I left a really long post here before the site crashed and unfortunately, my post went with it. But, I'll post a more condensed version of it.
So before passing my boards, I told God that WHEN
I passed (because I tried my best to think POSITIVELY), I would tell everyone what He has done and keeps doing for me in my life.
[This site has also helped give me advice and inspiration during nursing school
and before my nclexrn that I want to give back and hopefully inspire or so something for someone else seeking help.
I took 3 weeks between the time I graduated to the time I took the test to study. Stats apparently show that taking it sooner than later increases your chances of passing and I agree, however, if you are taking it later, I feel that as long as you're totally focused and continue studying you should be fine.
Let me tell you, I was a wreck! Palpitations randomly through the day, my stomach felt as though it was twisting inside out...just plain horrible. [Every single time that happens to you, I challenge you to claim that you have overcome the victory ALREADY in His name.]
I took Kaplan (opinion:great resource!) and used other resources if I didn't understand a concept. My scores were around the 46-60. Only once did I get a 70 on a qbank test. DO NOT LET THESE SCORES DISCOURAGE YOU!!!!!!
Focus on learning HOW to answer the questions. Know WHY
you're getting them wrong and HOW
you can answer that type of questions correctly the next time you get it again. Critically think!
This skill we will keep exercising throughout our careers, why not start now?
For those of you who may not feel ready...
You wont feel completely ready! (Rarely, and I mean VERY rarely do people feel really "ready" to take the NCLEX.) NCLEX is extremely random & there is no way for one nurse to know EVERY SINGLE THING about everything... Even doctors have to look things up once in a while.
Just do your best on focusing on the main diseases. For Pharm, focus on classifications and the SE's that differ from the rest, or the SE's that are life threatening to the patient. Know infection control-which disease go under ie. droplet, airborne. etc., also what to wear when going into the rooms. I had a handful of these types of questions.
NCLEX is testing your ability to be a safe nurse and technically only requires you to be at least 75% competent
(hence, 75 minimum questions). When looking at questions, even if you haven't see the disease, medication or intervention before, look at the options and think, "what is the safest?" "What will PREVENT harm to my patient?" SAFETY SAFTEY SAFETY!
I cannot stress this enough. I know this saved me tons on my test.
I truly believe that God is the one that has got me this far. He gives us the strength, the resources to overcome fears. When you are starting to feel discouraged while taking your test
, close your eyes, take a deep breath, slowly breathe out and PRAY
God has gotten you this far and He will never leave you nor forsake you. He has plans for your life and all you need to do it believe it that. Claim His promises.
"I AM ALREADY AN RN, IN CHRIST'S NAME!" "I WILL PASS MY BOARDS."
: JUST STAY POSITIVE!!!!
If you need more inspiration, read the many posts here on allnurses.com.
--> Must reads!
-Super Helpful from SenseiRN:
December, 2011 I passed my boards and 1 1/2 months after I got hired into a new graduate program, blessed with a wonderful manager and great staff. I really hope this has inspired someone.
If you end up failing
, which happens..so don't feel so bad. [Hey, at least you wont have to do nursing school ALL over before you take the test again.
] Take a breather, treat yourself to some ice cream and start studying again, thinking nothing but POSITIVES. ***REMEMBER: Sometimes God gives delays to show the magnitude of the miracle. ***
Don't question Him, He knows what He is doing for your life and only has the absolute BEST in mind.
Thank you so much for reading the whole thing...
Also, if you were wondering. PVT works!!!
Thank you to the awesome people who have inspired and helped me when I needed it.. If I could name every one of you individually I would, unfortunate I went on so many threads I can't recall all. So I would like like to say a general "THANK YOU SO MUCH & God bless!
(This is what I call condensed?...haha! Imagine how long my other post was!