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22 minutes | 10 months ago
BREAKING: Massive Updates to NCLEX due to COVID-19 (must listen)
NCSBN & PeasonVue just announced some significant changes to the NCLEX as a result of COVID-19. Here is what we are doing about it . . . MUST WATCH. Learn more about SIMCLEX at https://www.nursing.com Speaker 1: What’s up guys. I’m Jon Haws RN in founder of nursing.com and I’m here with Speaker 2: Marie Clark. Oh yeah, me. So I’ve already Clark and I am the question director here at nursing at time. Speaker 1: And today we wanted to come on and talk specifically. We’re kind of rushing together. You can tell we’re piecing everything together as we go. I’m actually in my closet here trying to hide the mess from you guys. Um, and Marie’s at her normal workstation cause she always works remote. But um, we, you know, with everything that’s kind of exploded over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of concerns about, well I already had my end click scheduled or I was planning to take my eclipse here in the next little bit. And the first kind of piece of information we got from Pearson view is they’re closing all testing centers and then they came back a couple of days later, uh, through the NTSB end and made some updates to that. So specifically right now we want to talk about what those updates are. Uh, Maria’s been on top of this. And so I want to let her kind of talk about what those updates are and then we’ll talk about where they take place and kind of what you guys can do. So go ahead and read. Speaker 2: All right. So, um, first keep in mind that Pearson view NTSB and just like everybody is scrambling to figure out what we’re supposed to do and it’s pretty anxious, anxiety provoking. I’ll even say for me looking from a distance, um, but they’re making some solutions and I think their main point here is that they want to be able to test as many students as they can under the circumstances. So just like all of us are told to stay six feet away from each other and no more than 10 people gathering at a time. And a lot of areas, including my own here in Colorado, um, the Pearson view testing centers are implementing these same things and also trying to get the students through as quickly as possible to test. And so what that looks like is they are shortening the end clicks. So if ever there was a time where you maybe want to take the end clicks, it’s now, um, we’re talking instead of 75 questions minimum, you would only have 60 minimum and then up to 130 questions. Speaker 2: And so, um, that’s the first and the biggest change. The other one is instead of having six hours to take these questions, you have four. But I was thinking through that and I’m like, okay, well 265 questions max or 130 questions max, you’re actually getting more time per question, so this is a good thing for you. Um, so hopefully that kind of helps ease your anxiety a little bit. You have to go in and check your email because if your test was canceled, you will get an email about that. Um, so keep looking for that. And I will tell you that I was trying to get information yesterday from Pearson view, so I hop onto their chat and I was literally on chat for two hours and did not get any response at all. And then I emailed and I also didn’t hear back. So, um, that’s kind of frustrating. I’m sure you guys frustrated too, but we just have to do the best with what we can. Um, call, check your email. If you get an email from them, you can respond to that. But yeah, so that’s kind of what we’re dealing with John. Speaker 1: So I guess my, so my first question is then that you would have maybe already got an email from Pearson view when they made the first change of canceling. Is that correct? That’s correct. Are they saying, are they then coming back and saying, we’re going to re email you and say nevermind. Or do you know yet? Is it the reschedule thing or is it a, it’s back on find out or what, Speaker 2: you know, I am not sure because it changes so much every day, but I believe if your test was in a re was originally canceled, uh, it’s probably still canceled. But I guess I’m not really sure about that, John. Speaker 1: Yeah, I don’t, I, uh, I’m not sure either. I, I thought about the same thing you did too as far as like this is the time to take it. If you can get in because um, from what I read, usually those first 15 questions on any intellects exam or those kind of testing, trying up the new NGN stuff, et cetera, et cetera. Um, and they’ve ripped all that out entirely. So you won’t be seeing these crazy new weird question formats your right to your test immediately with the ability to get out and under sick well at 60 questions. Speaker 2: Yeah. Yeah. That’s, that’s I guess the silver lining here. Speaker 1: Yeah. Um, and then talk about locations. You had said something to me over chat yesterday about kind of what locations have been canceled and stuff. Can you explain some of that? Speaker 2: Yeah. So starting today, March 25th, is when they are opening test centers again for testing with those new changes. And so the information that you can find online is that they’re going to open 60 test centers today and they’re going to be in large metropolitan areas. And so my guess would be the largest. However, that’s why I was trying to get a hold of them as I was trying to figure out which testing centers were open, but that’s actually not public information. You have to have your authorization to test, sign in and sign up to take a test before you can see what test centers are open. Speaker 1: I want to face Palm really bad right now, but I’m not allowed to because of coven. Goodness. Um, so yeah, as you kind of did a little tricky thing there by getting online and saying what are the largest cities? And you are assuming those would be some of them, but I know for example, like in Texas there’s one in Dallas where I took it, right? Kind of North Dallas and then like Tyler, Texas about an hour away has one. My guess would be Tyler’s probably not going to be open because it’s a little town of 80,000 people, but probably some of these Dallas ones would be as, as your guests. Speaker 2: Yeah. So I basically just Googled like what are the top 10 metropolitan areas in North America? Because we’re also talking Canada. So New York city, LA, Chicago, and then your town of Dallas. Fort worth is number five and Houston is number six. Um, then we go to Toronto, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Miami and Atlanta. So those are the top 10. And we just, I don’t know, I don’t know what to tell you about how to find out. Speaker 1: Right. So, so it seems like, so again, we don’t know this and so there’s a lot of what I’ll say here is probably speculation, but it sounds like, you know, on what it was at like the 19th or so of of March when here’s some, you sent out mass email saying it’s all canceled. Uh, then it was like the 20th or so they said, Hey, we might be opening more. It sounds like maybe you need like an authorization to test to get into one of those new centers. Possibly. Speaker 2: Yes. Speaker 1: Oh, they’re not new centers. One of those open centers. Speaker 2: One of the open centers. Yep. And again, your way of signing up through your program is when you go in is when you can find out where you can test. So hopefully we’re not talking a road trip of like 12 hours. Speaker 1: Right, right, right, right. Okay. Okay, cool. Um, cool. Not cool. Good. Good information. Good to get it out there. Um, and I think that this will help a lot of people. The next thing I want to talk about, Marie, is online with this or in line with this is the SIMCLEX maybe explain first of all what the SIMCLEX collects is, um, and then kind of our response there. Speaker 2: Totally. Um, so if you haven’t heard of this SIMCLEX then you are in for a treat. So the SIMCLEX is our computer adaptive tests and it mimics theM and CLECs with algorithms behind the scenes that would blow your mind. It blows my mind. I don’t even totally understand it. But if you are going to take the NCLEX Speaker 2: and you’re thinking about those changes that have been implemented are SIMCLEX actually has those same exact changes right now. They updated that as soon as we found out. And so instead of having 75 questions a minimum on our SIMCLEX, you would have 60 just like the new changes with the NCS VN. Um, so 60 to 130, and then, um, we also have that four hour time limit. Um, as far as difficulty is concerned, nothing is changing with the end clacks or our SIMCLEX. So that’s gonna stay exactly the same. And then the question formats are also exactly the same as they have been. Speaker 1: Can you see me? Can you, can you see my screen? Okay. So I wanted to log in here really quick and show people where they can get to the same clicks. It’s under the INCLAX prep Academy. Um, so if you go into nursing.com under the intellect prep Academy, you can see right here, they just pushed this update before Pearson. Do you even push their update? So we were even ahead of them. So that’s pretty cool. I think that Christian about 11:00 PM last night, um, central time. And you can see here, we’ve paid this massively ugly designed by engineering update here. So you can know that this is, this is different than what your previous and clicks would have been. But the reason we did this, uh, to talk to what Maria, um, is because this is what you’re going to experience when you go and take the NCLEX. Speaker 1: Um, and we want to stay as true to the inklings as possible. Um, delivery for you guys, 265 questions or a hundred questions or just a quiz would be worthless to you. We want you to simulate to the end clicks. So you can see
23 minutes | 10 months ago
Answers to Your Fears About COVID-19 (and 3 ways we can help you today)
(click above to listen to the podcast episode) You’re probably feeling a bit scared right now . . . Maybe you’re nursing school just canceled clinicals or moved classes 100% online. Now, on top of everything that it is to be a nursing student, you are dealing with the fear brought on by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Last night, I asked: “How has COVID-19 impacted you as a nursing student?” . . . I got hundreds of responses. So I wanted to make a quick podcast to answer some of those concerns. View this post on Instagram NURSING Family, ⠀ Please let us know how you are being impacted by COVID-19. ⠀ ⠀ ✔️Are classes canceled?⠀ ✔️Are clinicals canceled?⠀ ✔️Has your NCLEX been canceled?⠀ ⠀ We are a #nursingfamily and we are all in this together. How can we help? A post shared by NURSING.com (@nursing.com_) on Mar 15, 2020 at 10:22am PDT Our Response to COVID-19 We are implementing an aggressive response to COVID-19 for nursing students and nursing school impacted. You can see all of our efforts HERE (nursing.com/lp/covid). Some of our efforts include: Reducing the price of our NURSING STUDENT & NCLEX Academies by 36% until May 15, 2020 Providing free student accounts to any nursing school experiencing closures until May 15, 2020 Develop a Nursing Clinical 360 course Donating up to $10,000 to WHO COVID-19 Response Fund Providing pizza 🍕 dinners to night shift nurses We Are All In This Together From the early days of NURSING.com (NRSNG), I used to say “We’re all in this together . . . “. That is true now more than ever. We need you. I hope this podcast episode helps reduce some of your fears or at least gives you some motivation to keep going. Resources Mentioned In The Episode Nursing Student Academy NCLEX Prep Academy Serenity Prayer Pearson Vue Updates The post Answers to Your Fears About COVID-19 (and 3 ways we can help you today) appeared first on NURSING.com.
15 minutes | 2 years ago
Why I Give A Shit (or what is your mission statement)
I got a text from my sister, who was in the hospital for induction, at 1:30am that rocked my world. She text me and told me that her nurse – the nurse who will be receiving my new nephew into the world – uses NRSNG. Moments like this rock me to the core. I know that every human will one day cross paths with a nurse. Whether that is during the best moments or darkest moments in life, a nurse will be there. Our mission at NRSNG is to be “the best place to learn nursing” . . . the reason that means so much to us is because we fully recognize that one day, a nurse who uses NRSNG will care for me, my wife, or my child. That motivates us to do our BEST each and every day. Listen to the podcast episode here: Mission Statement I would be lying to you if I said that being a nurse was easy . . . it’s not. But it IS worth it. There are beautiful moments that make you a better person. There is no better work in the world than touching human lives. To help you through those most difficult moments – a personal mission statement can be your best friend. Take 2 minutes to write down your “WHY”. We will each have our own personal “WHY” and I can’t tell you what yours is, but write it down and let it carry you through those hardest moments. The post Why I Give A Shit (or what is your mission statement) appeared first on NURSING.com.
11 minutes | 4 years ago
I’m a Little Bit Scared to Share This #vulnerable
Can I be honest? I had an amazing experience last month. It was one of those moments when you are filled with thousands of emotions ranging from happiness to sadness all at the same time. Have you ever felt that before? [ctt title=”You never know the reach you will have as a nurse.” tweet=”You never know the reach you will have as a nurse. #nursing #rn”] The past year has been incredibly busy for my family and I for many reasons, and this is something that I haven’t shared publicly, but in the last year my grandma and grandpa (on my mom’s side) both passed away almost exactly a year apart from each other, one from a stroke and the other from pneumonia complicated by dementia. This has been hard for the entire family, my mom especially (obviously). But I want to rewind the clock a bit to my first semester in nursing school, and then we will come back to last month. My First Semester of Nursing School During my first semester of nursing school one of my grandpa on my dads side passed away rather quickly. That was in 2011. I’ve talked many times about how difficult that first semester of nursing school was here and here. Long story short, my wife was 7 months pregnant. We had just moved to Illinois from Texas. We had just pulled out $40,000 in student loans. My parents were kind enough to pay for a ticket out to the funeral in Arizona. I went to funeral, and it changed everything for me! I had a sort of epiphany. I realized that in those last minutes of my grandpas life nurses were caring for him. I wanted to feel and know that they were caring for him as deeply as I would. I realized that I was very literally caring for someones grandpa, mom, daughter . . . loved one. I vowed to myself to care more deeply for each and every patient. This Last Year So over the course of the last year, my grandma passed away (stroke) and just 12 months later, my grandpa (pneumonia). I worked as a NEURO ICU nurse before doing NRSNG full-time so during the final moments of my grandmas life I was fielding questions and educating family on the process. She passed away in 2016. They lived out in Arizona, and I am back in Texas. So again, we were relying on amazing nurses to love and care for my grandparents. My grandpa began to get more and more sick (with both dementia and other complications). He finally became most bed ridden and developed pneumonia in April 2017. On grandpas last night, two of my uncles were at the bedside with him. We got the text at 1am that he had passed away. My wife and I, with our children flew out to Arizona for the funeral. After the funeral we had a small lunch with family. My uncle came up to me in tears and told me about the last night with my grandpa in the hospital. He said the nurse that was taking care of my grandpas was amazing and so caring. Then he shared this story with me: During the night he mentioned to the nurse that his nephew (me) was also a nurse. He said, “He has a website for nurses called NRSNG.com.” The stopped what she was doing and said, “I love NRSNG without NRSNG I would have never made it through nursing school.” In that moment, I felt like the vow I made to myself back in 2011 to care deeper for my patients had come full circle. You never know who you will touch as a nurse. We love each of you and we take the responsibility of helping you along in your journey VERY seriously. Thank you for being a part of the NURSING Family. Some day, it is very likely that ONE of you will care for me, my wife, or one of my children. Thank you in advance! [button link=”https://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A//www.nursing.com/blog/im-little-bit-scared-share-vulnerable/&media=https%3A//www.nrsng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/stencil.pinterest-post-25.jpg&description=You%20never%20know%20the%20lives%20you%20will%20impact%20as%20a%20nurse!” color=”btn-danger” newwindow=”yes”]Pin This Post[/button] The post I’m a Little Bit Scared to Share This #vulnerable appeared first on NURSING.com.
8 minutes | 4 years ago
NRSNG Isn’t Mine . . . It’s OURS!
So . . . I guess this episode is just about 8 minutes of a few thoughts on my mind. Mostly though, I just want you all to know how much you really mean to us! NRSNG.com isn’t mine . . . it’s OURS. And you are a part of it. Thank you for being a part of the NRSNG family! Check out ScrubCheats at ScrubCheats.com The post NRSNG Isn’t Mine . . . It’s OURS! appeared first on NURSING.com.
46 minutes | 5 years ago
You Have a Nation of Nurses Behind You (fixing nurse to patient ratio)
What are the Bills? HR 1602 – view the bill HERE S. 864 – view the bill HERE How Can You Get “Involved”? Listen to this podcast episode here with Senator O’Donnell It’s really as simple as: Google “who is my congressman” Call the number Tell them to support the two bills above There is also more that you can do listed below. Most Trusted Profession For the past 14 years, nurses have been rated as the most trusted profession. Think about that . . . as nurses we are more trusted than: Firemen Police Clergy Considering, as nurses, we are also one of the largest workforce groups in America, it seems . . . crazy . . . that our responsibilities, charting, patient ratios continue to go up while training continues to decline. What are Nurse to Patient Ratios? Basically what this refers to is number of patients any one nurse can take care of during a shift. Depending on the type of unit you work on this can vary, as it should, as a nurse in a Pediatric ICU will not be able to provide safe care to as many patients as a nurse on a geriatric unit. But here is where it gets . . . crazy. There are no federally mandated nurse-to-patient ratios. What does this mean? It means that while hospitals and Boards of Nursing can “suggest” “safe” ratios . . . in the end, the hospital can give you as many patients as they want when you show up to work. Or, they can keep giving you new admissions during you shift. The issue has gotten so bad and become so ingrained in nursing culture that many nurses accept it as a “part of the job”. In fact, GomerBlog recently release a satirical post regarding a fictions hospital CEO who raised Patient:Nurse ratios to 10:1 and the social media world exploded as many nurses accepted it as reality. Let's put an end to short staffing @smysofficial Patient safety first #safestaffing #NursesTakeDC pic.twitter.com/kf2jecrik1 — Nurse Born Products (@NurseBorn) April 18, 2016 What Does the Research Say? Research study after research study has indicated the dangers in poor staffing: Research has shown that by reducing the number of nurses, patient outcomes deteriorate and length of stay increases. Curtailing nurse staffing levels can also lead to poor staff morale, nurse retention and recruitment problems and malpractice suits, which can raise costs far above the expense of employing more nurses. By reducing nurse to patient ratios, that is, by reducing the number of patients (see nurse to patient ratio box opposite), it is probable that patient care will improve along with patient satisfaction, poor morale will dissipate, fewer lawsuits will be filed and agency nurse use will decrease, all of which will help to reduce hospital costs in the long term. Read More In hospitals with high patient-to-nurse ratios, surgical patients experience higher risk-adjusted 30-day mortality and failure-to-rescue rates, and nurses are more likely to experience burnout and job dissatisfaction. Read More As a patient safety intervention, patient-to-nurse ratios of 4:1 are reasonably cost-effective and in the range of other commonly accepted interventions. Read More How to Get Involved We are all in this together . . . As we unite as a voice of nurses we can affect great change. Here are ways that you can get involved in improving patient ratios throughout the country. National Rally For Nurse to Patient Ratios When: May 12, 2016 Where: Washington DC Information for the event can be found on Facebook HERE The event is being put on by: Nurses for National Patient Ratios A Voice for Nurses Now Show me Your Stethoscope There will be several speakers and others that you can connect with at the event including: Kelsey Rowell RN, Andrew Lopez, RN, CEO of NurseFriendly; Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH, executive director of The Truth About Nursing; Janie Garner, RN, founder and executive director of SMYS. Caroline Thomas, RN NRSNG is in full support of the event and pushing for the bills to pass. If you are able to attend the event . . . GO! If not . . . go to the event page and see if there is a local event in your state. Show Me Your Stethoscope Show Me Your Stethoscope (SMYS for short) is a group of over 700,000 nurses and nursing students interested in creating positive change in nursing. You can join the discussion HERE. I would invite you to join and take part in the discussion. Prior to joining I already had 15 friends that were a part of the group. #NursesTakeDC It is truly amazing what nurses can do when we work together. Do me a favor . . . head over to Twitter or Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #NursesTakeDC Let’s be agents of change. You Turn At the risk of sounding sappy . . . the future of nursing is in our hands. Together we can create a beautiful future. I would love for you to take part in this movement with us. The post You Have a Nation of Nurses Behind You (fixing nurse to patient ratio) appeared first on NURSING.com.
6 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep17: Never Forget Your Why . . .
Today’s Question: How can I make sure I never forget WHY I want to be a nurse? The post NSS Ep17: Never Forget Your Why . . . appeared first on NURSING.com.
7 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep15: Telling Friends and Family You Have no Time in Nursing School
Today’s Question: How do you tell friends and family you can’t hang out? The post NSS Ep15: Telling Friends and Family You Have no Time in Nursing School appeared first on NURSING.com.
8 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep12: Being Assertive in Nursing School Clinicals
Today’s Question: My two biggest struggles with nursing school are procrastination and not being assertive during clinicals. I have a B+ average a year into my part-time BSN program, but I’m sure I could’ve managed an A- average if I was better at time management (school, kids, husband). As far as clinical goes, I think my lack of assertiveness comes from being introverted and not wanting to make a mistake. The post NSS Ep12: Being Assertive in Nursing School Clinicals appeared first on NURSING.com.
10 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep11: Getting Nervous to Push IV Meds and Start IVs
Today’s Question: Getting nervous to push iv meds and start iv lines The post NSS Ep11: Getting Nervous to Push IV Meds and Start IVs appeared first on NURSING.com.
7 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep10: Working While in Nursing School . . . Is it possible? How to manage schedules . . .
Today’s Question: The ever changing clinic schedules for school! It makes it hard when you work The post NSS Ep10: Working While in Nursing School . . . Is it possible? How to manage schedules . . . appeared first on NURSING.com.
8 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep9: How to Read in Nursing School
Today’s Question: “Teacher says we need to read entire book but there is absolutely no questions from the book. How do we suppose to study” The post NSS Ep9: How to Read in Nursing School appeared first on NURSING.com.
12 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep8: Dealing With Doubt in Nursing School and Catty Nurses
Today’s Question: I have passed every class. I’m a 2nd semester junior in med surg. Just having doubts. I feel like they haven’t taught me much and they expect us to know everything and be independent in clinical when we need guidance. It’s miserable thinking about the rigorous course but just gotta get through it. The post NSS Ep8: Dealing With Doubt in Nursing School and Catty Nurses appeared first on NURSING.com.
10 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep5: Crippling Test Anxiety in Nursing School Make Me Nauseous
Today’s question: “My biggest issue right now is overcoming my crippling anxiety that I get before an exam or test. I wake up completely nauseous from it.” The post NSS Ep5: Crippling Test Anxiety in Nursing School Make Me Nauseous appeared first on NURSING.com.
8 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep6: How to Reach a Work-Life Balance in Nursing School
Today’s Question: I’m either “ALL WORK NO PLAY” or “ALL PLAY NO WORK.” I have to find that perfect balance. The post NSS Ep6: How to Reach a Work-Life Balance in Nursing School appeared first on NURSING.com.
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Ep175: Did You Know About These Nursing Podcasts
Sorry to interrupt your regular programming ; ) But I just wanted to make you aware of our other Nursing School/Nursing Podcast Shows: NRSNG Show: Interviews, motivation, A&P MedMaster Show: Nursing Pharmacology NCLEX® Question of the Day: Show NCLEX Question Show Nursing School Struggles: Ashley Adkins (AshleyAdkins.org) and myself answer YOUR questions and concerns about […] The post Ep175: Did You Know About These Nursing Podcasts appeared first on NURSING.com.
16 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep3: First Week of Nursing School . . . Exams and Clinical Checkoffs AND Professors Reading From Powerpoints
‘@mackenziekatherine_ I just started nursing school last week!! I’m extremely nervous for exams and validations! AND @loraynegon asks: I learn from powerpoints..professors stand there and read the damn powerpoints..i can read..teach me how to learn it.. The post NSS Ep3: First Week of Nursing School . . . Exams and Clinical Checkoffs AND Professors Reading From Powerpoints appeared first on NURSING.com.
15 minutes | 5 years ago
NSS Ep1: Gaining Weight and No Social Life in Nursing School and How to Study Anatomy and Physiology
‘@bx_chic_u8eno says: I’m taking my A&p 1 class and I’m 6 months pregnant, what kind of advice can someone give me that took this class? What are effective ways to pass this class? AND @futurecrna_ says: No social life. Gained 8 pounds since I started nursing school. Clinicals starting Wednesday. All I do is study […] The post NSS Ep1: Gaining Weight and No Social Life in Nursing School and How to Study Anatomy and Physiology appeared first on NURSING.com.
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