It’s been nearly two years since I finished my Nursing Degree which means it’s been two years since stressing over deadlines, assignments, exams, dissertations, having no time, having no money & everything else that comes along with being a student.
However, I quite enjoyed being a student (most of the time). Sitting at my desk, music on in the background, ticking things of my checklist as I’d completed something. The feeling that you had accomplished something and can start to countdown till your next break or till everything’s signed off. Obviously forgetting the feeling of procrastinating at probably the worst time.
So, why am I writing about my study life from two years ago? Because in order for me to be able to get a job and work in the states as a Nurse there are several things I must do beforehand, which is why I need to get my study head back on. I thought I’d share this with you all as some of you may be able to relate & help!
(I might frame this quote!)
Firstly, once my degree has been accredited, I can apply to take the NCLEX exam. The NCLEX exam is the National Council Licensure Examination which is a standardized exam which each states board of nursing uses to determine whether someone is prepared for entry-level nursing. I’ve already purchased some books for exam and started revising for it but as the exam includes aspects we didn’t get taught much on in England, such as Midwifery because it’s a separate degree therefore I need to focus on that aspect. As well as focusing on other aspects of nursing that are different here in the states such medication & nursing practices, therefore lots of nursing homework to do! But hey, knowledge is power!
Cup of enthusiasm anyone?
The NCLEX exam will also allow me to apply for university, in my post “why nursing” I spoke about how my goal is to become a midwife. So as well as taking the exam, if I manage to secure a place at a university to complete my second degree, I will need to get my study head back on for that too. Although I adore anything & everything Midwifery related so studying anything about midwifery shouldn’t be an issue. Exams on the other hand, different story! Especially when you just want to sit and drink hot chocolate while having a Disney movie marathon.
Along with those exams I need to retake my driving test here in the states. I’m not too nervous about retaking my test as I’ve been driving for over five years, however it is different here and it did take my three try’s the first time! (Shh!)
Although all this studying means I’ve got an excuse to go out and purchase new stationary! What girl doesn’t love cute, pretty note books and pencil cases?! You’ve got to find the good in the bad.
If you’ve got any study tips after such a long study break I would much appreciate any tips & advice! Thanks for reading everyone!