Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Circadian Arrythmia

I missed my shift on Monday night due to what's turning out to be a very nasty chest cold and the fact that I looked so sick I wouldn't want me coming within 3 feet of me. Well...that's actually impossible but you get my point.

So instead I'm trying to prepare to work three day shifts over the coming 4 days. As I've mentioned, it is so hard to go back to being awake during the day. Not even NyQuil (big "N", small "y", big "Q") and some Sleepy Time tea let me get any sleep last night. So I'm hoping exhaustion gives me some uninterrupted sleep tonight. You think my body would by dying for some sleep without ear plugs and a pillow squished over my eyes to mimic darkness.

But enough whining about my schedule. Let's whine about the NCLEX! The NCLEX is the national licensing examination I'll have to take before I begin my job in September. It is a test of "minimal competency." The good news is, then, that the test can't possibly be THAT hard if it's only showing you're not a complete nurse moron. On the other hand, how devastating would it be if you didn't pass it? I'm doing my best to start studying but it might have to wait until after graduation (in a mere 16 days!).

16 Comments:

Blogger Gypsybobocowgirl said...

If you haven't learned it by now, you won't, so don't stress. Remember the ABC's, prioritize problems, and always give iron with a source of vitamin C. That's pretty much it.
Oh yeah, dig toxicity gives a yellow aura.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gravol will put you to sleep. Just make sure you have 8 hours to sleep or you'll wake up VERY groggy. Dianne

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Blogger Gypsybobocowgirl said...

Thanks for visiting my blog...I thought about you when I posted tonight. Check it out, but don't apply any of it until after you pass the NCLEX.

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Anonymous marj said...

ah, the NCLEX... um, yeah, i'm in throws of preparation. (**SCREAM**) my advice? don't wait too long after graduation to take it. i've talked to a lot of nurse-friends who were just as neurotic as me during school and they said they took it one month later since all the things they learned in school was still FRESH in their minds. i'm beginning to wish that i did that.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

gypsybobocowgirl is right -- no point stressing, not much point cramming.

Test-taking skills, that's another matter. If you have good test-taking skills, you'll do well.

A few tips on that:

1. Read the WHOLE question
2. Eliminate any impossible answers
3. Don't overthink it. They really aren't trying to screw you over.
4. Make sure you picked the answer you meant to before you move on to the next question.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Nurse Practitioners Save Lives said...

I agree with Judy and Gypsy on this one. Don't overthink the questions or second guess yourself. Eliminate the obvious wrong answers first, reread the question, underline the important components, and remember ABC's..
I had a lot of triage questions on my NCLEX and it cut me off at 75 questions. I worried that I didn't pass but I did. Just remember, you will learn 90% of what you know on the job in the real world!! Good luck!

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