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I am taking the CCRN soon. Any tips? I have the core curriculum book and have done the AACN practice test that you can buy off their website.
Newborn nursery is usually the first job. You have to "learn normal" first before you can care for abnormal. Babies are completely different than adults.
The essay is about what you think the qualities of a nurse should have, what qualities of a nurse you have, and what your career goals are (that's the gist of it). The cut off GPA depends on who applies. My pre-reqs were from A&M so my GPA was lower than some of my other classmates'. My friend in the class was in the same circumstances. We both had degrees prior to applying. My overall TEAS score was 88% which was the top 99% in the country so I imagine a "B" will do the job.
Measure nose to ear, ear to xiphoid process.
Learning - It's all about rationalization and not about memorization. Getting a good night's rest really is important so you have a clear head to think! I spent maybe 15-20 min the night before reviewing over lab values and a couple of other things but other than that, I just relax and let my brain recuperate after locking myself up in my office all week. Know about delegation, prioritization, and lab values! I think doing practice questions helped the most. Good luck!
I took my NCLEX on Monday and just got my quick results. It's official, I'm an RN!!!!
We were told in the Hurst review that on the NCLEX, if there are 5 choices, then anywhere from 2-4 of them are right. It'll never be 1 on the NCLEX and if I remember right, there will always be at least one option that's wrong.
I took the NCLEX yesterday and the instructions specifically say that you get it all right or you get no credit at all.
The only thing I did to prepare for the test was take the live Hurst review, go through the book once, and take all of the q tests. I took my test this morning, it cut off at 75, and I got the good pop-up. I did, however, use Saunders all throughout nursing school. I never opened it to study for the NCLEX though.
It finished in 75 questions and I got the good pop-up with Pearson Vue
I'm not going to be 100% confident until the results are officially posted but the PVT is definitely going to help me sleep at night. That test was rough!
Thanks for the information! I guess I was just hoping to add something to my resume that made me look a little more desirable than another graduate nurse. I'm just nervous about finding a job!
Hello! I am graduating in May and currently looking for jobs. I will be doing my preceptorship in L&D and my top choices for jobs are L&D and NICU. I'm applying to other areas as well but I was wondering what certifications are beneficial in Ob/Gyn nursing? i.e. ACLS, PALS, etc. I would like to obtain at least a couple of certifications before I graduate. Thanks in advance!
Yes, we are moving to the Texas A&M Health Science building in the fall. Sorry for the delayed response!
Well you'll be studying types of drugs. We took pharm as part of our nursing curriculum. My prof liked to ask about aspects of the drug that were unique. It was always important to know if something had to be taken at night (like cholesterol meds) vs those taken in the morning. Maybe makes cards or pages of notes about each TYPE of drug and then learn the suffix. It'd be pointless to memorize every drug, that's why they have the same suffix for the most part (your book should tell you the suffix).
I made a B in pharm and if I wasn't planning a wedding and preparing for my husband's deployment, I probably could have pulled an A because I was at an 87 or so. However, my pharm prof said the only class she made a C in while in nursing school was pharm (irony). Some people do struggle with it but it doesn't mean you can't be a good nurse because on the job, you can use your PDAs or drug guides.
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