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Graduated, I am RN
Posted: Posted September 24th by Vandy
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Relevant reading: http://gtx0.com/read/looking-into-nursing-programs

I graduated from my nursing program in August. I just took the NCLEX (licensing exam) today and although I do not have official results, I have good reason to believe I passed.

I was applying for graduate-level jobs over the past few months. I accepted a Neurosurgical ICU position that starts in February. I had an offer for the same position at a different hospital to start sooner in October, but I felt that the other hospital was better for me long term. Until then, I will still be working as a nurse aide where I have been working for the past year. ICU positions are kind of hard to get into, so I'm happy that I was fortunate enough to get into one. It opens more doors for me down the road.

Special thanks to my wife for supporting me and making this much less stressful than it could have been.

So yeah! I've been working towards this for a long time. I'm going to get a cheeseburger and fries tonight.

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Congrats! Be proud of your accomplishment!

Posted September 24th by Fox Forever
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Congratulations! The world needs another person like you!
And another like your spouse, it seems likely!

Posted September 24th by chiarizio
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Congrats my friend all the hard work paid ofd!!!!

Posted September 25th by S.o.h.
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Thanks to you as well SOH. There were several times when you directed me to resources or gave advice when I felt like things would never happen. I appreciate your willingness to try to help me.

Posted September 25th by Vandy
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Can you show us some pics in your nurse outfit

Posted September 25th by Freeman’s crowbar
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Congrats Vandy! Quite the accomplishment, and sounds like it's already starting to pay off.

Posted September 25th by Count Dooku
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Congrats, Vandy! This has actually been my girlfriend's first year as a RN, and despite initial concerns, she's being doing extremely well. Her first rotation was dialysis, which she thought she was going to hate (partly because of how slow it could be), but she actually ended up kinda loving it. She's in cardiology at the moment. Took a while to find her feet with how complicated and demanding that department can be (big change from dialysis), but she's hit the ground running these past couple weeks. So damn proud of her. I've always had the utmost respect for nurses, but seeing how one handles it on the frontline on a daily basis really does grant you extra perspective.

So, good job lad! As with SOH's career, I'm looking forward to all of the updates.

Posted September 25th by Orion Nebula
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Congrats!

Posted September 25th by Moonray
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Congrats, Vandy.

My wife was a RN for 28 years, 20 of those as a Surgical Nurse.
I'll never forget how nervous yet excited she was when she first took her Boards.

Good Luck. You picked a very rewarding profession.

Edited September 25th by chiefsonny
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I'll never forget how nervous yet excited she was when she first took her Boards.


You know, I kept hearing from my co-workers how nervous they were and reading the same thing online. One person actually told me they were throwing up in the parking lot before the exam. But I never really felt nervous about it. I mean, I got a little nervous about three hours before the test yesterday, but no differently than I would for the countless tests I took throughout the program. I had to pee a few extra times but that was the extent of it and my normal feeling before I take a test.

The test was pretty hard, though. I was only confident in about 5 out of the 75 questions lol. Many are "select all that apply" questions so there can be 6 options, and you have to select all of the correct ones to get any credit. So those are tricky, because if you keep thinking you can almost put reason behind all of the choices. My practice assessments were just the same though, so I was used to the uncertainty.

The minimum number of questions is 75, but it can go all the way to 265. My test ended at 75 which either means you were doing well or you were doing reallllly bad and had no chance of recovery.

Posted September 25th by Vandy
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