July 02, 2005

New Career...finally!!

I passed state boards!! I was so nervous and worried. The test cut off at seventy-five questions. They told us that meant one of two things. Either you did really well or you did really poorly. I couldn't see myself doing really well after all of the test grades that I saw in nursing school so I was sure that I had bombed it. So, when my husband handed me the piece of paper with my license number on it and I realized what I was looking at....I let out a shreik of joy. My sixteen year old dropped everything he was holding it scared him so badly. :o) When my husband explained to him that I had passed my test, he said, "Is that what you scared the crap out of me for?!"

Anyway, I can now officially say that I am an RN. That feels really good after working so hard for it. Some days, I thought that this day would never come. I just hope that it is worth all of the debt that we have incurred, all of the stress that it has caused, all of the things we have done without, etc. I hope it is. For now though...I am elated. I have finally done what I have wanted to do do for way over half of my life....even if I am just pushing meds at the nursing home for now.

Posted by Barbara at July 2, 2005 10:02 PM

My wife is superwoman. There's just nothing else to say.

Posted by: smijer at July 5, 2005 12:54 AM

Congrats for all your hard work and dedication!!! I bet you thought the day would never come, and here it is. You must be walking on air right now =). I hope to someday be saying those words myself. I am in my first month of nursing school and just picked up my Saunders NCLEX-RN Exam comprehensive review guide. Two years early, but I figured I would keep it around and start looking at it early. I imagine my school is gearing a lot of their tests with the NCLEX in mind.

Again, not to steal the stage...congratulations!


Posted by: Joni J. at July 17, 2005 03:37 AM

Joni, excellent idea. That is the best advice that I could give to you right now. Saunders is great! Read through the chapters that pertain to what you are studying in school. It will help you to understand the material....really. Take the test questions as often as you can. You are right...they do write the questions in school to model the NCLEX to prepare you. My next advice would be to buy a Kaplan when you can afford it. It gives great insight on narrowing down answers and choosing the correct one when you just aren't sure. It was a huge help to me.
I can tell you have the drive and enthusiasm that it takes from our conversations. Keep me up to date and I will help as much as I can and cheer you on!! :o)

Posted by: Barbara at July 18, 2005 05:13 PM