The feeling is so surreal. I still can’t believe I am done with nursing school. Where has the time gone? But let me tell you the relief that I felt while walking out after giving my last exam. I couldn’t stop smiling. It felt like a huge burden was lifted off of my shoulders.
For the first time in 3 years, I was able to do things as simple as cleaning my house without having to worry about any deadlines for exams or assignments. Even though I still have to prepare for my NCLEX, I feel like there is less pressure because it all depends on when I am ready to sit for the exam.
I am trying to give myself two weeks to relax, spend time with my family and enjoy every moment without worry. Once I receive my Authorization To Test (ATT), then I will be scheduling my exam and start studying again. I am hoping to pass on my first try. That is the only hurdle left.
And if you’re in nursing school, keep going and don’t give up. It won’t be easy but it will definitely be worth it! Thank you to all who have been following me through this journey. I will continue to post relevant stuff and so subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already done so.
Exit HESI was no joke. It was 160 questions and we were given 6 hours to complete it. I did it in one sitting because I knew if I tried taking a break, I would lose my train of thought. It took me a little less than 3 hours to finish the exam. I needed to score a 900 or above to pass.
So how did I pass on my first try? Well, the first thing that I did was I believed in myself and so I manifested my way through passing once again!
Here are my tips and what worked for me:
Begin studying with a positive attitude. Tell yourself you will pass and you got this!
Start studying right away. Do NOT wait till last minute! Cramming never works.
Do a 50 question practice test on all the topics using a quiz bank. Either Archer, Uworld, Elsevier, etc. Figure out your weak areas.
Make a list of all the weak areas and go over them.
Know your concepts so either read the HESI books or watch YouTube videos on certain nursing topics.
Read the rationales and make your own notes.
Stay consistent with doing practice questions everyday. At least 50-75 questions a day.
Take breaks and don’t forget to get enough sleep before the exam day.
Remember when you are preparing for the HESI, you are technically also preparing yourself for the NCLEX, so don’t feel that the time that you spend studying is going to waste.
I am one week away from graduating and I cannot believe how time flew really fast. This final semester has been great and I feel like my clinical making decisions have improved. I am excited to start my next journey of passing my NCLEX and working as an RN.
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I have been MIA for so long and that is just a life of a mother who is also pursuing her nursing degree. My schedule has been so packed that I just couldn’t write and share my experiences. I know that I have mentioned on several occasions that I will try to remain consistent but that was a lie. Nothing has been consistent in my life for the past four months because I have just been buried in my books trying to get the perfect HESI score.
This semester I really enjoyed my clinical in the home care nursing setting. It was different and it made me realize that I am on the right track. There is just so much opportunities and different fields of nursing to choose from. All my clinical instructors have been wonderful and I must say that my driving skills have become a lot better since the clinical sites were not close to home but that’s besides the point.
Anyways, I have a really exciting announcement. I actually manifested my way through graduating early. In my previous post I had mentioned how I wanted to transition to the accelerated program to finish early. Well, it did not look very hopeful in the beginning but I had my mind set to being a part of class of August 2022. And here I am, I secured my spot in the accelerated BSN. I am telling you guys, just put your mind to it and it will happen for sure.
Now don’t get me wrong when I say I am so done with nursing school. I enjoyed every bit of my journey and loved meeting all the beautiful souls along the way. I am proud of who I have become and how far I have come. But I am ready to begin my next journey and I can already see the finish line!!
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