be needed if your state requires an English exam. After the payment has been received you will then be assigned a CGFNS ID which I suggest you memorize since you will need it when filling out forms and when inquiring about your application

    When the fees have been submitted you will then be directed to the forms, which can also be accessed by clicking here. If you are applying for yourself and currently hold a license in the Philippines then you will need to worry about 2 forms.

    Request for Academic Records / Transcripts form
    - This form will be submitted to your college/university where you graduated from. The first part will be filled out by you while the second and third part will be filled out by both the registrar and/or your dean/secretary of your college. You will also need to request for an official transcript from the registrar which will then be submitted along with the filled out form to CGFNS. The forms will need to be mailed by the school and make sure it is in an officially sealed and stamped enveloped.

    Request for Validation of License/Registration/Diploma form
    - This form will be submitted to PRC. Visit any of the PRC offices to have this filled out. Like the previous form, this form needs to be mailed by PRC in an officially sealed and stamped enveloped. Keep in mind this is only submitted IF YOU HAVE A LICENSE. IF you do not have one for any reason then DO NOT submit this form and make sure you provided a VALID explanation in your application.

    Authorization to Release Information form
    - If, for some reason, you have a third party to represent you then this form will be needed to give that person the authority to access and make changes to your account.

    While waiting for your forms to be mailed since we can safely assume that in most cases it will take a couple of days for your university or prc to complete you can take this time to photocopy your high school diploma which you in turn will send directly to PRC. This is the ONLY time you will ever mail anything to them directly. It's optional but you can also include a cover letter to formally introduce and give whoever is receiving your document a run down of your information.

    Once everything has been submitted you can visit the order status page to check the progress of your report by logging on here. Nowadays CGFNS has been quick to complete the reports specially if you've opted for the expedite service. The whole process will ultimately depend on how soon they receive their documents and their completeness.

    Here is an example of the order status page and their checklist:

    CGFNS will send you an E-Mail when they receive the required documents and in turn will also change the status on this page. Assuming you've completed the application correctly and paid in full then the first 3 will be checked off.

    Please be patient and give CGFNS enough time to both receive the documents and review them as well. It can take a minimum of 4 weeks to 4 months depending on how smoothly everything goes and/or how lucky you are. Personally, mine only took less than 4 weeks for my report to be mailed to my state.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION (I will add more to this section later on)
    Please visit the CES FAQ.

    What if I don't have a license in the Philippines?
    That is totally fine. There is a part in the application where it asks for your license and if you choose no then you can provide an explanation why you currently do not hold one. Personally, I do not hold a license in the Philippines mainly due to citizenship issues.

    How can I take the English exam?
    Please visit TOEFL for further information on how to take the exam.

    Can I be exempted from the English exam?
    Yes. You can be exempted from the english exam assuming that you've held a job in the United States for a year (customer service, retail, sales, etc), your primary language in your university was English, and/or if you've attended school here in the United States.

    That's it for now! I'll edit this further in the future and PLEASE IF YOU HAVE MORE TO CONTRIBUTE THEN PLEASE DO SO!

    Yes, apparently typing in all caps can sometimes get the point across .

  • Apr 30 '12

    Hi everyone!!! I pass! I pass!! I really pass!!!! just paid $7.95 and got the "GRADE: PASS" unoficial result. Yes! truly, God is good and awesome!!! soooooo awesome, I can't stop crying. This has been a ten year journey for me. Graduated BSN with honors May 5th 2000. Took Nclex RN several times without success, so I took and passed the NCLEX PN. I have been working as an LPN for the past 8 years. Finally decided maybe it is not for me, so I went back to school for a master's in Health care administration. My last class is this month, Commencement ceremony is August 23rd. My cousin came to me in December 2011, and said "I want to pay for you to try the RN boards one more time" I was scared that I may dissappoint her by failing again. I am working nights, 40 hours a week, doing my master's with three small children. But after lots of prayers and fasting, and encouragement from my husband and others, I finally decided I will do it. All I can say is that God is good!! No He is better than good. If you wait on him long enough He will surely meet you at the point of your need. It could be a year, a decade or a few months, Just trust God. And study Saunder' as much questions as you can from the cd. God bless you all!!

  • Apr 22 '12

    It doesn't mean anything. It's irrelevant if you're wondering whether you passed or failed. Wish I could make this post on every thread that asks this question, but I guess I'll have to be satisfied with a thread for it.

    You could have 75, 85, 92, 104, 153, 161, 260 questions. You could have the minimum number or the maximum number for your exam, and it doesn't mean that you passed or that you failed. It isn't a good sign or a bad sign if you got <insert number of test questions here>.

    The ONLY thing to consider, when getting the minimum number of questions is "is it more likely that I did really well or really poorly when the test stopped at the minimum number?" Stopping at that point means either the test "knows" that giving you more and more questions is pointless, because you either obviously know your stuff, so you pass....or you obviously don't, and won't be allowed to continue.

    Getting the maximum number of question means that you were close to pass, close to fail for a long time, meaning that in order to determine your competency you needed to go the full distance. And you either ended up on the 'plus' side and passed, or the 'minus' side and failed.

    So yes, we've seen people who pass at the minimum number and fail at the minimum number. And pass at the maximum number and fail at the maximum number. And every single number in between.

    Don't make yourself crazy agonizing over what the number of total questions you had means. It won't matter, and you'll just end up feeling crazy!

  • Apr 20 '12

    Quote from purplechicxiii
    Congrats RN!! You made it!!
    Thanks Purplechicxiii, yeah this was our year, it feels good thanks for the support and help

  • Apr 19 '12

    how i studied for this monster exam. i started studying around december, i set my date for jan 19th, and i was really looking forward to this day. right around dec, one of the allnurses members sent me some very valuable study material, and i cried, i couldn't believe it..some ppl are just . it was jan 19th,i was very excited and nervous at the same time but i was ready to get over with the exam. i got to the center on time and we had to wait till the place was open. when we got in the lady asked for the id's i gave her my green card, because i had just moved to a different state and i had applied for a driver's license which was not ready at the time. i thought a green card is one of the id's as it is government issued, wrong...i was not permitted to take the exam and that meant losing every penny i had paid for this exam , i called four different phones provided and no one seemed to want to help, all i could do was ...two weeks later i paid everything and applied. i got myself together and i posted if anyone wanted to study together here on allnurses thru skype, i got a good response. some ppl just wanted to get some materials and disappeared the next day....i got a young lady from new york and we did well for a few days. we had different schedules.. she had to work, and i totally understood. .another member asked me if i wanted to study with her and she has been a blessing clueless28.. iam forever thankful. we studied together whenever we could. i chose not to work so i could study for this exam, i have two girls 4 and 6 and my schedule has to fit in theirs as well, am sure every mom can relate. many times it was frustrating, sometimes i just did not want to touch the books whatsoever. when i felt like that i would come here on allnurses and read other ppl's posts about passing, i wanted that for myself. i knew i had to change something. another member here asked me how i was studying and i told him...we decided to study together,, worked , so we came up with a do questions together. he had kaplan and so we used that, skype lets you share the screen we did that. it was working and i stuck with it. i chose to study mostly at night wee hours when kiddos was sleeping... that worked. anywhere from 12am -5am..had to be up at 6:45am get the kids ready for school ..i slept in the morning while every one was gone, depending on the day.

    a must do! deactivate your will get back on there as soon as you pass. i have, and it feels good knowing i don't have to study. anything that you know will distract you, sometimes i even cut my phone off, for days.

    books that has proved helpful
    1.saunders 5th edition... great practice questions. please if you don't get a chance to view anything do the pharmacology section 978 questions, it sounds like a a lot but it is worthy every practice. most of the meds that appeared on my exam are in this practice.

    2.kaplan on demand i did not pay for kaplan because i had so much books and material. but as i stated i had wonderful ppl that shared what they had, i had full access to kaplan and i took advantage of it. i believe god makes things possible for us,i will be forever thankful to anyone that has helped me thru this. practicing and listened to some of the videos. its a great tool
    3.hurst review. it's another best tool that i used to study for my nclex exam. some good friends shared i had full hurst review..i listened to marlene hurst and learn a lot. she is the best as far as content. she helped me understand a lot of things that never made sense, i listened to the videos over and over. content wise i would recommend hurst. let me know if anyone has a question on hurst.

    4.nclex-rn review (

    at the time i did not have hurst review, so i decided to get this book, another great tool must have. 50% of my exam was infection control. i rarely used this book, and looked at it right i finished the exams because i saw so many similar questions. it has alot of practice questions in the back as well as on the cd charity, i bought this book while in nursing school because our instructor was hard on these type of questions and i used to get them wrong. i hardly used it and it went in the piles of books i had.

    6. exam cram, i had all the books. a friend of mine after passing his exam gave me the books, both content and question, i rarely used them but they have very good questions on diet. so i browsed thru.

    7. after a friend told me about feuer review, i got the whole program, i loved it, the content is great. it helped as well. .the questions are has most of the content that other reviews doesn't have.
    8. nclex 4000. its another great tool, sata questions i did them twice its 243 questions, i was able to answer some of my questions, based on some of the rationales.

    9.. my medical surgical book from nursing school. we used lewis 7th edition. a friend of mine who graduated with me, told me to just use that book and don't buy no more books..... i laughed but after i was not getting enough information in some of these books, i started using and it has all the information we need. if anyone is short on cash, i recommend using your med surg book. remember nclex is book based. most of the times the very things we over look in the book is what is in this monster exam.

    i have read how ppl say don't use a lot of sources. you have to do what works for you. iam just a type of a person who will get anything i hear helped someone. so don't go by me. i bought most of my books while in nursing school because i would talk to seniors anyone ahead of me what they think is the best material to pass nclex. so whenever it was a new semester, i would buy some of these books alone with the nursing books for that semester. i have tons and tons of book i will probably donate to the local library. waiting on my niece to makeup her mind if nursing is what she wants to do...

    finding someone to study with was the best decision i ever made. my study buddy and i studied everyday, this was working so good that we decided to take the exam on the same day. it worked....we both passed with 75 questions god is good. so i wanted to shout out a big thank you to [color=#a52a2a]malenurseil, i enjoyed the questions was the best part. congrats to you. i also wanted to thank my buddies clueless28, kb, and kiwi82, futurern34, me2006. the phone calls, the pm's emails and everything too many to mention....may y'all continue to have god's blessing. i also want to thank anyone who have responded to my posts, pms.....thank you thank you. really this is the best website. to all my fellow nurses to be wishing you all the very best. you all can pass this exam.

    please feel free to ask anything. i have some material tools that i don't mind sharing, if anyone need any help.. we are all here to help one another. many stories and ppl that i will probably never meet have touched my life from this site and that is my goal to help someone else.
    if i think any anything else i will continue to post.

    most of these books are found at local libraries. wishing everyone the very best, and i know that if it wasn't for god i could not done any of this, he remain my hero above all forever thankful.
    p/s i did not spell check..

  • Apr 3 '12

    I checked my results today...PVT worked..I PASSED!! I am so relieved and excited to start the next chapter..start working as a nurse!! woohoo! All those hours at my desk paid off, thank God.. On a more personal note, my dad died a yr before I graduated at age 55 from diabetes and heart related problems(HF)he always said I was his personal nurse..I miss him alot but know he'd be happy for me. Thanks to allnurses, I really loved using this website..

  • Apr 1 '12

    [QUOTE=hotnurse408;6313742]me2006 that is sooo true! i was told that before too. Fish = omega 3

    Yes, eating fish really helps with memory! Fish is rich is omega 3 which is what the brain needs. Omega-3s are plentiful in many kinds of fish, especially herring, salmon, and mackere.

    Just an FYI, eating baked or broiled fish three times every week will reducie your risk of developing degenerative brain diseases. fried fish will not help!

    Fish also decreases anger and anxiety and increases vigor while also improving various types of attention, cognitive and physiological functions — including overall mood.

    Brains low in omega-3 fatty acids tend to age more quickly and lose more memory than brains with higher omega-3 levels.

  • Mar 31 '12

    I see my name on the BON website and I got hired today @ a job fair!! This has been a great day!! Thanks everyone!! Well wishes!!

  • Mar 29 '12

    Hi, Tashy

    1. saunders is the best book for content review(if you are weak in content)
    so my opinion is read the saunders book first and make some notes.

    Then do the Practise Questions from different cds. Hurst videos are good

    Hope it helps.Dont worry&stressed out,God is always with us. Do your part &rest put on Gods hand. He will give you the success. May God Bless You.

  • Mar 28 '12

    Nclex is testing you for basic knowledge about everything you learned in school. How safe you are while treating your patient. I know it must be difficult for you to know where to start, but my suggestion is start with saunders comprehensive book. Take questions after each section and see how you score, if you get above 70% then you have good knowledge about the subject, if not then review the section. But since you had huge gap this will be the best way to review content, once content review is done you can start doing questions. Hope it helps