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How I Passed the HESI RN Exit Exam


I passed my HESI RN Exit Exam! If you want to know how I did it, keep reading. I will also Do-not-interruptshare my HESI scores with you.

HESI exams are extremely difficult. Although they are given to predict how you will do on your NCLEX exam, they are nothing like the NCLEX exam in my opinion. The questions given on the HESI exam are much different than the questions given through the NCLEX exam. I struggled with this. The NCLEX exam questions are more straight forward than what is on the HESI. I could answer NCLEX style questions all day long with ease, but the HESI questions, well, they were not done with so much ease. The HESI exam questions are designed to trick you because they want to test your critical thinking skills. If your critical thinking skills are at or below par, you will not pass the HESI exam no matter how much knowledge you have in the way of content.

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I Graduated RN School


An isolated mortarboard and stethoscope to conceptualize the medical graduate.

Well, here I am. I finally made it to the end and graduated from RN nursing school. There were many times I doubted myself and my abilities, but I kept at it, and I did it. I am so proud of myself for hanging on, although I wasn’t sure I could. Now that RN school is over, which seemed like it took forever, I am starting BSN school in a few weeks. I know, I am gluten for punishment. I am afraid to take a break, for fear I may never finish the plans I have laid out for myself.

For those of you who do not know, I have been an LPN for 22 + years. I started RN school before I ever went through LPN school, but unfortunately life and it’s happenings got in the way of me completing my RN degree until now. I wasn’t sure I would ever make it to this point. I am 45 years old with two practically grown children, so graduating with my ADN was bittersweet for me. My well laid out plan includes completing my BSN in the next year, and then going on to complete my Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner degree after that and be done with everything by the time I am 50 years old. This will still give me at the very least 15 years to work, save money, pay off bills, and retire comfortably by the time I am around 65 years old. God willing, this will still give me time to relax and enjoy the rest of my days on this earth. The only regrets that I have in all of this is not seeing the light way before I turned 4o something. It is what it is though, and I plan to make the most of it now.

I plan to continue adding things throughout the rest of my school journey in hopes of helping other students. By all means, if you have questions, do not hesitate to ask.

New & Final Semester


Here I am. I cannot believe I have made it to the final semester of RN school. It has been a First Semester Last Semesterlong hard road with many struggles and sleepless nights. I know this semester will not be any less than the previous ones. We actually have 2 classes this semester and 180 clinical hours to do in basically 2 months time. In addition to this, we will have 2 different HESI exams, 1 Exit HESI and 1 NUR 203 HESI. We have to pass both of them or we do not graduate. We do get 3 attempts to pass the exit HESI, but only once to pass the NUR 203 HESI. This time, the NUR 203 HESI is an all or nothing exam. If you do not make at least an 850 on the HESI, you do not get any points. This means that you either make the 850 points on the HESI, or you do not pass the class the way it is set up. This makes me nervous. All the other semesters, you at least got some points for various scores on the HESI. I did well on the NUR 201 HESI, but not so well on the NUR 202 HESI. I do not like the HESI exams. They are meant to predict whether a person will pass the NCLEX test or not, but the questions do not actually seem like they are set up the same to me as the NCLEX questions.

Nonetheless, I am going to study my butt off for both these tests because these 2 tests are what will make or break me as far as graduating.

I Made It Through Another Semester


end-of-semester-againWell, I made it through another semester, NUR 202. I am now moving on to the final semester of RN school. It will include NUR 203 and NUR 204. I am ecstatic. NUR 202 was a hard semester for me, but if I can do it, anyone can. I am no spring chicken anymore, so everything is double as hard for me this go around in nursing school. I could beat myself up every day for not doing this any sooner than I did, but sometimes life just gets in the way of your dreams. The important thing is that you never give up hope of fulfilling those dreams. Your time will come! When it does, you must seize the moment and go all in to get to where you want to be.


“Watch your thoughts, for they become words – Choose your words, for they become actions – Understand your actions, for they become habits – Study your habits, for they will become your character – Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

                                                            – Unknown

Motivation Tuesday: Your Thoughts Become Words