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  • Sep 24 '12

    "First day huh? Welcome to the nursing profession"

  • Sep 24 '12

    "I told you pediatrics was not the place for you."

  • Sep 6 '12

    I failed the test the first time. I believed it was the end of the world. I had just graduated and the weight of the world seemed to be on my shoulders. Instead of being realistic about needing a mental break, I took the test. After viewing my results, I could not believe what I saw.

    Studying became my priority and I was determined to stick to my 3 week study plan. I completed the Saunders assessment and used the 6 week study schedule. Each day I completed two days of the study plan. As I reviewed, I tried my best to stay encouraged and believe that what I was reading would make a difference.

    Unfortunately, once I completed the study schedule, as the test date vastly approached, I realized I scored worse on the final comprehensive assessment than the initial assessment. However, I didn't allow that to discourage me. The day before the test, I relaxed with my family and tried not to think about the exam. The next morning I arrived at the testing sight with deep breathing exercises in mind, I could not allow my nerves to get the best of me once again. And I PASSED! Within 78 questions, I became a registered nurse.

    I wrote this message to encourage anyone who feels that passing is not possible. Determination, discipline and a positive attitude goes a long way. I scheduled my test immediately after receiving my ATT. It seemed to soon but I did not want to put it off any longer. I took my exam six weeks after I graduated and failed. Although once I received my ATT, I studied for 3 weeks and PASSED!

    In the preparation the second time, relax and simply review. Saunders NCLEX book and CD was all I used the second time around. The first time I used the Kaplan review course (which didn't seem to help) and their test bank.

    If I can be of any assistance to anyone or if you just need a word of encouragement, feel free to write back or message me!

    I am praising GOD daily for I am a living testimony of HIS amazing works!

  • Sep 5 '12

    I did a google search for NCLEX question of the week and came up with this (there were a bunch of them, but I checked these out),00.html

    Geesh! Wish I had known about these sites right before I took my NCLEX this past Wednesday!

  • Sep 5 '12

    hi! I understand how you feel. but hey it's not the end of the world if you did not passed. come on do the pvt so we can start congratulating you.

  • Sep 4 '12

    Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your encouragement. This time around I used Kaplan again qtrainers and qbanks. At first when I took nclex I really didn't pay attention reading all the rationales and really understanding the questions. However, when I used pdA by la charity it really helped me with alot of PDA questions on Kaplan and I also encorporated hurst videos to refresh my memories. I take Saunders questions and answers for my comprehensive (didn't really read the book, just the qbanks I use). I also doing lippincotte app for my iPad. If I don't know anything about the topic of the question, I google it and read through the topi,. Then read the rationales. After doing a lot of questions and studying all the rationales I've learned a lot of content as I go through. I also used kaplan strategies and saunders strategies (elimination process if they are common or similar to each questions) if i cant use kaplan strategies to the questions. Thus i think helped me a lot. I really hope and pray they on sept 8 I will be an RN. I will keep you posted everyone. God bless and thak you. I can't wait to pass and be able to help other people like me who is studying for nclex to conquer the monster.

  • Sep 2 '12

    To be perfectly blunt, interviews can be rather nerve-wracking because a lot is at stake. After all, you really want to be considered for this available position, and you only have one chance to make a good first impression on the interviewer. Another aspect that adds to the stressful nature of the interview process is the fact that you are most likely competing with many other applicants for that prized job opening.

    Based on my personal experiences, the vast majority of the most common nursing interview questions have remained constant and unchanged over the handful of years that I have been in this profession. Without further ado, here are some of the most common interview questions.

    Tell me about yourself.

    Although the interviewer is not wanting to listen to your life story, he/she does want you to describe your personality, educational attainment, career goals, and professional experiences.

    Tell me what you know about our company.

    You should conduct some research and be at least somewhat knowledgeable about the entity that might very well become your future workplace. You will look good to the interviewer if it appears that you have been doing your 'homework' on the company.

    So, tell us what you know about _____ nursing.

    Insert any nursing specialty into the blank space provided. You will stand out to the interviewer as a candidate who truly has passion about the specialty if you know more about it than the average person. If your dream is to work as a nurse in a well-baby nursery, you'd better be knowledgeable about the area in which you envision yourself working.

    Tell us what your current/former boss would say about you.

    The interviewer is basically looking for clues that will shed light on your work ethic and interpersonal skills. Direct quotes work well. "Jill always said I was dependable" is a direct quote that says a lot.

    Tell me why you want to work here.

    Your reasons for wanting to work at this place of employment should be positive. Also, make a connection between your career goals and how they can be achieved at this company.

    Describe to us how you perform under pressure.

    The settings in which nurses work can quickly turn into pressure-cooker environments. To be blunt, the interviewer does not want to hire anyone who is so emotionally fragile that they'll shatter like plate glass when faced with the day-to-day pressures of the job.

    Discuss your biggest strengths and weaknesses.

    The interviewer wants to hear about strengths that would be assets in the workplace. Since we all have weaknesses, the person conducting the interview will know you're a boldfaced liar if you deny having any.

    Are you a team player?

    Healthcare facilities prefer to hire people who work well with others, have good social skills, get along well with patients and visitors, and can pull together as a team for the sake of patient care.

    Discuss your salary requirements.

    This question is sneaky. Some companies have strict pay grids and other facilities are unionized, so salary typically cannot be negotiated at these places. However, smaller workplaces may offer some wiggle room for negotiating the salary. The important thing is to not price oneself out of the market.

    What motivates you to be a nurse?

    Companies prefer to hire healthcare workers who are motivated by intangible ideals, not concrete realities such as money. Even if cash is your ultimate motivation, do not elaborate on your need for money.

    Recall a difficult situation and describe how you handled it.

    If you have healthcare experience, they want to know how you have dealt with angry doctors, emotionally upset families, or difficult patients. If you lack healthcare experience, you can discuss a difficult situation that occurred in school or a previous workplace.

    Tell us why we should hire you.

    This is the last time to truly sell yourself to the interviewer. Emphasize your positive attributes, reaffirm that you are a team player, and tell them why you are the best candidate for the position that they need to fill.

    Do you have any questions for us?

    Ask the interviewer a question or two, whether it pertains to nurse/patient ratios, length of orientation, or educational opportunities. You might appear uninterested if you have no questions.

    By the way, please read Part 2 and Part 3 of this series for more interview questions and how to answer them!

    Nursing Interview Questions (Part 2)
    10 Toughest Nursing Interview Questions (Part 3)

    Looking for a job? Visit allnurses Jobs

    PDF print version of this article is available after the following videos.

    Want a laugh? Check these "nursing interview" toons...
    Nursing Job Interview Stories
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    Nursing Job Interview Mistakes & Questions

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  • Aug 24 '12

    I failed the first time also. My recommendation to you is NOT to change the test date. Since you have already taken the test once-use that to your advantage-you are familiar with the testing site and what to expect-that should calm your nerves a bit. You seem right on track with studying. Don't lose focus now. I kept wanting to push my 2nd test back also-but in the end you either know your content or you don't. Not knowing your content will not help you. Do you have the LaCharity book on PDA? This should help you with the critical thinking questions-Make sure you read your rationales-even for the ones you got right. Keep your chin up. I am sure you have this... Good luck

  • Aug 24 '12

    I also did not pass the NCLEX the first time (7/3/12), I had 250 questions in 4 hrs and failed. I rescheduled for 8/20/12, I studied from LaCharity, Kaplan trainers 1-5,7 skipped 6. I usually got between 58-70- I also did Qbank from kaplan and Exam cram book- I went to the library 5-6 times a week for 2 hrs a day, that way I got uninterrupted study time. Being disciplined and having structure paid off, I retook the exam this paST monday and I only had 80 questions and PASSED!!!!!

  • Aug 24 '12

    I just passed in August-but I knew what to expect since I failed the first time. I felt more prepared. I put little faith in any predictor test-or question bank-just because I had done them so many times I had memorized the need to know why things happen...and how to fix it...stay on course with studying and you will be fine

  • Aug 24 '12

    What I did not mention in my previous post, and probably the most important part was that the day before the test I went on FB and asked my friends to pray for me and my husband and his friend were also praying while I was taking my test. I needed both prayer and action (studying). Faith without works, doesn't work!

  • Aug 24 '12

    Heyy im sure u will pass this time....i only took nclex once and passed but my kaplan scores are only in their 50's! I think prayers helped aloooooot. Wihout it, i think i wouldnt have passed at all. Coz my scores are that bad. Seeing how ur in ur 60's man thats awesome!!! Be confident and dont worry too much, and in everything keep on praying! Goodluck!

  • Jul 25 '12

    It is best to take a break so your brain can relax after you feel ready to take on again. Start with content and know it. Test taking strategy will fall into place when you are comfortable with content.

  • Jul 25 '12

    your plan sounds pretty good to me. I am so happy that you are dedicated, and ready to start studying again. saunders was a really good book for review, so it will help you with the content. If you start noticing that you are getting certain "topics" wrong, go back and review everything in that content. for example for me, my weak content was health maintenance...and under that category "growth and development" and all the labor and delivery content. so I took that content from kaplan and saunders and studied them simultaneously for 3 days...until I was sure I was confident in that section. It's impossible to know everything, but after practicing a lot of questions you start getting the idea what the main points are. remember do at least 3000-4000 questions before your next test date. The more questions you practice and the more rationales you review, the better it sticks.

    I found this video to be very helpful, this guy was really motivated and held on to his faith and after failing the first it when you are able to take a break! take care.


  • Jun 26 '12

    Hello to everyone here on this site. I need some advice or feedback if anyone has the time to look at my cover letter that I just wrote. I feel like it is ok but don't know if it is what a nurse manager or HR is looking for, any thoughts??? Thanx for taking the time.

    Dear XXX:

    I am writing you today because of my sincere interest in becoming a nurse on your Medical-Surgical floor at XXX hospital. After researching many different hospitals in southern Florida your hospital caught my eye because of "XXX".

    I understand what it takes to be a successful nurse on a medical surgical floor and that is being able to prioritize, working with a multitude of patients, and being able to handle stressful situations with a clear mind. I know the importance of following protocol and working well with a team and within the chain of command. I have a sincere compassion for the wellbeing of my patients and a strong desire to not only learn but to eventually serve as a mentor and give back to others. What sets me apart from others is my strong work ethic, ambition, and drive for excellence which is why I believe I would make a valuable addition to your team.

    I want to thank you for taking the time to consider me as a candidate at XXX and I look forward to following up with you next week.

    Respectfully yours,