Sunday, June 26, 2011

Frisky Friday - Zombies

The fact that *looking* is misspelled bothers me way more than it should..
But regardless.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Coveted *RN*

Who has two thumbs and gets to put an RN after her name from now on?
This chick.


That's right.
I rocked that exam like a hurricane...or an earthquake...depending on your particular geographical location.
Who wins? I do.

xoxox
Estelle

[So...does anyone want to give this very enthusiastic brand new registered nurse a job? Seriously. Any takers?]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Pearson VUE Trick for NCLEX

Okay. I was going to keep quiet about this until after I had seen the results tomorrow but Scrub Ninja [from *Trust Me, I'm Almost a Nurse*...And he actually is a nurse now! Yay!] mentioned it in a comment on my last post so I decided to talk about it.

The Pearson VUE Trick. [dun, dun, dun!!!...that was dramatic music for effect.]

Nursing students are not known for being the most patient people. We want to know what we made on an exam the second we walk out of the lecture hall. We want the grade for our careplans yesterday...even though they weren't due until today. We've been known to harass instructors for midterm grades or clinical evals...
And when it comes to something as big as being licensed for practice, the wait for the results can be torture.

Basically, after you finish taking the NCLEX [I believe it works for RN as well as PN], you try to register for the exam again [as if you think you failed it]. If you are taken to the credit card information screen to pay for the exam...that's a bad sign.
But if you get a pop-up saying "Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Please contact your Member Board for further assistance. Another registration cannot be made at this time," break out the party poppers and celebratory tequila because you passed, baby!!
At least that is what everyone I have talked to says.

Wanna guess which one I got?
There's the screen-shot.

;-)

Full explanation of the Pearson VUE trick can be found on the AllNurses forum. Oh, look. Here is the link it. I am too good to y'all. ;)

Until next time, my darling readers.
xoxox
Estelle

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

NCLEX

My dearest readers:
wow.

That is all I can say...wow.

I took the exam this morning at 8am. Cut off at 75 questions.
I'll have access to the quick results on Friday. Now is just a waiting game.

But I am going to try to stay busy until then to keep from going insane and checking the Pearson VUE or LSBN websites every 30 seconds [Are the results available? Are the results available? How about now? No?...What about now?] So I have all the Harry Potter DVDs and books, a copy of "Screw the Roses, Give Me The Thorns: The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism" [to be fair, this was given to me by a friend. It would have been rude to say no. ;)], as well as a sexy toy from Babeland that I still need to review. And a big ass bottle of wine. I think that should do the trick.

Or I could just spend the next 48 hours watching this spazzy cat. o_o

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Of course, I will be posting a more detail explanation of what the testing process was like [all while adhering to the confidentiality BS that I signed several times at the testing center] but not until after I get the results.

xoxox
Estelle

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tomorrow morning.

Before I even start writing, my darlings, I want to apologize for the jumbled up crazy mess that this post may very well be. Not much sleep + fuck tons of stress + a few glasses of wine = "What the fuck is she trying to say? I can't figure this shit out at all."

I take the NCLEX in 11 hours.
The past two years. Everything I have worked for. All the bullshit I have put myself through.
It all comes down to this.

But then again...it really doesn't. What's the worse that could happen? I fail. So? There isn't a firing squad waiting for me out of the testing center.
I'll just get a CNA job, wait the 3 months or so, pay the $200 again, and take it again.

But honestly, I have a good feeling about this. I think I'm ready.
But it never hurts to have a little extra help.
So darling readers, whatever you believe, whether it be prayer, the power of positive energy or dancing naked around a bonfire in the moonlight, do it for me tonight. Burn some sage, light some candles, raise a glass, whatever you feel like.
Just have me in your thoughts.

Or in other words, [wish me luck].

Time to get some sleep so I can kick ass and take names in the morning.
Because I plan on making that exam my bitch. No safe words. ;)

*muah*
xoxox
Estelle

Monday, June 13, 2011

Frisky Friday - Let's Make This Happen

Oh hell yeah.
Let's make this happen. [*swoon*]

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On a sidenote, have I EVER posted a Frisky Friday on an actual Friday? Nah. Not except for the first one or two...maybe. Meh. Don't care.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

NCLEX-RN

Hello my doves.

Well, I received my ATT (Authorization to Test) from Pearson VUE yesterday evening so I went ahead and scheduled my exam.
I am taking the NCLEX-RN on Wednesday, June 22 at 8am.
I had the option of taking it this Monday (the 6th) but I don't think I will be ready. I need more time to do practice questions....even if I don't actually 'learn' anything new, they will help to elevate some the anxiety I am feeling over this.

Oh and am I feeling the anxiety.
After I received the confirmation email for my appointment, I couldn't stop shaking. All I kept thinking was that every single one of the graduates from my program passed the NCLEX on their first try. Granted, it is a newer program (I think I am in the 4th or 5th class to graduate) but the fact still remains that none of them have had to take the exam a second time. It is just a * tiny* bit of pressure. And no one wants to be the one to break the school streak.

After scheduling, I sent the boyfriend a text message.
"So in two years when you are freaking out over NCLEX and I am telling you that you'll be fine and that you have nothing to worry about, remind me of this moment...where I am sitting in my bedroom shaking because I am so nervous so that I can be more sympathetic"
I am sure he will be more than happy to remind me of this when I am trying to reassure him when he graduates. Ugh.

[Yeah. And I know what you are thinking. "Estelle, why in the world are you dating a nursing student?! Don't you know they are all insane and don't have any spare time and are stressed to the nth degree?!" Yes, dear reader, I am aware of all this.]

Wish me luck, darlings. Because I will be spending the next 18 days cramming and practicing.

[Oh and I also didn't sleep a wink tonight and a close friend is insisting on spending the day together before I disappear into a library. Ugh. It is going to be a long day.]

Friday, June 03, 2011

Something Else That is Making Me Smile

I am grinning like a total idiot right now.
Seriously.
OCD-kitty makes me happy. :-)

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Love it

I saw this on another blog recently although but I cannot for the life of me find it on my RSS feed. Grrr. Anyway, the blogger was going through a rough time so she wrote all about the things she loves.
A very good idea, darling.
Shall we?
So, without rather a-do, the things that have been making me smile lately:

♥ Kid shampoo. Right now, my hair smells like strawberries. Tomorrow, it may be coconuts. :-)

♥ Studying for NCLEX. Okay, okay. I know it sounds crazy. But look at it like this: I have spent the past two years trying to cram as much information into my head as possible at a rate that is superhuman. In nursing school, you basically get a two year crash course in running a hospital from the ground up. Aunt Jo (Head Nurse) compares trying to learn all the information to trying to drink from a fire hose. It just comes at you too fast and you don't always have time to truly absorb it [much less, appreciate the complexities of a disease process or the delicate intricacies of some of the pharmacology]. Now that I am done, I can linger over the pages and make notes to myself. I can make connections that I may not have seen before or really take the time to look at a concept I might not totally understand. Plus, I am remembering more than I thought I would. Good news because I had assumed I would have to basically relearn everything from the past four semesters.

♥ Android smileys. They are too freaking cute. Seriously. If I ever do go over to the dark side and get an iPhone, I am going to miss them. Hmmm...unless I can figure out how to jailbreak it and still have the Android cuties. ;-)


♥ Lemonade. Especially strawberry or raspberry lemonade. Is there anything better on a summer day? Nope. I don't think there is.

♥ Lebanese ice tea. My favorite thing ever. Tea + lemony goodness + roses + extra pine nuts. Ahhh. Yum.

♥ Warm weather. I complained all winter about how cold it was here in south Louisiana [which is odd because we didn't even get any snow this year like we have in the past several]. Well...I got my wish. It is now summer and complete miserable here. Was 104 degrees today. Ugh. But in the early morning, when the sun is just starting to peak over the horizon, it is really nice. And considering I haven't really been sleeping much lately, I have seen quite a few sunrises.

♥ These rings. How cute are they?And DIY?!? Awesome. :-)


♥ My boyfriend's voice. Okay, don't tell him because he already thinks he has me wrapped around his finger but I could listen to him talk for hours...even if it is just him bitching about work. Yep. I kinda like the man.

♥ My Twitter nursing school buddies. Get on Twitter, ya'll. There is a whole healthcare/nurse/MD/pharmacy community. *Most* of them are awesome [You run into the occasional psycho but take the good with the bad, right?]

♥ This tattoo. I want it. OhMyGoodness...How I want it....Please someone tell me that the healthcare industry doesn't frown on visible tattoos. I am just dying to get one and the only places I want it are visible [on the wrist or behind my ear].


This blog post from NP Odyssey. I didn't think it was possible for this guy to be any more awesome...but apparently, it is. He wins me "Amazing Blogger" prize of the day. It has no cash value and can't be redeemed for anything other than my respect and admiration.

♥ My most resent obsession: Pinterest. This website is like 4 different kinds of addicting. Really. I think it took about 3 hours for my Twitter nursing pals to start pinning. The website describes itself like this: "Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and "follow" collections created by people with great taste." You submit your email address and wait for an 'invite' but the time varies on how long it can take to be approved [any where from half an hour to a week] but members can invite their friends. So if you are interested, send me an email and I'll send you an invite. :-D

♥ The fact that my aunt talked to the HR people at her hospital and they are pulling my resume. "squeal* Nothing is guaranteed but I am just happy that someone will be taking a look at it rather than an automatic thing that searches for keywords.

♥ Finding out a few of my classmates received their ATTs today. The ATT (or Authorization To Test) is required to register for the NCLEX-RN. I saw on Facebook tonight that some of them are taking it in as little as two weeks. Yikes. I am pretty sure I'll get mine tomorrow or early next week and then...the real fun begins. :-)

♥ The fact that I am now able to listen to "our" old songs and not feel anything. Nothing negative. But also no desire to fix what we had or to make everything better. Some things are better broken, even if it is simply because all you would do by trying to fix it would be cutting yourself on the pieces.