FutureRN514 988 Views
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I am a senior in a BSN program. I will graduate this coming May (yay!). I would just like to know how some of you studied and prepared for the NCLEX. Some places in my area offer review classes, but they are a little bit costly. I am wondering if they are even worth the money? ATI offers a feature where it gives you a practice NCLEX exam. It pinpoints weak areas to gear studying. Once we master the test on ATI, it gives you the green light to go take the real test. That feature I believe has a 98% pass rate, but it is upwards of 200 dollars. Should I just review all my notes that I have taken in school? Buy an NCLEX prep book? I am just wondering what worked best for some of you.
Like other people have said, nitpicking and/or arguing with the professor gets you nowhere. When you are attempting to argue a question can you prove that the question was unfair or incorrect with the textbook your professor utilizes? The only way that I have ever gotten a question removed was when I backed it up with the book or it contradicted the notes my professors hand-out. To be honest, it is rare that the professors are wrong. My professors use a test bank and the test questions are formulated by professionals who are capable of writing the test questions. How often are you arguing questions? Are there multiple questions you have an issue with? Is it for every test? Are other students getting the questions wrong, too? Usually I have noticed when some of my classmates complain that the questions were unfair they simply were not able to think critically and/or apply their knowledge. It is not easy for everyone to do. If you teacher explains the rationale for the question then there is no point in arguing unless the notes or the books completely contradict the answer that was on the test. If I were you I would definitely lay low (like you said) and only bring up questions that you can absolutely 100% prove wrong.
GPA is not everything. You appear to be an ideal candidate because of your volunteer experience. Also, your GPA is still competitive. I got into one of the best nursing schools in my area with a 3.4 GPA and I had no medical experience and volunteer work under my belt. It is really hard to predict your chances of getting picked. It depends on how many seats the school you want to go to has. The school I am going to now had a lot of seats open when I applied several years ago, and that is part of the reason why it was so easy for me to get in. Other schools that have fewer than 80 seats are much harder to get into.
As a pre-nursing student I think it is a good idea to get a job in the medical field. To be honest, I did not get a job in the medical field until 3 months ago - right when I was staring my senior year in a BSN program. I work as a PCA for a home health agency. I have gained experience in things like bed baths, transfers, toileting, etc. I do not know why anyone would tell you that getting your CNA is a waste of time. I am assuming you have quite a ways to go in your program, right? I know a few of my fellow nursing students who go their CNA certification while attending school. Try to find CNA trainee courses or if all else fails, you can take a PCA course for a home health agency in your area. The course is often free and sometimes they will pay you to attend.
There seems to be a lot of questions on how important GPA is to get into a program.
So I decided to start a thread where people can see , and average them out. We can all speculate on the importance, but to see the numbers, sometimes helps.
I hope it helps some people. I hope we all achieve our goals.
I start in January an RN program, my GPA is 4.0
Wanted some advice on my 1st semester grades. I took 4 classes.
College Algebra - C+
English 101- B+
College Reading Skills(CRS)- C
My GPA is a 2.6. So far students older than me said since its my first semester of college, its expected. But others say its really BAD especially if I want to get into Nursing. Next semester ill be taking A&P1, SOCY, Psych, Stats, and English Comp.
What's your opinion on my grades? /:
I enjoy biology...got all A's even in Microbiology, but chemistry is not my thing. Any advice or study tips???
I'm planning taking pharmacology, statistics, pathophysiology and chemistry lecture and lab.will this be too much to handle. Have any one done this before. I don't want to set myself to failure, since I'm trying to raise my GPA
A&P I, Nutrition, & American Government are the classes that I am schedule to take Spring'13. Have anybody took A&P with 2 other classes before?
I have 2 more semesters to finish my general education before I can apply to nursing school. I have all A"s in all the 9 classes I've taken so far with a 4.0 GPA. I'm extremely nervous about applying to the nursing program and being accepted. I currently have a full time job, married with 2 children. My pay is decent and I'm very nervous about having to quit my job. How do nursing student survive? Feed their families and pay bills?? Please help!!!
Those are excellent schools you are applying to, if I am not mistaken. My friend had a 3.8 and didn't get into John's Hopkins. Nobody can tell you whether or not you will get in. However, I hate to say it but a 3.1 GPA is not a strong GPA for any nursing program. Most of them start looking at the 4.0's and then move down the list. The schools with more seats are the easiest to get into. I dont know how many seats Duke or JH has, but they are great schools and they can be very picky. Apply to the schools of your choice and if you dont get in try other schools.
Posted by: DNeal
I have applied to Duke ABSN, UNC-CH BSN (2yr), John Hopkins Fall ABSN, MUSC ABSN.I want to know if I have a good chance or any chance of getting in. I was planning on going to PA school but decided that it way not the way I wanted to go. My heart is set on nursing.I graduated from Campbell University with a B.S. in Biology/pre-med curriculum and minor in psychology. GPA 3.11. I worked almost full time (32hrs) during the school year and full time during the holiday breaks at a rural family care practice as a CNA. I had to help support my mom who is disabled and younger brother. I also helped co-coordinate the farmworker program at my job, which we saw migrant farmworkers at our practice on thursdays and we would go to the camps and do bp checks and immunize. Also do part time volunteer work (100 hrs/yr) with SPCA, Komen Foundation and USO. I now work at a private family practice as a CNA/med tech. I have logged over 14000 clinic hours. Anybody have any insight or suggestions on my chances?
I am not a straight A student. I wanted to be before I started school, but nursing is harder than I thought. It is the hardest thing I have ever done. My overall GPA is a 3.49 and I finished last semester with a 3.59. I had all A's in my non nursing class and I got a B+ for my 9 credit nursing class. It is not impossible to get A's in nursing school, but it will be quite the challenge. For some classes you will have to memorize a boat load of information. For other classes you need to understand the material more than anything. Once you get to actual nursing classes the exams can be very tricky for some. NCLEX questions are tough until you get a good handle on them.
It is awesome that you are so excited. I was beyond excited when I started the program. I honestly cannot wait to go back to school and begin the next semester of clinical. Good luck!
Hello all, this is my first time on this site. As you all know nursing school is EXTREMELY HARD! My GPA has dropped since entering nursing school due to C's in nursing 1 & 2. Sometimes I feel I work so hard and can barely get a B. Grant it I have a four year old, I'm married and work part time. Are there any tips you can give me? Nursing 3 starts in 3 weeks. Is getting a C in all nursing classes a bad thing? Will that stop me from getting a job? Or getting into a BSN program?
My school requires us to wear all white shoes when we are in clinical. I bought a pair of New Balance and I love them. My feet do not ache when I get home from my 9 hour rotations.
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