Life changing... I took my National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on a Thursday March 12, 2009. This is the big test that tells the world that you are safe to practice as a registered nurse. It was the ultimate test that sums up what you learned in nursing school into 75 or more questions. You had to pay $200 to register, no refunds. On test day you are locked in a room for 6 hours with your belonging confiscated, friend and family not allowed in, ID copied and picture taken.
I rescheduled this exam 4x because I was so scared. I read my Kaplan, Mosby, Pearson and Saunders book over and over. I did so much questions. I thought I knew the question, then get confuse and doubt myself. I seek support via allnurses.com. I was so nervous, scared and paranoid. I hardly went out. I stayed home, basically barricading myself in my room studying. Finally come test day. I remember going in. I felt like "Do, or die". I sucked it up. I was in there for about 1 hour. I did each question and answered it to the best that I can. I thought they were too easy. Then it made me nervous. I stopped at 75 questions. My heart stop.. asystole lol. Did I pass? Did I fail? People around me were still doing their test. The monitor... did he know? I left the building feeling numb and somewhat relief that I finally did it. Now the waiting game. To find out if I get it or now. I remember trying to do the Pearson Vue Trick. It wouldn't let me register. Did I pass? I got a letter on Saturday April 14, 2009 saying I passed. I was definitely in disbelief. I really passed? I quickly mailed my license fee to The State of Hawaii. I was then issued my license effective March 18, 2009 saying go ahead nurse, find a job and work.
I am bless to have work so hard and be where I am today. No one can take away my education and my accomplishment of being a nurse. This is truly a life accomplishment. Even after getting hurt last year, I love my job and look forward to working with my the patients and my co-workers at Hawaii Thrive (In regards to HIPAA/safety/privacy/confidentiality I will not mention where I will be working. Thanks for your understanding).