I survived the NCLEX-RN
The thought of taking the test is enough to send someone's anxiety levels to the top. It is indeed very hard, but with hardwork, prayers and determination, YOU can survive the NCLEX.Hello, fellow nurses. Like everyone else, I also had that dream to become a nurse someday. It wasn't an easy road for me. I took it a couple of times and wasn't fortunate. I knew deep inside of me that I want this, but I had poor study habits. I realized that if you want something so bad, you have to do things you have never done before.
For nine months, NCLEX became my life. I wake up everyday thinking: Will I ever pass this test? There were times that I told myself that I don't have the intelligence to pass this exam. I had that period where I almost gave up on myself. Thank God for my family and friends, they told me that I CAN and that I WILL.
For my first two attempts, I did self review. Had a bunch of books, read them left and right, stuff them in my brain until I overload myself with infos that I just memorized, but did NOT understand. After I failed for the second time, I told myself that something is not working right, that I need some help. I swallowed my pride and asked for help, for someone to finance my review.
That was probably the smartest decision that I have made. I enrolled in the online Hurst review. I am not connected to them or anything, but that review center gave me my confidence back, and they helped me to build that confidence, the killer instinct and the optimism to pass.
I studied for 2 1/2 months, watching the videos, taking down notes. I studied for 3 hours in the afternoon and 4 hours at night. I put away all of my previous resources. I sticked with Hurst and La Charity. I believe that it's not about how many sources you have. It's about the quality of your study plan. If you can say it, you can lecture it, YOU KNOW IT.
I also met an angel in allnurses. We helped each other out. Ate, thank you.
Took my exam last Monday. It was very hard and different than my previous takes. Halfway through I started crying because I am certain that I am failing because the questions are too damn hard. I had 12 SATA, infection control, teachings, 2 drag and drop, 1 exhibit, 3 dosage and calc and TONS and TONS of prioritization. Computer shut off at 75, left the testing center shocked and crying, called my family to apologize and told them that I failed them again. Went home, did the PVT and to my horror, I got my dream good pop up. I broke down and start thanking God. I am prepared whether pass or fail but seeing the good pop up is the best thing ever.
Today I paid for the quickresults and I passed. I made it. The victory is sweeter because I had to go through all the pain, failure, embarrassment and frustration. God knows the perfect time for everything. In His own sweet time.
To those who will take it the first time, you guys can do it. For those who took it and failed, DO NOT GIVE UP. I can't stress that enough. Continue to pray, have that child like faith and confidence in Him. I prayed to St.Jude, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, did the novena of child like confidence and St. Joseph of Cupertino (do this everyday).
If I can be of any help, just send me a message. Everytime I pray, I tell Him that if I make it, I will help my fellow future nurses. And here I am, fulfilling that promise to Him. I'll be happy to send some words of encouragement and study tips.
Thank you for this wonderful site. I made it, I am a USRN. God is good. God bless everyone!Last edit by Joe V on Jun 13, '122Jun 13, '12 by leahbeeCONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! You did it!!
Your story is inspiring. I will take the NCLEX for the first time, but donīt have a date yet. I am a foreign nurse and I keep telling myself that I can do it - but in the same moment I think it will be too hard for me. I donīt even know where to start studying. I have Saunders, Kaplan and NCLEX-RN Incredibly Easy and a bunch of other stuff online what I found, as well as the study guide from this website. I think itīs so hard for me because each time I start studying something, I see something else I donīt know which I have to look up then and so on. So eventually I am studying something completely different than what I started with. So that's why I donīt have perseverance sometimes... Oh well. I will try anyway. Itīs just not easy and money is running low too.
Enjoy your new title and celebrate!Last edit by Joe V on Jun 13, '12 : Reason: removed long quote0Jun 13, '12 by GitanoRN GuideQuote from elmojklmnoi feel like i know you, since several of my colleagues went through the same ordeal during their first attempt sitting for the nclexrn. on the other hand, when i came to the states after passing the boards in my native country of madrid, spain, and already considered a seasoned nurse i was told by the us bon that i had to take the boards again . needless to say, i took it as a challenge and like yourself i registered with a review course which helped me to find my barrings on those subjects where i was weak. admittedly, i said to myself almost out loud once i sat down to take the test "here goes nothing". granted, when i got the news i was totally astounded i passed at the first try, i felt like i could have shouted from the top of my lungs "i passed!!!" therefore, for all of you that are about to take the exam i will like to wish you the very best of luck as i send you good vibes from across the miles, you can do this!.....aloha~hello, fellow nurses. like everyone else, i also had that dream to become a nurse someday. it wasn't an easy road for me. i took it a couple of times and wasn't fortunate. i knew deep inside of me that i want this, but i had poor study habits. i realized that if you want something so bad, you have to do things you have never done before.1Jun 13, '12 by shar peiCONGRATS RN!!!!
Thank you for this post. My story is quite similar to yours, and you give me much needed hope. I too am taking Hurst right now. I was wondering what you did to study meds? I am loving Hurst but there is a lack of med info.