Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I decided to pop in and see whassup on the ol' class blog. Nothing new since August 17. Over a month!! Well, I suppose that means we've mostly moved on, which is a good thing, yah?
For those who do still drop by, for nostalgia or curiosity, please continue to share information on what you're hearing on the "grapevine" about job opportunities, career fairs, etc.
Some of us are still not working, while some of us have secured a job of sorts, but are still open to finding something better than what we've lined up so far.
And drop a line, sometime: firstname.lastname@example.org
Missing the ol' gang, and hoping you're all thriving in your new careers!!
Posted by Explorer at 4:49 PM
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
When: Thursday August 13th 2009
Time: Beginning at 10am and lasting all day
Where: California Pizza Kitchen in Stockton (located across the street from the college)
*Please bring the attached flyer and present it to your server when ordering and the NSNA will receive 20% of your bill!
California Pizza Kitchen has graciously opened their restaurant to us 1 hour before they open to the public. This will give us time to order our food, catch up with each other/get to know new students, exchange books, buy uniform patches or learn some important information from more seasoned students. The SNA would love for all of Delta's past graduates to join us! We would also love any information & encouragement that you could lend.
Angela Aistrup - Vice-President (Fall 2009)
Posted by AngelaA at 7:26 PM
Monday, July 20, 2009
I studied my little butt off..question after question after question. And actually, I learned A LOT. I went to sleep the night before feeling like, "I got this." Before I left the house, my dad gave me one of those "parent" pep talks. You know..the one where they say something about how they're confident in you and you can do it and you put in your time and I have faith in you. All I could say was, "I'm confident."
It was the longest drive of my life up there. To speed things up a bit..I sat down and started. Question #1..I was like OMG I don't know..after that it was kind of a blur. My mind started going blank. I'm like great, I failed. I kept wondering will it cut off at 75? How many questions will I have to complete? 75 came and I got another question. I was like oh, ok, I know this. I was very confident in the answer. I clicked it and the screen went blank. Suddenly, my stomach turned and everything became blurry. The answer that I was so confident in now started to seem wrong. OMG, what did I just do? Did I blow it? Then, they want you to fill out this stupid survey afterward. Walking out was a blur. I was trying to hold it together. I didn't want to start crying in the building. Searching for reassurance, I quickly walked to my car to call someone super smart and ask her what she thought the answer was to my last question. She's not sure. OMG. This is the worst feeling I ever felt in my life. I sat in my car for about an hour, searching for a "correct answer". To my dismay, there wasn't anything on the topic in the Kaplan book and nothing great in my PDA. I came home (finally) and searched the internet. I just don't know. And then I thought well at least I am so tired, I will sleep good tonight. Yea right! I woke up just about every hour. Talk about torture. I've never failed anything important in my life and just knowing this could be the first time, when it's probably THE most important thing, is driving me insane. I wish everyone good luck. Study hard and don't restrict yourself to topics designated "highly testable" because my test didn't have many of those. And make sure you have someone to call afterward because you're going to need it. I had NO idea I would feel like this!
Posted by acarnahan at 11:52 AM
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Posted by Trina Eagal at 3:04 PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I am stressing out here. I took the NCLEX on 6/23 and I haven't heard anything from them. I called them last Tues and they told me that my check bounced (embarassing, I know). So I drove up to Sac and paid that day. They said within 5 days I should hear something. So today I called them and now they are saying my transcripts are suspended!? I asked what that meant and the lady transfered me to my "evaluator". Of course this guy hasn's called me back. I don't feel like I failed. I know you usually get your notice of failure in the mail within a week or so. Delta's eval said they sent my transcripts in....so I am CONFUSED!!
Sorry about the rant, I was just wondering if any of you have heard of anything like this. Like what is "suspended transcripts"?
If I didn't pass...fine, just tell me!! I've already been through the stages of grief, several times now. Each phone call to the BRN gives me hope, they tell me "Oh, you should soon", soon has come and gone too many times.
Again, sorry for the rant!
I hope you're enjoying your summer.
Posted by Maureen D. at 6:19 AM
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
For those of you who have already interviewed for positions, what questions were you asked? Were there any questions that you felt were particularly difficult to answer? What do you feel would've prepared you better for the interview?
Saturday, June 13, 2009
So, I am in the seat, feeling comfortable, calm (even though I have went through enough security to enter Fort Knox). I read through the instructions as to not miss anything. “You have 6 hours….” Sounds good, all is well…..
First question, okay, 50/50…..A or C….. hmmm…A…. “next”…..2nd question…..what? What are they asking? These are all right, and there are no indicators in the question showing priority. Can I ask them “is this patient stable?” “how old are they?” “should I assume they are anxious?”….Can I phone a friend?
Okay, quit assuming, take the question at face value……uh……well, if I were getting this done, this is what I would want to know…….B……..
Right about question 8 I hear the girl next to me groan. Then about 10 questions later she does a big sigh, then a few later she says, “Oh God.” Seriously? Shut-up…..I am freaking out, too. The least you can do is give me some silence, right? Maybe I should’ve said yes to those earplugs.
Where’s the delegation? Where is the alternate question with apical pulse location? Where are the labs? Where is the question on crutches?
Why do I get the feeling they are asking me about the same thing over and over? Maybe they are thinking (I have now humanized the NCLEX monster as “they”) if I give her the question 5 or 6 more times, maybe she’ll get it right…..then…….
Black screen…..wait! They are thinking….we gave her every shot possible, but she blew it. 75 questions, and I knew the answer to a whopping…..TWO (with certainty).
I do the outgoing survey, looking for the question that says, do you think these questions blow? “Strongly agree”
I again get fingerprinted (I am thinking, if you think I actually paid this pathetic looking, short-haired blonde girl in sweatpants to take the test for me, then she did a piss poor job…..I want my money back). I courteously smile and get my stuff. Then I realize, it’s time to hit the potty. My stomach is gurgling, and I can actually see my heartbeat in my abdomen. It is pounding. I get into my car, deciding who won’t think I am crazy if I call in this state of mind. Okay, my hubby, of course, he always makes me feel better. “Oh, that stinks.” Is his response to my description. “When can you take it again?” I’m thinking “I DON’T KNOW, I DIDN’T PLAN ON FAILING!” You’re not helping, click……then, my mom. Mom’s always make you feel better, right? “Oh sweetie, it’s not the end of the world, you can just take it over.” Again, not what I wanted to hear.
At this point I am hoping that Ashton pops out from behind the car next to me with his trendy hair and crooked smile and says, “You’ve been Punk’d!” so that I can slap him in the face or kick him in the balls or something equally degrading.
Where are all of my girlfriends who are RNs? Voicemail, Voicemail, Voicemail.
I am sitting in a random parking lot in Roseville thinking, “Maybe I’ll just tell everyone that I had to reschedule, then take the exam again before anybody finds out that I’ve failed.” How vain is that?!
Ugh!!! My stomach is hurting again. I get a few calls/texts and I can’t bear to tell the whole ugly story again.
I get home (I can’t even remember driving really….it feels like I got home in 5 minutes). I sit on my couch for about 45 minutes…..no TV, no kids, no talking, maybe even no blinking. I didn’t take the NCLEX serious enough. I should’ve done a different review. I should’ve done more questions. I should’ve taken it later or maybe earlier or maybe I should’ve just NOT studied.
Of course, nothing on BRN the next day, the day after that, I wake up at 0500 and check…nope…I am even looking on allnurses.com to see what the odds are of failing at 75 questions. Meanwhile, I am talking to people now. I am trying to convince myself that I am okay with whatever happens (of course, I am MORE okay with passing!). I contemplate setting my alarm for 0200 Saturday morning (I’ve heard the BRN updates their website at 0200 for the previous day). I decide that if it isn’t there, it will ruin the rest of my night’s sleep, so I pass on the alarm idea.
Saturday morning, I get up at 0300 bc Mason is crying. I pick him up and carry him to my computer…….I click on my bookmark (yes, I have bookmarked it)…..type “eagal”…….can you believe it? There is another Trina Eagal in San Joaquin county….well, that is annoying, even SHE passed the NCLEX….wait….oh, okay, I think I can actually hear the word relief as I exhale. Now, I can drop the weight on my chest and the pit from my stomach. Phew.
Moral of the story, sometimes the signs and symptoms (diarrhea, abdominal pain, bounding pulse, anxiety, feelings of impending doom) don’t match the diagnosis (Effective testing output r/t using my noggin aeb name showing up on BRN site)
You mean, now I have to find a job? My stomach hurts again.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I have found that I keep seeing some information over and over again. Here are some of them....
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Hey everyone, I was just wondering if you guys have received your authorization to test (ATT). I just received mine. I had mailed my application in the beginning of March so if you mailed yours around the same time hopefully you will be getting yours soon. I am very nervous about taking the NCLEX. I am taking the Kaplan review and have also received the study materials in the mail. So hopefully it will help. Have a good summer and let us know when you pass the NCLEX.
Posted by marian at 11:42 AM
Monday, May 25, 2009
For those who are starting to think about NCLEX prep, check out:
NCLEX 3500 (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins)
Study tips for NCLEX Exam
NCSBN info (including test plans, statistics, psychometrics)
NCLEX 4000 is available in the computer lab
Trina found a podcast called "F.A. Davis NCLEX-RN audio prep: Test-taking tips and tactics to help you pass." It's free on iTunes and you can subscribe to it.
Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
California Nursing Practice Act
California Nurses Association (CNA)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I just want to take this opportunity to thank Trina Eagal and Sue Barnes for keeping everybody informed via blog or e-mail. I really appreciate what you've done. You both are awesome!!!!!!!!
Posted by almadrigo at 8:16 PM
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Posted by Trina Eagal at 4:45 PM