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If a 50 year old can pass NCLEX, so can you...HERE IS WHAT I DID.

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by Kstearns Kstearns, RN (New) New Nurse

Specializes in 10 years LVN/Medsurg. Has 10 years experience.

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Today, I became an RN. Was the most hardest thing I have ever done in life especially at my age. Nursing school was equally exhausting and very difficult for me trying to remember and learn during covid-19. I was always the last one in class taking exams, the last one completing HESI benchmarks ( was a nightmare as I would have to take each 3 or 4 times to get past 850) and I was the last one to graduate.. If this sounds like you and you are feeling discouraged, please take a deep breath and GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. It's OK to be the last one in class and it's OK to take HESI benchmarks 50 thousand times( LOL)  and it's OK to read and re- read  and read some more.. The one thing I did was kept my grades to myself and If I barely passed, I applauded myself..👏👏👏👏 ..I  never looked to be an " A" student, I was just proud enough to have accomplished a goal.. But the biggest thing is Always give yourself Grace and go at your own speed.

To prepare for NCLEX, I used UWorld ( I would range at about 55-60% in scoring, DID 75 QUESTIONS A DAY) I also used this amazing instructor on Youtube called NEXUS NURSING.COM with Professor D ( SHE IS AMAZING),  I would listen to her in the car, on the way to work, at the store etc...and I also used a wonderful program called Nursing.com. This program would literally have an instructor explain every disease process and had courses like Medsurg, OB,  Pedi, Mental health etc.. and fundamentals of Nursing procedures, just as if you were in nursing school. 

The day I took NCLEX, I ran out of time at 123 questions and of course,  I was the last one testing... DO NOT STRESS IF YOU GO PAST 75 QUESTIONS ON NCLEX... Take your time and answer the questions to the best of your ability...

I passed...Please, don't give up, don't get discouraged, take your time and don't worry about the next student. You do you!  Your time will come when it's your time..and most of all GIVE YOURSELF GRACE... You got this, trust me...

Peace and blessings 🙌

tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

Congratulations on your success!

Thank you for sharing your story.

"GIVE YOURSELF GRACE", YES! 🙏

Kstearns -

First, thank you for sharing your story. You just never know who you will touch by doing so and today 7/8/2021 you did just that! 

I have visited All Nurses for time to time and your post caught my attention for many reasons and moved me to create an account! I am in my early forties and am set to start the LVN program this Fall with the goal to be admitted consecutively into the LVN-RN & RN-BSN program. 

Your post inspired me, made me emotional and gave me hope! I am noting all the advice you just blessed me with. Kudos to you and all your success. You deserve it 👏👊. Now onward and upward! 

Pease and blessing 

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Congratulations!  The sharing of your story is so important to see and hear on this site.  I always see many students over the age of 40 asking if it's possible or too late for them.  Your story shows it is possible and can be done!

Also, students of all ages enter nursing schools and feel demoralized when hearing others brag about their scores (complaining they only got 96/100 right) when there are others struggling to reach the minimum passing grade.  "Give yourself grace," hits the spot.  And you are exactly right.......don't worry about others, just worry about yourself.  After all, as long as you eventually pass the class, you will all be walking across the stage just the same........

Good luck in your future career!

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ThursdayNight, CNA

Specializes in Wiping tears. Has 3 years experience.

Congratulations! 🍷 👏 

Thank you for sharing. 

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your story, and it is a story that means a lot for me personally. I am in a similar situation and hoping to take the NCLEX. I find myself doubting if it possible and feeling overwhelmed and lost. Would you mind sharing how you learned the steps needed to take the NCLEX? Did you do a preceptorship? I received my BSN 10 years ago, but never took the NCLEX. You have so much to be proud of and I am encouraged by your story and success. 

123GoToSleep

Specializes in SRNA. Has 7 years experience.

I do sense you'll be the one staying over each shift to finish charting, no biggie, but hope you're not slow when it comes to patient care. Good luck! 

49 minutes ago, 123GoToSleep said:

I do sense you'll be the one staying over each shift to finish charting, no biggie, but hope you're not slow when it comes to patient care. Good luck! 

I don’t believe she asked or care what you sense! 😏😂. Good day! 

On 7/8/2021 at 12:43 PM, Kstearns said:

Today I became an RN. Was the most hardest thing I have ever done in life especially at my age..Nursing school was equally exhausting and very difficult for me trying to remember and learn during covid-19..I was always the last one in class taking exams, the last one completing HESI benchmarks ( was a nightmare as I would have to take each 3 or 4 times to get past 850) and I was the last one to graduate.. If this sounds like you and you are feeling discouraged, please take a deep breath and GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. It's OK to be the last one in class and it's OK to take HESI benchmarks 50 thousand times( LOL)  and it's OK to read and re- read  and read some more.. The one thing I did was kept my grades to myself and If I barely passed, I applauded myself..👏👏👏👏 ..I  never looked to be an " A" student, I was just proud enough to have accomplished a goal.. But the biggest thing is Always give yourself Grace and go at your own speed.

To prepare for NCLEX, I used UWorld ( I would range at about 55-60% in scoring, DID 75 QUESTIONS A DAY) I also used this amazing instructor on Youtube called NEXUS NURSING.COM with Professor D ( SHE IS AMAZING),  I would listen to her in the car, on the way to work, at the store etc...and I also used a wonderful program called Nursing.com. This program would literally have an instructor explain every disease process and had courses like Medsurg, OB,  Pedi, Mental health etc.. and fundamentals of Nursing procedures, just as if you were in nursing school. 

The day I took NCLEX, I ran out of time at 123 questions and of course,  I was the last one testing... DO NOT STRESS IF YOU GO PAST 75 QUESTIONS ON NCLEX... Take your time and answer the questions to the best of your ability...

I passed...Please, don't give up, don't get discouraged, take your time and don't worry about the next student. You do you!  Your time will come when it's your time..and most of all GIVE YOURSELF GRACE... You got this, trust me...

Peace and blessings 🙌

 

Kstearns, RN

Specializes in 10 years LVN/Medsurg. Has 10 years experience.

On 7/11/2021 at 3:24 PM, 123GoToSleep said:

I do sense you'll be the one staying over each shift to finish charting, no biggie, but hope you're not slow when it comes to patient care. Good luck! 

@123GoToSleep

The title changed that's all...Been caring for patients as a nurse for 9-10 years and still giving good patient care..You would be surprised at how many good nurses stay after shift to chart because they took a little time to give the best care for patients who are people..That's what it's all about..

Peace and blessings 🙌🙏😌💛

Congratulations! I am 52, never been in healthcare, and I’ll graduate with my BSN in December. Started back to school full time 2 1/2 years ago. I will be 30 years older than I was when I earned my first bachelors degree. It’s so doable. Your “why” is the difference-maker in how you persevere and finish! Three years ago, I knew I’d be 52 and either doing what I always had, or I’d be on the brink of loving what I’m going to do for the rest of my time here. It’s worth every challenge, stumbling block, and sacrifice. It’s worth all of it!!

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ThursdayNight, CNA

Specializes in Wiping tears. Has 3 years experience.

On 7/12/2021 at 8:59 PM, Kstearns said:

@123GoToSleep

The title changed that's all...Been caring for patients as a nurse for 9-10 years and still giving good patient care..You would be surprised at how many good nurses stay after shift to chart because they took a little time to give the best care for patients who are people..That's what it's all about..

Peace and blessings 🙌🙏😌💛

As a CNA, it has been a problem that I take time to shower/bath the residents or patients. Maybe I have a slight OCD, but there's no indication of it except I ensure a resident or patient is squeaky clean. I do chart the V/S and report to a nurse when something needed to be done stat.  It's almost impossible to chart for 25-35 residents each day and perform a quality of care.  I don't understand why the charting is complicated or wasting time. For example, the contracted resident/pt, who is completely unable to move without an assist, still has to go through "How pt walk in the unit?" "How does the pt transfer from/to bed or wheelchair?"  They have to change some questions that are irrelevant to the person. That's why there's called logic. Some of the platforms are stupid. That makes me hate to think.  

I've been making a list of things that need to improve in the EHR that the CNAs are utilizing. I'll see how many people want to murder me. 

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