Friday, June 10, 2011

The Next Urgent Task

Now that I am a licensed, registered practitioner of the art and science of nursing, there's a major issue that I need to address as soon as possible.

I'm not talking about finding a job. No, sir! I'm on the Internet and am not concerned with such mundane realities. This is way bigger than that.

I need to find a new name for this blog.

"Almost A Nurse" doesn't describe me anymore. Blogger won't allow strike tags up in that section, which means "Almost A Nurse" won't fly. So I've got to think up a new title that is clever, memorable, and (preferably) accurate.

Seeing as I'm still unemployed, I have plenty of free time to work on this myself. But I'm also open to suggestions.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


That's Mister random stranger on the Internet, RN, BSN, if you please.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go dance like a muppet.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cue the ominous Latin chanting

I am off to take NCLEX. We need some epic boss-fight background music up in here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hyperventilation and tachycardia

I have just received my Authorization To Test (ATT). This is important. It means the state board of nursing has verified my graduation, and I am now allowed to sit the licensing exam.

NCLEX is a big deal. It's what we GNs have really been studying for over the past year. It is the beast that stalks our nightmares. Professors invoke its unnatural power to increase student attention, by reciting the mystic phrase: "You will need to know this for NCLEX."

It is of course a computer adaptive exam. It stops automatically as soon as you reach the passing mark, so if you're lucky and good, you can be done as early as question 75. Most people are not that lucky. The maximum limits are 265 questions and six hours. Plan on skipping lunch.

While typing this post I have been on hold with the testing center. As of this minute, I am scheduled to take the exam in early afternoon on Monday, June 6. I go now to bury myself in notes and flashcards until that time.