Jump to content
maddmaddie

maddmaddie

RN
advertisement

Content by maddmaddie

  1. I failed NCLEX-RN 5 times, PASSED on the 6th try! THERE IS HOPE!!!!! My rationale for failing so many times: 1. I didn't have very good self-discipline to study on my own, I've always studied better in a classroom setting where there is structure, deadlines, homework, and a teacher to help keep me accountable. 2. I didn't know where to begin to study on my own...my studying was very unorganized, sporadic, and I was completely lost. I wasted lots of money on books and online programs that I never completed. 3. I struggled between study time, work time and play time. (I went through a break up and then I went on 2 vacations after graduation, Vegas and Hawaii.....premature celebration lol. I thought I would have passed by then. hmmmmm, nope!). What I did differently: 1. After doing some research about others who have failed so many times, I learned that most everyone had to put in 4-6 hours of studying a day! Well, that's very difficult when you work 8 hours a day, that's pretty much working 14 hours a day everyday, talk about BURNOUT! Plus, no time for fun or a life. I couldn't imagine those who had a family too. Yikes! 2. After this realization, I started planning, how can I fit in more hours of studying without burning out? How can I manage to work only part-time and pay my bills too? How can I manage all of this? I ended up calculating how much money I would need to save in order to take the summer off to study. I had 2 jobs, worked 60 hours a week for 5 months, and saved up over $7,000. I ended up quitting my full time job and kept my part-time LPN office job because they allowed me to study at work (PERFECT!). I worked 4 hours a day, and studied mostly while at work, and was still able to enjoy my summer. 3. BOOKS: -Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN by Maryann Hogan -Prioritization Delegation & Management of Care for the NCLEX-RN exam by Davis Plus. + Google image, "Kaplan -Decision Tree, Who do you see first?, Common NCLEX Traps, Therapeutic Communication Tips." + Michael Linares YouTube channel, he's a fantastic teacher, makes the material funny so its easier to remember. 4. Over a course of 3 months, I read the comprehensive review front to back, did questions from the Prioritization Delegation book, and completed each question with the Kaplan suggestions. ALSO - study some questions with a fellow medical friend, talk the question out, explain each others rationale, and see who got it right. My friends helped TREMENDOUSLY because it was good to get different perspectives. 5. What I was doing wrong before....I tested WAY TO FAST!!!!! I would skip over very important words such as "most, never, always, all, do not include, etc." Once my friends pointed this out and I was conscious of it, I made myself slow down and I noticed significant improvement. Also, having a very good understanding of prioritization, which patient to see first, discussing these questions with friends was very helpful to see different perspectives and understand the rationales better. (Also, I plastered lab values and facts all over my bathroom. Seeing the info every day helped me remember the numbers). 6. Tests I failed....I would always get 200+ questions and take 5+ hours. Which was torture! Plus, I would receive a email the same day by 445pm saying I failed. 7. The test I passed....I watched the timer, and made myself take at least 3-5 minutes on each question, I would apply the Kaplan questions to my answer to see if it made sense, I would ask myself, "in this scenario, who could DIE?" "which is acute? Which is chronic? What is actual? What is potential?" ....after 2.5 hours, the computer shut off at 75 questions. Because this was a break in pattern, I had a feeling I finally did it. I never received a email saying I failed. I kept searching my name in the license search engine until it finally popped up the next day at 5pm showing my RN license! :-D After 1.5 years, and 5 attempts, I FINALLY DID IT on the 6th try! FML! HOW FLIPPIN' EMBARRASSING that it took me this long. But ya know, I was competing against myself, and I had come too far NOT to get my RN license. I can FINALLY move on to bigger better things. Its all about determination. Expect the worst, but hope for the best, and keep trying, even if it takes 10+ times, keep studying, change strategies until you find something that works and makes sense to you. I had to change my entire environment so it was study friendly. Do what needs to be done because it will pay off in the end. UPDATE: I already landed a full time job at a Long Term Acute Care Hospital and a on-call job in Home Health Care. My next goal is to save up for a house, work towards my bachelors degree, get enough experience to start travel nursing, and eventually get into wound care or possibly the OR. :)
  2. maddmaddie

    Failed NCLEX 6 times

    I failed NCLEX-RN 5 times, PASSED on the 6th try! THERE IS HOPE!!!!! My rationale for failing so many times: 1. I didn't have very good self-discipline to study on my own, I've always done better in a classroom setting where there is structure, deadlines, homework, and a teacher to help keep me accountable. 2. I didn't know where to begin to study...my studying was very unorganized, sporadic, and I was completely lost. I wasted lots of money on books and online programs that I never completed. 3. I struggled between study time, work time and play time. (I went through a break up and then I went on 2 vacations after graduation, Vegas and Hawaii.....premature celebration lol. I thought I would have passed by then. hmmmmm, nope!). What I did differently: 1. After doing some research about others who have failed so many times, I learned that most everyone had to put in 4-6 hours of studying a day! Well, that's very difficult when you work 8 hours a day, that's pretty much working 14 hours a day everyday, talk about BURNOUT! Plus, no time for fun or a life. I couldn't imagine those who had a family too. Yikes! 2. After this realization, I started planning, how can I fit in more hours of studying without burning out? How can I manage to work only part-time and pay my bills too? How can I manage all of this? I ended up calculating how much money I would need to save in order to take the summer off to study. I had 2 jobs, worked 60 hours a week for 5 months, and saved up over $7,000. I ended up quitting my full time job and kept my part-time LPN office job because they allowed me to study at work (PERFECT!). I worked 4 hours a day, and studied mostly while at work, and was still able to enjoy my summer. 3. BOOKS: -Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN by Maryann Hogan -Prioritization Delegation & Management of Care for the NCLEX-RN exam by Davis Plus. + Google image, "Kaplan -Decision Tree, Who do you see first?, Common NCLEX Traps, Therapeutic Communication Tips." 4. Over a course of 3 months, I read the comprehensive review front to back, did questions from the Prioritization Delegation book, and completed each question with the Kaplan suggestions. ALSO - study some questions with a fellow medical friend, talk the question out, explain each others rationale, and see who got it right. My friends helped TREMENDOUSLY because it was good to get different perspectives and also to see what I was doing wrong. 5. What I was doing wrong....I tested WAY TO FAST!!!!! I would skip over very important words such as "most, never, always, all, do not include, etc." Once my friends pointed this out and I was conscious of it, I made myself slow down and I noticed significant improvement. Also, having a very good understanding of prioritization, which patient to see first, discussing these questions with friends was very helpful to see different perspectives and understand the rationales better. (Also, I plastered lab values and facts all over my bathroom. Seeing the info every day helped me remember the numbers). 6. Tests I failed....I would always get 200+ questions and take 5+ hours. Which was torture! Plus, I would receive a email the same day by 445pm saying I failed. 7. The test I passed....I watched the timer, and made myself take at least 3-5 minutes on each question, I would apply the Kaplan questions to my answer to see if it made sense, I would ask myself, "in this scenario, who could DIE?" "which is acute? Which is chronic? What is actual? What is potential?" ....after 2.5 hours, the computer shut off at 75 questions. Because this was a break in pattern, I had a feeling I finally did it. I never received a email saying I failed. I kept searching my name in the license search engine until it finally popped up the next day at 5pm showing my RN license! :-D After 1.5 years, and 5 attempts, I FINALLY DID IT on the 6th try! FML! HOW FLIPPIN' EMBARRASSING that it took me this long. But ya know, I was competing against myself, and I had come too far NOT to get my RN license. I can FINALLY move on to bigger better things. Its all about determination. Expect the worst, but hope for the best, and keep trying, even if it takes 10+ times, keep studying, change strategies until you find something that works and makes sense to you. I had to change my entire environment so it was study friendly. Do what needs to be done because it will pay off in the end.
  3. I failed NCLEX-RN 5 times, PASSED on the 6th try! THERE IS HOPE!!!!! My rationale for failing so many times: 1. I didn't have very good self-discipline to study on my own, I've always done better in a classroom setting where there is structure, deadlines, homework, and a teacher to help keep me accountable. 2. I didn't know where to begin to study...my studying was very unorganized, sporadic, and I was completely lost. I wasted lots of money on books and online programs that I never completed. 3. I struggled between study time, work time and play time. (I went through a break up and then I went on 2 vacations after graduation, Vegas and Hawaii.....premature celebration lol. I thought I would have passed by then. hmmmmm, nope!). What I did differently: 1. After doing some research about others who have failed so many times, I learned that most everyone had to put in 4-6 hours of studying a day! Well, that's very difficult when you work 8 hours a day, that's pretty much working 14 hours a day everyday, talk about BURNOUT! Plus, no time for fun or a life. I couldn't imagine those who had a family too. Yikes! 2. After this realization, I started planning, how can I fit in more hours of studying without burning out? How can I manage to work only part-time and pay my bills too? How can I manage all of this? I ended up calculating how much money I would need to save in order to take the summer off to study. I had 2 jobs, worked 60 hours a week for 5 months, and saved up over $7,000. I ended up quitting my full time job and kept my part-time LPN office job because they allowed me to study at work (PERFECT!). I worked 4 hours a day, and studied mostly while at work, and was still able to enjoy my summer. 3. BOOKS: -Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN by Maryann Hogan -Prioritization Delegation & Management of Care for the NCLEX-RN exam by Davis Plus. + Google image, "Kaplan -Decision Tree, Who do you see first?, Common NCLEX Traps, Therapeutic Communication Tips." 4. Over a course of 3 months, I read the comprehensive review front to back, did questions from the Prioritization Delegation book, and completed each question with the Kaplan suggestions. ALSO - study some questions with a fellow medical friend, talk the question out, explain each others rationale, and see who got it right. My friends helped TREMENDOUSLY because it was good to get different perspectives and also to see what I was doing wrong. 5. What I was doing wrong....I tested WAY TO FAST!!!!! I would skip over very important words such as "most, never, always, all, do not include, etc." Once my friends pointed this out and I was conscious of it, I made myself slow down and I noticed significant improvement. Also, having a very good understanding of prioritization, which patient to see first, discussing these questions with friends was very helpful to see different perspectives and understand the rationales better. (Also, I plastered lab values and facts all over my bathroom. Seeing the info every day helped me remember the numbers). 6. Tests I failed....I would always get 200+ questions and take 5+ hours. Which was torture! Plus, I would receive a email the same day by 445pm saying I failed. 7. The test I passed....I watched the timer, and made myself take at least 3-5 minutes on each question, I would apply the Kaplan questions to my answer to see if it made sense, I would ask myself, "in this scenario, who could DIE?" "which is acute? Which is chronic? What is actual? What is potential?" ....after 2.5 hours, the computer shut off at 75 questions. Because this was a break in pattern, I had a feeling I finally did it. I never received a email saying I failed. I kept searching my name in the license search engine until it finally popped up the next day at 5pm showing my RN license! :-D After 1.5 years, and 5 attempts, I FINALLY DID IT on the 6th try! FML! HOW FLIPPIN' EMBARRASSING that it took me this long. But ya know, I was competing against myself, and I had come too far NOT to get my RN license. I can FINALLY move on to bigger better things. Its all about determination. Expect the worst, but hope for the best, and keep trying, even if it takes 10+ times, keep studying, change strategies until you find something that works and makes sense to you. I had to change my entire environment so it was study friendly. Do what needs to be done because it will pay off in the end. Now its time to start applying for a new job! WOOT WOOT!
  4. maddmaddie

    Failed NCLEX-RN 5 times, PASSED on the 6th try!

    I agree, I wish I took it sooner and studied harder in the beginning. I wasted a lot of time but I'm glad I finally came through...better late than never!
  5. maddmaddie

    Failed NCLEX-RN 5 times, PASSED on the 6th try!

    I have been working as a LPN for 3 years and already landed a RN job right away starting at a higher pay than most new grad RNs in my state. I know a lot of new grad RNs were started at $27 in long term care. I start my new job orientation August 8th at a long term acute care specialty hospital and they're paying me $34.55... Honesty is best policy I say, but during my interviews I was never asked when I graduated or how many times I took my NCLEX. Things are working out GREAT! I can't wait to get started on my new career.
  6. maddmaddie

    Nursing Schools in Colorado?

    I am viewing my college options and am willing to move to where ever I'm accepted into a nursing program. I currently live in Alaska, but if I am denied from all schools up here I will start to apply to schools else where. I was looking at Colorado or maybe Idaho, but don't know which school to apply to or look at. Any recommendations or input?
  7. maddmaddie

    Ranking Procedure for UAA AAS??

    I'm in the LPN to RN bridge program at UAA, I will graduate May of 2014. As far as the distance learning portion, I'm not sure how it works exactly. I suggest making an appointment with one of the UAA School of Nursing counselors over the phone and ask them (make a list of questions to ask!). I believe, where ever there is a local college (a branch of UAA), you can complete the bridge program at that location. Here is the UAA school of nursing website...it says Ketchikan is on the list of schools! http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/schoolofnursing/outreach/index.cfm
  8. maddmaddie

    Nursing Schools in Colorado?

    Haven't been on this website in awhile!! Well, I ended getting my LPN license and I've been accepted into the UAA LPN to RN bridge program immediately after I graduated LPN school. After fall and spring semesters, I'll graduate as a RN in May of 2014! Yay! I didn't have to move out of state. Thanks for your input. I'm really glad I went for my LPN first, it really sped up the process and I didn't have to be put on a waiting list. :) Maddie
  9. maddmaddie

    UAA's AAS Nursing Program

    The most important thing to get into the AAS at UAA is the PAX test, students are accepted based on points system. And that test can give you up to 10 points which is alot! I took test and I can say it SUCKS! It has NOTHING to do with nursing or the medical field which doesn't make sense why they would use that test. I applied to the ADN program in Kenai and wasn't accepted (they take 12 students and over 40 applied). I ended up completing the LPN program through AVTEC and got accepted into the LPN to RN bridge program immediately, no waiting! (UAA accepts up to 12 LPN students and only 5 applied this year, so we all got in because there was no competition). Once I complete this fall and spring semesters I will graduate as a RN May of 2014. :-)
  10. maddmaddie

    How much do you make? Feeling under paid :(

    Alaska LPN (new grad). $18 an hr at Flu Clinic. $18 an hr at Urgent Care Clinic. $28 an hr at employee health clinic (all PRN jobs).....it all depends where you work. I know state jobs pay ALOT more for LPNs, around $26 starting wage for LPNs if you work at a jail or state nursing home. But I'm not too worried about the wage, I just want the experience to make my resume' look good for when I graduate as a RN in May 2014. :)
  11. maddmaddie

    Avtech LPN

    I know this is a older post back in 2011, its now 2013 haha. But here is my story... I finished my 2 years of nursing prerequisites for the associates program in Kenai, Alaska in 2012. I applied to the local college nursing program but wasn't accepted (they only accept 12 students every year and over 50 applied). That's when I started looking into the LPN program, I applied to AVTEC and was accepted into the August 2012 program right away. I was given a 3 week notice and I had to find a sane roommate in Anchorage to live with, find a job, get all my stuff up here, start school and figure out how I was going to survive the program. It was tough, the first 6 months were 5 days a week 8 hour days which was almost impossible to work! Most of my classmates were on unemployment including myself. The last 4 months (11 months total) where 3 days a week of clinical, which was fun. I graduated in June 2013, applied to the bridge program at UAA and was accepted immediately. UAA accepts up to 12 LPN students for the bridge program and only 5 applied so we all got in. No competition!!! If you have graduated as a LPN within the last 3 years (I think its 3 years, don't quote me on this), you can skip the first 2 semesters of RN school. I only have to complete this fall and spring semesters and I will graduate as a RN May of 2014. Benefits of becoming a LPN first: 1. LPN school is harder. I just survive a 11 month condensed accelerated program from hell. RN school is now a piece of cake! I only have class Mondays and Wednesdays. And once I start clinicals, the Monday class will drop and my schedule will be Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays! OMG! So easy, I actually have time to study! 2. The experience and higher wage. Because I am working a LPN job throughout nursing school, once I graduate as a RN I will be hired much faster compared to my classmates who have no medical experience, AND at a higher pay (Employers count the number of years of nursing experience into hired wage). I only know this because I've talked to many RNs at my work who used to be a LPN and they told me they were hired onto the job at a higher pay compared to their colleagues who didn't have previous nursing experience. 3. Better appreciation for the the little people. RNs who worked as a CNA and LPN know what its like to be at that level and have a better appreciation for the whole medical team. :-)
×