“Dream until you make it.” I am the type of person who has high ambition.
Last 2017, before my local board examination, my college best friend and I went to an agency and ask how much does it cost to apply for NCLEX. They were asking for a sum of money which I knew I cannot have that moment. I just focused on the local board examination. Luckily, Health Carousel was invited by our review center in NLE on our GrandDay. I did not focus much on their talk because I was anxious about the upcoming exam.
December 2017, by God’s grace, I am a Philippine Registered Nurse. January 2018, my classmate sent us the picture of the Health Carousel again at the group chat. Since I was curious about it, without hesitation, I e-mailed my resume. After sending my resume, one of Health Carousel’s Recruiters called to discuss with me their program.
I was so excited at that time. I can apply for NCLEX without releasing any amount of money. You just have to pass their pre-test. It took me two months to take the pre-test so that I am well prepared. Again, God granted my desire. I passed the pre-test and the process starts. Through Ma’am Kristine of Health Carousel whom I thanked the most for consistently reminding me to pass the requirements and IPASS Processing, I was able to submit it at CGFNS by June 2018. There are some corrections with my school papers that I need to pass again at CGFNS. It took me too long to mail again the papers because I am new at my work. To cut the story short, the most awaited moment came. I am eligible to take the NCLEX at Illinois last December 2018.
Since I was transferred to the ward in the same month, I am still adapting to a new environment. March 2019 when I took the post-test in Health Carousel and we apply for ATT last June. At first, I chose August as my exam date and changed it eventually. September 2019 when I took my exam and in God’s delight, I passed the exam at 75 questions. The process may seem too long. Why?
I am a new local board passer when I apply for my dream hospital. As I am achieving my present goals, Health Carousel helped me to achieve my future goals. I first worked at the out-patient department of the same hospital. I am working from Monday to Friday. I can barely ask for leave to process my papers and answer the calls from Health Carousel since they are office hours. Then I was transferred to ward in December 2018.
I applied for ATT last June because my eligibility will expire. When my ATT came, my anxiety increases, so I enrolled in the review center. My class starts from 9 am to 4 pm. If I’m working on the morning shift, I can’t attend the class. Lucky enough if I would go out at exactly 2:30 pm. If I’m working at pm shift, I can attend classes from 9 am to 12 pm. If I’m night shift, after work, I would go straight to class and ends at 4 pm.
I tried my best to attend the classes but my body did not cooperate. I can’t stay awake in classes. I would just sit for 2hours then fall asleep. My immune system weakened. So, I decided to have my coaching done to know if I have a chance to pass with my knowledge and to know my weaknesses and strengths in different subjects. That was the day before my birthday. I came straight from night duty and I did not finish my coaching exam. Upon assessment, my coach told me that I would not pass at this rate. He told me about the UWorld. At first, I hesitated to buy an online product because I already paid for the review center. But I gave it a try. I borrowed from my auntie. Why not? I would give everything because I want to take the exam once.
When I started answering UWorld, I did not attend classes anymore. The time came when I cannot view NCLEX questions a day. Since I’m working at a government hospital, the influx of patients always increases with the lack of staff. I experienced handling 21 patients in a shift with 42 patients of the total census on our ward or a ratio of 1:21. My duty was five days straight then off then four days straight. I almost gave up studying. But I hold onto my dreams and started answering and understanding the rationale again.
One month prior to the exam, I asked for 5days’ leave but they only gave me 4days. So I only have 3days to review and one day for the exam.
Two weeks prior to my 4days leave, I almost breakdown. It was already an endorsement when suddenly we call for a code. “Yung tipong uuwi ka na lang, may magcocode pa” I have to be emotionally strong. I can’t focus on the review at that time. But when I’m thinking of my dreams, I know I have to set aside my emotions and stand up again.
This might seem not applicable or possible to all, but I answered almost 1,200 questions 3days prior to the exam. What was holding me to stay awake and understand what I’m reading? – Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gave me strength”.
I know some of us will make excuses. Some will say I am too young or too old, don’t have hospital experience, working for 12 or 16 hours shift, have to take care of their family but if one has high ambitions. I hope you can do it the way I did. The process might seem too long. I don’t mind at all because if I did not endure the process, you would not be reading my testimonial. I hope I gave inspiration to those who are working and cannot find time to review or process the application. Step by step you will make it! 😊