This blog is dedicated to giving you sound information about the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN so you can be successful and start a rewarding career in nursing.  I am available to respond to comments that you leave on the blog posts and will try to give you the down-to-earth version of how to approach the test and how to apply the knowledge that you have to serve yourself and serve your patients.

I have worked at almost every level in the nursing hierarchy at this point.  I was a secretary and nurse assistant while in school.  After graduating with my BSN, I moved to South Carolina to practice in intensive care and med-surg.  I have done charge nursing and worked night shift and day shift.  Even a six week internship in the OR helped open my eyes to that world that is very different from bedside nursing.

I couldn’t leave my love for academia, so I achieved a Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator going on to teach at a college of nursing and practice as an FNP.  However, I still do PRN work at the bedside to keep my perspective.  Recently, I’ve also helped implement several different EMRs in practice in addition to my clinical duties that makes the world of informatics look fun for the tech-savvy.

But I am pressing on in learning because to teach at a university level, a doctorate is key.  So one year down and more to go.  One day, fingers crossed I will be a “nurse doctor”.

I hope I can share some experiences with you that help pave the way for you to enter the dynamic world that is nursing!  Enjoy the journey, it’s nothing like you would ever expect!

Thanks for reading,

Nurse Amy


10 Responses to About

  1. Lucie says:

    I graduated in May 2012, failed nclex twice. Would I be able to applying for licensing on another state without going back to school?

    • Nurse Chelsea says:


      The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) states you are permitted to take the NCLEX eight times a year but not more than once in a 45 day period unless unless your desired jurisdiction of licensure/registration only offers a limited amount of NCLEX exams per year. You would need to contact your state board of nursing regarding their specific policy on exam retakes.

  2. Lupita says:

    Dear Nurse Amy
    Is there a State I can continue taking my nclex pn. Texas law is after 4 years you need to retake nursing School.
    Help please

    • Nurse Chelsea says:


      Every state has their own polices as far as how many times you can take the exam and/or how long can pass before remedial/preparatory courses are required. Look into your surrounding states. Below is the link that includes the contact information for all the state’s BON. Each state has their policies regarding NCLEX retake on their websites: http://www.istudysmart.com/content.asp?cid=66#PR

  3. youland says:

    I studied and graduated nursing from Canada. I wrote the CRNE 3 times and unfortunately failed all 3 times so I decided to write the NCLEX exam in Michigan and I passed first time. However, I wish one day I can come back and work as an RN in Canada. Is it possible with the new NCLEX exam system merging into Canada that I could work in the country again. thanks for your time!

    • Nurse Chelsea says:

      Depending on the provincial/territory your interesting in practicing, you must view their individual requirememts for application. However, all Canadian provinces and territories require that you write an exam as part of the licensure process. Provincial and territorial nursing regulators (outside of Quebec), as of 2015, will use the NCLEX-RN exam from the NCSBN as Canada’s entry-to-practice exam. Visit the following link for more information: https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/becoming-an-rn/work-in-canada#sthash.Sd9fDUps.dpuf

  4. Nurse Amy says:

    I am sorry – that can be discouraging. How are you doing on your practice exams? Are they identifying any areas that you are weak on that you need to study more on? If you have not taken one lately – you can sign up for one here. http://www.easynclex.com/purchase.html

    You honestly shouldn’t take the NCLEX until you can pass a practice exam with flying colors.

    You can also sign up for an NCLEX question a day here – http://www.easynclex.com/nclex_questions.html

    Are you working in healthcare? It’s difficult to get out of clinicals and then study but not apply the knowledge. If you cannot work as a tech – can you volunteer somewhere with patients? That might help you connect the principles.

  5. Michelle says:

    I am feeling discouraged I have taken Nclex 3 times and each time I received the maximum amount of questions. I am not understanding what I am doing wrong
    any suggestions?

  6. shailendra srivastavas says:

    Respected madam
    I am very impressed by reading your profile , your dedication for nursing is really amazing. .Best of luck for your doctorate in nursing.

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