Congratulations! You have passed and conquered the NCLEX which is a monumental victory. You are one step closer to fulfilling your dreams as a nurse! Many of our former students have shared their success stories and their tips on how they were able to get a job. Here are 5 tips you can use to find a job after passing the NCLEX.
Although you know that you want to be a nurse, Nursing offers plenty of opportunities in different clinical settings. You could be a nurse in a hospital, a nursing home, a doctor’s office, or your local school. The first step before conducting your job search would be to identify your passion.
Search engines will be your primary tool to conduct your job search. You can start your search in Google. You could narrow your search using “job search websites,” such as Indeed.com or Nurse.com.
Take note of the qualifications needed for each position. Some positions may require at least 1-2 years of work experience. Others may require BLS/AED Certification or require a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Preparing a succinct and clean resume is important as it presents your background and skill. It is used to communicate your value to potential employers. You must include the following:
You should also use key words that pertain to the position that you are applying for. Be sure to keep it clean and simple. Simplicity is key to perfection!
Once you complete your resume, you are now ready to submit it. A common misconception is that a resume is the tool that lands you the job. Actually, a resume helps you schedule an interview. Keep your options wide to increase your chances of success.
Reaching out to staffing agencies can greatly alleviate your anxiety and frustration in your job search. Staffing Agencies will do the heavy lifting for you. Agencies such as RNexpress and New Staffing Agencies can help you land your first job. The main advantage is they will hire you without previous working experience. They will train you and place you in a Nursing home. This is a great benefit considering that most institutions will not hire you without working experience.
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Anyone who has failed the NCLEX exam will agree it is a devastating experience. It might even shake your self confidence and hurt your self esteem. It is natural to feel shocked, insecure, and even depressed. However, you must build your courage, face your fears, regain your strength and find a way to persevere and try again!
Here are some tips on how to regain your self confidence:
You have the power to turn it around. Just like our friend Christian, here’s his story…
One of the most influential thinkers in the Western tradition especially during the Enlightenment, Immanuel Kant, believed that humans had a predisposition to quit after failing as the failure frightens them away from further trials. His belief would be further supported through Ivan Pavlov’s “classical conditioning.” It is the theory that we associate a stimulus or an event to a learned response; in this case, we fail and this begets a conditioned response, which is quitting. What if you continue to fail and fail again? Do you continue or do you stop? Albert Einstein defined insanity as, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” There are many students who take the NCLEX and continue to fail after hours and hours of studying. Then, they realize that their study plans or learning materials are simply not fit for them. They would go insane if they followed this regimen. Many come to Feuer Nursing Review, with similar stories of failing many times in the past. They are the examples of why you should always strive and adapt to change and never quit.
In particular, Nakeisha Martin epitomizes perseverance. It took her about three years experimenting with different review companies and three attempts of the NCLEX-RN exam before she decided to go to Feuer. She praised FNR for helping her pass and said, “Take it from me, I passed at 75 ‘questions’ after three years and three tries, so can you too with Feuer Review!”
For those who have lost hope, listen to Christeen Harad who also recently passed the NCLEX. She wrote in her testimonial, “I just want to say ‘Thank you!’ Your guidance and support have been amazing! Thank you for helping me improve. To fail a test is frustrating but to fail an NCLEX-RN is depressing. I was devastated and I lost hope.I really appreciate all the hard work you’ve done to help us pass. I have learnt so much during the review, all the professors were very interactive. You were there for us from day 1 and I wholeheartedly appreciate everything you’ve done.”
Christeen with Angelica Feuer
Lastly, Nurse Jasmine was among the recent graduates who took the test and unfortunately failed. She explained, “I graduate nursing school in May 2017 and I truly wish that I did this review sooner. I failed twice already and this was going to be my third time taking the NCLEX. I felt like giving up.” She never gave up and never settled. After choosing Feuer, she passed confidently.
Jasmine with Angelica Feuer
If you feel that you are losing hope after constantly failing the NCLEX, never lose hope. If you feel that you resonate with the recent success stories of these registered nurses, consider Feuer Nursing Review. Remember those who never shoot, never score!
Did you ever wonder why a large number of Filipinos choose a career in nursing? In California alone, 20% of the nursing force are Filipino, however Filipino immigrants make up only 4% of the state’s population. The mainstream media even jokes about the fact that most Filipinos are nurses, but what explains this phenomenon? This may be traced down to Filipino societal upbringing and history. “Magaral ka ng mabuti, para maganda ang kinabukasan mo!” is a common saying, which means “study well to have a better future.” This is what every Filipino mother tells their children. Education is an integral part of Philippine society. In a developing third-world country, many aspire to finish college for a better life and have the chance to work abroad for higher pay, which is why they choose fields in high demand overseas, including nursing.
The Philippines, located in Southeast Asia, was an American territory when the U.S. acquired the Philippines from Spain for $20 million in the Treaty of Paris in 1898 until independence in 1946. After decades of American interaction, the American ideals stuck with many Filipinos, one of which was the importance of education. Also in 1903, President William Taft passed the Pensionado Act, which provided funding for certain Filipino students to study in colleges in the U.S. Many of these students studied nursing because of the high demand back in the Philippines and in the U.S., amidst many war casualties. However, a large number of nurses remained in the U.S. and started an influx of migration of nurses. This demand increased further during World War I and World War II. The migration also became easier for nurses during the Cold War from the late 1940s to the early 1990s. The U.S. encouraged the influx of educated immigrants, especially nurses, to come to the U.S. under the Exchange Visitor program. This opportunity for a better life encouraged more Filipinos to become nurses and immigrate to the U.S., which in turn created a demand to build more nursing schools in the Philippines.
This nursing migration was not one-sided, however. It also benefited their families. Last year, overseas Fillipino workers remitted $27 billion to the Philippines, which is roughly 10% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Filipino remittances remain vital to the economy, which is a result of a five-decade long practice. Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos realized the demand for quality workers abroad, thus he instituted the export for labor. It set the path for the cycle of cash remittances.
There is a story in every Filipino nurse out there. It is through many decades of history and societal practice as to why they are here. “Salamat sa sipag at tiyaga niyo! Mabuhay ang mga Pinoy nurses sa buong mundo!” which means for all of the Filipino nurses working abroad, thank you for all your hard work! Long live all the Filipino nurses around the world!
This is a letter from a student. Here is her story:
My journey of taking my NCLEX-RN hasn’t been easy. Just imagine failing it not just once, but four times. Well, to start, applying for NCLEX was hard and took a long time process since I am an international student who graduated from outside the county, the Philippines is where I finished my Nursing. I’ve waited one year before I actually got my first ATT (authorization to work). I was so excited that I decided I register as soon as I got it. I even told my family and friends who were also thrilled to lean that I can now take the exams. I studied for a month and took the test and I FAILED. I was devastated, I decided to go to the Philippines to get a 2 months extensive review, I have to be honest that everything I’ve learned or most of what I’ve learned is due to this review center that I have attended, then, I came back, took the test the second time and failed again! So I studied, reviewing my notes this time. I focused on the content and once more I failed again, so I decided to enroll in one of NCLEX-RN review online courses. I studied, literally everything, whatever resources I got I studied and memorized. I did a few Q&A I did what I think I need to do in order to pass, giving my 101% best or possible ways I think which could help to pass my exams, thinking they could help me, and with 189 items the computer stopped on my 4th take, tried the trick and learned I failed once more. I crashed, depressed, felt unfair about life. I spent so much, not just money, but also time and energy. That was Oct. 29th, 2013. I relaxed and stopped thinking about NCLEX and started thinking about other options. New Year passed and it’s 2014, I started to read blogs, then one thing hit me, “It doesn’t matter how you get there, what matters is you’ll get there.” Oh yeah, he is absolutely right. I can’t give up not now and not ever. I know I’m good and I believe I will be a better nurse. So, I enrolled in FEUER, March here in New York, I took the advice from the Feuer rep. I didn’t take the exam right away. I maximized my schedule. I read my content and books prior my NCLEX and I focused on Q&A. I went to church the day before, putting my 100% trust in God. I surrendered myself to HIM, and I didn’t study the day before. I went out with my husband and friends then, by morning I went to church to pray, went to the test center feeling confident, worry free and stress free. The computer shuts off at 265 questions, I went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to pray once more and on Wednesday June 4th, I learned I pass my NCLEX-RN. I’m happy to say I am now Emmalyn Malagar, RN. Thank GOD for His guidance and to Feuer who helped me learn to answer and pass the NCLEX exam. The key to success is to believe:
Good luck and God bless! Feuer Nursing Review thank you for helping me succeed and fulfill; my dreams to be a Registered Nurse and just looked me I hope you will continue helping other students whose dreams is also to become an official and certified Registered Nurse – God bless you more!
– Emmalyn Malagar, RN
Why did you become a nurse? Nurses are asked this a lot. Look at the job dedicated nurses do day in and day out. Nurses almost never see people at their best and it’s a sad truth that some people allow their discomfort to come out when they normally wouldn’t. Yet, every nurse loves their job. They speak of it as a calling, a passion, not just a profession. It’s certainly not a career for everyone. Blood, needles, tears and other bodily fluids can make many people uncomfortable. So, why would anyone become a nurse? We’ve found some tremendously inspiring stories about why people become nurses and the pride they take in their jobs.
Nursing in cancer unit is tremendously challenging. There’s a huge emotional toll involved, even though nurses try to keep professional distance. Nurse Jackie Davenport, knew at the tender age of 11 that she wanted to be an oncology nurse. It started with her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis. Even at that age, she had the compassion, tenderness and love needed to support her mother through the tough time and she found herself amazed at the medical miracles used to keep her mother alive.
Curiosity and love drove her to be her mother’s support system through all the chemo and radiation treatments. She found herself drawn to the warmth and compassion as well as the high-tech treatments and professional demeanor of her mother’s care givers. After her mother went into remission, she went through cancer diagnoses with two other family members. After this, she knew she needed to support and love children who were diagnosed with cancer and her families. All she kept thinking was how heartbreaking such a diagnosis would be for the parent of a child, rather than the child of a parent with cancer.
This compassion became a calling and a career. She provides love, compassion and support to children in her care and her families, each and every shift. She uses her role to advocate for their current health needs and their future ability to thrive.
Nurses often say they learn just a much from their patients and they try to teach them. That’s explained perfectly in Renee Thompson’s story of her patient Rosie. At the time, Renee was working on a cardiac care unit. Rosie had come to the unit by way of the ER. She was obese and had a history of medical issues. The ER doctors, after running an EKG, felt Rosie likely had gallbladder issues.
As she tells it, Renee allowed the paperwork to convince her that Rosie didn’t have a heart issue, especially since continued enzyme monitoring seemed to back that up. When Rosie began complaining of chest pains after eating a bucket of fried chicken her family snuck in, Renee was convinced it was due to her gallbladder, but because of hospital protocols she ran an EKG. This went on several times, over many shifts. And then, it happened, the EKG showed Rosie was actually having an MI right then and there. Thankfully, they were able to put in a stent immediately and saved her life. Renee’s lesson from Rosie was not to judge people. She learned to be humble and accept people for where they are, not who she expected them to be.
Nurses like Jackie and Renee who put themselves out there for their patients every day, and continue to learn lessons of humility and acceptance are what make the profession so admirable. Today and every day, we thank all the men and women who’ve dedicated their lives to the profession of helping others. Tell us your story. Why do you want to become a nurse?
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen. “
During nursing school you had to balance homework, a job, family, health, lack of sleep and stress. It took discipline, perseverance and commitment to complete nursing school. You did it!
You’ve worked hard and studied hard. Finally, the big day is approaching. Graduation day! In the next few weeks you’ll be walking across the stage to receive your diploma. As you move on to the next stage of your career, take some time to reflect on and enjoy this accomplishment.
The next step towards becoming an RN or LPN is passing the NCLEX. This can feel like a stressful hurdle. To help get you through it, we suggest you choose professional help with a NCLEX review course. This is a worthwhile investment. You’re going to spend time and money, so it’s important to choose the review course that’s best for you.
Learning Style. Do you prefer to learn in a live classroom setting with an instructor or do you have the necessary discipline to learn from an online review course? Some review courses have only one of these options while others combine the two with great results. You’ll want to consider your learning style as you select a review course.
Learning Needs. The most comprehensive review courses incorporate content and test taking strategies. The NCLEX is a very challenging test. Do you have a solid foundation in nursing concepts, principles, and the ability to apply that knowledge to NCLEX-style practice questions? Some review courses do an excellent job teaching test taking strategies, but fail to reinforce the content that a nurse absolutely must know to understand what the questions are asking. Look for a review course with an organized study plan presented by experienced instructors who can review core content and apply it to NCLEX questions. Don’t be too impressed with large Qbanks. When it comes to practice questions, it’s the QUALITY of the questions, not the quantity that matters.
Price. As a student, you may be on a tight budget. Many of the “big name” test prep companies charge a premium for their NCLEX review materials, but they may not provide the most value for your dollar. Look at the course offerings and compare prices to find a test prep solution that fits your needs and your budget. It’s about value for your dollar. Avoid paying top dollar simply because you recognize a big name. At the same time, don’t purchase an inexpensive course just because it is the most affordable. In the end, you might not get a complete review and will have to spend even more money on another review course.
Everyone at Feuer Nursing Review applauds your diligence and success in graduating from your nursing school program. And we’re here to support your efforts in preparing for your NCLEX exam. Remember, you don’t need to prep alone. There is help available. We believe in you! Best of luck in your future nursing career.
Nurses and moms have one huge trait in common. They’re nurturers. Genetically, women are programmed to care for their children and families. The nursing profession has many of the same tasks involved. (Not that males don’t make amazing nurses – they do!) Perhaps that’s why it’s no coincidence that Mother’s Day and Nurses Week are aligned this year. To celebrate all nurses, moms, and moms who are nurses, we’d like to share some incredible stories with you.
What better time to talk about how nurses help women become moms than Mother’s Day? Let’s face it ladies, giving birth is both beautiful and painful. Kara had wonderful nurses during her delivery, which made a huge difference. By making sure Kara and her family were comfortable and well-cared for, Kara was able to welcome her daughter into the world surrounded by loving kindness. He whole delivery process became memorable for its beauty rather than any pain or trauma.
We all know it’s common for career choices to run in families. Although it’s not unusual for the children of a nurse to go into nursing themselves, the story of Betty and Sally Dowdtakes this to another level. Not only are they both RNs, they work in the same hospital, on the same unit. In this case, geriatrics. Right now, they work a lot of the same shifts, too. It works for them. They’ve always been close and they know how to communicate with each other easily. It’s a tradition that’s likely to continue into the next generation. What a beautiful legacy to pass along!
It’s been said that nursing isn’t a profession, it’s a calling. That’s certainly true for three generations of Brierlys. All three work in the same hospital. Grandma works in the breast center, mom works with cancer intakes, and daughter works with post-op patients. Although the three of them work in different units and on different shifts, they’re always there to support each other and their patients. A quick text between the three “please say a prayer for my patient” is all it takes to get the ball rolling. They don’t use names to protect HIPPA privacy, but they trust the prayers are going out for exactly who needs them.
This Mother’s Day, and every day, moms, nurses and moms who are also nurses – we salute you! Thank you for your care, compassion and devotion to others. Healthcare would not be the same without you!
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