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  1. Miss_Piggy.RN

    [POLL] is it a reason to NOT pursue nursing anymore?

    I have to disagree with you on trying to understand anything in your native language. It doesn't help at all. I am bilingual. I moved to United States when I was 30 years old. When I decided to start my prerequisites for nursing program I could communicate on 4 year old child level. Quickly I learned that trying to translate to my native language and then learn in English is not a very good and fast way to learn English... Essentially, I stopped reading and thinking in my native language. I was memorizing pages from books trying to make sure I will succeed and get accepted to nursing program. If OP wants to succeed he/she needs to essentially forget about English for some time I would ARGUE with that
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  3. I am not experienced RN (starting my new job on Tuesday!) but I think it's not necessary to start in med/surg. I know nurses that started in ICU or ER right after graduation and they told me on multiple occasions that I should do whatever I can to start in my dream specialty. Unfortunately, I wasn't lucky enough to get ANY interview for ED residencies (I have ACLS, PALS and had ED nursing practicum in ED). I am a little bummed about it but on other hand I am happy and feel lucky that month after obtaining my license I got job offer on medical unit/evening shift. I am not complaining about it at all and I am excited to start :) It may take me some time to get into ER but I will get there. Sooner or later I will end up in ED
  4. Miss_Piggy.RN

    How long did it take you to land your first job?

    I got job offer one month after I took my boards. However, I have been working in the hospital since 2009 and I think it helped a lot. I was hired on evening shift :) I am starting next week!
  5. Miss_Piggy.RN

    Took nclex today

    Congratulation!!!! So happy for you :)
  6. Miss_Piggy.RN

    Took nclex today

    Just do it :)
  7. Miss_Piggy.RN

    NCLEX Tips - One I Never Knew

    You can't write anything during practice test. Once you start actual exam you can write whatever you like. BUT if you need extra space you need to rise your hand and they need to erase it.
  8. Miss_Piggy.RN

    Kaplan qbank or Ncsbn 3 week course ?

    I used both. Get Kaplan qBank if you can afford it. Good luck!
  9. Miss_Piggy.RN

    New Grad States & Relocating

    I don't agree with you If you don't own anything and don't care about your stuff it's pretty easy. You pack your suitcase and you are gone. And yes, I have a husband and to cats (lol) and I still think it's easy. It's all about mindset
  10. Miss_Piggy.RN

    My nclex and Kaplan! Dont stress too much on scores.

    I didn't have q trainers. Only qBank. My average was 61%. I passed with 116 questions. You will do great! Good luck!
  11. Miss_Piggy.RN

    My nclex and Kaplan! Dont stress too much on scores.

    Kaplan is setup the same way as NCLEX. So once your screen will turn on you will see the same screen you saw on your computer :) I remember saying to myself.... "You are at home, you are taking another Kaplan test practice" Also, there were questions I felt like I saw them before. Or maybe they were just asking the same but questions was worded differently? I knew I am not going to know everything so I had to find the way to try answer correctly without knowing the correct answer Kaplan helped me with it. I did qBank and all those questions were higher application style. Good luck!
  12. Miss_Piggy.RN

    New Grad States & Relocating

    Small cities that are not very attractive? I just passed my NCLEX and will be endorsing my license to other states, and applying to those "less attractive small cities" :) I don't own the house, no kids, husband is willing to relocate as well... I am from WA and I am looking for jobs even in New Mexico!
  13. Miss_Piggy.RN

    What to study the day or two before ?

    Two days before exam I did only 30 questions (prioritization and delegation) Day before I would reccomend not to study. Try to relax especially if you studied hard for NCLEX :) Day you will be testing you will be nervous and believe me... it will take a toll on your body. Make sure you are well rested :) Good luck! :)
  14. Miss_Piggy.RN

    Tomorrow is a big day!!!

    You will do great! Remeber to take deep breaths and take one question at the time :) Good luck!
  15. Miss_Piggy.RN

    Hurst vs Kaplan: My review of both!

    I used both. Hurst and Kaplan qBank. HURST is AWESOME for content. But don't be surprise if you see questions on the boards that are not covered by HURST :) I loved the video lectures. I remember days I was falling asleep and in my head I heard lecture all over again. It felt like they were whispering to my ears good night story lol Kaplan is great for questions. Those questions are higher level application style. I always was getting better scores with hurst as their questions are easier. Even hurst prioritization/delegation questions I found way easier then Kaplan. I did LIVE version of Hurst. It was good and I founded very helpful. Of course, I watched videos/lectures over again at home when I was studying for boards. Good luck!