I haven't posted a lot on this website. But read many useful posts in this forum that were really beneficial. So I really thank those on this forum who shared their input on tips for success.
I saw my name on the BRN website with my license number and just got my CA RN license in the mail. Super happy! I totally thought for sure I failed after walking out of the examination room.
I must say, I really felt that the Kaplan review materials were really helpful--especially the Kaplan review online--this was a part of the curriculum in the nursing program of my school. $400 added to tuition; but I felt it was worth it. The review questions were so much similar to the NCLEX type questions I did in the exam than Saunders. Although, I felt Saunders was also really good for reviewing comprehensive topics.
Now I have two licenses to hold in my wallet. This is definitely the most exciting part in my life so far along with graduating nursing school. Nursing school definitely wasn't easy. And especially with little confidence--it was a lot more of a struggle for me to get through. Never thought I could make it this far. Never thought I could do it. But I did. And I couldn't have done it alone. I'm very grateful to have so many supporting friends and family in my life
And now... the hardest part. Finding a job. Eek. California really doesn't have a lot of openings at this point in time. Hopefully with persistence, I will find something to gain more experience.
For all those preparing to take the NCLEX, you can do it! Breathe and don't forget to take time to self-care! Whether you pass or not on the first try, don't lose hope. Just get back up and try again until you succeed
Because you will. Keep positive thoughts. Good luck everyone!