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    2 Questions I Wasn't Expecting

    Asystole, I am sure that your answers were fine. I was just telling the story because she said that my answer to this question was one of the ones that got me the job. I would respectfully add that if you are always answering the same way to the same questions without luck, perhaps consider changing it up a bit. Afterwards, we talked, and the answers she was looking for were NOT the answers you might always expect. I guess that was my point with this post. Her point on the first question was that it was something I wasn't willing to back down on, and she was glad, because it showed that I have the passion to stand up for what I believe in. She said that this meant I would be willing to stand up to physicians, etc... in order to advocate for my patient. She said specifically that people always relate insignificant stories, and that she was looking for how I truly react in an important situation. Of course, this was just my experience.
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    I love confused patients!

    I am new to nursing, neuro is my first job. On my first day on the floor (about a month ago), I had a brain injury from skateboard patient. Every two minutes, he'd say, "I only had one vicodin" in a completely innocent way, like he wanted me to know, not like he was drug seeking. On the inside, I just smiled. He must have told me that fifty times during my shift, but it was just so cute because he had no idea that he'd told me before. A few days later, he was fine, so I don't feel bad that it was amusing to me. Just a harmless concussion (as harmless as they can be, really), I think. Still, it just made me smile every time he said it. Tell me, what do you like about neuro?
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    At what point do you say enough

    Rednights, I think the idea behind the relaxation is that as the test approaches, especially the day/night before, you start to think of everything you DON'T know, and you start to panic. If you keep doing questions, every time you miss one, you'll freak out even more, and the cycle gets worse. Then, walking into the test, you remember everything you don't know and set yourself up to second guess everything you do know. I don't know if you've taken the test or not, but the NCLEX is nothing like nursing school tests. None of those would have the same consequences, so this test brings on a whole new level of stress that likely didn't happen during school. If it didn't for you, great, but most of us cannot say that. I DID take the day off, for the most part. I did look over a few last things. To be honest, it didn't matter anyway. The only thing on the test that studying helped me with at all was the SPIDERMAN mnemonic, as infection control showed up everywhere, and you just have to know it. Yes, I passed the first time, but honestly, I can't imagine how. I wasn't even sure about the answer to the FIRST question. Talk about a stress-inducer! Now, if you haven't studied at all, then by all means, cram it in before. But if you prepared well (like the six weeks I did questions, day and night), then do take the day off. If you know it, you know it, so don't cause yourself any undue stress right before the test. Good luck!
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    Frustrated and NCLEX drawing near

    Lisa, Did you ever pin down why exactly you didn't pass the first time? Perhaps there is something there that will explain why you can't get past 55%... Don't be in a hurry and skip this most important step... you don't want to do this again. Have you taken a prep class, or studied the strategies (not just the content)? Before I took Kaplan, I had a hard time answering the questions because I just do not think like the PearsonVue people do. It wasn't that I didn't know the content, I did. It was more like sometimes, "which would most concern you about..." meant to look for the most critical outcome, sometimes it would mean to look for the expected outcome, and sometimes it would mean to look for the one that should never be the outcome. I still think this is stupid, and not at all the way to test our beginning competency, but I did pass, and this stupidness (yes, I've decided that's a word) is behind me now. Try to nail this down now, before you are stuck with even more time to try to figure it out. Good luck!
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    2 Questions I Wasn't Expecting

    two months ago, i had an interview for an rn job that i did ultimately get and accepted. i just remembered two questions that i had not before seen in the lists of usual interview questions, and i thought i'd share them here: 1. tell me about a time you disagreed with something your boss wanted you to do. i was caught off guard by this one, because it was something i was worried would come up, as i previously left a teaching job because of this. i was worried, because i thought the right answer was, "i would ask for clarification, blah, blah, team player, blah, blah..." and, in reality, i ultimately did not agree to what my boss wanted and actually left in the middle of the year (we did not have contracts). i thought i was sunk, because the interviewer would undoubtedly be looking for a team player, and i didn't want to be counted out immediately. so i took a deep breath, and was honest. good idea. she said that she always gets the clarification, blah, blah, blah answer, and she wanted to know that i would be willing to advocate and speak up for my patients because i may be the only one in their health care team willing to do so. whew. lesson learned: don't be afraid to tell the truth, even if you think it will lose the chance for the job. if there was a conflict in your past, and you felt strongly enough to step out or leave the previous job or refuse to agree to something, then explain why you felt the way you did, and what you ultimately did because of it. 2. tell me when it's okay to call in sick. obviously, she was asking me this because it's been an issue on her floor, but it wasn't a question i had a prepared answer for. needless to say, she wasn't looking for the nclex infection control standards, she wanted to know if i was going to drive her nuts calling in every time i had the sniffles in order to "protect the patients". not a question requiring rocket science to answer, but nevertheless, one i wasn't expecting. of course, i got the other usual questions, mostly scenarios. not a single, "tell me about your strengths and weaknesses". and when it came to the peer interview, i asked what kind of a climate was on the floor, and how she was to work for. after a month on the floor, i still love it, and she's a great boss to work for! good luck on your interviews!!!!
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    failed nclex, what DIDN'T you do the 1st time?

    2BNurse, To be honest with you, the only people I've known who haven't passed (and did study, etc...) didn't have a great command of the English language. I think those people who tell you that you already know what you need to know may be right... I still don't know how I passed, because I don't remember a single question that I KNEW I had right on the test (I did 4000 questions, took Kaplan, and studied all of the time, though). Somehow, I am an RN... :-)
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    Just thought this thread was a testament to what we THOUGHT would happen when we graduated... we used to talk and dream of what we'd do with our "signing bonuses". Um, those of us who were lucky enough to get jobs, 7 years after this thread, were most likely NOT offered signing bonuses... I DID, however, treat myself. I bought a pair of black tooled Danskos, even before I got my job. Worth every little penny, as my back and legs tell me every day at the end of my 12-hour (thank you, God!) shifts.
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    New GVN looking for job

    Yes, you would speak with Human Resources, and ask for the Nursing Recruiter, most likely...
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    Just another side of the same thread here... It would seem that the so-called "nursing shortage" is being followed by the so-called N.P. "shortage", meaning that many N.P.s and other Masters-prepared students aren't getting jobs, either. Of course, the perpetuance of the shortage rumors are good for business, from the hospitals' perspectives. I would hate to throw more good money after bad, as they say, to go further into debt, if, in three years, the job prospects will not be any better. Just my .02...
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    Salary to expect as a new grad nurse

    24.80/hr. in Eau Claire, WI (floor nursing in a hospital).
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    Had all 265 on the 1st and 2nd attempt

    Wow, sounds like your day was awful! Way to stick with it! Hope you passed!
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    Prioritize questions on NCLEX are not on it anymore?

    Kaplan had a great way to tackle these, and I used it MANY times on NCLEX: Look at the first pt. Is it a stable pt? If there is a problem, is it an expected one? Now, look at the second pt., and ask the same questions. Compare the first two to each other. Out of those two, which one is more unstable, or critical? After you have a "winner", compare that one to number three, and ask the same questions again. Finally, take that "winner"- most critical patient- and compare it to number four, asking the same questions. NOW, if there is more than one patient that is not stable, compare them to each other. Now is finally the time to use the abc's. Remember NOT to choose patients with expected results, even if they don't seem stable---except in extreme cases. And if all else fails, which one will die first if you don't see him/her? I liked this method, as I only had to compare two patients at a time. Even I can handle that! Good luck!
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    H. Influenza Pneumonia question

    yes, and by the way, an airborne mask is NOT called an N95 on the test! (I missed number 3 because I thought it was, then figured it out by number eleven, but it was too late)...
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    75 questions and failed. HELP PLEASE!

    Have you gotten the official results, with the breakdown of your categories?
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    Number of questions daily to prep??

    I did 4000+ questions, and it took me a month or so... most days were somewhere between 100-150 questions. I read the rationales to ALL of them, and wrote hundreds of notecards, taking notes every time I ran across something in the rationales that I didn't know... I passed, 75 questions. Good luck!