House Fairies are problematic

This weekend was super relaxing. After a stressful week and getting ready to go into another, it needed to happen.

Before leaving for work on Saturday, I find out Richard had made a nail appointment as a surprise for me.  Since my work place doesn’t ban acrylics, I decided to get a set done along with my pedicure.

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Square shape this time. Usually, I get these in squoval or stiletto but I wanted something different. Sure, french tips are super plain but, hey. It feels fresh to death.

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Found these guys in my local metaphysics shop. These little buggers are supposed to keep away sneaky little miscreants who wanna make you lose your socks, or keys; or turn off the coffee maker when you swear to God you just turned it on.  They’re so cute, I want one. The bottom pair remind me of Gengar some how but that is probably why I like it so much.

Call me Nurse Bee

I know I haven’t really updated recently. I’ll be completely honest with you all.

Between gathering my marbles to start my Youtube Channel (with which I am still working on one more mother’s day video that’s overdue by a week and a half), crying about not having work and feeling useless and unproductive; my roommate bailing out because she and I suddenly don’t see on the same level so to speak [No back story, I am not gonna throw shade],

and finally getting the results and card for my license in the span of 10 weeks (aka FOREVER); I finally was able to just sit down and write a small blog.

A legit, blog. Not just a pop-in like I have been doing. 

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I can’t lie. Getting this in the mail was a moment of glory for me. I felt powerful, I felt accomplished and I felt like to myself, I was worth something. For once, something I did truly came to fruition. I worked my little butt off getting passing results.

A friend of mine unfortunately did not pass, however, she immediately came to me after re-registering and asked for my iPad. I had bought and used NCLEX-RN Mastery to study. There is a PN version, but seeing as how there’s only slight differences in the things a PN and an RN do, I decided to get the RN version. I did at least 80 questions a day, even at the gym. I had Richard come along and read out questions as I did my weight-lifting and answered them. Wrong answers meant more reps. It really helped me focus.

I did buy the Saunders-PN study guide and tried their online exam bank but it was poorly scripted, timed out a lot and the book itself was not comprehensively organized in my opinion. It jumped back and forth quite a bit which confused and frustrated me. I’ll probably just donate it. 

The day of the exam, I wasn’t really able to sleep. I tried but in the end only got about 3 hours of sleep. There was way too much anxiety built up. ‘Take your time! Don’t rush!’ I kept telling myself. I tend to be a fast test-taker so I wanted to slow myself down. I almost never fail tests but I didn’t want to give a failure even the slight chance of happening. So, when I finished the exam at 118 questions and having only used 90 minutes out of a 380 (5 hour) test, I started to panic.

I tried the “PVT trick” which isn’t accurate at all but hey, I’m superstitious and I’ve heard it gives you hope. The PVT trick is where after the exam you attempt to re-register for the exam; the idea is that if it knocks you back after putting in your information, you probably passed. It can, however, produce false-negatives (or false positives)and allow you to re-register (an expensive $200 lesson for some). It knocked me back but I checked obsessively. 2 hours after, 6, 12; 24; 48 and all the way up to three weeks after my exam just to be sure it was still kicking me out. 

I’ll admit, it got really obsessive.  The good news? That obsession paid off. I got that letter in the mail and several weeks went by without another word. I did receive a letter that had been postmarked for the day before my pass results stating that I would go for further review through the enforcement board. This was because under the policies I applied (which are changing this year, I think) any tickets or court fees exceeding $300.00USD must be fully disclosed. I had received a stop light ticket earlier in the year. My area takes those things very seriously (M.A.D. was founded in my town. That’s how serious they take it) and so my ticket was $499.99USD

It didn’t cause me any trouble; it was my first ticket and I had paid it in full right after getting it. All it did was cause the wait to be about a week longer to get my actual card.

 

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Poof! I’m a nurse.

I cried. Literally. I can finally say, I finished nursing school. It’s all done, set in stone and now I have something to be proud of. (Until I go after my BSN, that is. )

Quick pop in

I’m so sorry I was inactive since my last post. It’s been a few weeks. At the same time, I had been spending all of my time cramming and studying for my NCLEX examination which was yesterday morning. At first, I walked out thinking I was such a failure as my test shut off at 108 questions. A little more than 75 (typical passing amount) but definitely not 256. I was so distraught, but I remember hearing from other people that if you keep trying to re-register to schedule another exam in 45 days and it keeps throwing you out, you passed. So far, I’ve tried 4 times; once right after the test, once in the evening and twice after midnight. So far, it’s been “the good pop-up” telling me I cannot re-take the examination.  Now, I am going to keep an eye out for my license number!

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