I’ve been keeping a little secret around these parts and all thoughout social media, too, actually. The past two weeks I’ve had my nose buried in NCLEX books and studying like crazy for my nursing boards. It’s been a long time coming, but after the stress of moving, I finally scheduled my nursing boards exam! Monday night Cory and I drove down to Madison together– he was nice enough to drive me AND get a us a hotel so I wouldn’t get lost and so I couldn’t sleep in a little bit on Tuesday before the big test! (Madison is 2 hours away.)
So, I packed up Alea and brought her to Grandmas for the night– her first night sleeping anywhere without Cory or I with– and Cory and I headed to Madison after he got off work!
I was so nervous yesterday morning. I was almost sure I wasn’t ready. I had a huge lump in my throat and had to sit down before we left the hotel room because I thought I was going to lose my breakfast. It was finally sinking in that this was it. And what if I got to the test and completely forgot all the lab values I shoved into my head at the last minute?
After a grueling 2 hours and 75 questions, I walked out of the test feeling completely defeated. I had to wait for Cory to pick me up and while I waited I was holding back so many tears. I was just about positive I didn’t pass. I wouldn’t wish the NCLEX exam on my worst enemy– it’s certainly not for the faint hearted!
We headed home right after the test because after something like that all I wanted to do was hug my little girl. We got to Cory’s moms house and had lots of snuggles with miss Alea! So many snuggles! After a bit I decided that maybe I should start working on my resume… You know… Just in case! As I was sitting there trying to find the words for my “objective” on my resume, I clicked over to my email and there waiting was an email from The Department of Safety & Professional Services of Wisconsin. I didn’t even think twice before I clicked on that email and my whole body was overcome with excitement when I saw the words “congratulations.”
It’s official! Two very BIG and AMAZING letters have been added to the end of my name! I can hardly believe I’m officially a registered nurse. All of the tears, struggles and hardwork have finally paid off!
Now it’s time to start applying for nursing jobs– I can hardly believe it! I can’t wait to start working in the field I know I was meant to work in!
Nursing world, here I come!