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Just popped on the website and noticed the thread and how close it hit home. See I have been working at this hospital for almost five years now, a year and a half in my current position as an ICU nurse. A relative of my also works on the same floor as me, and in the first few months I had noticed that he had been punching in this other girl on our floor and vice versa. I confronted him once because I thought it was wrong and feared that he would get caught one day, and lose his job. Well it continued and I turned my cheek, but there was one day when I was running late and I desperately needed someone to help me out. Knowing that this girl has been doing it for quite some time now I called into the unit and asked for her, she obliged and every once in awhile I return the favor. If you are one minute late you are considered tardy and your reputation takes a hit after so many. The point is that after I had done this for her and her I, we became closer and there was trust formed. Not saying that it is the right way to do it because I know that it is wrong, but sometimes you need that one thing that develops trust between two people. Take it for what it's worth
Wow do I understand where you are coming from. My story is a little different than yours, but with the same premises. I began work in the ICU as a new grad in July, without having passed my NCLEX. I was working to the bone with whom I thought, was the best nurse on the floor. She was tough, but always kept me on task and was able to answer questions that I had. And believe me, there were a lot of questions. Just watchin her interact with doctors and families made me want to work harder to get to where she was at in her career, ICU nurse of > 5 years. Well I failed the boards twice, took some time off, and eventually passed my third time. When I came back, I was not able to have my last preceptor who I had formed such a close bond with because she accepted another position at a nearby hospital. Happy for her and all, but feel sort of abandoned because the preceptor that I have now is not nearly as a good a nurse. It sounds judgemental, but I am being honest with myself. She's a great person, we get along great, but she is unable to explain things as well as the last. She knows what she is doing while working, but lacks the patience or ability to explain. Also since she is not as good, the assignments or not as acute, and therefore the learning is only minimal. I guess I'm just sort of venting because I am tryin my hardest each and every day to be the best nurse I can be. But where I'm at right now, all my experience lies on the 2 months I have been on the unit, working with patient with not much acuity. And it also doesn't help that every third day I have a different preceptor. My advice would be to rely on what you know, and believe me you know a lot. You didn't get your liscense for nothing. Keep trying your hardest, and possibly look into transfering to another hospital w/ people that are more empathetic to new grads......keep on keepin on....you live to learn...
From what you have shared with me on your reply it seems as though you are doing well on the question and answers for that specific program. If I can remember back I was right around 65-67% for the after lesson quizzes. It is great to hear that you are doing well on the priority and delegation questions. Remember, these are the questions that will pass or fail you on NCLEX. Always remember ABC's, safest for your patient. The answers are somewhat obvious when you play that back in your head. If you are to take the test in a little less than two weeks, I feel as though you are real close to being ready to take on the exam. Keep workin through questions, paying the closest attention to the priority ones, and you will do great. I have faith in you. Best of luck!!!
And thanks to all for the Congrats, means a lot to me! :spin:
How's everyone doing?? I know a lot of you are nervous regarding if you will ever get that letter in the mail that says that you have finally successfully passed the NCLEX. A test that has taken up about 2-3 months, or more depending on how many times you have taken it, out of our lives. A test that is preventing you to finally fullfill your life long dream of becoming a nurse and truely making a difference in this crazy world we live in. A test that seems to have no end. Well, I just recently took it for the third time on Nov. 1st. I walked out after having taken 75 questions in an hour and thirty minutes, feeling, to be quite honest, very satisfied. Obviously the fact that I only took 75 questions this time around as opposed to the 265 I took the first two times was a huge relief. I was also feeling good about it because the majority of the questions were priority questions, which I was told by my instructor that you would not see much of if you were not performing above the passing standard. Anyways, I got my results and I PASSED!!! Finally after 5 months I can start up again in the ICU, which I will be doing in about a week. But the point of this is not to brag about me passing, it's to help you all out there. I know how it feels to fail, you feel like your whole world has crashed down upon you. You feel like no one understands, and it really is a dark place. I have to say that this website can give you the hope and confidence that you need.
I would like to offer some advice to all of you out there that are going to take the NCLEX in a couple of weeks or so. I've been working on prep for this test so long I feel like I could teach a class.
1: Go through a review course that is specific to the NCLEX (i.e. Suzanne Plan, Kaplan, Martin's Review Course, NCSBN.) I used Kaplan and NCSBN.
2: Find someone that has already taken the test, has successfully passed, and is willing to offer you their study materials for a few weeks. This really helps.
3: Try to find someone that has taken the test, friend, relative, or co-worker, that is willing to meet with you once a week to review questions. Believe me, people are willing to do this for you because they see how much you want it. And they actually enjoy it to because it helps them remember what they thought was lost info. Bounce rationales off of each other.
4: Work on about 100 - 150 questions a day, making sure that you read all of the rationales. Even if you get the answer right, read why you got it right, and all of the rest of the answers rationales. You may see this questions again worded differently.
5: Keep a Medical Dictionary at your side the whole time you are working through questions, if you don't know a word, don't hesitate to look it up, trust me this helps. Also, keep a notebook handy to write down key information that you may feel neccesary to remember.
6: Before bed each night, read over this material, it will be easier to retain if you review each night.
7: Most importantly, try your hardest to keep a positive attitude. Always tell yourself that you are going to pass. Sounds corny but I think it really helps. Your attitude is everything, know that you will pass and you will if you have done your homework.
8: Day before the test. Work on a few priority questions, these are the questions that will pass or fail you. This will get you in the right mindset, don't do too many though. I'd say about 25 is enough. Look over lab values, just take it easy today. Make sure that you map out your route to get to the testing center. Get at least 8 hours of sound sleep.
9: Day of the test. You should wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. Eat a light breakfast, something that will hold you over just in case you do have to take 265. Make sure to bring a beverage and a snack (granola bar, protein bar) something that will give you an energy boost. NO CAFFEINE TODAY! Caffeine makes people anxious and when you are anxious, you tend to be forgetful and unable to focus. Show up about a half an hour early. Take the pic, give your finger print. When you get to your computer, take a deep breathe, say to yourself, I will succeed, throw in your ear plugs, and get it done. Be sure to read through the questions slowly finding the scope of the question, this should be done before even looking at the answers. Eliminate two answers and then say to yourself which one of these is the safest, for me and my patient. The answer should be obvious. ABC's ABC's ABC's ABC's
Whoa that's a lot of info. Hopefully you read through all of this, and if you did, I hope that it helped. If one person was effected by this thread then I am satisfied. Good Luck to all of you.
Adam T. RN
Just wanted to wish a good luck to all of the November test takers. I'm set to take the test on the first of November, for the third time. Spirits are up, confidence is up, just ready to get this over with so I can start my life. It's about time, I've been studying for over 3 months now. Lets do this!!!! :spin:
Ok so here's the deal. I have done just about everything that one can do to pass the NCLEX. I've gone through the 2 weeks Kaplan course, I've taken thousands and thousands of questions, I've been personally tutored. I have taken the test twice, and I have failed it twice in 265. I know all there is to know about this test (at least I think I do.) My tutor, who was also my teacher in nursing school, the Kaplan instructor as well, believes that my problem lies with one issue, test anxiety. She believes that I am very intelligent, but just get too anxious during the test. So she offered a suggestion, a beta-blocker, more specifically Inderal. This to slow down my heart rate. Now I was shocked when she initially suggested this wacky idea, but after some thought, I understand the concept. Very skeptical about diving right in though, and I would like some advice from you all. My life has been put on hold for months now because of this minimum competency test, and it's time for me to move on. Thanks for reading this thread, peace and love.
Question to you all about the NCLEX. I know that many of you, if not all of you have completed the NCLEX with success. I have not been. Little bit of background, graduated from a well established school with a BSN. Came out, studied for a month, went through the Kaplan program, failed in 265. Studied again, using the Learning Extension Program, failed in 265. First time I took it in an hour and forty five minutes. Second time around, took it in five hours. Same result. I worked as an ICU nurse on orientation for five weeks, until I failed the second time. I was given the option to work as a PCT, or take some time off. Out of shear embarressment, I opted to take the time of rather then being demoted. My question to anyone out there that has failed or knows someone who has failed, like me. What is the key to success after a failure. I feel confident right now, I felt confident before. I am confused as to why this is not working on for me. My spirits are still up, but I dont think I can take another failure. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Just wanted to say hi to ya'll and sort of introduce myself. A little bit of background on me is that I graduated nursing school and recieved my bachelors degree in May. I took the NCLEX in June, failed in 265. Started work in the ICU @ a nearby hospital in the Chicago suburbs, took the test again in Sept, Failed in 265. So now I have taken a leave from work to avoid the embarressment of being demoted to a PCT after working 5 weeks. I am scheduled to take the test on November first for the third time. I feel as though I am prepared, working through question after question everyday. But then again, I felt prepared taking the last two test. Any advice from those who have been in this situation or have seen someone go through this situation would be greatly appreciated. At this point, I'm open to anything. Just want to get on with my life, ya know. Thanks and I hope everyone has a great night.
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