Amber, BSN, RN

I took the NCLEX on Monday! And I PASSED!!! Using the quick results option (you can pay Pearson Vue $7.95 48 hours after the test in order to get your test results) I found out this morning that I passed.

I passed the NCLEX in 45 minutes with 75 questions. I contribute this to the great education I received at TWU, and the amazing Kaplan class I took after graduation to help prep me for the licensing exam.

I’m so freaking excited right now!!! After 5 years of laboring in school, I have finally accomplished what I set out to achieve!!! I AM A NURSE!!!

 

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Kaplan NCLEX Prep Course Review

Hello again, everyone! I know I promised you a Kaplan NCLEX prep review awhile ago and alas, I didn’t deliver on time…it’s been a whirlwind around here but thankfully I’m slowing down for a bit as I prepare for taking the NCLEX!

I took the Kaplan NCLEX Preparation Course right after Christmas; it’s typically a four day back-to-back class but I choose the weekend class option, so my four class days were split into two weekends. This was the only option that worked with my holiday and work schedule, and I was initially upset that I had to split the classes in that fashion, however it turned out much better than I expected.

Each day we met for 3 hours in the morning, then had an hour-long lunch break, and then met for another 3 hours. In the morning on the first day of class our instructor gave us explicit detail on how the NCLEX works and began to introduce the strategies Kaplan uses to answer questions. After that morning session, every session thereafter was mostly going through and answering questions using the strategies that we were being taught. On the last day of classes, we took a “readiness” test (even though our instructor said it doesn’t indicate whether you’re ready for anything or not) that consisted of 180 questions and then got together in the afternoon to discuss the test questions and answers. The last hour of class we discussed “what to do now” and how to continue preparing for NCLEX based on how many weeks after the last day of class we’d be taking the NCLEX.

The strategies that Kaplan introduces in order to answer NCLEX questions are BRILLIANT. I especially love that with purchase of the prep course I have access to over 2,000 more questions to practice with before taking the NCLEX. I have been doing 150 questions a day and practice tests as I lead up to taking my test. And I have found that even if I don’t know the answer to a question, if I use the strategies that were taught to me I more often than not can arrive to the right answer anyway!

I highly, highly recommend taking the Kaplan Prep Course due to the fact that it’s not just content review but actual STRATEGY to answering questions. The content review comes AS I’m answering the questions every day and as I look up the stuff that I realize I don’t know/forgot!

It IS an expensive course but I just considered it part of being in nursing school…and TOTALLY worth it if I pass the NCLEX the first time, right? All I know is that I don’t want to regret anything should I happen to fail the NCLEX on the first try (crossing my fingers that I DON’T). I want to know that I’ve taken the necessary steps to passing it on the first go-round.

And there you have it! It’s not a super complex review, I know, but in all honesty the class itself it not very complex – but completely worth it!!

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!!!