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    NCLEX-RN; Terrified

    Just watch out you dont get test fatigue. I found that if I studied for a large part of the day that my scores dropped towards the end. Make sure you take breaks!
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    NCLEX-RN; Terrified

    I used uworld but took no notes. I read and remembered the concept. I read all rationales right or wrong. I was pressed for time and only completed 625 questions of the 2100 qbank. I did the 1st assessment and scored a 73% very high chance of passing, answered a lot of questions and took the 2nd assessment 2.5 weeks later (with a week long vacation in the middle) and scored 91% very high chance of passing. Finished the NCLEX in 75 questions in about an hour. It's really going to be very dependent on your learning style. Reading the rationales took me long enough, I would have never had time to write things down, too. Good luck!
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    Lost in NCLEX resources

    How much of uworld did you use prior to the test? I was slammed for time and only completed about 600 questions (plus the 2 assessments) but I loved the rationales they gave. I passed in 75 questions but I feel that my strategies were pretty sound. We had ATI in school and I absolutely hated everything about it. The rationales were weak and those in my class that need to get the green light still are having issues with correct answers not being what we were taught or what's in the book. Did you score passing or almost passing in categories or was it all below? Depending on how many, you may want to hone in on those categories more. If it's all areas and testing or general content is weak, I'd possibly pick 1 content review resource. Good luck!
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    NCLEX: expectation to pass

    hahaha same! Except I was very unprepared feeling (600 out of 2100 uworld done in the qbank and the 2 assessments) but the start date for my new job and the sporadic testing dates they gave me left me with no option but to take it right then. I was like well was it so easy because I kept getting them wrong? I had 0 math, ekg, drag and drop, audio or hot spots. Strictly multiple choice and SATAs and I didn't know what that meant either. But I figured if I finished in 75 and did well in school and the pass rate is like 87% nationally, I MIGHT be ok. (I passed) WOOT!!
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    Nursing Equipment Kit from school- worth it?

    The kit for my school (which was not mandatory) had a bp cuff, stethoscope, and a penlight maybe? The stethoscope ear pieces fell off of everyone's that bought the kit and the velcro for the bp cuff was atrocious. Everything would be better bought separately. If it's a kit like that, I'd advise against it based off of what I saw. Our sim labs and such always had what we needed (also obviously rolled into our tuition lol).
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    I've heard of test anxiety, but taking almost 6 full hours to do 75 questions boggles my mind. Not including any breaks you may have taken, 5.5 hours is 330 minutes. With 75 questions that's 4.4 minutes a question. What would have happened if you needed to go past 75? You gave yourself no time to go further. That's far surpassing text anxiety and knowledge deficit. I'm not even sure what realm I would place that in. I'm sorry but it may be time to try another profession.
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    Why did you choose that nursing program (current or past)?

    I chose mine because it was the only school that offered evening and weekend clinicals and I need to keep my full time job for bills and insurance. It's more expensive than the community colleges, but for the trade off in still getting to make money, it was worth it to me. I would have probably preferred an ASBN program since I have a previous degree, but there was no way to make that possible. The interesting thing is I was talking to an APRN one day who said the people with the associates starting alongside those with BSNs come out of the gate stronger due to the usually more hands on training they get in clinicals. Then after 6 months, the BSNs move ahead in skill because they have done the work and have the background. Obviously anecdotal but interesting just the same. I'm going to get my BSN after I pass the nclex but I'm just looking at online schools.
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    Did you live alone, worked while going to nursing school?

    I'm living alone, working full time Mon-Fri 830-430 and am finishing up my last semester of nursing school (yayay!!) I took 4 semesters of pre-reqs, 2 classes each, 1 science w a lab each time, too. The last 5 semesters are nursing school, clinical once a week and now classes twice a week. It's trimesters so I haven't had a free summer in 3 years. I leave right from work and get to class Mon and Wed. Tues I'm lucky enough that I have PTO and my boss lets me leave early to get to clinical. It's a lot of work but I can't afford to live alone and pay my bills and have insurance without a full time job. My GPA isn't suffering and clinical gives me something to look forward to after days at my regular job hahaha. So, it can be done, but an accelerated program might not give you as much flexibility. You're lucky to live with a fiance who can help with dishes, groceries, laundry, etc. I would start out working and see if you might need to take your fiance up on the offer, it's only a year and may help save your sanity. Good luck!
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    Am I just not meant to be a nurse?

    If this hospital is a big one due to the geographical area, and one of only a few around, you might want to make sure that your walking out won't impact possible clinical rotations for your school or any possible future hirings. Good luck!
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    Permanently Kicked out of Practicum

    They are there to learn, I am unsure how loud they were talking during the discussion about the procedure, but then they started talking about their school and what else they've seen. That's completely inappropriate in that situation, especially if you know the nurse is already miffed at you. I saw a c-section with someone in my cohort. We whispered things to each other like "can you see?" and "wow" We asked any questions we had at the end when the surgeon had time to talk to us. (Though really, the 2 surgeons were discussing taxes DURING the surgery, but it is their surgery, we were just observing and learning)
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    In Need of Some Advice Please

    I like to read people's pros and cons for decision making. Usually the one they want the most shines through with more positive pros and less negative cons and vice versa. I think you know what you prefer. If you do stay at the school, I would definitely see if you can do per diem or something at the hospital to keep your foot in the door, get extra cash in the summer off, etc. Who knows, maybe you'll find that you do enjoy it more and can switch to full time. Benefits are super important to someone with my needed prescriptions so that's usually on my big positive pros list. Good luck!
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    Individual Attention in Nursing Class of 80 Students

    I don't go there, but my school breaks the classes up: 1/2 choose the day lecture, 1/2 choose the evening lecture and clinical groups never have more than 8 students, we have had some with 3 and mine currently has 5. You can also peruse the how many students made it through your program and you may find that you won't have all 80 the whole way through. Mine is the smallest cohort our school has had in awhile. Good luck!
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    advertising your nursing services

    Are you talking about something like care.com? I believe that site is something similar for home care, babysitting, cleaning etc. I have no experience, I have just seen it advertised.
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    Discouraged New Grad

    Even if you were in school, you wouldn't need to disclose a thing to this person. Now that you're out of school (congrats!) just block him from all contact and social media. You haven't taken the NCLEX yet, put your attention there and don't give this guy another minute of your thoughts. Look for a job, but as you can probably see from these forums, it isn't just 22 years olds that can't find a job easily, nor those without much training. It's a lot of people from a lot of walks of life all over the place. Again, you haven't taken the NCLEX yet and only just recently graduated. Be easier on yourself, we will all find jobs eventually (hopefully!! ) And, you were a CNA, that's experience. Go from there. Good luck!
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    Working with a fracture

    I think hers is a sprain? It did not happen at work and she was still having a full patient load. She seems fine though.
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    Working with a fracture

    I'm not sure about how easy it'll be to land a job in a boot, but a nurse where I'm doing clinicals is in a walking boot. Shes always on the move, too.

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