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  1. The wonderful thing about nursing is that it is open to everyone of all ages. Please give a cheer to all the people who believe that age is not a factor in learning. And, to all the people who strive for knowledge regardless of age. How old were you when you started nursing school? Click Like if you enjoyed it. Please share this with friends and post your comments below!
  2. SaltyBones

    2020 ATI TEAS VI: A Detailed Breakdown

    I took my remote ATI TEAS VI this morning (09/08/2020) and, while it was still through my school, I had to take the test from home using Proctorio on Google Chrome. I got an 88.7, which is an “Advanced” level of proficiency in the 98th percentile. About Me LVN with one year of experience who recently (within the last 3 weeks) finished A&P and Micro. Study Time A total of 3 weeks, but I didn’t get serious until the last week. I studied religiously for about 8 hours a day for the last 7 days leading up to the test. Here's the breakdown? Study Tools ATI TEAS Secrets by Mometrix: This was a highly recommended resource across the board, and for good reason. It is an excellent review guide as it breaks down the general concepts you need to learn for the test. Just be careful with the science and English language sections. They are very detailed and quite long, so it easy to get intimidated by the sheer magnitude of the material. The 3 practice exams are worth their weight in gold, not just in testing your knowledge of the information, but in improving your test-taking skills as well. I found these practice tests to be just a shade more difficult than the actual exam. I would not have passed without this book. Khan Academy, Catherine McAllister, Nurse Cheung, and others: Whenever I run into a concept that I don’t fully get just by reading, I go on Youtube to find someone who can explain it to me. These guys are the ones who pop up the most and generally have the best explanations. BrandonCraftMath: I would kiss this man if I could. The free TEAS worksheet on his website is pretty much the math portion of the exam. ATI TEAS Mastery App: This is an app that you can get for free, but you can also pay for a subscription, which would grant you access to plenty of practice questions and other resources. I got the $12.99/month option, so I was able to answer as many practice questions as I needed. Literally any free practice test you can find: I used the ones on the Mometrix website, NurseHub, Test-Guide, and SmartEdition the most. Know that these practice tests (at least for me) were harder than the actual exam, so please don’t freak out if you end up not doing as well as you’d like. They’re more useful in sharpening your test taking skills (process of elimination, educated guessing, etc.) ATI Practice Assessment B: This single assessment was a whopping $50. I never intended to get it, but I caved and bought it last minute, and I’m glad I did. This narrows everything down so much and allows you to focus on the specific concepts you’d need to know for the exam. Based on my individual experience, this was basically a clone of the TEAS. Obviously the questions weren’t repeated, but they were on the exact same topics (like two different questions on the same worksheet). They’re about the same level of difficulty, so if you do well with this, you most likely will do just fine with the actual exam. TEAS Breakdown Reading (80.9%) – I don’t know what happened here. The questions were the same as the practice assessment, and actually a little easier than Mometrix. I guess I just choked because it was the first section and I was already freaking out because I was taking the TEAS. You have more than enough time to read through each passage carefully, so don’t rush. You’ll get everything from long passages with multiple paragraphs, to recipes and office memos. Focus on finding the main idea, topic sentence, and supporting details of each passage. Know the difference between narrative, expository, persuasive, and technical writing. You will also be asked to pick the logical conclusion, the statement that summarizes the passage, and which statements are fact and which are opinion. Math (90.6%) – This was my most dreaded subject because I have always, always been terrible at math. My brain just isn’t wired for it. How the heck did I get the score that I did? Mometrix, BrandonCraftMath, and Practice Assessment B. The math portion was a mirror image of what’s on practice assessment B. In fact, I even found the this to bit a bit easier than the practice assessment. Know operations with fractions, decimals, and percentages! The majority of questions are on these concepts. Others are on ratios and proportions, a few on basic algebraic expressions, and fewer still on geometry, which was super basic. There was one question about converting from F to C but they do give you the formula. The word problems were also super easy (trust me), and the other conversion questions were pretty straightforward (“How many mL is in 0.5L?”). It’s also important to brush up on the order of operations, but I don’t remember it featuring very heavily on the test. This section was surprisingly easier than I expected, and that’s saying alot. Science (89.4%) – This was the hardest section, and the fact that I just finished my A&P and Micro classes really saved me here. Some questions were easy, some were tricky and surprisingly specific, and some I flat out just didn’t know the answer to (like what the heck is cephalization?!). I relied on educated guesswork and the process of elimination here more than in any other section. It was definitely heavy on A&P, so the more time you can dedicate to reviewing those concepts, the better off you’ll be. Again, Practice Assessment B will give you a pretty good idea on which areas to focus on. I don’t remember seeing a whole lot of chem questions, and the ones that were there were very basic. Some topics worth looking at (other than A&P) are scientific reasoning and the scientific process, elements of a scientific experiment, balancing chemical reactions, knowing the different types of reactions (decomposition, synthesis, single-replacement, etc), and Mendel and his concepts of heredity/genetics. English (100%) – This section sucked LOL I’m convinced that I only got 100 because of sheer dumb luck. This section tests you on grammar concepts that you haven’t had to think about since probably middle school, and that’s what makes it so tricky. English and writing have always been strengths of mine, so I relied on intuition and gut feelings more than I probably should have. I recommend really spending some time on this section, and to not do what I did. I still can’t figure out how I scored so highly. I won’t break down what to review for this section because there are just too many. Just review the English section on the Mometrix book in its entirety. Other Tips PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. Take as many practice tests and answer as many practice questions as possible. Practice really does make perfect, especially with the TEAS. Give yourself plenty of time to study. There is a lot of material to cover, and giving yourself more time to learn (or re-learn) them will only produce positive results. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you. If you did your due diligence, there won’t be much on the exam that will catch you off guard. When taking the TEAS (or any exam), avoid answer choices that contain absolute statements. They’re rarely ever correct. Those typically include words like always, never, definitely, absolutely, etc. I don’t recommend taking the TEAS without taking college A&P first. The amount of material you need to learn will probably kill you if you’re encountering it for the first time and you most likely won’t do very well on the exam. The TEAS is much too important to chance anything. That’s it! Sorry if it’s so long. I wanted to put in as much detail as possible, as well as address some things that other posts may not have addressed. If for some reason you still have questions, feel free to message me. All of this took a while to type, but if it helps at least one person, it’ll be well worth it. Also, the things described in this post reflect my own individual experience with taking the TEAS and with the study tools I used. Your experience might differ so please take with a grain of salt 🙂
  3. allnurses

    Nursing Cartoons: Students

    Version August 2020

    Day to day life as a student nurse can be overwhelming and stressful. Humor is a great way to deal with stress. Throughout the years, allnurses has featured some of the best nursing cartoons focused on Students lives, along with the creative ways nursing students have found to get through some difficult days and some difficult situations. Every practicing nurse and nursing student will appreciate how these cartoons have captured (perhaps exaggerated LOL) these experiences. While in nursing school, keep these cartoons handy to put a smile on your face when you need it the most. Don't forget to share this with your favorite student nurse to help lighten their stressful days. Share your favorite toon below! About Cartoonist Jerry King: Award-winning cartoonist Jerry King is one of the most published and prolific cartoonists in the world, selling more 300 cartoons per month. His work appears in magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, books, calendars, websites, blogs, and social media. In addition to allnurses, his client list includes Disney, American Greetings, and many others around the world. Aside from greeting cards and magazines, Jerry is the author and illustrator of seven nationally published cartoon books. He has also illustrated ten children's books, and has provided illustrations for numerous children's publications. After serving three years in the army as a medic, Jerry, 42, went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a BA in English. He now resides in NE. Ohio with his wife, daughters, and 2 dogs. When he's not at the drawing board, Jerry is probably on a golf course losing.

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  4. NurseStudentK75

    Nursing School Acceptance

    For all of you out there struggling to get into nursing school, I say hang in there and stay strong! I decided to start my path to nursing school about 2 years ago at the age of 37. I had friends that criticized my decision to go into nursing so late in life. Ignore those people. They are battling their own insecurities and are not as fearless as you are. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people. I first began by becoming a CNA to be certain that this career path was meant for me. Then I took my pre-requisite science classes. I am so thankful I already had an associates degree and didn't need to take any general Ed classes. Every semester I struggled to get into my classes. I begged the professors to let me in. I made sure my classes were my priority. I'm proud to say that I received and "A" in Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Developmental Psychology, and Medical dosaging, respectively. I also started volunteer work through Cope Health Solutions at Riverside community hospital so that I would have exposure to patients. When the time came, I applied to Chaffey nursing school. The day I received my letter in the mail, I was nervous, excited, scared, you name it! I was informed that I was selected as an "alternate student". That's not exactly what I was hoping for, but it was better than getting a rejection letter. I attended the student orientation and then began studying for the TEAS exam. I passed the TEAS, and immediately started the process of completing all the requirements such as updating my BLS card, physical/drug/TB tests, background check, etc. I basically purchased all the equipment and supplies as if I were accepted into the program. Even though the deadline to submit the packet is January 8, I completed and submitted it on December 12. The wait to receive a phone call to let me know whether or not a space became available was one of the most challenging and difficult periods of my life. Then yesterday, only 1 week before the start of classes, I received the glorious call informing me that a space became available! After I finished jumping up and down, praying and thanking God for this blessing, kissing and hugging my husband and in laws, I went in to receive my admissions packet. I also registered for my classes and purchased my books. Classes start next Tuesday and I CANNOT wait! I wrote this post because in the past I would always come on this site to read about other people's experiences and see what they did and how they got in to nursing schools. I know the frustration of waiting, the fear and feeling of doubt, the sleepless nights and worry. Hang in there, stay positive and do your best. In the end, it will all work out. Wishing all of my fellow student nurses the best of luck!
  5. I havent seen a thread yet on this year's nurse corps application cycle & my anxiety has made me start one. I'm finishing up my application and should be done with it by today. I know its extremely competitive so honestly I dont think I'll get it but its worth a try! Who else has applied/is applying?
  6. Hey everyone, I want to share my story because some of you may be in the same situation. I took the NCLEX with the new COVID rules: 60 questions min, 130 max. After 60 questions, the test kept going. It went all the way to 130 questions. When I got home, I received the email from Pearson, waited an hour, and tried the Pearson Vue Trick. I got the bad pop up message in which the site allowed me to register for another exam. I tried the trick several hours later and got the bad pop up again. I was devastated. Two days later, I got the Quick Results and found out that I had actually passed. Apparently, there is a gray area for the Pearson Vue Trick: if you take the exam and make it all the way to the end, the trick may not be accurate. It wasn’t accurate for me. If you’re in the same situation, keep your head up. All is not lost. Also, my state board did not post my license number before my quick results were available. I understand it’s cheaper, quicker, and more accurate to check your license status on the state board, but this is why I did not do so. Good luck everyone!
  7. Mayflower22

    First week done. I'm overwhelmed

    First week completed. Even though we are remote, I'm still feeling overwhelmed with everything. They said you don't feel comfortable until year 3. Hopefully I will get there someday. I do have great support. When did you feel comfortable as a school nurse?
  8. Omw2nurse19

    ATI Comprehensive RN 2019

    Literally re-taking my ATI Exit Exam in a few weeks. I wanted to know if anyone had any useful resources in scoring a 99% on their exam. Please DM me. I need serious help.
  9. allnurses

    Spooky & Sweet Toons

    Version August 2020

    Whether Spooky or Sweet, Halloween is a time of fun ..... and a time for strange things to happen. In the nursing profession, this is especially true. In the life of the nurse, any day on the job can be stressful and using humor can help overcome the anxiety of most situations. Crazy things happen every day at work when you are a nurse, but imagine being in one of these situations. Enjoy and smile while you read over this collection of nursing cartoons and stories. Bet you could add a few of your own funnies...feel free to share. Share your favorite toon below! Enjoy 'A Career In Nursing' video ... a montage of some of the toons found in this ebook... About Cartoonist Jerry King: Award-winning cartoonist Jerry King is one of the most published and prolific cartoonists in the world, selling more than 300 cartoons per month. His work appears in magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, books, calendars, websites, blogs, and social media. In addition to allnurses, his client list includes Disney, American Greetings, and many others around the world. Aside from greeting cards and magazines, Jerry is the author and illustrator of seven nationally published cartoon books. He has also illustrated ten children's books, and has provided illustrations for numerous children's publications. After serving three years in the army as a medic, Jerry, 42, went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a BA in English. He now resides in NE. Ohio with his wife, daughters, and 2 dogs. When he's not at the drawing board, Jerry is probably on a golf course losing.

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  10. SarahC_RN_BSN

    Pearson Vue Trick 2020 - Good pop-up?

    I took my NCLEX-RN yesterday morning 5/30. At first I was relieved when I was stopped at 60 questions, but then once I got to my car I was filled with dread and doubt. I felt like I had guessed on all but 3-4 questions. I wasn’t sure if I was in the higher level difficulty or if I just truly knew nothing. I used the Hurst review to study and found that it helped mostly for the prioritization and delegation questions (which there were a LOT of). I had probably 10-15 SATA. No other alternate formats. I graduated at the top of my class with a 3.92 GPA, and to think that I potentially failed the NCLEX was devastating. My friend took the NCLEX the day before me and had received an email saying “you’ve taken the NCLEX” almost immediately after her exam. I did not, and I was panicking! I walked out of the exam at 9:30 AM, and did not receive this email until around 4:30 PM. When I got home around 1:30, I tried the PVT and got the message saying that I currently have an open registration and I cannot register for another NCLEX — indicating that I tried too early to do this trick. I tried again once I received the email at 4:30... and I got the good pop-up (our records indicate blah blah)!! It was a huge anxiety-reliever for me, but I’m just paranoid that it’s going to turn out wrong. I’ve always done well on my practice exams via the Exit HESI, ATI, PassPoint, and Hurst. To think that after all of that I could have failed the NCLEX breaks my heart. I’m just holding onto the fact that this PVT has worked for nearly everyone... Has anyone gotten got the good pop-up and then ended up failing?
  11. TimothyGnarlson

    BSN vs. MSN-Weighing my options.

    Hello! Looking for advice. I've been working towards a nursing degree for some time now. I'm nearing the end of my pre-reqs, and I'll be taking the TEAS very soon. My goal has been to enter an accelerated BSN program, and begin working as an emergency or ICU nurse, before progressing into Travel Nursing. Lately, I've been curious about some direct entry MSN programs. Many of these programs promise to not only teach the skills of a bedside nurse, but also include leadership and education based curriculum. This option seems more appealing, as it would appear that an MSN might qualify me for more opportunities, and higher pay. However, I'm concerned about whether or not an MSN might overqualify me for many bedside nursing roles, in the eyes of employers. My question: Is an MSN ideal for my desired career path of ED/ICU--> Travel nursing? I have an eye for taking my nursing skills abroad, working for a nonprofit like Doctors Without Borders (or similar). Or should I save the time, effort, and money, and stick with a BSN? If you are currently enrolled in an accelerated BSN program, MSN program, or if you've completed either of these degrees, and are now a working nurse, I would really appreciate your input. As application deadlines draw ever closer, I feel that I need to get some input from others before making a decision. Thanks in advance!
  12. eternalstudent328

    Passed AANP Exam June 2020

    I just passed the AANP FNP exam and like many nervous test-takers, I scoured this site and the internet for any info. I found this site the most helpful so I felt it was my duty to keep paying it forward. Here is my experience/thoughts/etc. I will break this post into two parts: how I prepared and stuff about the test. How I PreparedFitzgeraldI graduated at the end of April and took a 2-day Fitzgerald review course. It was CRAZY. It was so fast and furious. At some points the presenter was going so fast I couldn't even take notes. Having never done anything like this before I initially thought "WOW!!, that was a lot of info, but great!" In hindsight, I would not recommend this. I felt the price tag (~$600) was outrageous for what you get. I left feeling like I wasn't prepared because they do give you too much information. I can appreciate the approach of better to over-study than under-study but again, these are just my thoughts. Knowing my test was in exactly 4 weeks I felt very overwhelmed. Also, the website review that is supposed to be done after the in-person review is just not good. The layout is not totally user friendly, you can only take practice quizzes a total of 2 times, and you must sequentially move through the chapters. This is to say that while they strongly emphasize you start studying your weaker areas first, their website is not laid out so you can do that! If you are weak on say, dermatology and skin stuff and that's chapter 8, you must first complete chapters 1-7. The review book that comes with this course is okay but again, I liked Leik better. Fitzgerald is also wayyyyyy into using mnemonics. I like these sparingly because it got to the point I couldn't keep them all straight. FNP Mastery Phone AppI then bought the FNP mastery phone app to do practice questions. I like this app. It was inexpensive (~$30) and great that you can do them anywhere. Gives you answer explanations and you place each question into a category (know/somewhat know/don't know) so you can go back and review whichever category you desire. This would be the only thing I would say was probably unnecessary. I would find myself when I wasn't at home with little time to study so honestly what was the point. oh well. great app if you can use it. LeikI had ordered the Leik review on amazon but it took forever to finally arrive. Once it had, I was very glad I bought it. It was (~$50) and my brain could more easily wrap my head around how they presented information as opposed to Fitzgerald. Leik does say the more resources you use the better, but I think if you only use Leik you will be fine. I am not trying to poo-poo Fitzgerald, simply saying for me, and how I learn, Leik was better fit but Fitz does have great information, too (obviously)! Leik has a bunch of online practice questions (725 total I think). Do all of them- they'll def help. I think the book arrived about 2 weeks before my test so I studied about 5ish chapters a day and then did all of the practice questions over 2 days. Then I was able to go back and review weaker areas and continue to do practice quizzes. Practice QuizzesSo I remember for the NCLEX I felt better doing quizzes to gauge where I was at and did the same thing this time. I tried an APEA test, PSI, and Exam Edge. They are all great options. I would recommend doing APEA earlier on in your studies because it highlights your weak areas in their scoring which is helpful. I did PSI 2 days before the real thing to get a feel for the testing layout. Exam Edge I would recommend getting with a classmate. It was ~$40 for 5 quizzes (they do offer different bundles) but more than this I think is overkill. You can do each Exam Edge quiz a total of 4 times. I felt each of these 3 options (APEA, PSI, EE) helped me prepare honestly. While taking the real thing I absolutely felt like some of the questions I had seen before however being that I did use so many resources I can't say where I felt like I saw them. All in all practice questions is a huge part of learning/studying because it does take some serious mental stamina to be able to do 150 questions in one sitting and have your brain do mental gymnastics bouncing from topic to topic. Passing the Test!!Nervous? Flag a QuestionI'm not sure if it was Leik that said this (she does give some great exam tips) but just an FYI for all you nervous folks: you can mark/flag as many questions as you like. If you do not mark a question you can still go back to it, just be sure you wrote down the question number otherwise it will obviously be hard to find. Time Can Be DistractingI could not figure out how to hide the time but it is so small it thankfully wasn't distracting. You are allowed one 5 minute break. Drug NamesI would say 95% were generic drug names but I distinctly remember a question or two using ONLY brand names. Thankfully it wasn't anything too out there, or one you couldn't easily decipher the drug class, but yes both generic and brand names on the test! Lab ValuesNormal lab values were usually given for most of the questions, but I also remember the values changing slightly. So while on one question (for example) it would say normal MCV is 80-100, on another it would say normal MCV is 85-105. Not huge changes but just something I made mental note of. My apologies if this post is rambling. If you have other questions, I would be happy to answer as I will say I couldn't find many posts from 2020 while preparing. My mantra I kept telling myself is, "you are going to walk in an RN, and out an NP." Think positively!
  13. I spent years in grade school trying to figure out why I could never comprehend new material during class like other students could. I would take notes in every way possible, sit and intently listen, prepare before by reading the material to be presented the next class but to no avail. I never made a GPA over 2 point something in high school so when I decided to returnto a community college for my LPN to RN bridge program, I knew I had to find a different way. I had to start from step 1 since all of my post high school education was a one year LPN vocational program which meant no transfer credits.I faced classes in subject areas that I failed time and time again: math and science. To even apply to the program, I needed Chemistry, A+P 1 & 2, statistics, and Microbiology. I started with A+P 1, I knew I would do fine in the anatomy portion, one thing that has always been my strength is memorization.As for physiology, I knew it wouldn't just be memorization, it would be complete understanding of all the little parts that make the whole system work well. I went in for the first class as I had done many times before,my notebook (I even had a special note taking one) ready with the chapter we were covering that day at the heading, and I prepped the night before by reading the chapter. At the end of the class I was more confused than I was the previous evening. My professor had said the key for most students in physiology was learning the big picture before learning all the little pieces that put the picture together. That's when I finally got it and that is all it took to solve years of educational frustration. I just don't learn like that. It is impossible for me to understand the big picture before I fully understand the little pieces and lecture is set up directly opposite of that idea. As much as I tried during lectures, my mind always wandered. I have always been a reader even though I performed so poorly in school and I have always been a visual learner as well but it didn't translate well when sittingfor a traditional lecture I had been forcing myself to learn a way all these years that my brain just couldn't work with. With that realization, I began to study for my first test in a completely different way than I had before. I had five chapters on my first exam which equaled hundreds of text book pages. I am an avid reader, yes, but I also lack the ability to sit for hours at a time. I did some research online and found most of the information in textbooks are filler information. I read only the boxes, bolded words/sentences,and the first and last sentence of every paragraph. I made concept maps insteadof notes, graphs instead of flashcards, and for things I needed to memorize I utilized online flash cards to save time. When I didn't fully understand a concept, I went in search of reputable academic sites that provided videos, illustrations, and alternative ways of explaining a concept. I found I must talk difficult concepts out and I did this by either helping a fellow student or explaining it to my very loyal but bored dog who often sighed during my pseudo physiology lectures. I went to every lecture and did keep an ear out for any pertinent information but instead of forcing myself to focus on something I would not learn from, I sat in the back, quietly used my laptop and concept maps to review information, and to study for the anatomy portion (also very handy to use online flashcards for) so I could focus my study time at home on physiology. I blew through that first test. It was the first time in my life that I ever left a test knowing I just aced it. I had always told myself that it was OK I was not a super smart academic person, but I had wasted many years telling myself I could never succeed in educational pursuits when Iwas the one stopping myself this entire time. I continued studying in my new way and before I knew it I was applying to my bridge program with a 3.96 GPA. There were some definite bumps, I took Chemistry twice, had to study more for that class than NCLEX PN,and A+P 2 was one of the most difficult classes I have ever taken, the A minus I received as a final grade felt like an Olympic gold medal. I am someone who must study every day, as much as I wish I was one of those students that could read a chapter then pass a test without much effort, at least now I knew how to pass and gain knowledge at the same time. I am coming into my final semester of core nursing classes, I am due to graduate in April, and the study habits I developed for my firstA+P 1 test have changed some to meet the needs of those classes but my core study plan has stayed the same. I found I have had to study less in core nursing classes because I spent so much time on the foundational pre-requisites like anatomy and Chemistry. When a student who is about to start nursing school asks me what my best piece of advice is for them it is always find which way you learn best during pre-requisites. If it's not the standard way you have been taught is best, that's okay as long as your getting results and actually learning. Search the internet for different ideas, try out different things, use the strengths you already have! I am not a genius by any means and have done well even while working, having 3 kids, and a husband. I hope this helps some for students who struggle with traditional lecture formats and if anyone would like recommendations for websites that have helped me I would be glad to pass along the information. Good luck to everyone!
  14. CRNAdreamer

    No motivation, depressed

    I'm a straight A student, I'm literally at the end of my pre-reqs. All I have to do is A&P 2 and Patho 2. But I'm currently in Summer classes right now studying A&P 1 and I've lost it. I'm too lazy to get out of bed. I've maintained 92's on all of my unit exams so far, and now we're on the final unit and I can't bring myself to do anything. The thought of making another set of flashcards for this final unit, will have me frozen, staring at my computer, wanting to cry. I can't seek professional help, because I'm a military spouse and we have orders to move to Italy April 2021, anything I go to the doctor for right now can be flagged and we'd be at risk for losing those orders and not being a good fit for Italy anymore. I keep close with my classmates, some feel the same way, I'll talk to my nurse friends who've already done it, but nothing is sticking - how do I snap out of it?
  15. vangoghfan77

    Pearson Vue Trick was WRONG

    Hi everyone, I felt I had to post this!! I took my NCLEX on Tuesday and left feeling super down, I literally felt confident about maybe 20 questions. I cried A LOT and was pretty sure I failed. I did the Pearson Vue trick no less than 1000 times and got the “bad pop up” every time. I read post after post about how the trick is supposedly 99.9% accurate which made me even more depressed. I was already looking into which cities I could travel to to attend an in-person NCLEX review! Checked my state’s BON website this morning and low and behold my name popped up under RN license verification! So the Pearson Vue trick was wrong! I followed all of the specific instructions and never once got the good pop up. If the trick works for you and you get a good pop up CONGRATS! I don’t think I’ve ever read about anyone getting a false positive so the good pop seems to be pretty accurate. If you get the bad pop up though don’t worry, the trick is not guaranteed. Pearson Vue should honestly look into the little trick because it just adds to everyone’s anxiety and is really just a weird site error that should not be used to check NCLEX results. Good luck y’all and feel free to ask me anything! 🙂
  16. I know that mileage will vary from student to student, but which courses did you find the most challenging in your first year? Is there anything you would have done differently or focused on to make it easier on yourself? I am very close to going into my program and I want to make sure that I am prepared the best way I can. Thank you!
  17. I started generally studying for the exam in April, but didn't buckle down and get serious until May. So overall, about 2 to 2 1/2 months of study time. I didn't feel confident because in school I really didn't focus on studying too much (was juggling school, plus working full time and 16-hr clinicals per week, so I really was just trying to make it through the program and pass). I Started with the Leik FNP Book I read through the entire book. Completed the questions. I Purchased the book from amazon and was able to access the book and questions online through the app as well. Read the book again (this time just mainly focusing on areas I wasn't comfortable in) and went through the questions a second time (focusing on the questions I tested wrong on). Next, I also Decided to Do the Hollier FHEA Review I paid for the audio course, in which I listened to lectures and at the end, completed their questions. I also separately paid for two predictor exams from them in which I scored 70% the first time (took that two weeks before the exam), and 78% the second time (took that a week before the exam). Board Vitals Questions I did also purchase some board vitals questions for a month's access in the last month of studying. These were pretty good also but definitely not needed to pass the exam; very wide plethora of questions, however, some of the questions were just too much in detail. Nevertheless, if you just want more practice questions it is not a bad resource. I did this in my spare time when reading became too much. FACT: Both LEIK and HOLLIER resources were excellent. Leik Pros: I would say that Leik had the most bang for your buck. All of the knowledge and information you need and then some. They covered almost everything you can potentially see on the exam. I loved the fact that I could do it on my phone on the go or at home. Also had great study questions I definitely don't think I would've been able to pass the test without this resource. Cons: There were a few discrepancies in the text. However, not enough for me to vote this resource out of the game. Hollier Pros: The Hollier review was also excellent but in a different way. I truly feel that I LEARNED with this resource and understood the why behind the things that were important. ( I do believe that when you understand why things are the way that they are, it is much easier to memorize it for the test) This helped to reinforce the things I had already brushed over from Leik. I have to say I learned more from her than possibly my schooling. Amelie was very entertaining which made it that much easier to listen to the lectures. She told you the things to focus on that she knew for sure would be on the exam. She also told you things that she had a strong feeling wouldn't be on the exam based on her experience (which was helpful, since our brains can only know so much information). Cons: I think this is a great ADDITIONAL review. However, I don't think the audio course alone would be sufficient in passing the test. The topics that they covered (the most important stuff) was GREAT. Her way of memorizing heart murmurs was super easy to understand. But there were many other topics that were not covered. Also, at the end of each audio lecture, they say to focus on these topics to be successful in this area but however, some of those topics weren't covered in the lecture so you do need another study tool. In Conclusion Overall, if you have some cash to spend and want to ensure passing and feeling prepared: Do both the Leik book and Hollier Review + Predictor Exams. YOU will definitely be successful in passing. (Around $400 total) If you are low on cash, do just the Leik book and know the book inside and out and ALSO buy the Hollier Predictor Exams ($50 for two exams). Total Cost: $110 FNP Exam Wasn't bad. Took my exam at noon (don't do an 8 am exam trust me, not a good idea LOL) First 20 questions scared the crap out of me. ( I felt like what are they asking me?? I don't know any of this, oh no! ). If this happens, Just REMAIN CALM and if you don't know the answer make an educated guess, flag it for later, and move on. I revisited many of those questions later on and the answers became very clear to me (which just means it was my anxiety trying to fool me and that I did know the information). IF you truly have no idea the answer, make an educated guess. Odds are you are right. Don't change your answer unless you are sure. Out of 175 questions I "flagged" about 30 that I wasn't all too sure about. These were my tips, Feel free to ask me any questions 🙂
  18. I am curious how nursing school is during COVID, please let us know your experiences. Are you taking all lecture classes online? Does your clinical sites allow students? if not, what are they substituting clinical's with? Do you feel like you are losing the experience that you need to be a successful nurse? How are you and your fellow nursing students overcoming the challenges faced with COVID?
  19. MMikels

    My Journey to RN

    I returned to school in the Spring semester of 2015, at 29 years old, with the hopes of going to nursing school. At the time, I had gotten divorced just over a year earlier, and was raising my then 7 year old without any assistance from her father. I worked as a salaried manager at McDonald's, meaning I worked a minimum of 46 scheduled hours a week, but was expected to stay late whenever needed and take calls when at home, so was working closer to 55 hours a week. I also had an 18 year old step-daughter who remained my child even after the divorce, who lived with her boyfriend, but visited home regularly. I did not believe that I would have much success going back to school, but a close friend had just gone back the year before, and convinced me that it was something that I could do too. As most of the prereqs were available as online classes through the community college, I decided to give it a go. As I completed my prereqs, I became more confident about my ability to balance family, work, and school life. It made for many very busy days, but I knew my goal was worth it, and I reminded myself that I was doing this to give my daughter a better life, and show her what can be achieved with hard work. My friend that pushed me to go back to school was accepting into the nursing program in the fall of 2016, and I made a goal to complete my prereqs in time to apply for the fall of 2017. We also became closer than friends at that time, and although we each had very little outside support systems, we supported each other towards our goals. In the Spring of 2017 I was accepted into the nursing program, in the Summer of 2017 I got engaged to my best friend, in august of 2017 I officially started nursing school, and in October 2017 I found out that I was pregnant. It was quite a whirlwind of life changes. While in nursing school I continued to work full time, as did my fiancee. Our program required one 8 hour classroom day and one 10 hour clinical day. Originally I went to class on Tuesday, clinical on Wednesday, and then work 9 hours on Wednesday; however, the 19 hour shift became very difficult to do while pregnant, and generally I would not get home until 2am on Thursday, have Thursday off, and work at 4am on Friday. In my second semester I switched to work after my Tuesday class, have Wednesday off, and go to clinicals on Thursday. Working after either a class or a clinical day was necessary so that I would have one day off a week to do study and homework. This was almost always a weekday, so I could do this while my daughter was at school, and be available to spend time with her in the afternoon. In May of 2018, my fiancee graduated with his ADN, passed his NCLEX at the end of the month. The nursing program had a Summer semester as well. I continued to go to class and work full time. We welcomed our daughter in the beginning of June, and I was at our next scheduled class, 6 days after she was born. My fiancee and I got married shortly thereafter, and he started a job working in the critical care unit, while still working as a patent classifier, which allowed a mixture of office work and at home work. That Summer, my husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which thankfully was treated surgically and has not required radiation or chemotherapy at this point. Due to long childcare waitlists, I continued into my second year of nursing school as a stay at home mother. Going into second year, we also had a small group of the students become class officers, and I took up a spot as the class treasurer, and attended most of the student government association bimonthly meetings to represent the nursing student group. While I was home much more often, I lost my day for homework and study and had to change my study and school work habit to work around the baby's nap schedule. Through all of this, I graduated with a 4.0 in May of 2019, and in July of 2019 I passed my NCLEX in 75 questions. I spent those months after graduation working towards completing the entirety of the Kaplan Qbank questions, doing a minimum of 150 questions a day, and a maximum of 300 in a day. It was important to do questions daily to keep up with my content knowledge as well as to continue to get practice with the critical thinking aspect of the NCLEX questions. While I tried to do questions mainly when the baby was napping, this wasn't always possible, and sometimes I had to multitask questions with taking care of the family and house. The Qbank allows the user to do as few as 25 questions at a time, and as many as 75. Whenever I knew that I would not be able to fully concentrate on the test, I would only select 25 questions so that I would feel less pressure. When I knew I had time to really sit down and test, I would do as many back to back 75 question tests as possible to practice for the chance of getting 265 questions on the NCLEX. Currently, I have been working as an operating room nurse for almost 3 months, and am a full time RN-BSN student. The past four years have been a major rollercoaster of life changes, but I wouldn't change a thing for the world. My husband became a nurse at 38, and myself at 34. It is not easy to go back to school as a non-traditional student while working and raising a family, but it is well worth it.
  20. Jennifer Koval-Dienst

    Pearson vue trick results on hold 😳

    I got my att yesterday (Friday June 19th) and scheduled for today (June 20th) at 4pm. Took my exam in about 40 minutes. Shut off at 60 questions. I got the result on hold pop up. Anyone else? I need some emotional support here. I’m freaking out LOL. I took no breaks, didn’t even have a phone in the testing center, didn’t use my white board, No issue with palm scan, and no computer issues. Is this because I am a fast test taker? I’m so stressed out.
  21. SadieB773

    Passed After Failing 3 Times!

    I have seen inspiring posts on here, people turning here for answers on what to do when failing. People sharing their success stories and I would like to just help anyone I can. NCLEX-PN: My Journey My name is Sadie and I started my journey to becoming a nurse in 2012. I decided to go to a trade school straight out of high school so I could save money and get done with school faster. I graduated in 2012 and got my first job within a month working as an MA. I was 19 and had the idea to wait to take my NCLEX-PN so I could have some fun and not worry about school stuff for a little bit. My first attempt was in 2013 I got around 200 questions and once I got the detailed report I did not do too bad but still decided to wait to take the NCLEX again. I did not do anything to really prep for the test, I just hoped for the best. My 2nd attempt was 2014 I got around the same number of questions. This time to study I re-read the entire 6-inch thick nursing book (not advised). My 3rd attempt was 2016 I got around 90 questions and basically bombed it. This time I had paid for Kaplan review and still did not come any closer to passing. Preparing for My 4th Try February of 2020 comes around and I am ready to get started. I Google best NCLEX-PN review courses and scroll through the list trying to find one that had good reviews but would not break the bank. Remar Review I came across Remar review. It was a nice content refresher but I did not care for the set up of the quizzes - wrong answers would be marked as right, I noticed contradicting info in the workbook, and by the end of it, I just felt very concerned about what I had been studying. I finished that in about 4 weeks (I sped up the course). I had plans to take NCLEX in May so I had 2 months left and just very unsure of what to do at this point. Mark Klimek Reviews Multiple people recommended Mark Klimek reviews on Youtube. I listened to those and took notes and for the first time in 8 years, I finally felt like something was making some sense. Things were starting to click and I actually felt like I could pass NCLEX. The only problem was, I had no way to do review questions to prep for NCLEX and we all know without getting used to NCLEX style questions the likelihood of passing is not great. NCLEX Question Reviews Multiple people recommended UWorld. I looked into it and it was way too expensive for me. A few people mentioned ArcherReview and at the time there was only an option for RN (no LPN yet). NCSBN launched a sale so I signed up for that; did not care for the layout or style of the questions. I checked back into ArcherReview and they launched the LPN version. I utilized it for all of my questions for studying. Each question gave feedback on how my peers also did on the question and the rationale explained why answers were right and wrong. You can make notes on each question and you get an overall average when done. It was AMAZING. There were questions that I had no idea what the question was even asking or what a condition was, but I read the rationale and took notes. Will This Be the Last Attempt? I took my test on May 2nd, I got 67 questions and what felt like at least 40 SATA. Some of the questions I had were EXTREMELY similar to what I saw on ArcherReview. A lot of the same content but honestly ArcherReview was a little harder than NCLEX which I had heard. I was okay with studying harder questions because I wanted this to be my LAST attempt at passing the NCLEX-PN. The moment of truth ... I left the testing center and thought to myself there is no way I passed with all of those SATA and getting the minimum number of questions. I got home, I got the email and knew I could now do "the trick". I did it and ... I PASSED!! That's right, I PASSED. With A TON of SATA and the minimum number of questions after graduating 8 years ago and this being my 4th attempt, I finally did it. AND, YOU CAN TOO! ArcherReview and Mark Klimek made this possible for me and I can not recommend either of those things enough; the combo is important. You need the info from Mark and then learn to apply it with ArcherReview while continuing to learn content and even more tips/pointers while test-taking. Do Not Give Up The Comeback Is Greater Than The Setback and You Only Fail When You Stop Trying. Keep Moving Forward, You Can and You Will Pass NCLEX.
  22. KSM-RN

    Leave School Nursing?

    Hi all! It has been quite a while since I have posted. I am currently finishing my 5th year of school nursing. I have thought about other opportunities because my kids will be in college soon. I am currently interviewing for an educator position for a diabetic pump company. This is a field position that will educate doctors, staff as well as patients on this particular brand of pump. I will assist patients getting educated on how to start on the pump etc. I have thought about this type of position for a while since we make such strong connections with our diabetics. My biggest reservation is giving up the schedule. However, since my kids are older and an increased income would be super helpful for college I am thinking it may be time. I do like my school nursing job, but as you all know it can be so challenging, frustrating and exhausting. More than any non school nurses will ever know. What would it take for you to leave your current position or would you not leave?
  23. A nursing student spends several nights studying for an exam, but he/she still feels unprepared because there is too much information to recall. Nursing students can identify with such experience and ask the popular question of how do I study nursing textbooks? Nursing textbooks are filled with a lot of vital information but unfortunately, many nursing students find it difficult to differentiate required information from knowledge content. When studying nursing textbooks look for keywords, retain information by asking questions, take summary notes and understand the pathophysiology of a disease. Look for keywordsWhen studying your nursing textbooks look for keywords like critical, important, vital, main, common, goals, etc to help you understand the critical content that needs to be retained for exams and clinical purposes. These keywords would bring out the important points in a chapter that every nursing student needs to understand and apply. You can find keywords at the beginning or end of a paragraph, while the middle expands on the main point. Ask or create questionsAnother important step is retaining information by asking or creating questions from the content you have studied. Nursing content is different from the pre-requisite courses that were learned before nursing school because it cannot be memorized. Nursing content presents the disease process, medication, interventions, management and patient education that have to be linked to create a proper understanding. For instance, when studying about administering fibrinolytic therapy to a patient with acute stroke, the nursing student needs to understand what is happening (pathophysiology) and what complications need to be prevented. It is important to understand what factors can aggravate the patient's condition. If the HCP prescribes administration of Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), what does the nurse need to consider? Some questions to ask in this scenario include, but are not limited to:Does the patient have a history of recent head trauma, major surgery, recent or active bleeding, GI bleeding, etc?Would the nurse administer treatment before diagnostic tests are acquired and reviewed?Why is it important to review the labs before administering treatment?Would the nurse administer tPA to a patient who is complaining of severe headache that is unrelieved by medication?Why is a CT scan important after a patient has presented with stroke symptoms?How soon should tPA be administered after an acute ischemic stroke and why?What assessments and vital signs are crucial when administering tPA?These and many other questions that nursing students need to consider when studying. As you read the chapter ask yourself various questions that are related to the disease process. The questions would help your brain create links that would be useful when answering exam questions. From the above example, you can see that one disease process links to other comorbidities, so it is vital to understand these relationships when studying. Take notesMore so, you should take notes with a pen and paper when reading each chapter. Some students underestimate the power of the eyes and hands when it comes to recalling information. The brain is good at remembering information that is performed with multiple senses I.e vision and touch. However, do not get tempted to copy every word in your textbook because that would be a fruitless effort. The proper way to take notes is by summarizing the content in your own words after you have read through twice. Creating a summary helps to pinpoint if there are any gaps in your knowledge. To identify gaps, compare your summary to the content and ensure that both are related and accurate. Do not just skim through ...Further, when studying your nursing textbook, do not skim through pathophysiology because it gives a whole picture of a disease. When you understand what, why, where, when, how (pathophysiology), then you can confidently answer questions that are related to medication, interventions, nursing management, and patient education. Pay attention to the images, tables and highlighted words in pathophysiology. Enhance your critical thinking skillsUnderstanding and applying nursing content gives you an avenue to enhance your critical thinking skills. However, do not think that someone can teach you how to think critically because it is a skill that you develop with time. Enhancing your critical thinking skills requires time, effort and diligence. Therefore, create a schedule and start studying for an exam early because you need enough time to apply the above tips. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me. I wish you the best in nursing school and am here to help you!
  24. So here it is... I graduated nursing school December 1st 2019 and took my test February 24th 2020. I didn't really start studying until January 27th after I got back from visiting my sister in BC. I used you-world and did about 1700 of the questions averaging 50's-60's on most of the tests and scored 66% on my assessment test (meaning very high change of passing the NCLEX). In addition, I read the Saunder's book front to back and took notes on every chapter (in total about 200 pages of notes!!) and then studied from the notes and referenced the book when needed. you-world was very helpful in understanding how to answer the questions but I would say that the questions on the NCLEX were more vague and there was definitely no one obvious answer like in you-world. One big tip I'd say about you-world is to not only understand the disease processes etc. but to use it as a tool to identify how the test makers like their questions answered and the rationale they used behind picking answers. There is NO possible way to know everything so the MOST important thing is to trust yourself and build up a knowledge base on how to answer the questions! I took you-world questions until I instinctively knew the answers and could trust myself. Another tip for studying is to watch videos online. Every time I couldn't understand something like acute respiratory failure or Kawasaki's disease I would watch a quick video (or a long one like RegisteredNurseRN - bless her!) and it would really cement the information. It's also important to note that though the NCLEX doesn't directly ask questions about pathophysiology, understanding it is pertinent to being able to answer in depth questions and remembering signs and symptoms! I studied maybe 3-4 hours a day for 4 weeks and did 200-300 you-world questions whenever I had time. OK now for the test... Even going into the test I was like...yeah I might fail this. I'm not a confident test taker and I wasn't sure if I'd studied enough but I needed to take it then because I could possibly start working March 2nd. My test was at 8am and I had a horrible headache all night from stress but I just told myself to get it over with and it would be done soon. I got to the test centre and all I felt was dread that I was possibly making a mistake. I had been reading posts online for days about smart students who had failed in 75 questions and I was terrified and totally in my head. 30 minutes later and I was sitting at the computer shaking and almost having a panic attack. I was able to calm myself enough to get through the tutorial and then the test started and...even the first question threw me! The whole test threw me! I felt as if the instinct and trust in myself I had garnered while taking the you-world tests had just blown away! Half-way through the test I thought I had failed and I was ready for it to shut off at 75 because I had bombed it...and it did! Everyone else from my time slot (about 12 people) where still there (I finished in an hour and a half). I got maybe 7 SATA questions, no delegation, 2 math questions, 2 sorting questions and three medication questions on the SAME med which of course I didn't know! The worst was that I felt like I should've know the answers because the questions weren't that hard but I didn't. I was in a daze leaving the test centre. I drove to a nearby church parking lot and immediately looked up "less than 10 SATA questions, 75 questions, pass or fail?". After reading that it was possible to pass I drove home and couldn't believe what had just happened. As soon as my boyfriend got home it just hit me and I couldn't stop sobbing, telling him that I'd let him down and everyone was going to be disappointed in me and they expected better. Fortunately 24 hours (and a lot of crying) later I found out I passed!! My advice for everyone out there is to not overthink the test because you can not accurately say what a hard or easy question is! To get into nursing you have to be smart and to finish nursing school you have to be smart and motivated so trust yourself! Most people feel that they failed afterwards because they are not used to getting so many questions wrong. It is all perspective and of course we jump to the worst conclusion. It's hard but until you know your result try not to stress. Even if you did fail in 75 or 130 or 265 questions you are smart and capable and you will do this! Everything happens for a reason and failing is only going to teach you valuable lessons about yourself and make you stronger! Reality is the only person that is really going to care if you take it once or a million times is you! If I can pass the NCLEX then you can too! Remember that passing one test does not make you or break you! Good luck to all the future nurses out there!!
  25. Joe V

    Treadmill-sleep-walker

    Nursing Students are notorious for finding the most unique ways to catch a few winks. Now, falling asleep on the treadmill is one way and in the absence of any health-related issues, it's probably happened to a few people and not worrisome. If you are trying to juggle work, your nursing studies and have a "normal" life, you probably are sleep-deprived. Is this you? It probably isn't a good idea, however, to treadmill-sleep-walk. LOL!!