9years later

  1. I graduated from nursing school in 2010 with 3 kids, one only being 3.5months old. Due to home circumstances, I never sat for boards. I met my husband in 2014 and he pushed me to sit. I though no way will I ever pass boards. It's been so long, so much has changed, I wouldnt even know where to begin. I bought the Saunders nclex questions and joined a nclex review class online. I sat for boards in 2015 waited 4 hours and tried the perason vue trick and got a "bad pop up" which was confirmed 48hours later when my quick results showed Fail! Figured I had wasted 4 years of school and a lot of money. A couple months ago I decided I was determined to my RN. I went online and purchased the NCLEX Mastery RN for $55 which never expires and I began watching and taking notes on the NCLEX review videos from Sara at Registered nurse RN on YouTube. I studied straight for a good month and did about 100 nclex practice questions a day. I sat for boards 10/26/18 and got 138 questions. I waited 4 hours then tried the pearson vue trick and got a "good pop up" which was confirmed this morning when my quick results showed I passed. Just wanted to give some encouragement to those frustrated. I graduated nursing school 8 years ago and still passed boards.
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  3. by   Triddin
    Will you be safe to be a nurse though?
  4. by   Patjew8187
    Why wouldn't I be? I've been working in the medical field as a CMA since 2005 and have been working for a general/trauma surgeon for over 4 years.
  5. by   hopetopassnclex
    Congratulations dear!
    Last edit by hopetopassnclex on Oct 29 : Reason: Edited
  6. by   hopetopassnclex
    Quote from Triddin
    Will you be safe to be a nurse though?
    Why this question instead of congratulating her? Are you the hospital or the manager that will interview and hire her? What about those that just graduated and couldnt pass yet? Could we be more mindful of how we respond to post here?
  7. by   Patjew8187
    Thank you! I was just trying to let people know they should not give up and always keep pushing, no matter what. I currently do everything the RN's I work with do, but it will be a big change in my pay. I have an amazing g physician I work for who has pushed me along with my husband to sit for boards. Great support system. And appreciate your kind words
  8. by   hopetopassnclex
    Quote from Patjew8187
    Thank you! I was just trying to let people know they should not give up and always keep pushing, no matter what. I currently do everything the RN's I work with do, but it will be a big change in my pay. I have an amazing g physician I work for who has pushed me along with my husband to sit for boards. Great support system. And appreciate your kind words
    Good luck dear! Thanks for sharing too.
  9. by   Triddin
    I maintain it's a valid question as she hasn't been practicing as a nurse for 9 years. I know my BON requires a refresher course if you have less than x amount of hours in so many years. The scope of a CMA, as well as the critical thinking is different as a nurse.

    At any rate, congrats and best of luck
  10. by   Patjew8187
    Not when you have on job training under the physician you work with. I assist in office procedures, I do nurse visits by myself and pack wounds. I assess and I use critical thinking skills on a daily basis. I fall under the responsibility of the physician I work for. I've been in the medical field for over 10 years and before I went to nursing school I use to give nitro to patients in our clinic with chest pain and would have to stay and monitor as well as blood pressure. I still graduated from nursing school and 9 years later was able to pass boards. Think I must be using nursing skills on a daily basis to have accomplished that. Thanks for your positive reinforcement. Have a great day
  11. by   Hoosier_RN
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    Not when you have on job training under the physician you work with. I assist in office procedures, I do nurse visits by myself and pack wounds. I assess and I use critical thinking skills on a daily basis. I fall under the responsibility of the physician I work for. I've been in the medical field for over 10 years and before I went to nursing school I use to give nitro to patients in our clinic with chest pain and would have to stay and monitor as well as blood pressure. I still graduated from nursing school and 9 years later was able to pass boards. Think I must be using nursing skills on a daily basis to have accomplished that. Thanks for your positive reinforcement. Have a great day
    Some states would make you take a refresher course if one is available or some states you couldn't sit for boards at that length of time. I've never heard of a RN being covered under MD license, RN is on their own usually. What state? I'm curious...
  12. by   adventure_rn
    Quote from Patjew8187
    Not when you have on job training under the physician you work with. I assist in office procedures, I do nurse visits by myself and pack wounds. I assess and I use critical thinking skills on a daily basis. I fall under the responsibility of the physician I work for. I've been in the medical field for over 10 years and before I went to nursing school I use to give nitro to patients in our clinic with chest pain and would have to stay and monitor as well as blood pressure. I still graduated from nursing school and 9 years later was able to pass boards. Think I must be using nursing skills on a daily basis to have accomplished that. Thanks for your positive reinforcement. Have a great day
    I was on-board and super-excited for you until I got to this part. Doing 'nurse visits,' assessments, and 'using nursing skills' like packing wounds and giving meds like nitro that require close assessment sounds very much like nursing without a license, which is entirely illegal. To be honest, if your state Board of Nursing had been aware you were doing these things for ten years without a license, you probably would never have even been allowed to sit for your boards.

    Congratulations on passing your boards--that is a huge accomplishment and shows a lot of determination. However, I would not advertise the fact that you were doing all of those 'nurse-like' things during job interviews, because it might raise some serious red flags for employers.
  13. by   Patjew8187
    I was referring to a CMA being covered under the doctor that's how CMA are allowed to do past their scope of practice and its illinois
  14. by   Patjew8187
    As a CMA tour doctor takes responsibility for you and if anything happens they are the one held reliable. I'm not interviewing I'm staying where I've been working and it's not illegal, I am a certified CMA so I carry that. And the board of nursing is aware when I filled out my paperwork I have to put where I work, what my title is and what I do there.

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