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    Hi there

    So I'm digging straight into the whole "new year new me" quote. I've been an ICU nurse for near 3 years and was just offered a job in a cath lab today. Additionally, I start online prerequisites next week for my BSN (lifespan psych and stats). I'm getting a bit nervous with all this "newness" in my life.

    I say this because the new job and duties shouldn't be a problem but it's that, you never know when your shift will end in the cath lab. Will I have problems with assignment deadlines? Has anyone here taken online classes with your cath lab job? It should be a little flexible with online courses but my schedule will be M-F 7-430 with your on calls added into the mix.

    This is is a great opportunity with a pay raise and getting my foot in the door with the medical device clinical specialist role I'm hunting for. But I'm a bit nervous stacking the new job and classes all in one.

    Thanks for your help and advice!


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    Thanks for the responses. I'm currently looking into some RN to BSN schools. Some schools out there are requiring a lot of fluff classes (Lit, history, etc). Trying to find something that won't require a ton of those classes

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    Hi all,

    I am an ICU nurse (ADN) of just over two years experience. Prior to getting my RN, I was a care partner (nurse tech) at Vanderbilt for four years. I worked full time to achieve my goal as an RN.

    Now, feeling a little burned out at the bedside, I'm looking into ADN to MSN (FNP) or just to get my BSN. I requested my transcripts today from my associate degree program. To my surprise (forgetting...really) my cumulative GPA was a 2.47. Having already shed some tears of disappointment...I'm completely down on myself. I feel I'm in over my head. How the hell can I be an FNP...what a joke am I.

    Clearing my head a little...I've come to terms that retaking some classes could help boost or even taking the BSN route will help (scoring all As of course). If I want it bad enough, I'll do what is necessary right? I guess I'm looking for advice and pep talks. Surely an FNP out there has been in my shoes before...I hope.


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    rnchick2013 likes this.

    Congrats again!!! Told ya you could do it!! Winna winna, chicken dinna!

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    Thank you everyone. I'm overly excited to begin my nursing career!

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    Quote from rb18
    Did you get meds? Was your 2nd attempt harder than your first? Did you get some of the same answers? Did you encounter more diseases/other info you didn't know?
    I did get meds. Some I had no clue about...I just went with clues that were in the steam and based my answer off of that. I felt the second time was much easier for me. Because I have been to the testing center before, I know how it all works with the palm scan, etc. Between both exams, I don't remember getting the same question. I feel like most of the diseases that I got came from Hurst and Kaplan.

    My advice when going in the testing center is don't expect it to end at 75. Like I said, I had no idea I was at question 74 when I took my initial break. Focus as much as you can and keep your eyes on the price. Just do your best and make educated guesses if you don't know the answer. Because you don't the med, doesn't mean you have to spazz out and panic. Carefully read the steam, look for the reason the patient is receiving this medication. If the steam isn't helpful...look for likeness in the answers and eliminate the silly answers. Good luck! I know you will do well! Have confidence and do something to reduce stress throughout your study days.

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    Other than Hurst for material and of course the 6 exams Hurst provides...I only used Kaplan and LaCharity. I haven't touched any of my texts since school. But I did bring out some cardiac rhythm slides to refresh.

    The first go around I had a good three or so EKG strips and zero my second time around.

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    Quote from rb18
    Congratulations! How long did you study for the second attempt? Did you do Hurst Remedial course or did you even use Hurst again?
    I pretty much started studying from the week after Feb 7th until the 25th of March. I told Hurst I wanted the remediation, but they were all about material. I couldn't even redo their practice I only looked at Hurst just to clarify rationales and relearn some sign and symptoms. The 80+ page document they sent...I maybe did the first three pages but that's it. Material wasn't my weakness...controlling anxiety and learning to break down questions was my biggest problem.

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    xlilchatonx, npham82, memern14, and 3 others like this.

    I just wanted to tell my story and to give hope to others! I graduated in December '14 and I was a B/C student throughout nursing school. So if I can pass these boards, you can too!

    First attempt (2/7/15), I focused a lot on Hurst and knowing content. I did a few Kaplan Qbank questions but not a lot. I did the 6 practice exams Hurst offered and scored within their 84 range. The range they state most people pass NCLEX on the first try. Well except for the 6th exam, where I received a 64 due to burn out. I had a job lined up in an ICU, very ecstatic for the opportunity but had to release the job back out because I failed. Entering the exam, my anxiety was sky high. I hit 75, and it just kept going anxiety and the questions! I went all the way to 265, shaking my head in disbelief throughout the entire 5 1/2 hours I was there. I took maybe two breaks, not recommended! I had a lot on me to pass, getting out of my tech job, starting a new career, friends/family. I went home, drained emotionally and physically. I did the PVT like all my other classmates and out went $200. In the end, I failed. All my friends were moving on and I was stuck as a tech with an RN degree.

    I took a week off to vent, sleep and work. Paid for another ATT, and scheduled the next exam for 3/25/15. Asking all my friends what they did to prepare, they stuck with Hurst and Kaplan too. I was baffled! That's exactly what I did the first time! So I read several posts on here saying that Kaplan and LaCharity are well respected materials to use. Only if I would have done that the first go around. It wasn't the material that was getting me, it was the way I approached the question. I felt like knowing how to answer the questions was my problem. After doing all the chapters from LaCharity (scores ranging from 45-86%) and ALL trainers and Qbanks from kaplan (qbank avg 60%) seemed to lower some of the anxiety a bit, well that and a prescription for propranolol haha. Going into this exam, I seemed more cool and calm. Reading each question carefully and determining why each answer choice was right or wrong. Two hours passed by quickly, and without keeping track with the number of questions I have done, the computer screen turned blue asking if I wanted a break. I clicked yes and ate a blueberry muffin I made the previous day and did the whole pep talk in the bathroom. When I sat back down to continue, I saw I was on question 75. Pretty easy multiple choice question...answered it and the screen went blue again but this time with the NCLEX survey. Went straight to the bar and spent yesterday recovering haha. Woke up this morning and checked the licensure website and there was that glorious license number beside my name!

    So my words of questions until you can't go anymore and read the rationales! Kaplan is difficult but so is NCLEX. Kaplan trains you on how to answer questions and I feel it was the most helpful in my studies. LaCharity played a big part as well because I had quite a few priority questions.

    Good luck to the first timers and even the many-timers. Don't lose hope. I've been there, and it was a tough pill to swallow. If you get bucked off the horse, take time to heal and hop back on. Getting through nursing school isn't an easy stroll in the've gotten through it and now you have one more task! You got this!!!

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    Congrats on passing! I retake mine on Wednesday. First time around, I felt like the anxiety got the best of me. I was pissed off throughout majority of the 256 questions I received, shaking my head in disbelief because I didn't know a single question that was being asked. Questions like bioterrorism, SATA about the RN forming discussions, dosage containing micro units! Nothing could prepare me with the exam I received the first time. I did mostly Hurst on the first attempt, and now I've only been looking at Kaplan and LaCharity. Hopefully my planning will get me over the slump. Thanks for sharing your story and congrats again!

    And to add...I'm definitely going to be taking more breaks this time around. I had maybe two breaks (5 mins or less each) in the 5 1/2 hours I was at the testing center.

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    Congrats! I take my 2nd attempt on Wednesday. My first time around I used Hurst and very little of Kaplan and ended at 265. I focused on a lot of material and whatever questions Hurst gives you. I'm really anxious about retaking!! Though no one is ever "ready" to take NCLEX. Congrats, again!

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    lindah10 and NJnursehopeful like this.

    Congrats! I retake the second time on the 25th. I went through all 265 with every category "near the passing standard". So it's kind hard to know what to focus on, apparently everything haha.

    I have access to Kaplan, Hurst, LaCharity and Saunders. I focused more on Hurst the first ago around and now more on LaCharity and Kaplan. I get more and more anxious everyday. Congrats again!!

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    NjRN_1004 likes this.

    Congrats on passing! I'll have to check the instructions again when I retake. Thanks for all the info.

    Do do you feel that doing tons and tons of questions prepared you more than material? When I took mine the first time, I seemed to put a lot of time knowing the material from the Hurst review and doing their questions. I didn't incorporate LaCharity at all, only a few kaplan questions here and there.

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    I would like to try the board routine when I retake...but I've heard stories on how we're not supposed to do that. Hmm...

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    Thanks for all the replies everyone! I feel like I'm going a bit slow on questions. I did a good 40 Qs on Kaplan and another 50 with LaCharity. Guess it just takes me forever to read each rationale (even if I get the question correct).

    Does it sound like I should be picking up the pace? The 25th is just around the corner haha.