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  1. I personally would not feel okay having little to no RN experience to then be working under the title of NP. I feel this is a hot topic with MD's and NP's. I don't doubt that there are those who do go straight into NP school and turn out well on the other side but I know I personally would not feel ready. Seems like too big of shoes to fill with too little experience.

    Waiting for my ATT for 5 weeks now.

    Ooh sorry I misread! Honestly I would just call Pearson Vue, they would be able to pull up your account and should be able to tell you exactly what's going on! Since it was so long ago, there may be a chance something expired. The whole process itself is complicated even when done in a normal timeframe so I'm not surprised you're having issues. I wish you the best of luck. I'm curious to hear what's going on if you do call though

    Best study guide for NCLEX?

    Started out with a Lippincott Q&A 13e book from amazon based on recommendations from coworkers who had passed. I got the book as a way to keep me on track. I mainly wanted practice questions to get a feel for answer NCLEX style questions. Because at the end of the day, you don't have time to review ALL material you've ever learned in school. I ended up getting a free UWorld account from someone who finished their NCLEX and had 2.5 weeks left on it. I used that for 2.5 weeks and LOVED it. The rationales ended up being even BETTER than lippincott's book. They also cover all NCLEX question types. Additionally, it gave information outside of just the answers. I liked that I could also electronically track my progress. 4 months is a long ways away from the actual exam. I would just start by making a word doc with need to know lab values, ABG info, narrow therapeutic drug ranges, and S/S of hyper and hypo electrolytes (K+, Na+ Ca+, Mg+.) You could then watch Registered Nurse RN Youtube videos on topics you feel you need brushing up on. She will cover the need to know NCLEX material. I don't think its worth diving into any textbooks on material. The NCLEX is so broad that you might just end up wasting too much time on a specific area/topic.

    The dilemma of mind wandering

    A few things that come to mind, Is it lack of sleep? Too much going on in your life outside of NCLEX that's keeping you distracted? Is it your actual environment in which you're studying? Perhaps you're studying for too long at a time? For me, I lost focus if I did more than 30 UWorld questions at a time. When I studied, I took a 30 question quiz on ALL topics/systems and read the rationales as I went along. I did 30 question quizzes 3x each day. Along with looking up easy content/areas in which I got wrong that I knew I needed to know for the exam. A week before the exam, I only did one 60 question test each day. Those days I took just the exam and read all rationales after to mimc the actual test as best as I could. I woke up at the same time as I would test day (6am) and would sit down in a quiet spot in my house at 8am (actual test start time), and complete a 60 question quiz. Just keep your end goal in sight. The way I looked at it was, 'I would rather put in the time and energy NOW and pass, than to fail and wish I hadn't slacked off.' Best of luck to you!

    Failed NCLEX 2nd time

    I felt like UWorld helped prepare me well because of the rationales for each answer. Beyond that, UWorld gives you additional context outside of the answers they provide. It also mimics the test format which helped me stay calm during the actual exam. Make sure you understand WHY you got the questions wrong. Was it: you didn't know the content in the question or an answer, you changed your answer, you misread the question, you didn't understand the question type, you had to guess? etc. Keep a tally on each quiz or assessment you take. Look through all of your wrong answers and determine what category of "why you got it wrong" it fits under. For me, my top two categories were lack of knowledge on specific content and misreading the question. Knowing this, I came up with ways to avoid misreading any questions. Over time, I found that each following assessment I had fewer and fewer wrong questions due to misreading. If it's a content issue... look at your wrong answers, pick out a FEW key/major content areas that you SHOULD have known..now brush up on those topics. Don't overwhelm yourself with trying to know EVERY detail. Cramming won't help. Also, make yourself a word document and make a list of commonly tested lab values, drugs with narrow therapeutic ranges (ie. digoxin, valproic acid, dilantin), and S/S of both hyper/hypo (Na+, K+, Ca+, and Mg+). Best of luck, I believe in you!

    Waiting for my ATT for 5 weeks now.

    Perhaps you have to resubmit your transcript? The reason why my ATT took so long to receive after graduation was because they failed to notify me that my transcript I had sent was missing something on it. Had I not emailed them to check in, I wouldn't have known. After resending my transcript I received my ATT less than 48 hrs later. I would contact Pearson Vue via phone if possible to sort it out. Contacting them directly might get you your quickest answer.

    FAILED the NCLEX 3x! HOW to pass?!

    I have someone in my program who used an NCSBN (and I believe paid over $100 for it) and she found it to be useless and not worth her money she said. I personally only used UWorld and then took the first three tests out of the Lippincott 13e Q&A book. Perhaps you could try finding a site where there's commonly tested concepts for each section (mental health, pediatrics, maternal newborn, medsurg, fundamentals) and if any of those topics sound unfamiliar with you, I'd go to Registered Nurse RN (website or Youtube vids) and brush up on that material . As far as pharm, again, try finding a list of most commonly tested drugs, focusing in on their suffixes. Pay attention to action, adverse effects, and pt teaching.

    Stoped at 130

    I had a friend just take hers, got 130 and felt like she absolutely failed, ended up passing and getting her emailed results only 24hrs post test, keep your head up!

    Hardest Clinical Rotation?

    The nurses I was assigned to in school during clinical were always helpful and supportive. They know you are a student and will not push you to do something you do not feel comfortable with. Remember, you are doing things under their license so if they feel you are not ready to perform a skill (I would hope) they would instead do it themselves and let you watch. If you personally do not feel comfortable with a skill etc., speak up and ask for a refresher, guidance, or ask to watch first and maybe try it the next time around. I can't see your nursing instructor failing you unless you do something obviously bad (ie. breaking HIPAA, putting your patient in harm, etc.) You know what is right vs. what is wrong. They're not going to fail you for asking for guidance or asking to watch if you feel uncomfortable. Best of luck! You'll do great.
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    How to prepare for first term of ADN?

    This. While it wasn't impossible to move a clinical to a different date, it was like pulling teeth out trying to do so. Heed his advice of having a flexible life/work schedule because your lab/clinical schedule will or may change, and most likely won't be the same every semester. I agree with others on skipping studying right now. Enjoy your time off. I don't feel as though the information in nursing school was HARD necessarily, it was just a matter of putting in the work to find ways to retain the information and prioritize reviewing material and time management (especially if you're working during the program!) Best of luck
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    Hardest Clinical Rotation?

    What about your grading is so strict for clinical? We had a sheet the nurse had to sign off on when I was done with my clinical. It covered basics such as "safe care," "communication skills," etc. When I was in school I was most nervous for my pediatric clinical on an immunocompromised unit at a large hospital. I was nervous because I thought I'd feel SO out of my element. It ended up being a great learning experience and went really well. I tried to keep an open mind going in. I knew after that I still wasn't interested in pediatrics but it wasn't a waste of my time because it only helped solidify that for me. In the end, everyone's going to have different experiences, so try to keep an open mind and don't let other people's clinical's cause judgement or swayed opinions before experiencing the clinical yourself! Everyone talked down a specific clinical in my cohort and I ended up loving it so
  12. I would probably say mental health or children & adolescents. Mainly because it was the first time being exposed to a nursing approach with either subject and I had a difficult time remembering the different expectations with each age group children/adolescents and mental illness for mental health. The information being taught wasn't HARD per say, it just wasn't sticking with me. My advice is don't sweat over trying to "get ahead" before your program starts. Enjoy your time off now, you'll learn as you go. You could watch Youtube videos, however nursing school is designed to give you a foundation of nursing your first semester and helps you build upon it. Jumping into random nursing videos may be more of a waste than helpful (ie if you're unfamiliar with lab tests, diagnostics, terms, etc.) However, if you're devastatingly bored, check out RegisteredNurseRN videos on Youtube. Throughout nursing school her videos were very helpful.
  13. Is pathophysiology a program requirement?
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    A RN With CNA experience

    Thanks, thats what I figured!
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    A RN With CNA experience

    I'm just curious, why is that (ie what about the new RN that makes you think they've had CNA experience)? The way they interact with patients, time management? I'm a new RN with a CNA background and im just wondering what you pick up on as an experienced RN. Or what habits and things you see that you appreciate or don't appreciate in new RNs?
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    How to get ICU New Grad

    I think your qualifications are strong but what is going to really put you ahead is your direct experience with the ICU. I think the best way to do that is put yourself in a position that has direct critical care experience, ie. anesthesia tech in the OR, a CNA/HCA on an ICU floor, etc. If you can do a capstone (or some kind of extended clinical experience, not sure what other schools call it) on an ICU that would be very beneficial as well. Having connections to an ICU and having some kind of critical care experience is extremely important

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