Quote from SassyNurseInTraining
I just got admitted and begin my classes for my RN soon, but I have not looked farther than two years into my education really, taking it one step at a time! But through reading some of these posts, I see abbreviations such as HESI and NCLEX-RN...what are these? And what really happens after your clinicals are over? So many tests to take that I didnt research! I know thats horrible of me, but what better place to get answers than from those more experienced than I?
Thank you all for your help!
to the wacky world of nursing! There's nothing like it
Ok, soon, NCLEX-RN (national council licensure examination - RN) will become the most dreaded word to you, because that's the nursing licensure test you will need to pass to get a license to practice. I dunno what HESI is, so it must be something that I didn't need to be a RN (at least, I hope not, lol
Ok, after your clinicals are over, then real nursing begins, lol! The only test you need to take and pass initially after nursing school is NCLEX. Other tests and certifications come over time if you choose to take them. None of them are mandatory, but nice to have if you decide to specialize (like a certification in emergency nursing, for example). Like I said, none of this is mandatory. The only test you need to be concerned about at the end of nursing school is NCLEX. But don't fret, if you do good in school and pay attention, you will pass, no problem!