Yeah I know…it’s been two months. Long story short. Graduation. Vacation = enjoying three weeks of freedom. Study time. Test time. Happy “I passed” time. Free Time. Just hunt time. = ) In a nutshell.
But really Thank Allah the NCLEX is OVER. I swear I think I learned more in my one month of cramming than I did during nursing school – only because it was crunch time – not that school didn’t help. = )
I basically put off studying for a few weeks so my brain could unwind, readjust to living at home again and basically getting on a sleep schedule, gym schedule, meal schedule, family schedule. Life. Until finally it hit me that I really, really needed to schedule my exam in there somewhere. We have a window of 3ish months I think that our Authorization To Test is valid. After that you gotta fork out more dough to take the test. Mine ends this Thanksgiving-ish.
My ideal plan coming out of school was to break for a week and hit the ground running. Take test early October and then job hunt. Obviously, as I said that did not happen. So the day become November 9th and I disappeared for all of October.
Daily October Schedule:
Wake up around 8.
Have breakfast by 9.
Park it in front of the computer for the next 4-5 hours.
Park it for 4-5 hours.
Park it for….you get it? I am sure I slept in there somewhere.
Even throughout my efforts of being antisocial (though I never deactivated FB…which prolly would have not worked anyway), I still managed to hear about the people who had already taken it, passed, gotten jobs and those that unfortunately gone the other route…
Eventually, I had stressed myself out so much that I wasn’t sure if I was learning anything anymore. You know how they tell you don’t study the night before the test? B.S. like that was going to happen. I couldn’t even sleep. I got up on time the next day but still made it only 5 mins before scheduled time. Sad part is the testing center was only 10 minutes from my house. Whoops. But I made it!!!
To add to the anxiety, there was a girl in line behind me who was taking the test for the 4TH time!!! – God, just shoot me now… I don’t know what possessed her to tell me her horror stories right before I was called in – argh!!! THANKS RANDOM GIRL FOR TERRIFYING ME WITH YOUR NCLEX FAILURE HORROR STORIES! I WILL REMEMBER YOU FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!
Anyway, I don’t really remember testing….I do remember busting out with my study duas as I sat down to put on my noise cancellation headgear.
DU’A BEFORE STUDYING
“Allaahumma infa’nii bimaa ‘allamtanii wa’allimnii maa yanfa’unii.”
O my Lord, make useful for me what you hath thought me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me.
DU’A FOR KNOWLEDGE
“Rabbi Zid-Nee ‘iL-Maa”
My Lord, increase me in Knowledge.
I swear Allah took the test for me! I always used to nod off during practice tests at home. haha Oops. but on the day of I was there 100% – no smart balance popcorn to keep me awake! = )
I was really hoping for 75 questions but I got about 130-something. I stopped looking after it went over 100 because I didn’t want to psych myself out too much and everyone was right the screen literally shuts off on you.
What I do remember: I got zero calculations, a million medication Questions, a TON of priority questions (this was probably the biggest category), and only a handful of the select all that apply, ZERO diagrams, and like one that you actually had to look at a chart.
- If your about to take it for the first time or again – please do a review course. Kaplan or Hurst or whoever – if you need content practice go with Hurst if you need test taking strategy go with Kaplan. I got lucky and got a bit of both because I have amazing people in my life that are awesome sharers. = )
- Make a cheat sheet/packet with common lab values, quirky things about meds, diseases, diets etc – READ THIS PACKET EVERY DAY! EAT, SLEEP and DREAM of this packet every day…so on test day…you know it! = )
- I did a lot of googling to find reviews and tips and stuff. Keywords: NCLEX Review (duh!), NCLEX most tested medications, NCLEX tips.
Most helpful websites: allnurses.com (my go to website for almost everything nursing) and scribd.com (people post up reviews and stuff on there).
After the test, I felt like hiding in a corner and just crying. (Yes, even though during the test I felt nothing). I knew that two hours from now I could go and try to re-register for the test and that would tell me if I had passed or failed. I don’t think I had been that stressed in a very long time. I drove home in a daze and had my late breakfast in a daze. I didn’t even talk…my mom was like “hello…im trying to have a conversation”. I’m like “ma…my heart it beating in my throat, I have a migraine, I’m gonna puke and I’m prolly about to have a fit of diarrhea…whatchu want to talk about!?” – Just kidding but that probably would have been close to my answer had I not been so dazed. Most people sleep after a big test. Give me a break. Keep that advice to yourself. I’ll sleep when I pass.
Two hours later I am sitting at the salon waiting for my mom when my friend texted me to tell me she had passed. You know that moment when you feel your heart beating in your throat….this was it for me that day. I debated for about 30 minutes before breaking down and checking on my phone.
I passed. = )
We laughed. We cried. ( I don’t mean just me and mom….I mean the salon girls too…that was a little weird.)
The weight had been lifted. I was free. LIFE BEGINS AGAIN!!! (That’s from watching “Ponyo” 50 times with my little brother).
10 days later (today) I get my official “you passed” paperwork and my RN license in the mail making November 19th an epic Friday. To reward myself….I sat around in my PJs all day – just like in undergrad. It was awesome. I wish there were more of these days.
Now: JOB HUNT!
So that was my NCLEX story.