I wrote the NCLEX…

Written on June 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm
Filed under: Nursing School

and I passed!!! Michelle RN sounds good, right?

Because this happened.

Studying… still.

Written on June 1, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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It’s been a few weeks since I last stepped foot in a hospital. And it really kind of sucks. I miss being in the hospital. I miss patient interactions. I even miss being a little bit stressed because “ohmigosh, everyone has 8am meds!”.

I’ve been studying a lot for the NCLEX lately. I decided to do the review produced by the NCSBN1 because it was significantly cheaper than all of the other online review programs. I like the idea of self-study because sitting in the classroom having someone talk at me just does not sound like a good time. So far it’s been going well. I study Mondays to Fridays for 6 to 9 hours a day, depending on which lesson I’m on (I’m following a suggested study schedule, which is outlined by the lessons).

Studying is possibly one of my least favourite things in the world to do, but I find giving myself the weekends off really helps! It gives me time to relax, to regroup, and to just not think for a couple of days about the NCLEX. I know some of my classmates that are studying every single day and I think my brain would just be all “Pfft, eff you, I’m going to play Blank Space for you on repeat for the next hour'” or just give up altogether.

The thing is, I learned a lot over 3 years. And having to review all of that stuff is a lot to digest. So, daily studying, plenty of breaks, and weekends off does the trick for me. I know that a lot of people on allnurses.com are probably rolling their eyes at me because I should be studying 12 hours a day for 7 days a week or something equally horrendous. My brain likes breaks! And sometimes it’s nice to just relax and watch an episode of something on Netflix and not think.

Speaking of weekends to regroup – I did just that. I roasted marshmallows in a backyard fire pit, got harassed by a Boston terrier, and slipped down a flight of stairs. Oh, and that was just Friday night. For Saturday, I hit my head against the wall trying to sit up. Cue laughter from the boyfriend because he just thought I was hilarious (he witnessed me slipping on the stairs too).

Hopefully next weekend will be a bit tamer – I’m going out for an afternoon tea on Saturday!

  1. National Council of State Boards of Nursing

I’m a (soon-to-be) Nurse!

Written on May 12, 2015 at 8:51 am
Filed under: Nursing School

I passed my final preceptorship (practicum) last Friday. My school confirms with the CRNBC this week that I passed (and it takes a few business days for the CRNBC to tell me that I can pay for my provisional licensing), and then the CRNBC tells Pearson Vue that I passed and therefore an eligible to write the NCLEX. Confused yet?

School talks to CRNBC, CRNBC talks to Pearson Vue, Pearson Vue emails me and goes “Hey, you can write this $360 exam now”.

As of right now, I am a nurse – sort of. I don’t have a provisional license yet, so I cannot work at this moment in time. However, once my school confirms I’m done, I’m eligible for my provisional licensing (which I believe is $450), and I’m eligible to write the exam. If and when I pass, my provisional license turns into a regular license which means then I can call myself a registered nurse (and not a moment sooner).

But I passed my final practicum! I passed the nursing program. It’s been a long (and at times, short) three years of my life. This time in 2012, I was finishing up my B.Sc and excited about getting into the nursing program at the school I’m at now. Next month, I will be walking across (yet another stage) and receiving my Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Over the next few weeks, I will be studying for one of the most important exams of my life. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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