So I felt exactly like I felt after walking out from taking the NCLEX three years ago. I FAILED. But I passed the NCLEX the first time and if God wills it I will pass this one as well.
If I don't well the worst that will happen is that I will have to take it again.
And if I still don't pass it then, I will probably work in the U.S. Canada would have lost yet another potential nurse to the U.S. cause their alittle confused about what material to test nurses on. I think I got all the technical nursing questions correct cause in my opinion the NCLEX was MUCH harder when it came to those types of questions but the questions related to community health nursing, and there was A LOT of those, I felt first, what does this have to do with anything, and then I thought, what exactly are you asking for? I guess I was at a disadvantage when it came to this cause I would guess (correct me if I am wrong) that nursing school in Canada probably teach you, to some degree anyway, towards the CRNE and probably do focus more on community health. I'll be the first to tell you that Nursing school in the U.S. do teach you towards the NCLEX. Nursing school was very much theory based nursing knowledge as it relates to making quick and accurate decisions as to NOT kill a patient.
Don't get me wrong, I would not have minded studying more on community health had there been more or less of a comprehensive study guide or preparatory guide that would elude to the types of community health knowledge that would be important to review such as Mosby's or Saunders, or Kaplan among other guides available to ANYONE taking the NCLEX in the U.S. that actually give you a specific rational for the importance of outcomes related to the question.
I know I probably have no right to say any of this cause I am not even from here and if I don't like the way Canada does things I should just bug off but I think I have to speak for nurses everywhere, and that includes Canada, that the CRNE DOES NOT test nursing knowledge. The only reason why the test was difficult was because you did not have much to prepare you for what would be tested, the length of the test (9 hours, I thought my head would explode by the time I got out of there), and the content tested was an insult to anyone that was not a community health nurse or had a major interest in becoming a community health nurse. Seriously, does knowing the characteristics of a focus group have anything to do with saving a life? If it does and I am totally off the mark here please someone explain it to me.
Oh by the way, I didn't only vent about this here I also wrote a very nasty evaluation after the test as well. So this is my contribution to all you would be nurses that have to take this exam. Hopefully it will wake someone up, although I have to say I don't have much faith in government, the U.S. and Canada alike. Any governement for that matter. But I can saythis at least: I DID MY PART.
OK I AM OFF MY SOAPBOX NOW.
Thanks for letting me vent...