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    Doctor title, Nurse title

    Stillpressingon, you make a good point. Arrogance can be displayed whether or not a title is in place. Still, the English language uses guidelines for formal and informal communication. I don't like feeling expected to use formal communication with someone who doesn't show me the same respect. . . it is inconsistent and feels demeaning to me. (Think about if the reverse were true. What if we used first names for docs and then addressed nurses formally. It almost brings a chuckle for the absurdity of it ---- yet we readily accept the reverse.)
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    Doctor title, Nurse title

    PiPhi2004 - it sounds like a good sense of team work that your unit operates with. It is not the same in the unit where I work. Doctors are called Dr. and everyone else is called by their first name. Since I am so new there, I think it is a good opportunity to determine either being addressed formally by the physicians if they prefer that I address them formally - or being addressed informally if this is how they prefer that I address them. I just really don't want to come across as rude. One of the problems is that our ID badges use first name for employees other than physicians, their name tags are Dr. so-and-so.
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    Doctor title, Nurse title

    Does anybody here feel like I do regarding calling nurses by their first names and doctors are called Dr. so-and-so? I think this adds to the god-complex that physicians sometimes have which nurses and other hospital employees help perpetuate. I don't like calling the physician by Dr. so-and-so while he or she calls me Peggy. I've discussed this with other nurses and they don't really seem to have any problem with it. Why is it acceptable for us to use formal address when talking with physicians and they use informal when addressing us? Why aren't we called Nurse so-and-so in order to receive the same level of formal address that physicians get? I recently started a new job at a hospital that prides itself in not perpetuating the physician-god-complex, however, physicians are very much addressed using the formal while they don't extend the same respect to those with whom they work. When introducing myself to one of the physicians, I asked him how he wanted me to address him and he replied, "Dr. (blank)." I said is this only in front of patients or all the time. He looked at me with a bit of a question and responded with, "Well, really only in front of patients. My name is David and that is what you can call me." I smiled, shook his hand and told him my fist name. Would it have been rude for me to smile, shake his hand and ask him to call me Nurse (blank) had he requested that I always address him as Dr. (blank)?
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    NCLEX - just took it

    BSN2008 - I know just how you feel - all that studying and then coming to terms with that awful test which doesn't seem anything like all those practice questions. What I have come to decide is that all those practice questions help to develop a sense of critical thinking and strategy far more than actually knowing the information. Actually, in nursing school that is what I remember being stressed the very most - critical thinking (and how to apply it for patient safety, always starting with ABC's). Maybe we've been trained to hone in on and think in this way, then combined with putting that to practice using study guides such as Saunders and Kaplan is why most of us pass this frustrating test even though most of us blatently feel we have failed (?). bbdqmomma - hang in there hun! Honestly from my own experience and from almost all others, what you are feeling seems to be the norm - and then we get the news that we pass. I have a feeling it'll be the same for you. Please post and let us know when you get the results. 2ndcareer1 - I went to Washington State University to get my BSN. WSU has a main nursing school campus as well as two satelite campuses, one being Yakima where I was in a class of 17. Our class as for the most part kept each other informed regarding whether or not we passed the NCLEX. A few people scheduled to take it about a month after graduation, but most of us allowed for a little more study time. I scheduled for 2.5 months of study time and I'm really glad I did. I was also taking a masters class at the same time which was not the smartest decision - I ended up dropping the class half way through in order to focus solely on the NCLEX so will begin the masters program in January. The one classmate who has not yet taken her NCLEX is scheduled to take it this week. Positive thoughts going out to her!!
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    NCLEX - just took it

    Thank you for the congrats!! Out of 17 in our class, 14 have passed, 1 hasn't taken the test yet and 2 will take the test again - and pass :)
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    NCLEX - just took it

    CONGRATULATIONS JASON! Your situation sounds bittersweet indeed. I'm sorry you can't have the glee you should have for your success and I'm sorry for your classmates not passing It sure makes it difficult to celebrate your well-deserved accomplishments.
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    I failed, so frustrated right now

    I'm so sorry you are having this experience. I know all the studying and prep time that is invested in school and studying for your state boards. It is a great disappointment to see the results after all that hard work. I think the test is very hard and it makes me wonder if strategy is more important than knowledge. I am wondering if what the test is looking for is critical thinking ability - which is why so much of the information on the test is new to so many new graduates. Maybe when you are ready to start studying again for your boards, look at the strategies that the questions focus on. FYI I used Kaplan and Saunders both. I don't know you at all, still, for some reason I have this gut feeling that you will be a great nurse. Please get good rest, eat well and when you are ready begin studying again - and let us know how you are doing!
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    NCLEX - just took it

    and as for my results . . . . . . . . . . . I passed!!! Still have no idea what to think about that mind-boggling test, but at this point I don't care. I passed and now I am pround to call myself an RN!!! YIPPEEEEEEEE! BTW, I found out while at work (psych unit) and I screamed so loud and long after seeing my results I think they were getting ready to start the admitting paper work on me! Thank you to all you well-wishers. Your words of encouragemeent kept me afloat. Good luck to those still waiting -- I have crossed fingers for you all!!!
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    NCLEX - just took it

    CONGRATULATIONS to both ICESS64 and JTJAMES!!!!! You are RN's now - officially!!!! (jumping up and down for you) What a day to celebrate!
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    NCLEX - just took it

    grc119, When will you find out if you passed? I didn't get a ton of SATA qx, I got 9 - I hope that's enough. I'm biting my nails and a bit more diaphoretic than I know myself to be. This is not good for optimal health!!!!!!
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    NCLEX - just took it

    Yes MEBLONDIE65, please post and let us know how you did! I am thinking I will find out tomorrow too. Fingers crossed for joining the RN ranks! I'll post as soon as I find out my results too. People on this board are really great - so supportive - it really helps so much :)
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    NCLEX - just took it

    Curious to hear about your friend getting so many OB questions -- I got maybe 3. Most of my questions were SATA, infection control, medications (of which I knew hardly any) med calculations, some psychosocial and several delegation. From talking with my classmates, that seems to be about the consensus for everyone. Hardly anyone got OB or peds questions ---- in fact, now that I think about it, I didn't get any peds questions. I wish I had your friend's confidence too!!!! Good luck to him and good luck to you. I'm still waiting for results . . . . . it's excrutiating!
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    You will pass NCLEX because I passed

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I am so happy for you! I took my test Wed. - still waiting for the results.
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    NCLEX - just took it

    Hello Icess64!!! Yes, I remember you too. I am in Cle Elum, Washington and working right now at Yakima Memorial Hospital in the psych unit. I love it there and am biding my time until I can do real 'nursing' stuff once I get my license. I was checking the BOH site regularly today, and still nothing . Gosh, you are in North Bend - home of the North Bend Bar and Grill - best steak house evah!! I have family in Olympia and Federal way and we all occasionally meet there for hearty dining - fun, relaxed atmosphere. You and I took our NCLEX exams on the same date - have you heard anything yet? Please keep me posted. While I am ever so pleased that school is over, this waiting on NCLEX score is a major eeeek! (Never had this much angst taking tests during the entire BSN nursing program, for crying out loud!) Okay, good luck to us (fingers crossed) and please let me know when you find out your results. It's fun hearing from you!
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    NCLEX - just took it

    Good grief, the not knowing is really stressing me out. I'm going into work today trying not to keep this lousy feeling with me. I never realized this test would feel so debilitating AFTER taking it. I envisioned feeling great relief from not having test anxiety regarding taking the test -- just isn't working that way! I hope results are available soon, so hard keeping perspective in this limbo, waiting time. . . AAARRRGGGHHHHHH!
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    NCLEX - just took it

    Littlelilith --- CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I am so happy for you - you waited a long time for your results - again, CONGRATS!!
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