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Casey_93 ASN

ICU/Critical Care

ASN Graduate, New Nurse. RN official as of 15th June, 2020!

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  1. I took my NCLEX on Monday, June 15th. I finished at the current minimum, 60 questions(thanks, covid!) and walked out of the Pearson Vue testing room feeling like an absolute and utter mess. It was far more difficult than I'd expected, in that the questions provided less information for me to go off of. I just KNEW I'd failed the most important test of my life. I sat in a dark corner of the building, waiting for my friend to finish his test, barely containing a full-blown meltdown. However, when he walked out he said the same thing I was thinking. "I know I just failed that test." He got the current maximum amount of questions, 130. Our other friend, who was taking her test at the same time but at a different center, texted us when she finished and said the same thing; "I just failed that test." The thing is, we've always been top of the class students - I even scored the highest on the Exit HESI out of nearly 50 students - but we all felt blindsided by the NCLEX. Much to our relief, the PV popup trick gave all three of us a good indication, and the next morning at 8AM - our names were listed on the GBoN/SoS website. We all passed! So, if you've taken the test and passed, did you feel like you failed? Despite knowing that you were fully capable?
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    Passed NCLEX - but felt like you failed?

    That sounds like an actual nightmare. Having to wait until the next day to see my name on the Board of Nursing website was torture enough! This just sounds blatantly cruel haha! I couldn't agree more.
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    Passed NCLEX - but felt like you failed?

    I did the PV trick after I got my Pearson Vue email, which was about 15 minutes after the test ended. I got the "good" popup too but I took that with a grain of salt and waited for my name to appear on the Georgia Board of Nursing website the following morning. I also got 11 SATA, 2 Drag and Drop, and surprisingly no drug calc.
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    What is the reason you are choosing to go into nursing?

    My reasoning is as follows: I've always been interested in medical science. When I was a kid, I got sick a lot - so I was in and out of the hospital, seeing how the nurses especially made an impact on me. I've always wanted to have a career where I was either creative, or helping people. While I have relatives who are nurses, none of those people were close to me. When I was a teenager, I wrestled with the decision of what to do with my life. On one hand, I wanted to be a nurse. But I didn't feel like I was capable of doing it, because I always struggled with math. On the other hand, I wanted to go to Art School, but knew that the market was volatile, hard to break into, and the cost of attendance was basically unjustifiable. As I got older, I weighed my options and realized that if I chose nursing - I could have a stable, well-paying career in a field I was actually passionate about that also provided me with enough free time to pursue art on the side. And once I'd realized that, my mind was set. And here I am!
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    Is 2 years of prerequisites worth it?

    Speaking as an ASN/ADN grad, it's worth it. I'm planning on going back to school ASAP to earn my BSN, and I still need at least 8 more classes, with most bridge programs I'm eyeing requiring up to 10-12. Most ASN/ADN courses will require a minimum amount of pre-req. So, if your particular program is requiring more, AND you're also planning on earning your BSN later - then that's not a bad thing. I'd say it's worth it.
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    Passed NCLEX - but felt like you failed?

    The best advice I can offer to you, besides doing practice questions and reviewing content that you know you struggle a bit with, is to do your best to stay calm. Don't overwhelm yourself with last minute studying the day before. It's okay to do some, but doing practice questions up until the moment you take the test is only going to put you at a disadvantage by a) exhausting you and b) making it more difficult to recall the content you've studied. You don't want to walk into the testing center more nervous that you're already going to be. Just be calm, take a deep breath, and take your time. You've got plenty of it. Good luck! That's okay. You'll get it the next time!
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    New Nurse Graduate - GMS vs. ICU

    I did my preceptorship in the ICU, and my main clinical rotations on the GMS floor at my local hospital, and new openings have become available for both units. In your opinion, which unit would be a better fit for a graduate nurse? I know I want to do ICU and pursue a critical care path in my career, but I also acknowledge that a basic year of GMS experience would lend a lot of flexibility to my career in the long run, should I ever change my mind. Basically, my heart says ICU, but my brain says GMS. Any input will be appreciated.
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    ASN educated RNs in Canada?

    I'll be graduating soon, and my ultimate goal is making the move from the States to Canada, preferably in BC because I have friends in the province. I'm wondering if it would be possible to work in Canada - in ANY province - as an ASN educated nurse? I'm planning on enrolling in a BSN Bridge/Completion course a few months after graduation regardless, but if there's a chance that I could get my foot in the door sooner, I'd definitely take that chance. Thanks for reading!
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    Is Shortage in Nursing really a hoax?

    It was always my understanding that "competitive" nursing programs were just seeking to ensure as high a passing/graduation rate as possible. A lot of programs lose many students along the way as it is, I'm sure those numbers would be much higher if there weren't stricter standards in place. And also, even if it was a "hoax" the fact still stands that nursing is a hugely in demand profession throughout the entire country. A growing and aging population means that there's a greater need for more nurses of any caliber practicing.
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    ASN/RN to BSN in Canada?

    I ask mostly to satiate my curiosity, since I've never had much luck getting straight answers about Nursing Programs through Google. I'm about to start my nursing classes at a local college here in the state of Georgia, and it's to earn my Associate's degree. I plan on pursuing my BSN immediately after I've finished(sometime during mid to late 2020). However, I've also planned on moving to British Columbia, as I've got a close friend there and for the past decade we've spoken about how it would be a good fit for me. I know that most nursing programs in Canada are 4 year BSN courses and 2 year LPN/RPN courses. Are there any that cater to RNs that have their associate's degree? If those programs exist, do they even consider international students? One way or another, I'll be pursuing my BSN and settling in the Vancouver area eventually; I just figured having some kind of schooling in the area would help my chances of staying permanently.

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