Quote from luilui_604
merry christmas everyone! :hatparty:
just out of curiousity, what kind of grades did you recieve in nursing school?
the reason why i'm asking is because i was mostly an A & B student, but how would that reflect my success of passing the NCLEX on my first try (with studying, of course)? i wrote and passed my Canadian RN exam, but it is a joke compared to the NCLEX because it was mostly psychosocial questions and there is much less emphasis on patho, drugs, and etc.....you actually HAVE to study for the NCLEX :uhoh21:!!
thanks very much!!!
I was pretty much a mediocre nursing (LPN) student.
I'm a whiz at math, and got through all of the 9 pharmacology exams (3 a semester) without studying. The pharmacology grades are the only reason I passed nursing school, as I failed two of the "critical thinking"-based nursing exams my last semester, and barely scraped by with a "C" the last semester. It was touch and go until the teacher graded the final exam in class. I was literally one failed question away from flunking nursing school.
I was appalled at myself because until the last semester of nursing school, I had never failed a test in my life. The nursing version of "critical thinking" really confuses me and made me feel inept and stupid all through nursing school. I had to study a lot, which was a humbling experience because I rarely studied when pursuing my previous degree, and graduated in the top 5% of my class.
I thought that nursing school would be a breeze because I was such a whiz kid at accounting and finance. Boy, was I in for a surprise.
I also have severe test anxiety, so I put off taking the NCLEX FOR A YEAR
! I worked at a bank, periodically studied my school notes and a Delmar NCLEX book, took the practice tests on the Delmar CD (of which I only had a 55% passing rate!), and worried about the NCLEX. I was embarrassed when I ran into former classmates, because within 6 months, all 60 of my classmates had apparently taken the NCLEX and passed.
I had heard on this forum that if the computer shuts off at 85 questions, you have either done really well or really poorly, and if the last question was wrong, you have most likely failed.
I agonized over each question, and felt very discouraged. I felt I was getting most of them wrong. I know I missed number 85, because it pertained to fetal heartbeat, and I looked it up when I got home. The computer shut off at 85, and I was devastated.
One of the forum members told me that if you pass, you will show up in the North Carolina Board's website as a nurse between 48 hours and 7 days. Also, If you pass you get a small letter size envelope basically saying "congrats" and if you fail, you get an 11" X 7" envelope chock full of information pertaining to your weak areas, how to prepare for a re-test, etc.
I entered my ss# on the BON's website for 7 straight days. I came back as "unrecognized", which was no surprise, so I stopped torturing myself and stopped. Two weeks later I got a stuffed 11" X 7" envelope which I refused to open.
later I got a small envelope in the mail with a card proclaiming me to be an LPN. I opened the large envelope and discovered that I had passed the NCLEX.
My family and friends still make fun of me. They think I should have stuck with banking, or become an accountant. Accounting is
much easier than nursing.