I graduated Dec./05, have not taken NCLEX-PN

  1. Hi guys, as much as I have to say, I will make this short and sweet. I graduated in Dec. of 05 from the Practical Nursing program at U of Alaska. My husband was discharged from the army, we moved from Alaska to Michigan, I was pregnant and delivered our third baby boy, and this is the hard part....he died of SIDS in September. With everything that happened last year, I just never got a chance to take my NCLEX....and to put it bluntly I am feeling like I never would pass even if I tried. This is something I have to do to benefit my family and myself. I need to do what I set out to do, and feel like I have a purpose after the loss of my precious son Logan. I have the Saunders comprehensive NCLEX review, and the Kaplan review and all of my school stuff and all that. I just don't know what the heck to focus on!!! I am so scared that that whole year of school is down the drain, because I am so overwhelmed, thinking there is no way possible I could pass. Please, any suggestions, advice, encouragement is needed. As you can see, I am trying to pull myself up by my bootstraps, and I would love some help...........
    Lots of love,
    Emilie
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Feb 23, '08 : Reason: Terms of Service
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   TashaLPN2006RN2012
    Emilie,

    I just wanted to wish you luck hon! I used the saunders and it was a great review book! I am an army wife now, and i know that must have been hard to go to school and juggle everything. just keep your chin up and maybe even sign up for a nclex review course to refresh your mind!
  4. by   TashaLPN2006RN2012
    ohh forgot to add, i signed your sons guestbook, how precious...you can tell in those pics he was and still is a well loved little angel!
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    Woman , this site made me cry like a baby... So Sorry to learn of your loss. I also signed your book....The only advise I can give you about the NCLEX is call the BON.... Good luck to you....
  6. by   Cherybaby
    Emilie, Darling girl.

    I, too, lost a son. I know that it emcompasses every single thought you have every single day. My loss was in 1995. I went to nursing school in 1998, graduated in 99. I still had two children, my daughter Sam who was 12 at the time, and my son Nick who is the twin of my deceased son, Alex. Nick was four when I graduated. An ugly ugly ugly divorce prevented me from taking the boards back in 99 or even 2000. Before I realized it, 8 years had gone by. I worked, sure...but more in a medical assistant capacity, as opposed to the LPN I wanted to be after graduating.

    I took my NCLEX last week. I passed it, honey, and you will too. I did it after 8 years out of school. You CAN do it. I will be more than happy to go over MY secrets with you. I prepared in six weeks time...six weeks...after eight long years and was more than ready to take the NCLEX. In fact, I walked out of there extremely confident that I passed. I didnt sign up for a fancy, expensive course. I used exactly THREE books to prepare myself. I read these forums...a LOT! (If you notice, I joined here in 2002 but only recently started posting...I spent a LOT of those years reading...and wishing I was a nurse just like these other people were).

    Your loss was so recent, I can understand why you feel so overwhelmed. I wasn't a nurse when my son died. I was a paralegal in the med malpractice field and spent my life benefitting from other peoples errors. I switched over to nursing after my son died...and his twin brother had spent close to four months in NICU. I prayed, so hard, to God...to let my other son survive. I told him, in the chapel of the hospital on the day my baby was due to have open heart surgery..."Please God, you took my one son. I don't know why, and I will never understand. But, if you spare my other baby...please, I will devote my life to something meaningful, to helping people. I will become a nurse. I promise."

    I went to school and, now...eight years later...I have my LPN license.

    Remember that you have two other children, you have to get back on that horse for them, just like I did. You are going to be their rolemodel...mommy got through this, so can I. They are looking to you. And your beautiful son, Logan? He's going to be the angel on your shoulder, whispering the answers to you, guiding your hand during the test, just like Alex was mine. You go in there with the "I can do this for ALL of my children...for me...for my husband and to regain a tiny bit of control in my life" attitude and you will get through it.

    Emilie, I wish I could give you the biggest hug and let you just cry, get it all out...and then help you to prepare for the biggest step of your life.

    Remember, moving forward does not mean you have forgotten the past. Not ever. Your son would have wanted you to be happy. Do it for Logan. Email me anytime you want to. I care.

    With much love and a mothers understanding,
    Cher.
  7. by   resilientnurse
    I feel very inspired by your story. That's incredible to have passed in six weeks and having 8-years out of school. You must know that is something to be proud of. Thank you for sharing your story.

    What were the three books you used to study?

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