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The Final Nursing Exam

For two years, I’ve been studying.  Working hard.  Reviewing material. Memorizing lab values. Taking exam after exam. Studying rationale after rationale for those aggravating questions that just never made sense.  It’s been one annoying nursing test after another, and it’s all come down to this.

It’s NCLEX time.

I have my test date scheduled, and now I’m just taking it one day at a time… reviewing the material, and taking practice exams.  I’m trying to keep my preparation activities all low stress, because honestly – what will freaking out do at this point? I have worked my tail off for the past two years in preparation for this moment. I have spent the last twenty four MONTHS studying for  the NCLEX.

I will never be more motivated to pass this exam than I RIGHT NOW.

I’m ready to change the title of this blog…. hopefully in the next couple of weeks this blog will be simply: JUST CALL ME NURSE.  🙂 It will feel good to finally drop the “Eventually”!

To all of my fellow nursing students that have traveled this long road with me… don’t stop the momentum yet!





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Impostor Syndrome

One of these things is not like the other….

Last week in class, when we were going over what the next few months had in store for us, my instructor brought up a very good point.

We are all impostors.

Or at least, we feel like we are. I had no idea, but Impostor Syndrome is a very real thing… and there are people living it every day. Walking through life feeling like they do not belong there, that at any minute someone is going to figure them out for the fake that they are. They feel as if they have tricked the world into believing they are smart, and competent, and good at what they do – when the reality is they lack a whole lot of self confidence!

I can’t imagine that there are many senior nursing students that do NOT feel this way. If you are one of those people who are just naturally awesome and able to conquer the world, then rock on. I am not one of those people. I spend a lot of time freaking out that I have somehow managed to pass all the tests by some sort of fluke of nature, and I’ve managed to just slide through clinical without someone figuring out that I am a complete and total fraud. Eventually someone will wise up when I ask the wrong question, or do the wrong thing… and they will kick me out.

How in the hell have I made it to the end of this?!

The really scary realization is that I am going to be expected to get a JOB and WORK?! AS A NURSE?! How is that supposed to happen? Will I miraculously have all the knowledge I need in the next three months?

Rationally, I know that I have worked hard and that is how I have gotten to where I am. I do take comfort in my instructors reassuring me that we are BEGINNERS. We are NOVICE nurses. We will not be expected to go out and save the world. So why do we expect that out of ourselves?

So take comfort, fellow Nursing Impostors. We will be ok. We are where we are supposed to be. We have made it this far not by luck or chance or happenstance, but because we have worked our asses off for it. We are going to be nurses, and damned good ones at that – because that is what we have been called to do. We will ask stupid questions and we will do the wrong thing, but such is life on a perpetual learning curve. I have that much figured out already. No one can truly be an expert in the field of nursing, because medicine and technology are evolving faster than we can perfect our skills.

Maybe one day I will wake up and I will no longer be an Impostor. Until then, I will continue to “fake it ’til I make it” and trust in those people who have mentored me along the way. I have some great teachers and mentors paving the way for me… and they believe in me, even if most days I don’t believe in myself. Yet. 🙂


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