Critical Care RN. Blogger. Trying to get the word "nursey" in the dictionary. Here for any nurslings, new nurses, or seasoned nurses needing a boost. Ask me anything or check out my blog below!
I honestly never took the HESI! We did take a follow up comprehensive ATI exam before graduation and I didn’t do as well as I thought I would either. I struggled the most with pediatrics as well! I don’t personally know of any practice sites - does anyone out there have a site they recommend to pass the exit HESI exam?
Do you have to pass this to graduate? If not, and your grades are okay, I wouldn’t freak out. Just make sure you take an NCLEX review like Kaplan before sitting for boards.
I am so, so sorry to hear you lost your mother. I can’t imagine what you’re experiencing. I lost my grandfather during school and my grandmother had a major, life altering illness. I was going to school far away from them though, so I was a bit removed from the situation. Although, it made those sections of lecture a little rough for me. I really had to focus on the material and tried not to relate it to what I had just experienced. It was hard, but necessary. Otherwise, I couldn’t get through the material at all without crying.
Prayerfully, the times when you’re not talking about similar topics, you’ll be able to really dive into school and allow it to be a time when your mind is really focused and distracted.
I know when I’ve gone through some tough things, it can be really helpful to have a distraction.. at work, it’s very easy to put up that wall. I put my Nurse Face on and go - I can focus solely on work and don’t have to think about the major event that just happened in my life. It’s momentarily therapeutic.
Is there anyone else who has lost a loved one or experienced tragedy during nursing school? Do you have any words of wisdom, advice, encouragement, or support?
My pleasure - I’m glad it was encouraging to you. Sometimes, a little prayer and encouragement is all we need to pull through the next shift.