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    July BOLC 2015

    I am a new Army RN and I was told the August BOLC class filled up so now I am slotted for October BOLC. Do you all have any advice on how long it took you to get your orders? And when I should contact my BNC to follow up if I don't hear? I took my NCLEX June 9th so not really sure when I'll hear...
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    Army Nurse Corps Question

    I commissioned into the Army Nurse Corps in May and passed my NCLEX June 9th. I was notified that I would be going to the October BOLC class. For those who have been in my shoes before, how long does it typically take before you hear your duty station? When should I follow up with my Brigade Nurse counselor if I don't get any news? Thanks!!
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    Passed in 75! My NCLEX Experience

    One of my classmates was kind enough to make a Quizlet of all the medications in the Kaplan book so I used those but focused on the classes at a time. You will go crazy if you try to study every single detail about meds, it's best to look at them in groups them study what's different or unique about them.
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    Passed in 75! My NCLEX Experience

    Kaplan was enough for me, I thought the content videos and rationales were good! But it's up to you! My study schedule would tell me which videos to watch and also how many questions I would do, it helped me break it all down!
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    Passed in 75! My NCLEX Experience

    So like many others, I read these posts very often when I was preparing for the NCLEX-RN. They were a useful and comforting source as I studied every day and especially while I was waiting for results. Here is my NCLEX experience! My background: I graduated from a 4-year traditional BSN program in early May 2015. I got As in all my classes except for a B+ in OB (and funny enough, I got no OB questions on the NCLEX even though I studied so much of it, it was never my favorite). I got my ATT May 14th and tested June 9th. I have to say, I believe taking the exam 4-6 weeks after graduating is the best bet. I had enough time to prepare while still having some time off, and when I went into the exam I still felt pretty fresh with my baseline knowledge coming out of nursing school. How I prepared: My school automatically enrolled us in Kaplan throughout our years. Starting sophomore year, I paid about $200 per year so that we could use Kaplan in each of our courses, and a fraction of this yearly due went towards the NCLEX prep resources and a course that I took in early May (the week after graduation). Throughout nursing school, we'd take a Kaplan exam in that specific subject for each class, and it would count for 5% towards our grade. As annoying as it was, I believe doing this helped me concentrate in each of the subject areas and gave me a pretty strong background in answering questions. When it came time for the course, I got all the strategies and decision tree from Kaplan. At first I thought it was targeting my test taking skills more, but the review of questions was extremely helpful. Especially when it came to pharm and learning how to answer select all that apply. So I would highly recommend the Kaplan course! After the course, I was able to take a Readiness exam that showed me where my strong and weak areas were. I made a study schedule and STUCK TO IT. That is most important, I think. It will put you on track and ensure that you spend time on each of the areas you need. I told myself that I'd watch each of Kaplan's content review videos. It was tedious, but boy did it help. I followed along with the book and made sure that I started with my weaker areas first (any category that I scored below 65% in on the readiness exam). Once I was done with content review (took about a week), I focused on questions. I took the Question Trainers slowly, then got through the QBank in about 2 weeks. I also used the NCLEX Mastery App and practice quizzes from nurselabs.com to help. Every day before I went to bed, I'd also look at lab values that I had saved on my phone. When I took Kaplan's tests, I wrote rationales down in a Google Doc. Mostly those that I had trouble with, but also some that were harder to remember. In the few days before the test, I reviewed all these rationales. Things came back to me pretty quick. So I went into the NCLEX confident that I did all that I could. NCLEX Day: I tested at 8 am. I woke up around 6:15 and gave myself enough time to get to the test. I remember being one of the first ones there and being seated well before 8 am. Boy was I nervous when I sat down. This was it. I clicked through the tutorial very fast because I was eager to start. I got my first SATA at question #2. Then they came in a row for about 5 questions. I thought...well, I must be doing pretty well? My nerves started to go away, because I felt like the exam's SATA were so much easier than Kaplan's. I was a bit nervous when I saw the exhibit questions, I had never heard of them before. But I made sure to really think about it. I got 2 of those, probably 30 SATA, 2 drag and drop, 1 EKG, 1 picture. I took my time on each question and tried not to look at the clock. No math, no OB, no peds, a lot of priority, surgical questions and medications. A LOT of medications. Before I knew it, I got to 75 and felt my hands shake. The last question tried to trick me, but I caught on to it and then the screen went blue. I felt very confident after the test, not just because I got 75 questions. I felt like I took my time on everything and used my best judgment on the ones I wasn't sure about. I left after about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I didn't really think about the test all day until about 5 pm when I got home after errands and being with friends. Then...panic hit. I started wondering if I should've changed answers, if I picked the right one on that question. I started looking up information, searching through these forums, wondering if I passed. I tried the Pearson Trick later that day and saw that my results were on hold and I freaked out, wondering why. I put it out of my mind until 24 hours later, about 12 hours before Quick Results would come. Tried the pop up again with a gift card and I got the good one!! Then the next morning I found out I passed :) My best advice: DO NOT PANIC. YOU CAN DO THIS. Be confident and when it's over, realize that it's over and you did the best you could!! Good luck to all the soon to be RNs!
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    Massachusetts License

    Thank you! I will look out for it Monday!
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    MA ATT processing time?

    Have any of you Massachusetts RNs passed and gotten your license number yet? I got my pass quick result on Thursday and not sure how long it will take to get the number from online...
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    Types of SATA on NCLEX?

    Kaplan's QBank was probably the most helpful for SATA. It also has a sample test that is entirely alternative questions. The NCLEX mastery app also has tons, as well as nurselabs.com!
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    Took NCLEX this morning 75 questions!!!!

    An exhibit question is when they give you a patient's chart (lab values, vitals, etc) and you have to answer a question on the back of that info! They're not too bad.
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    Types of SATA on NCLEX?

    I heard I passed the NCLEX yesterday in 75 questions! Never would have expected that because I struggled with Kaplan's SATA questions. I often would miss one of the choices or be way off. But when I got to the actual NCLEX, I had about 25-30 SATA. I promise you, if you keep doing them and don't get discouraged, you will be fine! Remember that there is ALWAYS at least 2 that are correct, and rarely all of them are correct. Read through each option and think, "is this true?"
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    Massachusetts License

    I was wondering when RN licenses appear on the Massachusetts Board website? I've heard 3 days but I've also heard a week? I took the NCLEX yesterday so I'm wondering when to expect it (if I passed of course!)
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    1 Week Until NCLEX!

    I just took the NCLEX yesterday and it shut down in 75. While I don't know if I passed yet or not, I would just say to keep doing questions. The last week, I did QBank questions and worked with my NCLEX Mastery App (finished all of the QBank about 3 days before). At this point, it is going to be hard to learn anything new. If you really do want to review content, just look at meds or lab values! And the day before / of, make sure to NOT study. Trust me, you will thank yourself for it.
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    Took NCLEX this morning 75 questions!!!!

    I took my NCLEX yesterday (June 9th) and I have to say that our experiences sound VERY similar. Mine shut off at 75 too which really surprised me, I was expecting to stay at least longer than an hour! I didn't count how many SATA that I had, but it was probably over 20, with 2 drag and drops, 2 exhibits, 1 EKG, some pictures. Like you, I had education questions. And I had a lot of infection control and meds. No OB, peds or math! I walked out of there feeling a little weird, but I was confident during it so I'm just hoping good news comes our way!