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  1. JaxiaKiley

    El Centro/ Northlake-----Spring 07

    I posted this in the NCLEX forum, but thought I'd post it in this thread in case some of you don't check that forum: My NCLEX experience was pretty rough. I wasn't the best of students in school and didn't make the best grades. I struggled with tests because I had a bad habit of over-thinking the wording of the questions. I've had a lot going on in my life and have been very stressed out. My stress level has been so high that it made it very difficult for me to focus and study the material. Add my general performance/test anxiety to the mix and well, it hasn't been pretty. The night before my test date, we had tornado warnings, and so I was in the bathroom (for safety) with 3 other people and 6 animals when I wanted to be resting. I woke up early and made it to the testing site with plenty of time. When I feel anxious, I tend to experience GI issues. During school, I took a bottle of Maalox with me into the tests (yes, I'm odd). Since I knew I wouldn't be able to do that for the NCLEX, I took some Zantac, and Immodium before I left my house and put two chewable Pepto Bismol tablets into my mouth as I went through the check-in process. It's better safe than sorry, right? I had a few more chewable Pepto tablets in my pocket, and I asked if I could open them into a tissue and take it in with me. They said that wasn't a problem. As I sat down to take the test, my hands were trembling. I went through the tutorial and started the test. Egads! I had a ton of mother/baby questions and drugs -- my two worst subjects! I kept watching the clock and was racing through questions. I kept telling myself to slow down. At one point, a question comes up that is based on a medical term that I don't know. Frustrated, I put my head in my hands, closed my eyes, took a few deep breaths and tried to relax. Wait! I do know that word because I studied it during 3rd semester; and look, there's an answer that's appropriate! In the end, I had 75 questions and it took me right at an hour to finish. I only had two alternate response questions, and both were SATAs. No med calcs, no ordering of answers, nothing like that. When the test stopped at 75 questions, I was shocked. Surely I failed! With all those mother/baby and drug questions, there's no way I had passed this thing. I wanted to shake the computer and beg for more questions. Don't stop now; let me show you that I do know something! When I got to my car, I couldn't help it. I cried. I felt terrible and knew I'd let everyone down who believed in me and supported me. How would I tell them? I spent the next 48 hrs as a basket case, obsessively checking the website to see if my results were available. On Friday morning, they still weren't available when I got to work. After we finished the first surgery, I used my phone to check the Internet for my results again. They were available! I went over to the BON website and my name wasn't listed. Oh no! Shaking like a leaf, I found a secluded computer to enter in my credit card information and looked at the screen: Pass That is such a beautiful word! Relief rushed through my body and I couldn't believe it. I passed; I passed! I was all giggly the first time I signed my name as an RN. :) I'm sharing this because I thought there may be other graduate nurses out there who were in similar situations. Trust me, if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! --- Thank you so much for all of your support. These El Centro/NLC threads were a lifeline to me.
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    My NCLEX Story

    My NCLEX experience was pretty rough. I wasn't the best of students in school and didn't make the best grades. I struggled with tests because I had a bad habit of over-thinking the wording of the questions. I've had a lot going on in my life and have been very stressed out. My stress level has been so high that it made it very difficult for me to focus and study the material. Add my general performance/test anxiety to the mix and well, it hasn't been pretty. The night before my test date, we had tornado warnings, and so I was in the bathroom (for safety) with 3 other people and 6 animals when I wanted to be resting. I woke up early and made it to the testing site with plenty of time. When I feel anxious, I tend to experience GI issues. During school, I took a bottle of Maalox with me into the tests (yes, I'm odd). Since I knew I wouldn't be able to do that for the NCLEX, I took some Zantac, and Immodium before I left my house and put two chewable Pepto Bismol tablets into my mouth as I went through the check-in process. It's better safe than sorry, right? I had a few more chewable Pepto tablets in my pocket, and I asked if I could open them into a tissue and take it in with me. They said that wasn't a problem. As I sat down to take the test, my hands were trembling. I went through the tutorial and started the test. Egads! I had a ton of mother/baby questions and drugs -- my two worst subjects! I kept watching the clock and was racing through questions. I kept telling myself to slow down. At one point, a question comes up that is based on a medical term that I don't know. Frustrated, I put my head in my hands, closed my eyes, took a few deep breaths and tried to relax. Wait! I do know that word because I studied it during 3rd semester; and look, there's an answer that's appropriate! In the end, I had 75 questions and it took me right at an hour to finish. I only had two alternate response questions, and both were SATAs. No med calcs, no ordering of answers, nothing like that. When the test stopped at 75 questions, I was shocked. Surely I failed! With all those mother/baby and drug questions, there's no way I had passed this thing. I wanted to shake the computer and beg for more questions. Don't stop now; let me show you that I do know something! When I got to my car, I couldn't help it. I cried. I felt terrible and knew I'd let everyone down who believed in me and supported me. How would I tell them? I spent the next 48 hrs as a basket case, obsessively checking the website to see if my results were available. On Friday morning, they still weren't available when I got to work. After we finished the first surgery, I used my phone to check the Internet for my results again. They were available! I went over to the BON website and my name wasn't listed. Oh no! Shaking like a leaf, I found a secluded computer to enter in my credit card information and looked at the screen: Pass That is such a beautiful word! Relief rushed through my body and I couldn't believe it. I passed; I passed! I was all giggly the first time I signed my name as an RN. :) I'm sharing this because I thought there may be other graduate nurses out there who were in similar situations. Trust me, if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!
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    El Centro/ Northlake-----Spring 07

    Oh, and I got all giggly the first time I signed, "Jaxia, RN" today, too
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    El Centro/ Northlake-----Spring 07

    Woo! I made it, I made it! I passed! It's been over 12 hours since I found out, and I'm STILL happy dancing
  5. JaxiaKiley

    El Centro/ Northlake-----Spring 07

    I'm waiting for Pearson Vue to call me and tell me to stop logging into their site because I'm killing the server! Ha! Thanks for the positive thoughts :)
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    El Centro/ Northlake-----Spring 07

    I took the NCLEX today and I am stre-essed! The next 48 hours cannot pass quickly enough!
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    Help, I took my Nclex-RN today and got 190+ questions

    Ah. My apologies! I didn't realize where you lived. Go get a massage and relax!
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    Help, I took my Nclex-RN today and got 190+ questions

    Can you find out your results today since it's a Sunday?
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    Taking NCLEX RN this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm taking it on Wednesday, so I totally understand how you feel. Good luck!
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    ATT has Arrived!

    I wasn't sure which date in Feb you're scheduled to test, so I just wanted to say good luck to you :) I'm taking mine in a few days. AhhH!
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    Randomly picked to complete 265Q? Does this happen?

    At my job, there is a guy who sits on the nclex committee that helps with developing questions for the nclex. During one of our new grad meetings, he came in and talked to us. This is one of the questions I asked him because I had heard the same thing. He said that is NOT true. People are NOT 'chosen' to get 265 questions. You get questions until the computer decides you've passed or failed; no more, no less.
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    February 09 NCLEX Test Taker Support

    I take it for the first time on Wednesday the 11th. It didn't occur to me that that means I'll find out my results on Friday the 13th! Here's to hoping it's my lucky number. I'm very nervous and get major test anxiety. Ahh!
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    LVN to ADN salary increase questions..

    I wasn't an LVN, but IIRC, most of the hospital recruiters who came out to my school last fall said they give a 2:1 credit for previous experience. So, a LVN with 10 years of experience would get paid like a RN with 5 years of experience. I don't have any specifics on the actual pay. Good luck to you!
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    Application Submitted for Fall 09 - NL\El Centro

    I think it just depends. The semester I started, El Centro had the lower GPA. IIRC, this past semester that started, Northlake had the lower GPA. It just depends on where people want to be, I guess. Did you only put one school as a choice, or did you put both?
  15. We wear a blue scrub top that is a medium shade of blue, and black scrub pants. Shoes are supposed to be solid black. We also have white lab coats, but we aren't required to wear them. Our patches are embroidered directly on the shirts. I think it looks nicer than the other options, but it makes it harder to replace the scrubs if we gain too much weight or otherwise mess then up.
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    North Lake/El Centro - Fall '06!

    Yeah, the jurisprudence test is not through the school ... it's like an addition to the NCLEX -- we are required to pass it to get licensed. I cannot imagine how rough that was to have to tell the mom. My thoughts are with both of you.