I am new to posting on this forum but not new in reading it. This site has given me courage and hope especially the days before my nclex-rn exam. I felt that I'd give someone out there some words of encouragement.
My graduation date is a little bit funky. I was finished with school Aug. 16th but technically graduated Oct. 14 this year. My school had us pay for Kaplan (sneaking it into tuition) but I don't regret that. My kaplan course was supposed to be the week of Aug. 16th but was pushed back to Sept.9 -13th. So I truly had no motivation to study because in my mind I had to wait to take my exit exam through Kaplan, which was Sept. 13. On top of that, I worked. My husband and I struggled financially and with blessings here and there and working our butts off at our jobs, we were able to save up so that I may register for my exam.
I studied off and on from Sept 14th and finally got serious about 2 and half weeks ago when I realized that time is ticking and I held the key to my success. In those weeks I did Kaplan every single day and when I say a drag, I was dragging my tail to study. I became so tired of the same ol' routine everyday but I knew that I had to do it. I studied about 8-10 hours a day with no day off until the day before my exam. I did Kaplan's program with the question trainers and the qbanks. Don't burn yourself out. If I could change things I would have taken another day off during the week. I felt like my studying became counter productive and then I was back tracking. This increased my anxiety level before the exam.
Exam day, I was nervous that I was sweaty on my body. I was extremely tired since I could not sleep that night. I knew that I had to calm down and wake up so before I went in to the testing room, I went to the bathroom to compose myself and make sure that my IBS wasn't going to get in the way
. I sat down and midway through my exam I had to use the bathroom again OMG. So long story short, I had 75 questions about 2.5 hours and results on HOLD!! I took the exam Nov. 2 at 3pm and last night I recieved the good pop up while on the toilet because my IBS started acting up when I saw that I was able to review my unofficial results
The point is just have faith in your abilities. Sometimes we doubt ourselves and if we go in thinking that we will FAIL then we will FAIL. Positive self talk is such a powerful tool. If you put in the work then you deserve nothing but the best. I struggle with esteem issues but because I constantly tell myself I will make it, I proclaimed it and it happened.
To those who were successful, congrats and this is only the beginning.
For those who were unsuccessful, this is not the end for you. If you desire to help people and feel that it is a calling for you, then don't quit. It is hard to start back up after all of the hard work you have done and I can not relate to your pain but I can be a person who can give you inspiration and uplift your spirits when you need it. I love people and my goal is to help so I figured that I'd give some encouragement to you all.
May your journey be blessed.