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  1. crystelle

    CGFNS Requirements

    Sorry that you have to go through this. I know the feeling, been there. I found this on KBN, like most BONs they have a list of CES provider that could help you gain your missing hours. http://kbn.ky.gov/kbn/downloads/Ce.pdf When it comes to clinical, that's a bit tricky. Maybe approaching a hospital and ask them if they could help you out with the externship? I hope that helps.
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    I'm an old Aussie RN... Where to start with studying for N-clex?

    Belinda Just sent you an e-mail. I''d gladly help you with any questions you have.
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    I'm an old Aussie RN... Where to start with studying for N-clex?

    Tho I havn't been out of uni as long as you have been (5.5 years ago), I think studying on your own is feasible. Your years of experience is definitely a BIG plus in preparation for the exam. If you feel like doing review classes, I say go for it but they are a little pricey (one of the main reasons why I didn't) and really not necessary. I will post the link to the thread I created, where I listed all the books and online links that I used to study for NCLEX-RN. I would recommend the "Davies' Q&A NCLEX RN" and LaCharity's book. Might you have asked earlier, I would have offered you these books but someone else own them now. https://allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/passed-nclex-rn-509276.html Goodluck!
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    Australian trained RN getting registered in California

    Australian trained nurse here too and now working in FL. I was missing the same too and did mine through "THe College of nursing" in Sydney http://www.nursing.edu.au/display.aspx?PageID=0&MemberID=0&screenheight=800&screenwidth=1280#. They offer distant learning too. Check them out. Hi tabitha! Hope things are well!
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    NZ trained US citizen who wants to practice in CA

    Do you know how much hours you are missing? How about working in paeds/obs for your new grad internship? Sometimes unis offer post grad classes. Back in Sydney, I took up a few classes esp related to paeds in "The College of Nursing" , they offer distant learning also. Give them a call and maybe you can do that. Goodluck
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    Aust trained RN wishing to work in CO

    No need for agencies. You can definitely do this on your own. As posted above, go to the Colorado BON (board of nursing) and start from there. It will tell you where to send your transcripts, etc for academic evaluation. - Goodluck
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    Australian registered nurse midwife using E3 Visa

    Hi there. I'm an Aust RN and just passed NCLEX almost 2 months ago. Tho I did not get here through E3 visa, I may be able to give you some help with the NCLEX process. I think you should be able to do this all yourself. You have plenty of time to get all the paper works and whatever is necessary to get started. If you already know the state you want to work in, then go through thier BON (Board of Nursing) and see the list of CES. Fill up the forms, pay their fees and send it off. From there, they will send off your report to the state's BON. Easy process but may take a while (mine did). The BON will then decide if you are eligible to sit NCLEX (again, mine took some time to process as there was some confusion with my CES report). You have 2-3 years to prepare for all these, so get started and maybe start planning for the test. Again, get crackin' on the NCLEX part because is E3 visa is a whole 'nother story. Hope that helps.
  8. Hi all Quick results just confirmed that I really did pass NCLEX-RN! This is how I studied for it. To begin with, I found it really difficult on how and where to start studying. From reading thru the threads and posts here, it gave me some ideas on how I can maximise my learning. So ,now it its my turn to share on how I studied for NCLEX and hopefully could be useful for future NCLEX takers. I believe that one of the most important tools you will need is TIME. Use that time efficiently and with dedication. I studied for awhile and didn't get into my serious study mode for about 2 and half months. I breathed, ate and slept NCLEX. It's been years since I've been out of uni , so my nursing theories, disease process, pharmacology, etc were a little rusty. I then started off with my areas of weakness and studied the contents, eg pharmacology and obstetrics. I then moved on to doing practice questions. I lost count after 3000Qs but I believe I must have done at least 6000Qs from different sources. I initially I practiced with at least 100-150 a day and towards the last weeks I did at least 300/day. These were the books and sources that helped me. Noting that I did not enroll to any of the online courses, I just didn't have the money for it. Davis Q&A:- only managed to do less than half of the Qs. I believe the Qs where higher level but great practice for SATAs, pictures, and putting things in order type Qs La Charity: - did this book 2X, a must! Exam Master :- 3200Q, love and love this site http://www.exammaster2.com/wdsentry/utmbrn.htm NSNA NCLEX RN Review (2000) :- an old review book that was given to me. I'm sure the content is just as good as the new ones. Pharmacology made incredibly easy: - also an old version that was given to me Kaplan 2010-2011 - I read the strategies and did a few Qs from Barnes and Nobles (didn't buy the book) Infection control mnemonics - a must to remember http://www.allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/infection-control-mnemonics-299890.html Youtube channel of ed4nurses - really helpful with explaining confusing topics http://www.youtube.com/user/ed4nurses#p/a/u/0/SYX6-YE4jmI Someone's notes - I found this one here http://static.scribd.com/docs/d04uiz4ejby96.pdf Insulin Chart - http://urbanext.illinois.edu/diabetes/pdf/med/types.pdf Immunisation Chart- http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/medical/immunization_chart.html My thoughts about the actual exam: I thought that it wasn't easy nor it was hard. It felt like I was at home doing practice Qs like those from Exam Master or La Charity. Half of the Qs I didn't feel confident answering them but I personally think that my content knowledge was crucial in helping me select the right answers. Enough anyway to have helped me pass it. I probably got about 5 SATAs (lucky not a lot, I'm weak at these), about 5 -8 pharm, 1 obstetrics (I was bumbed coz I know my obstetrics really well now), no pictures, and 2 of patient chart and analyzing it. The rest were kinda became a fuzz after the test. Hope this helps. Best wishes to those who still need to sit their NCLEX! And thank you AllNurses.com!
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    I got the unofficial results from pearson vue and.........

    Have a look at Davies 2010. I really think this book is good. It contains higher level questions as well at a good practice with SATAs and "place in order" type of question. These are the resources I used: https://allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/passed-nclex-rn-509276.html I think buying another book or 2 to add to what you have should be sufficient. Don't spend a ton of money on another online courses. Goodluck!
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    HELP on Osmolarity!!!

    ISOtonic sol. = same osmolarity as cells HYPERtonic = higher osmolarity that cell (think concentration,therefore MORE concentrated) HYPOtonic = less osmolarity than cell (LESS concentrate) Movement: water will always move to a concentrated environment Thus: for cell hemostasis to occur isotonicity is required (ie dehydration)
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    Help passing the nclex 2nd time around

    If you're lookng for tougher questions, I would recommend Davies 2010.
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    My journey

    Congrats!! It's funny that what really helped me study my butt off was also TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE and off to Barnes and Nobles. I noticed that even with the noises around the book store or at my spot at the cafe did not really bother me at all; if not made me even concentrate more. Good job to you!
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    i failed =(

    Sorry you didn't make it but don't loose hope. Keep practicing and studying. Yes, you are limited to 3 tries until you are required to take a remedial class until you will be allowed to take it again. And these classes are expensive from waht I have heard. Not to discourage you, but make sure you give your studying some time. I suggest practicing and doing questions as much as you can. goodluck!
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    Passed NCLEX -RN. This is how I studied.

    Good job! I'm sure you worked real hard for it.
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    Passed NCLEX -RN. This is how I studied.

    it's not a predictor for nclex. it is a set of practice qs.
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    Passed NCLEX -RN. This is how I studied.

    At least a week and a half to 2 weeks, but can be done in a week if you really put your time to it. After 3000+ qs, 69.93%.
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    NCLEX and Prayers...or is God my NCLEX study Buddy?

    Great entry! I don't believe that some devine intervention will make you pass a test just because you wished it so bad. It takes some, if not alot of hard work and persistence in your part. Sure I prayed , but I prayed that He will give me the strength and courage to continue on and face the battle. It was me who took the test after all, not God. But I am sure He was there next to me and all the way.
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    Nurse wanting to work overseas using fiance visa

    This thread just irks me soo bad. The OP just seem to be very DESPERATE. Bugs me alot when people abuse the system just so they can get out of their country. Very selfish, I agree. There's alot of people out there that are genuine with their intentions to move to a new country and not use it as a "stepping stone" for ones' career and for personal gain. For future reference, keep issues like this to yourself if you don't want to be labelled and attacked. A silly thread and question in the first place. Just rubs me the wrong way!
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    Davis Q & A New Format for 2010

    Just sent it off the other day. It might take a few weeks before I get something.
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    Obstetric Nursing in Brisbane for CA Nursing Board

    Took NCLEX last week and passed. PM or email me on exactly where you are on your application and I might be able to give you some directions. The short courses I took were in-campus and not distance learning. The longest I took was 14hrs course, plus I had other short courses that totalled to more than what was required from me.
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    Oz Grad Looking to Move Overseas

    NZ should not be as hard. As far as I know, all you really need is to call up hospitals and apply; and a plane ticket (no visa headache as such) . I know a few NZers who fly to Aust and do seasonal RN jobs. So naturally I would think it's applicable the other way around, hence the reciprocal agreement between the 2 countries. As for US, that's a different story. I worked with someone who passed NCLEX 10 years ago and had a US sponsor lined up and did not get a work visa until recently. She evetually turned it down as she is now with family and is far more settled in Aust. Silverdragon is right. Unless you're a GC holder, then NCLEX is where you start. But really, it would be at your advantage and best interest if you take your new grad program and make sure you have a placement. You will be far more marketable wherever you want to work.
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    Obstetric Nursing in Brisbane for CA Nursing Board

    Hey tim Have checked this site out? https://www.cebroker.com/public/pb_index.asp I'm sure I came across this site from FL BON when I was searching for online courses they will recognise and credit you for. I've not used them, so make sure to ask first.
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    Obstetric Nursing in Brisbane for CA Nursing Board

    Aussie trained nurse here. I strongly suggest to get your Paeds & Obstetrics clinical experience while you're there. I took a few short courses here: The College of Nursing - http://www.nursing.edu.au/display.aspx?PageID=0&MemberID=0&screenheight=800&screenwidth=1280# or something similar from an accredited college or even short courses at uni. I'm not sure if you have the same colleges in Brissy but look around.
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    Davis Q & A New Format for 2010

    I don't see any problem with that. I bought mine off a book store and not from their site.
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    Davis Q & A New Format for 2010

    thought i'd share this : $5-$12 rebate when you buy davis books. http://www.fadavis.com/images/nclex_success_coupons.pdf