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The Pearson Vue NMC computer based test (CBT)

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How does one prepare for the Pearson Vue NMC computer based test (CBT)?

Fear of the unknown.

In my experience, after a brief relief and elation from passing the IELTS test, I felt a different kind of fear and panic in preparation for the NMC computer based test (CBT). Compared to the IELTS, there are very few information you can get online regarding the CBT and that usually causes the panic for test takers. When you go to the NMC site, there is a “blueprint” that the Nursing and Midwifery Council encourages CBT takers to read and study. Also, some people on the internet advised to read the Royal Marsden Manual. I found a small comfort in that, but when I downloaded the files and opened them, the fear took over the comfort I felt. It’s lengthy and it also have lots of links to other sites. Who has the time to read all of that?

Calm the f down.

Breathe in, breathe out. Relax. After that, figure out a time table that will enable you to read the blueprints, the links, and the entire Royal Marsden Manual. In my case, I only had two weeks to prepare. If you are planning to take the exam too, make sure you have enough time to study. The exam is worth One Hundred and Thirty pounds, if you don’t want your money wasted, you have to study.

Know your enemy.

One of the requirements before you take the NMC CBT is the IELTS score. Once you go to the NMC site to register for the CBT, they will ask you to put in some information regarding your IELTS. Then, they will send you an email if you are eligible to take the exam. The email will direct you to the Pearson Vue wesite. Book and pay for the exam, and make sure to read the Candidate Information Booklet. This contains all the necessary information regarding the exam. Knowing what’s going to happen will lessen your anxiety. The booklet will tell you the do’s and don’ts as well as what you should expect on your exam day.

Plan.

I created a two-week review guide that allowed me to read almost all of my study materials. I divided the Royal Marsden Manual by chapter and tried to read them according to my time table or until my brain is fried. Seriously. I read the Blueprints first, then the Manual, and I checked out the links last. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read all of them because of time constraints. Time is your friend, you have to use them wisely. Again, when booking your exam, make sure you have ample time to study.

Read. Read. Read.

Aside from the the NMC Blueprint and the Royal Marsden Manual, try to look for other review sources such as the NMC Site, NHS, RCN, etc. These sources are available online. Comprehension is important when you read the review materials. If you come to a point that you cannot absorb anything that you read, you have to stop. You are just wasting your time. You need to clear your mind a little bit, and try to make learning fun. I used flash cards to help me remember some stuff. Also, don’t read on a place where your bed is visible, because you’ll likely end up reading in your bed and eventually, fall asleep. In my experience, I find reading at the early hours of the morning more conducive for learning than on the middle of the day. Read as much as you can.

Pray.

Regardless of your religion, pray anyway. It will bring you comfort and peace when you take the exam.

If you are an aspiring UKRN like me, I wish you luck on your exam! You can do this!

For more information, visit the Pearson Vue for NMC site here.

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Attention: Nurses who wants to work in Saudi Arabia

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This is posted today at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties Facebook Page.

For all Nurses:

Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in partnership with Pearson Vue announcing for the increased question-examination items from 100 to 150 items in 3 -hour period.
Result of the examination will be released after 3 days which will be determined using the range percentile scores.

These photos are also posted on the said page which shows the new format of the Prometric Test Result for SCFHS.

prometric pass or fail

Photo Credits: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

prometric new scoresheet

Photo Credits: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

What’s the difference from the old SCFHS Prometric test? Well, I took my Prometric test in September 2011 and since then I haven’t noticed the changes that occurred while I was working in Saudi. Anyway, in 2011 the number of items in the exam was 70 and you can get the result as soon as you finished the test (You can finish the test in an hour or so). The print out will say if you passed or failed. The exam fee in 2011 was $90. Today, I checked the Pearson Vue site for the SCFHS certification Testing and it says that starting from July 1, 2017, all SCFHS exam fees will be adjusted. I don’t know for sure how much it is but if you are interested in taking the exam, you can contact Pearson Vue here.

Another thing I noticed from the Pearson Vue site is this:

Kindly note that healthcare professionals will first have to apply to Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. You will be able to sit for the exam once credentialing has been done and approved.

Before, you can easily book and pay the exam yourself online without needing any permission from any regulating body or organization. As of this month, prior to booking the exam, a permission to take the test must be acquired from the SCFHS. I think, this “approval” will be automatically sent to Pearson Vue and the applicant will be notified via email that he is given the permission to take the test. Once notified, the applicant can create an account on Pearson Vue to book and pay for the Prometric exam. I could be wrong though. So, if you have questions about the process, it’s best to contact the┬áSaudi Commission for Health Specialties.

There you go. If you are reading this because you are going to take the Prometric exam soon, good luck and thank you for dropping by!

On Duty

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On duty

This poem is for all the nurses and other medical professionals who works in a public hospital or any medical facility that are experiencing staffing shortage. I was trained and volunteered in a couple of public hospitals in the Philippines and the situation is really bad. Without the student nurses and the volunteers, the patients will end up taking care of themselves. The staff nurses take double shifts or broken shifts just to make up for the staffing shortage. During my volunteering days, there was a time that I had to take care of 10 patients in one shift because the patient census was too high. It’s hard and scary because we are expected to deliver proper nursing care but we couldn’t because the number of patient is overwhelming. Anyway, I hope the staffing shortages in hospitals will be resolved soon.

on duty

by novel sanchez

i’m drinking my third cup of coffee
and it’s only ten in the morning
my hand is trembling
shaking quietly
as i lift my mug
to my numb lips

but i have to keep going
keep moving
because people are counting on me
patients
with their begging eyes
and silent screams
asking me to relieve
to ease their pains

my tongue burns
as i sip
the hot bitter liquid
working its way to my throat
down to my stomach

and i continue going
working desperately
to keep my mind alert
for people depends on me
there is no room
even for minor mistakes

my body quivers
as the coffee combines
with chyme
and acids
in my intestines
and i am still in motion

caffeine pumping in my veins
forcing my eyes open
like a retractor
on a clean surgical cut
made on a pregnant woman’s
belly
and yes
i was in that operating room too

my body is exhausted
and my eyes are weary
but i keep moving
for lives are at stake
there are still more wounds to clean
broken bones to cast
and surgeries to assist

the caffeine effect
is starting to wane
but there are still people
coming from the emergency room
and i am tired
i am so tired

i can only help so much
my hands are not enough
to heal all the wounds
relieve all the pain
and assist all the sick in this ward

my shift should’ve ended
four hours ago
but the day nurse called in sick
and there’s no one-
no one else on call.

so, i picked my fourth cup of coffee
for the day
and hope
that it will be the last

until the next hero in white
comes along
equipped with knowledge
skills
alertness
and compassion
who will rescue me
from my responsibilities

until then
i’m ON DUTY

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