Amber, BSN

Oh yes it’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged, and obviously a TON has happened! I have FINALLY graduated nursing school with my BSN!!!!!

AND I managed to get ALL As this last, final semester. What a way to end things!! My final GPA for my undergrad is 3.823. I’m super, super pleased. My two goals for nursing school were to make no Cs (I didn’t) and for my final GPA to be above a 3.75. Score on both accounts!

I just received my Authorization to Test (ATT) this morning and I have officially scheduled my NCLEX exam. It’s all wrapping up and it’s becoming all too real that I am no longer a nursing student but about to be a nurse (God-willing I pass my NCLEX!). My last shift as a PCT will be on February 5th, and my first shift as a Graduate RN will be on February 23rd – can’t wait!!!

I am in the midst of taking the Kaplan NCLEX Prep Course. I am loving it and highly recommend it – I’ll write a separate post on that later this week. So far I think it’s been beneficial; of course it helps that one of my favorite professors happens to be teaching it and she is just amazing when it comes to explaining ANYTHING.

I’ll leave you with some pictures now to highlight the whirlwind that was pinning, graduation, and graduation parties. 🙂

We didn't want to jinx ourselves by saying 100% RN until we passed the NCLEX! This was our celebratory cookie cake after our last final. :)

We didn’t want to jinx ourselves by saying 100% RN until we passed the NCLEX! This was our celebratory cookie cake after our last final. 🙂

Received my college ring during finals week! I'm so happy to wear it!

Received my college ring during finals week! I’m so happy to wear it!

Got my hair and makeup done before my pinning ceremony...

Got my hair and makeup done before my pinning ceremony…

All dressed up!

All dressed up!

So proud to have him by my side during this journey. So happy he pinned me. :)

So proud to have him by my side during this journey. So happy he pinned me. 🙂

There it is!!! The long-coveted pin!!!

There it is!!! The long-coveted pin!!!

Cardiac cookies for my graduation party the morning of graduation.

Cardiac cookies for my graduation party the morning of graduation.

Nurse-themed cupcakes! And they were GOOD.

Nurse-themed cupcakes! And they were GOOD.

The four amigas...they have been with me from the very beginning and I couldn't have made it through without them.

The four amigas…they have been with me from the very beginning and I couldn’t have made it through without them.

More sweet nursing school friends at my graduation party.

More sweet nursing school friends at my graduation party.

Graduation Cap!! It certainly wasn't the most creative but I thought it was cute!!

Graduation Cap!! It certainly wasn’t the most creative but I thought it was cute!!

Walking down the aisle during graduation!!

Walking down the aisle during graduation!!

We're DONE!!!

We’re DONE!!!

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Smiling with the Chancellor of TWU :)

Smiling with the Chancellor of TWU 🙂

Officially a graduate!!!

Officially a graduate!!!

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J1 Semester OVER!

I survived my J1 nursing semester!! In only three more semesters, I will be a graduate!!!

The assessment final was weird for me. I thought it was easy as I was walking out of the classroom, however I ended up with an 80! Which means I got an 89 as a finally grade in assessment, so I got a B. But I’m truly ok with this, as I don’t think even with studying for two weeks straight I would’ve gotten a different grade. I wouldn’t have answered those questions any differently.

So I got two As and one B this semester, and I’m smiling big. So excited to be done with it and moving on to Adult Health 1 and Woman’s next semester. I also have an EKG elective this summer with the associate dean of the nursing school and I’m THRILLED to be able to get into the class and take it!

I’ve applied to several PCT/PCA/CNA jobs at the hospitals in my area and so far have heard back from one of them and had a phone screening. The recruiter said he would send my application to the nurse managers on the units that I’ve applied to, so YAY! Keeping my fingers crossed that some of them like me. 🙂

And now…now I’m relaxing with absolutely no schoolwork to do. LOVE IT!

Winter Break!!

I’m very happy to say that my Fall 2012 semester is OVER. Thankfully, I came away with all A’s this semester, which means I’m officially beginning nursing school with a 4.0! Hopefully I can maintain a high GPA throughout nursing school as well; I am under no illusions though that I’ll come away from this journey without any B’s or C’s.

As of today it’s been a complete week without classes…and in one week all I’ve done is picked up my nursing school books, ordered some supplemental books, completed my second volunteer shift at Children’s Medical Center, gotten a hair cut, and have basically completed 5 loads of laundry while reading. Can you say laziness, anyone? 😉

Anxious

I wonder if it is normal to want to get into nursing school so bad that my heart hurts?? It truly does. I just can’t stand not knowing yet, after coming so far, if I’m really going to be accepted and starting in the spring. After actually applying for the nursing program, scheduling the TEAS exam, and being in contact with the advisors at TWU, the wait seems even harder now…and I think that’s because this is actually happening. This isn’t just a distant dream that I’m pressing toward anymore, I’m now at the point where I can be proactive about getting into nursing school. But now that I’ve applied, I can also be denied – and that scares me. 

I’m also nervous about making sure that I’m not missing any steps or paperwork in this process. I already had to contact one of the advisors because I realized I filled out part of the application wrong. She got it cleared up for me in no time, but stuff like that makes me even more anxious. What else have I forgotten?  

I definitely will be calling/setting up an appointment with the nursing school admissions coordinator in early August to make sure my file is perfect and ready to go before the September 1st deadline. 

Things I need to double-check with her:

  • Making sure the new grade for the one class I retook – chemistry – will be counted toward my GPA instead of the old grade.
  • Making sure they have my Fall 2012 schedule listed in my file. This is what I missed when filling out my application, and it’s important that they know I’m still finishing (and will have finished!) all my non-nursing pre-reqs before the start of the Spring 2013 semester. 
  • Making sure they received my TEAS score, and that it’s the correct score. I heard a horror story about last semester – a girl was denied because she scored an 85 on her TEAS but TWU received it as a 58! 

I’m pretty sure that’s all I need to confirm…I’m definitely ready to be past the September 1st deadline so that I can try and put all this on the back burner of my mind for two months; after all, there’s nothing I can possibly do at that point so why stress about it, right? 

OMG I just wish it were November already.

It’s Summer!

I’ve been done with the spring semester for two weeks now, and it feels SO GOOD. As expected, I made all A’s in my classes, which means I officially have a 4.0 GPA and all my first attempt grades are A’s! My finals were extremely easy…I think the hardest final was the standardized chemistry test, and the one I expected to be the hardest, which wasn’t, was the microbiology final. I was freaking out about that final – feeling WAY less prepared than I actually was. I ended up getting a 99 on the chemistry final, a 100 on my statistics final, a 100 on my developmental psychology final, and a 95 on my microbiology final!

 I registered for and scheduled the TEAS-V test Wednesday!! I really wasn’t sure which day to schedule it for, since I’m not sure how much I need to prepare and how long it’ll take me before I feel ready, so I scheduled it for July 23rd. Hopefully (and probably most definitely) that gives me enough time to study and prepare well for it. I started studying for it last week, and yesterday sat down for hours and finished the reading portion and about half of the math portion. So far, with all that checked off, I’m feeling really confident about it. 

 Maybe I just haven’t gotten into the harder subject material yet, but I can’t help but feel that this test is very elementary. If I get through the study manual quickly and take the two practice tests and do well, then I’ll probably re-schedule the TEAS-V for an earlier date. Then all I’ll need to do is pay $30 bucks and officially submit the nursing school application, and I’ll be done with the whole application process! It’ll be only a waiting game until November. 

Thoughts

I am having such a hard time studying for my microbiology quiz on Tuesday. All I can think about is the fact that in less than 4 weeks I will be completely done with this semester, and preparing to schedule my TEAS-V entrance exam for nursing school. All I can think about is what I still need to do to make sure I’m prepared and ready to apply, to make sure I’m going to have the best shot at being accepted. And then my thoughts get ahead of me and I start thinking about everything I’ll have to do once I am accepted, and thinking that I should start trying to get that out of the way now so I have less to worry about then. Because when I’m accepted it’ll be November, with the start of nursing school two months away, and I just want to make sure that I’m not scrambling to get everything in order.

Acceptance to TWU’s nursing school is contingent on 3 things: GPA, Entrance Exam Scores, and “First-Attempt” grades for A&P I, A&P II, Microbiology, and Statistics. At the end of this semester, providing nothing seriously interrupts this good mojo I have going on with schoolwork and grades right now, I will have a 4.0 GPA and all four of my first attempt grades will be A’s. That means that I will have absolutely no fault in 2 out of the 3 categories that they look at when trying to decide whom to accept or deny. All I have to be concerned with then is studying hard for my TEAS-V and ace-ing it! And when that’s accomplished, how can they deny this girl?

 I’ll just feel so grateful once this semester is over and my grades are sealed. I’ll feel especially more satisfied once I’ve taken my TEAS-V and applied, and can get on with my life without continuously thinking about what I have to do beforehand!