Oh, my, my last thread outlines my journey to this moment and it has indeed been a long one. After studying my butt off for 3 weeks, 6 days a week, 9 hours a day, 200+ question p/day....it took everything in my power to NOT study yesterday. But with my amazing family, they made it easy and pulled me all over town to get my mind off things. Last night was hell. I took sleepytime tea, got a massage (couretesy of the love) to try and calm me down...and though I felt a sense of peace....I was wide awake, and just ready to go. No better way to put it. I wasn't stressed, I was just ready to go. Which says alot because up until yesterday I was stressed....
This morning, my test was at 8am. I prayed so hard, talked to myself in the shower to give myself confidence and went to the testing center with more butterflies than the rainforest. I sat down in front of my cubicle and just tried to center myself through the tutorial. I thought I would dump all my info onto the white board....but when the test started all I wrote was:
It's just another test.
It's between you and God. You got this.
And so, I began. The test was no where near as bad as I had anticiapted it to be...not sure WHAT I expected. But...the truth is, though it was not easy by any means, if you finished nursing school and had even looked at an NCLEX style question, you would know what to expect....now, KNOWING how to answer? That comes with Thousands of questions under your belt...and I don't downplay THAT part....AT ALL.
My second question was a SATA. I had about 10 SATA, 5 Put in order, 1 exhibit and the rest rest were prioritization (who would you see first, what would you do first), a couple pharm, some pt teaching (SATA), 2-4 OB/PEDS, 2-3 infection control (proper PPE, cohorting) and ONLY 2-3 Knowledge based questions (which symptoms go to this disease). No math. When I found myself tweaking out because of the whole situation, the difficulty of the question...I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and wrote on my board.
YOU DESERVE THIS. DO THIS FOR YOUR FAMILY.
When I saw my question number at 60, my heart started to pound.....62...65....70...72....By the time I got to 74 I had to truly try to read the question in its entirety because f how anxious I was to be at 75... but I managed, pulled through and even got a SATA right before I hit the dreaded 75. I answered 75 and about jumped out of my seat when the screen turned blue...I couldn't get through the questionnaire at the end FAST enough!!!
I felt confident, and that scared me....should i BE this confident? But I was, i saw people walking out almost in tears....shrugging off my goodlucks....but in the end, for me, I knew i had done all I could. I honestly don't know how I could've prepared better.... and thats my advice, work hard...bc when does work hard NOT pay off?
I had no life for 3 weeks. My family misses me, I miss my family, Im tired of being a student and ready to be an RN.
So, I got home....did the PVT trick and got the good pop up---- I hope this is true....bc than my confidence was warranted!!
My advice whether I passed or not is this. Study your a$$ off, whats 3 weeks compared to the rest of your life, be confident <<< SOOO Important to get you through even READING a question, its JUST A TEST! I would almost guarentee that you've seen harder in Nursing school, don't study the day before the exam....I thought this was ridiculous....but it's not....even athletes don't train right before a huge meet,race,competition.
Alot of people I have read will say Study this....study that....focus this and focus on that.... all I can say is answer as MANY question as possible. Because the more you see the more you know....
Good luck everyone, I hope this helped you the way you all have helped me....
Heres to hoping the good PVT is true!!