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    I passed the NCLEX 01/2014

    Just Bs, whether they were a 0.2 from an A or a C, only Bs.
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    I passed the NCLEX 01/2014

    I'd just study everything you have. I think they all blend together eventually. I didn't have any extra funds after paying for my license, nclex and tuition, so I used every book I owned already.
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    I passed the NCLEX 01/2014

    It took me the full 2 days to get my results. I went through a mild panic, too. I really think my friend hit the nail on the head about feeling like you failed no matter how well you did. We spent a few years being so high strung and stressed over everything! I'm sure you did great. A week later I feel like it wasn't that bad, but it is still a blur. More so than before, I think. We're done!
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    I passed the NCLEX 01/2014

    I only did the questions from tue books, I didn't specifically study pharmacology. If I went back I might have done one of my nclex style discs from a pharm book.
  5. 1.What is your job title (CNA, medical assistant, medication aide, HHA, PCT, PCA)? CNA2.Where are you located? Phoenix, AZ3.What is your hourly wage? 15.334.Are you paid shift differentials? 10% weekends, 15% evenings5.What shift(s) do you usually work? Day, weekends6.What is your current specialty (rehab, med/surg, ortho, doctors' office, clinic, long term care, psych, home health, hospice, etc.)? Float pool (psych, ed, med surg, ICU7.How many years of experience do you have? 3.58.What is your status (full-time, part-time, or casual / per diem / PRN)? PRN (non-benefitted)9.Are you a pursuing a career as a nurse (RN or LPN)? Yes, just passed nclex
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    I passed the NCLEX 01/2014

    Thank you. I don't really remember anything about answers or question numbers. I hid the time and didn't look at tue count except for question 60 and 74. I remember thinking about how I read that as long as you get questions you are still in the game as I continued. That is how I knew it ended at 75. It was different from school where I would notice every kind. I just remember the rephrasing of blurry questions and not how they were answered. I wouldn't be surprised if others don't remember, either. Must be a stress thing for me.
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    Is being a CNA a good choice for me?

    Being a cna helps you learn and is an amazing opportunity to meet RN mentors and forge relationships for the future. I purposely worked in all hospital units while in school to see dynamics and if I really truly wanted to work in that specialty. I thought I wanted to he an oncology nurse but by graduation I'm all about neuro and cardiac. I would have never known without being a cna and this job really helped me get my foot in the door to interview as a new grad now. Everybody wipes butts, everyone is important from dietary noticing the patient looms different from breakfast, reporting it to the RN and saving lives to security saving your butt. If you don't like what you are doing at first, transfer to another unit later on inside the hospital.
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    New grad - St. Louis

    I started to apply outside my state. I got an interview out of state but internally with my employer next week. I have about 200 applications out and not many units can afford new grads or are on hiring freeze where I work. Other facilities need my RN license on the board website before I can apply. If you are mobile, some places apparently fly you to them and have relocation packages if you ask. It would be crazy to move but exciting too. Just keep trying. Also I heard at some places you can reapply every so many days and that could help you be noticed. I only know that about one place, though. Good luck!
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    I passed the NCLEX 01/2014

    Also I noticed my practice tests were highest around noon so I did a 1pm nclex on purpose.
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    I passed the NCLEX 01/2014

    That is great, nanciibarra. Believe me I was crabby and emotional some days. I didn't sleep the night after. I was humbled by the fact my friends and family had more faith in me than I did in myself. I really think making myself be positive helped me a lot. It made me relax going in, as much as possible for us!
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    Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

    Yeah my parents wanted me to move to nc to be closer to them but I would take a $6 paycut compared to new grad positions in AZ.
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    What She Couldn't Tell You

    This is amazing. Thank you. Yet another example of what what my nursing school psych instructor pleaded us to take away having unconditional positive regard for patients. You may never know what they are going through or what they have been through.
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    I passed the NCLEX 01/2014

    Hello, I passed the NCLEX and decided to write a post that may help others while studying. What I am about to say may or may not help you. As a background on myself, I had a 3.0 in nursing school and I am a self motivated planner. (Type A) If you aren't one to stick to a schedule you make yourself, a paid for program may be better. First, I graduated 12/13/13. I received my ATT on 12/21/13 and scheduled it as soon as possible. My coworker and ironically preceptor for Capstone was working with me that day. She said to me to schedule it as soon as possible. I said "BUT I ONLY HAVE 2 WEEKS TO STUDY," like a toddler. She said to me, "You will never feel like you had enough study time. You will probably feel like you failed it when you passed it. You need to do it soon because you will remember more from school." Well I did what she said and I got my passing score today. I took it on 01/02/14 @ 1300 and got my early results at noon today 01/04/14. I didn't have the cash to do a study program. My school provided us with a HESI review which was 3 days long. (Other schools do ATI, they sound similar.) It consisted of an instructor reading the book to us, so I only went 1 of the 3 days. During block 4, I also purchased the Davis Q&A for NCLEX 2010 and Kaplan NCLEX 2013-2014. Both were about $25 on Amazon. For 2 weeks, I did practice questions from Davis, Kaplan Strategy, HESI and Saunders. I would do 70-100 on work days where I was able to have down time. I did about 300 questions on my days off work. On those days off, I would do about 100 questions, take a break, change books/ CDs, do another. Other days where I worked as a CNA on the floor, I didn't study. My scores were actually better the next day when I did that, so I took about 2 days off a week in those 2 weeks from studying. (Multiple days in a row= 68-72%, after a day off, 86%) I did 70 questions on New Year's Eve and nothing on New Year's Day except go hiking and paint my nails. When I was getting a lot of questions wrong because I never heard of these things, I would stop and write, "I will pass NCLEX on Jan 2nd." until my hand hurt and went back to it. I read all the rationales because I learned a LOT from them. I spoke to friends (especially nurse friends) when I started to stress for support and kept chugging along. I told myself as I was going to sleep at night that I would pass the NCLEX on Jan 2nd. I asked people to pray for me. I did everything I could to keep sane. You aren't going to know all the answers on the NCLEX. If the strategy wasn't really working for me on a particular question, I said "Well, what is going to kill them?" Obviously I can't guarantee that was the right answer, but I still passed that way. I also used my provided pad to write things like, "What is wrong with this?" or "What is correct?" "This is a (teaching/assessment/analysis) question." That helped me focus how to answer the question. I was a little paranoid about the privacy, so I made sure not to write real specifics about the question on the paper provided, just what it was really asking. In the end, I think I used a combination of HESI and Kaplan strategy based on the question. All in all, please give yourself some grace when practicing, give yourself some credit, you passed nursing school and give yourself time to practice questions because I credit those books for helping me pass. Go for walks, hike, clean, bake, paint, do whatever helps you work off the anxiety!
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