Confessions of a 30-Something RN Grad - page 8

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  1. by   emmanewgrad
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    I could have written this article, althought not as well as you did!! I was a forty something RN grad taking the NCLEX last summer, and I came out convinced that my exam stopped at 75 cause it only took them that long to figure out how stupid I was!!! I paid the extra $$ to look up my results on line, and they somehow got lost. 8 days and millions of calls later, I found out that I had passed!! Now I sit waiting to take my FNP certification next week, and those old scary NCLEX feelings keep coming back!!

    Thanks for expressing how everyone I know felt after taking the exam!
    I'm assuming this FNP is forensic nursing? If I'm correct, could you tell me what you did to earn this? I am very interested and plan on taking courses online. Did you do this online or in class? what school did you attend...I'll look up the specifics.


    Too many questions! I just can't wait I take NCLEX this Sunday July the 5th. I wanted to give myself a special birthday since I have worked so hard in earning my degree! It'll be my 35th birthday!!!!!!!!!!! I hope to pass the NCLEX and ready for hands on training! Anxiety comes and goes...moody at times...since yesterday. I ask all of you to pray for me and anyone else doing this...please.
  2. by   BCgradnurse
    No, it means Family Nurse Practitioner. However.....the school I went to (Boston College) has a forensic nurse practitioner program, also. You should check out their website for details.....www.bc.edu
  3. by   emmanewgrad
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    No, it means Family Nurse Practitioner. However.....the school I went to (Boston College) has a forensic nurse practitioner program, also. You should check out their website for details.....www.bc.edu
    Thankyou ! Good luck next week! Will you make it!
  4. by   torque15
    What can I say except thank you to everyone who shared their stories - glories and horrors and all

    @gipsonbee, Amen! This inspires me.
    "My Father is a King. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me."

    This anxiety-ridden monster, this "sort-of" hellish experience - also our claim to our calling.
  5. by   MachoNurse
    I took the NCLEX this afternoon, it shut off at 75 questions, perhaps 10 of which I was sure of, and said "Thanks for playing!" Since I don't drink, I went to the bookstore and bought the biggest chocolate chip cookie I could find and sat and read comic books for two hours. Someone in our program figured out an unofficial way to determine if you pass within an hour of taking the test. Basically, you log onto the Pearson Vue website and try to re-register for the test. If it says "there is another test scheduled" or something like thaty, you've passed. According to this hacker method, I passed.

    I am no longer tachy, but will not be completely relaxed until my name appears on the BRN website. Regardless, I'm calling myself nurse Rob!
  6. by   emmanewgrad
    Quote from MachoNurse2b
    I took the NCLEX this afternoon, it shut off at 75 questions, perhaps 10 of which I was sure of, and said "Thanks for playing!" Since I don't drink, I went to the bookstore and bought the biggest chocolate chip cookie I could find and sat and read comic books for two hours. Someone in our program figured out an unofficial way to determine if you pass within an hour of taking the test. Basically, you log onto the Pearson Vue website and try to re-register for the test. If it says "there is another test scheduled" or something like thaty, you've passed. According to this hacker method, I passed.

    I am no longer tachy, but will not be completely relaxed until my name appears on the BRN website. Regardless, I'm calling myself nurse Rob!
    You are right, it's all over allnurses.com! i tried it too man! mine shut down at 75 questions, plus a survey towards the end. I panicked, had migraine that made me feel a near death experience, was scary. Anyhow, the trick is what gives me a peace of mind until it's official~so far pearson trick did not let me reschedule for "the test"...I hope I did pass!
  7. by   tlwkaw
    Good luck!!! sounds like you passed so congraulations!!!!
  8. by   RN_waitlister
    This post and all these comments pump me up so much! I am on a 2-year waitlist for a 4-year RN program and I just want to get started now!!! I'm so looking forward to a challenge and a change! I'll be 30 when I start the program. :spin:
    I'm done all the pre-reqs and electives from past College time, so for now, I just have to wait (). Hearing about this crazy test motivates me to start studying now though. for the next 2 years while I wait, I'm going to start reviewing anatomy and physiology. Any other recommendations to start studying and preparing for the program? Books?

    Thanks and goodluck to everyone doing the test!! How exciting it must be once you find out you passed!
  9. by   ilovenursing09
    Cogratulations to you :bowingpur! You portrayed this story exactly how I felt the first time I took my Nclex, only I failed. I feel very confident in the knowledge, I'm just such a poor test taker but I refuse to let this exam defeat me. However, on your exam when you kept seeing the same question topic did you choose the same answer or did you change?
  10. by   shoegalRN
    Oh, I can sooo relate to this story! I am a 35 year old single mother who just took NCLEX on July 8, 2009. I went to nursing school after spending 14 years in Corporate America. I spent one month studying EVERYDAY for 2-3 hours a day for NCLEX. I took it in 2 hours, got 75 questions and was a nervous wreck on the way home. I had prayed about it, went to church the morning of the test, had the pastor lay hands on me, had the church lift me up in prayer, and when the computer cut off at 75 questions, I about lost it.

    I was such in shock, I walked around the parking lot of the testing center, calling all my friends and family and telling them, I just don't think I passed.

    Afterwards, I went to get my eyebrows waxed, and to take off some anxiety. I came home and checked the Pearson vue "trick" and got the pop-up! That relieved my anxiety for the next couple of days.

    Then exactly 48 hours later, I got my quick results that said I passed. And did I mention I got a job in a Level I Trauma teaching hospital in the ICU? And not to mention, I'm also in their "New Grad Residency" program? I went on an interview the day after I took NCLEX and was job offered the same day. So, I HAD to pass this test!

    The last 2 1/2 years of my life has all boiled down to this! And every test, every presentation, every "all nighter", every cup of coffee, all the getting up at the crack of dawn for clinicals, every care plan, was all well worth it!
  11. by   Harlene
    Considering NCLEX as monster I will agree, but the local board exam in the Philippnes is much much worse I think, They have 5 sets of 100 questions that will be taken for 2 days and the result will be after a month, then there is the leakage. Wahahaha.
  12. by   emmanewgrad
    Quote from nurse2be09
    Oh, I can sooo relate to this story! I am a 35 year old single mother who just took NCLEX on July 8, 2009. I went to nursing school after spending 14 years in Corporate America. I spent one month studying EVERYDAY for 2-3 hours a day for NCLEX. I took it in 2 hours, got 75 questions and was a nervous wreck on the way home. I had prayed about it, went to church the morning of the test, had the pastor lay hands on me, had the church lift me up in prayer, and when the computer cut off at 75 questions, I about lost it.

    I was such in shock, I walked around the parking lot of the testing center, calling all my friends and family and telling them, I just don't think I passed.

    Afterwards, I went to get my eyebrows waxed, and to take off some anxiety. I came home and checked the Pearson vue "trick" and got the pop-up! That relieved my anxiety for the next couple of days.

    Then exactly 48 hours later, I got my quick results that said I passed. And did I mention I got a job in a Level I Trauma teaching hospital in the ICU? And not to mention, I'm also in their "New Grad Residency" program? I went on an interview the day after I took NCLEX and was job offered the same day. So, I HAD to pass this test!

    The last 2 1/2 years of my life has all boiled down to this! And every test, every presentation, every "all nighter", every cup of coffee, all the getting up at the crack of dawn for clinicals, every care plan, was all well worth it!
    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What state is it you took nclex for?
  13. by   Babs0512
    I was one in the last group of nurses who took the boards over 2 days - with the little circles that had to be filled in with a #2 pencil! I was so nervous, the card table I was sitting at just kept shaking! I remember feeling all those feelings. I remember thinking "What the hell kind of nursing school did I go to, I've never even heard of this type of traction!" Anyhoo, I passed the first time. But I had thoroughly convinced myself I had failed.

    Back then we had an 800# you could call to check if you made it or not. I tried that number for three days, all hours of the day and night, it was always busy. The day I found out that I passed, my kids were in school and I had just taken a shower. It was summer and the front door was open. I ran down stairs NAKED to get clothes from the laundry, and I thought, "I'm sure it's still busy, but I'll press re-dial anyway!" and I got through!!! Standing naked in my kitchen, hoping no one came to the front door! I finally found out I had passed. I was jumping up and down, naked, whooping and hollering, all by myself, I'll never forget that day.

    The following year is when they started the NCLEX on computer. No matter how you took it, it's a great milestone that all the stress, studying, care plans, papers, all nighters were worth it.

    Great Job on the article. I think we can all see ourselves there.

    Blessings

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