NCLEX and first RN job

  1. How soon do you get to take the NCLEX after graduation? How soon do you get your results?

    How well do people typically do on the first NCLEX?

    What can I realistically expect to make as an ADN (with a B.S. in a different field) in my first "real" RN job?

    I also have a young child in grade school. How easily will I be able to work, say, an 8-4 schedule 3 or 4 times per week (it seems like most RN jobs I have seen in the newspaper are 7-3)?

    Thanks for any ideas and comments.

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    Joined: Jul '99; Posts: 39; Likes: 1
    ADN nursing student


  3. by   Ahn
    After you send the required NCLEX testing form, and recieve confirmation, you just schedule your test at a testinng center. Depends on how soon you send that info in. I knew people who took the test a week afer graduation, but I HIGHLY suggest that you DON'T do that! For those who took the test without further repite, and then study failed miserably! Everyone is different of course, you may be that exception. Prepare, Prepare, PREPARE!

    You get results within 3 weeks, I think. It depends on when you take the test [peak time right after graduation]. I got my results in less than 2 weeks. I waited until August to take the test. I didn't pay for any additional courses. I did use Mosby's NCLEX Comprehensive study guide, and Frye's Nursing Bullets. I didn't use class notes at all. My computer test took 90 minutes, I scored very high - I KNEW I was well prepared and rested. Honey, if you graduated from an ADN program - I say YOU CAN PASS! Cramming 4 years of coursework into 2 years! - I give anyone that can do that and keep their sanity a standing ovation! Know your math, facts about; lithium tox, h&h, and it may be heavy on psych. If the test gives you the same type of question more than once, it is making it easier for you to answer. Too many of these and your score goes down. Think, weed-out, and conceptualize before you answer.

    I found that right off that I didn't know too many answers right off the bat - BUT, I thought my way through the process. For example; What would make a blood pressure drop? Bleeding, meds, vascular dilitation . . then go from there. You cannot back-up on the test, and you have four hours. Read the info they give you on preparing for the test: familarize with the computer, take ear plugs, don't eat immediately before you take the test, wear layers of clothes, and lastly, go to the center at a time relative to YOUR sleep/wake cycle!

    So far as working as a "real RN", everybody has to learn. Find a friendly face with lots of patience and experience who likes to mentor . . and pick their brains! Take some hands-on continuing ed [even if you don't have to]. Ask to watch proceedures, offer to help others, but do your OWN work FIRST!
    The hardest part of the job is time management - once you get a groove going, you will be ok! STAY OUT OF THE POLITICS!!!!
    Always be prepared, admit your shortcomings, admit when you have made mistakes so they may be made right. Be professional but not aloof. Make realistic goals for yourself, and ask for feedback from people you can trust. Can't help you with the childcare problem - that's relative to your area and emplyment situation. Good Luck and Welcome!

    Keeping the Faith
  4. by   mosaicism105
    up for the oldest post...
  5. by   caliotter3
    Wonder what the OP is doing nowadays.
  6. by   mosaicism105
    I was in 5th grade at the time the topic was posted haha. Now, I'm taking the exam she conquered! :vlin:
  7. by   illbeanrn
    Quote from mosaicism105
    I was in 5th grade at the time the topic was posted haha. Now, I'm taking the exam she conquered! :vlin:
    *****! I was wondering where I was back in 1999.

    Good tip from Ahn though.
  8. by   mosaicism105
    Quote from illbeanrn
    *****! I was wondering where I was back in 1999.

    Good tip from Ahn though.
    and it's a 4 hour exam way back huh
  9. by   Mrs. SnowStormRN
    WoW! I just graduated high school when this post was written. I wonder did they get that 8-4 job. Their kids are probably in the teens now.
  10. by   illbeanrn
    Quote from mosaicism105
    and it's a 4 hour exam way back huh
    Yep, when I read it earlier I was thinking of it should be 6 hours but then I saw your post and looked at the date and said 'oh yea, it was back in 1999'.