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My NCLEX story: I'm finally an RN!!!!

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Ok guys, I promised I would post once I passed so here it is! Sorry it's long but thanks for reading!!

I graduated from an ADN program on 12/12/14. I was told by the DON for the school that she would send an affidavit to the BON on that day so we can get our ATT's sooner rather than later. I celebrated the rest of the weekend and took a Hurst live review the following week and continued studying content until Jan 2. I took a day off here and there to celebrate holidays but for the most part I studied daily from about 8am-6pm. I wanted to test in the second week of Jan so I patiently waited for my ATT.

Then I got some bad news. On Jan 2 I called the BON to check on an address for my transcript and they happened to ask my name. They said that they have received nothing from my school! I was furious, as were most of the people in my cohort. The school was closed until Jan 7 so there was nothing that I was able to do but wait it out. Finally, on Jan 7 I called the school to find out what was going on. They decided to "wait on it", whatever that meant. If I wasn't afraid of retaliation from the school I would have unleashed my anger on the them, but I kept calm and waited it out. They finally sent the affidavit to the BON a week later and they sent our ATT's practically instantaneously. I have to admit, the NV BON has been superb in this whole process.

So once I was finally able to schedule, the first available was on Feb 2. I was annoyed because I wanted to test much sooner but I kept on studying and doing practice questions. Every time I took a break from studying I checked the Pearson website for new dates. Soon after, I was able to schedule on Jan 24. I kept doing Saunders and Hurst practice questions daily (about 200-400/day) until last week. I finally finished all of them and checked Pearson one last time for a sooner date. Jan 21 popped up! I quickly snatched it up and I was thrilled. It was only a week after the time I originally wanted to test!! For the rest of the weekend I finished up the LaCharity Prioritization, Delegation and Assignment book. I was finally ready! I was averaging about 75% on all of my practice tests and I felt ready.

The day before my exam I did not study at all. I went shopping, got my nails done and relaxed with my family. I made myself a nice dinner and went to sleep by 9pm. I woke up bright and early at 5 am and patiently waited until it was time to leave. I was scheduled to test at 12:00. On my way there I stopped at Starbucks for a snack and tea. I knocked over a basket full of coffee mugs (who the heck stacks heavy breakable stuff in a weak basket?!?!) and broke several and got flustered. I quickly got the heck outta there before they charged me for the broken merchandise.

I arrived at Pearson at 11:30 for my 12:00 test. I sat down at the computer at about 11:45 (I'm not sure because they sealed up my analog watch in with my phone). My first question was SATA and it felt like at least half of them were after that. I lost count after 25 or so. One math. No drag and drop, hot spots, audio or anything like that. Lots of prioritization. After I answered number 75 I hit "next" and my screen went blue. I let out an audible gasp and raised my hand. The proctor came over and she was pointing to her ears and my ears. I had forgotten that I had earplugs in! She said "congrats, you're done!" and escorted me out. When I got to my locker and checked the time it was 1:15pm. I think only about an hour and a half had passed since I sat down at the computer. On my way home I got lost in circles not once but twice in a city I've lived in for almost 30 years, in a neighborhood that I knew like the back of my hand. I was so frazzled! Later that evening, I went out to dinner with my mom and checked the BON website 80000 times since I left the testing center. At about 7pm my crazy brain decided to do the PVT even though I knew I was supposed to wait 24 hours. I couldn't help myself! I'm not gonna lie, the 4 martinis that I had at dinner might have played a role in that. Maybe. Hehe. I got the good pop up and I was happy so I took my frazzled crazy self to bed and slept like a baby.

This morning rolls around and I checked the BON website from the moment I opened my eyes at 5am, even though I knew the BON was closed. I kept checking more all morning, nothing. My friend from school who tested out of state (for a better date) the same day as myself got her temp RN that morning. I was waiting and waiting and getting more impatient. Finally, a little after noon today and less than 23 hours after I left the testing center, my name popped up on the BON website with "active" next to it!!! I was finally an RN!!!

So now I have to find a job! I have a few leads and I hope they pan out. Thank you for reading my story. I very much enjoy reading all of your stories so keep them coming! Congrats to those who have recently passed and good luck to those who are still waiting to test!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS!! I will be taking NCLEX in 2 weeks so nervous!

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851 Posts; 13,327 Profile Views

Thanks peeps! It's pretty awesome although I think I'm still in disbelief. I think it will really set it when I get my first paycheck!! 😁

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Congratulations. SO Saunders did help a lot along with Hurst? Did you feel like their questions were similar to NCLEX or easier? Im watching Hurst videos now and I love how they break down the information.. Thanks and CONGRATS again!!!!!!!!!

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Congratulations. SO Saunders did help a lot along with Hurst? Did you feel like their questions were similar to NCLEX or easier? Im watching Hurst videos now and I love how they break down the information.. Thanks and CONGRATS again!!!!!!!!!

Yes, both helped very much!

Thanks!

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You must be really excited!

Did you have the Saunders book throughout the program or just used it to study exclusively for the nclex? Which edition was it?

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851 Posts; 13,327 Profile Views

You must be really excited!

Did you have the Saunders book throughout the program or just used it to study exclusively for the nclex? Which edition was it?

I am so ready!!!

I didn't use Saunders until after graduation. I used the 6th edition.

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