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  1. Hello seasoned nurses and new nurses! I'm a new nurse and recently passed my NCLEX this year. However my situation is kind of difficult. Long story short, I had a series of negative life events that hindered me from passing and retaking the test some years ago, but finally was successful this year. It has been some time since I graduated, but thank God I finally passed and was in a better place in my life to get licensed this past September! I have been job hunting since and it has been quite the number of rejection emails I've receieved from various facilities stating that although I was a good fit they "currently have moved on to another candidate" etc. I have applied mostly to new grad positions at hospitals thinking it would give me a better chance to be trained properly, but I have also applied to RN I positions with very little luck. I think because of the time lapse employers are hesitant and unwilling to give me a chance even though I have worked in Healthcare facilities so I have not been completely out of the scene. Still though, I'm not a "new grad" per say, and I'm also not a seasoned nurse. It is frustrating to be in this bind. Anyway, I finally found a place that would hire me, but the hospital facility is asking that I sign a 2 year contract. It basically says that if I leave before my two years is up, I'll owe the hospital a sum of money depending upon how early I leave. I would like to take the job since it seems no one really wants to take a chance on me given my situation and I'm sure I would stick it out with them for two years maybe more. I consider myself to be pretty good about being loyal to employers.. but the contract binding is giving me cold feet. Life happens and what if I have to move or a stupendous job else where lands in my lap? I am not sure how to approach this situation and I'm not sure if it is a common practice at hospitals everywhere to require this of a new nurse/ employee. I was just wondering if anyone out there would be willing to offer me some kind words of advice? Should I take a chance and just sign the contract? Should I continue looking and take a chance on however long that will take to find a different job offer? Please help.. Anything would be appreciated! Thank you! :)
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    What are good Uworld percentages?

    Thank you for your response nursingrend101! That's awesome you passed in 75 on your first try! It is reassuring to know other peoples score on Uworld because I feel like I have been going about this blind not knowing what this 57% means! I'm trying not to stress too much, but my stomach is in knots and I'm just such a nervous test taker. I hope to pass as well at 75, but I'm preparing myself to endure how ever long the computer keeps going. May I ask what types of questions you saw more of on your test and why you feel some of the questions were easier? Was it in terms of specificality?
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    What are good Uworld percentages?

    Hello all, I take my NCLEX in two days and I am very, very nervous. I have used multiple tools for studying and just wanted to know what a good percentage on my tests for Uworld should be? I am in the "72nd rank" and "57.2 percentile" currently. I am scoring in the 60- 70% range with my practice quizzes and I read every wrong and right answer-- I sometimes am able to get to 80%, but these questions are no joke hard. I think they are much harder than Kaplan. I am not sure what this means at all with how to gauge myself. I have answered over a thousand questions on Uworld alone and have definitely seen improvement (I have also used Kaplan and Hurst). Could anyone tell me anything about this? I know there are many threads out there on Uworld, but I can't find anything on what percentages for Uworld should be. It also seems that I keep reading everyone having high scores on Uworld and it is stressing me out. I thought I was good to go, but I am feeling discouraged now even though I know I shouldn't be dependent on these percentages. These next 3 days are going to be the longest days of my life. Any advice/ encouragement would help. Thank you!
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    Kaplan Q- Trainers

    Thanks for the feeback Larry2016. Did your instructor happen to tell you what 60%-65% would be for the chances of passing the real test? I saw that there was a table floating on here on allnurses that gives you numbers on the probability of passing the real test based on what you scored for the readiness test. Would you happen to know how accurate this is?
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    Kaplan Q- Trainers

    Thank you for the feedback SkyDrift! I am going to be taking 6 and 7 within the week. I know I need to review what I did wrong in Trainer 5 still. I am trying not to focus too much on the scores, but I guess my anxiety and antsy feelings are really getting to me. I hope I am able to answer accordingly come test day! I have been studying really hard the past 3 months. Can't wait for this part to be over. *cross fingers*
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    Kaplan Q- Trainers

    Hello all, I am currently studying for the NCLEX examination and have studied using Hurst, UWorld, and Kaplan. I am going through the Kaplan Q- Trainers at the moment and have so far completed 1-5. I have progressively scored the same score on every single Q Trainer test (except for 3, and I scored lower than I expected but I think I was just tired and having a bad day lol) and I just wanted to know/ inquire if anyone else out there has encountered the same thing? All of my scores have been 57.3%. On Uworld, my overall rank is at 57% as well which apparently translates to 68th rank overall? I don't know if I should interpret any of these scores as a bad thing or a good thing and I am getting really antsy because I take my test in about 12 days! All I know is that I seem to be stuck at these 57's? I am now wondering if I need to push my test or if I'm just paying too much attention to the scores? I heard that Kaplans "goal scores" are much higher than what is needed to actually pass the exam. Is there any truth to that? Please help. Any advice would be great! Thank you!
  7. Hello All :), I am US citizen born and raised, but I went to school and graduated from a BSN program from the Philippines. I have not taken the Philippine local board (did not plan to work there) and I have not taken the NCLEX here in the states yet either. I am planning to take my NCLEX here soon though, but I have recently been curious about working in Australia as an RN instead (maybe, hehe). I've looked online for answers on how to become an RN in Australia and I have come across a lot of things. Working visas, student visas, going back to school, etc. It's all kind of confusing. Do I have to go back to school there for a year even though I already have a degree? Is it just school or will I be able to work and at the same time earn a local Australian nursing degree? Or is there a way just to take the RN test there to get licensed? There is no site that just gives me all the answers clearly on one page. If anyone could give me an idea of what I'm suppose to do in a step by step process (if I decide to be an RN Australia) it would be very much appreciated. Also, what is the pay like for a new RN in Australia? Thanks in advance for all of your help! :))