It was back on January 8, 2018, when I had my first interview with Health Carousel and took my predictive exam on January 23. Luckily I passed! I am currently working as a staff nurse and in my 1st year of hospital experience.
The Beginning of My NCLEX Journey
The next step to be qualified for the NCLEX Assistance program is to pass the comprehensive exam and review the modules given by them, and then I had to finish processing the documents as well.
Health Carousel, hand-in-hand with the IPASS team, helped me every step of the way. It took 6mos for CGFNS to release my report. Thus, when I finally got everything I needed to take my NCLEX exam, I somehow lost motivation to continue with my modules and comprehensive exam due to my workload in the hospital and thought that I will be needing to focus and resign to fully commit to passing my exams. But Health Carousel and IPASS were very persistent with me – they checked up on me and my plans but I came out very hesitant.
After almost 2year of figuring out what I want, I came back to Health Carousel to inquire about my application. I was very pleased that they were still eager to help me again, and just before I lost my opportunity I sent an email to my advisor Ms. Liana, who never fail to do a follow up on me and push me harder but also to inspire me to finally take my NCLEX exam. She was very considerate with me and gave me a chance to take my comprehensive exam, one week before I officially become ‘inactive’ for the NCLEX Assistance program.
I was also worried that the papers I sent to CGFNS back in 2018 will be already expired and that I need to reapply again. IPASS informed me that I was a month late in passing the application for the Illinois board of nursing, plus I haven’t finished any of my module and comprehensive exam, luckily Health carousel still considered my case after completing my modules and comprehensive exams. And as always, IPASS was diligent in processing my account in Pearson Vue to finally have my ATT available. A day after my birthday, I finally got my ATT!
Pursuing My NCLEX
On that day, I got scheduled for my NCLEX exam dated April 30, 2020, at 8 am. I already requested a 2month study leave from my hospital to prepare for my exam, and during the preparation for taking my exam, Covid-19 happened and got rescheduled. I immediately returned to my post in the hospital, while waiting to when I can take the exam. After 3 months I finally decided to choose the date of my exam, and it was on November 12, 2020, 8 AM, Thursday. And I was very lucky that my hospital allowed me to have another 2 months’ leave during this pandemic. And then I went on my review with the help of Rachell Allen Review center, I had a 10-days live intense review with them and another month of self-review. Another study material that I used and came out very helpful was Uworld, it looks exactly how the NCLEX set up looks like, and that lessens my anxiety on the exam day. Preparing yourself for the exam means you have to be emotionally, physically, and mentally prepared. You need to have the right attitude to keep yourself motivated. In my case I like listening to videos that help me get motivated, I also included worship time before I start my day which helps me start my day with a positive mind and attitude. Making a schedule of your day also helps you get on track with your review days. Also, don’t forget to spend time to relax and rest when needed, our body and mind needs to rest as well to absorb and be effective while reviewing.
If you put your heart and mind into everything you do, nothing is impossible. If you can conceive it you can achieve it. What I always tell myself every time I get tired “Kaya mo to, dahil para sayo to”.
While I was preparing for my exam date, I heard that many candidates are being rescheduled again, because of the Covid-19 situation. Ms. Liana & IPASS have always been reminding me of the possibility that I might be rescheduled again, which I have been praying that I won’t be one of them. God is a faithful God if it is really for you He will make it possible for you. A day before my exam I took all the precautions to prepare myself and the possibilities that could happen or go wrong during the exam day, little do I know that challenge that I need to face before I get to my exam was a typhoon named Ulysses. It was reported as the Philippines 21st tropical cyclone, hit Luzon hardest from November 11-12, the typhoon unleashed powerful winds and torrential rain that killed dozens of people, destroyed thousands of homes, and left swathes of the island region flooded (Source: Rappler.com).
We had no electricity during the night, I tried to sleep despite the wind outside my window comes to blow, and you can imagine how hard it is to sleep during that time. I woke up at 4 am to prepare, and I prayed so hard that if it is God’s will for me take the exam that day He will help me get thru the storm and get in the testing center safely, despite the flood and strong wind outside. I was desperate at that time to make it on time for my exam, then I was lucky enough to get a grab ride at 5 am, at 6 am we arrived safely at Trident Tower Makati. We had to wait until 7 am for the building to open, grab some breakfast, and went on to my exam. I started the exam at 8 am, my computer shut down at 94. I was very happy and relieved that I finished my exam already and we were able to survive that day. Despite everything, I remained positive and thought that everything has a reason. I waited until Monday to get my exam results. Together with IPASS, they gave me the result and very thrilled to let me know that I passed my NCLEX exam!
Thank GOD, I passed my NCLEX!
A Message To My Fellow Nurses
For me, it was hard work, perseverance, and most of all faith that helped me got through all the hardships of this journey. It is not indeed the journey, but the destination, passing the NCLEX exam opened many opportunities for me and knowing that this is only the beginning of achieving my dreams. Never-ending gratitude to all the people who helped me achieve this chapter of my life, thank you to Health Carousel for not giving up on me, and to my family who prayed with me and supported me.
If you have a dream, you are responsible for that dream, believe in yourself, and make that dream happen.
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