THE BIG DAY: NLE DAYS 2011 (day 1 & 2)

DECEMBER 18-19, 2011





But let me share to you the happenings the night before that red marked days.


Our clinical instructors  and review center coordinators joined their hands in cheering us that we can make it to the top and pass the exam. As I rewind my memory box, I remember that somehow, they gave us inspirations and encouragements that we can all make it.

They prepared some delicious foods for us that  really made our tummies full… They helped us forget the pressure and worries we had that night .. haha. They (teachers and some classmates who passed the exam already -the july takers) gave their tips and some encouragements while we  were having our group dinner.







Going back to those days,




Two days before the big day.. we were allowed to open the laptop and any gadgets to relax our mind and body. But I decided that time to open the internet and search for some tips to obtain the “RN” thing 😉

According to Maria Kristina Siuagan’s article, she said that  board exam is not an easy thing to get through, passing it will be a great accomplishment! If you are nervous, don’t frettake a look at some of her B.O.A.R.D. E.X.A.M. tips that you might want to try.

B-oard is BROAD

The Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) is not the typical exam that youtook during college. It’s more like taking an exam of all the things you studied in the BSN program. Unlike your usual departmentalized exams, wherein the ranges of topics are most often predictable, the NLE may contain even the rarest of topics you least expect to encounter. It would be helpful to take note of the topics you haven’t encountered yet, so that you won’t end up leaving them out of your study prep. There is a very small distinction between the topics that you ‘know’ and the ones you are ‘familiar’ with, with the latter requiring a bit more focus to master. Of course, even if you already have the list of the topics that you already ‘know’, it is still very beneficial to allot some time to read or master them once again.


It is unhealthy to be ashamed of one’s abilities. However, you shouldn’t be too confident that you can do everything. You have to recognize that you too have your own weaknesses and that you might need the assistance of other people. Don’t hesitate to raise your concerns. Consult some RNs you know, your previous professors (if they are amenable to that) or your review instructors. They can provide you much enlightenment on those topics that you find vague or difficult.


Amplify everything in you—friends and family ties, faith in the Almighty, and your will power. Fortification of these can further help you endure all the challenges you might encounter along the way.


Having been able to prepare your list of review topics and resource materials, you are on your way to proceed with your review per se. Attending classes in review centers are optional. However, if you really feel that you are more comfortable with that type of review strategy, then go for it! Most importantly, you have to demonstrate preparedness to what I call your PIES—physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your present status. If you don’t feel like taking the RN license exam just yet; maybe because of an emotional upheaval or a physical condition of some sort, don’t be afraid to postpone it. You have to create balance within these four major factors of readiness in order for you to proceed in your NLE prep smooth and sound.

D-art your target

One thing I learned in Philosophy is that “an action is always driven by a motive”. It might help to remember this equation: MOTIVE=TARGET and that TARGET=PASSING THE NLE. You have to set your goals for they will act as your ‘blueprints’ to your success. We all have our personal reasons in taking and PASSING the NLE. Whatever it is, if it keeps the drive in you, well then GO!


As our body takes away all the unnecessary entities in it for it to function more effectively, I think it would be reasonable enough to incorporate that ‘dogma’ within your review or NLE preparation period. Eliminate everything that might cause distraction.

‘X’ (previous) notes are worth your glimpse!

The NLE is fast approaching and you want to stop reading or reviewing. Oops, not so fast. If you still have ample time, try to go over your old notes. You might want to welcome the possibility that, maybe, the topics in there might show up. Never lose a chance!

A-ddress check!

It’s a week before your RN license exam. Do your own survey of your testing site in order to know your room number. Search the easiest route, prominent landmarks and establishments around. That will surely help!

M-ilk before you sleep.

If you have difficulty sleeping, try drinking a warm glass of milk before going to bed. Nothing beats having a complete eight (or make it ten) hours of sleep. Enjoy your slumber for the biggest day of your Nursing Life!


To add more about my adventure,

A DAY before the big day…

We were also allowed to visit the rooms where we were assigned to take the exam..

It was super exciting and fun ^_________^






— This is the school where we took our exam – University of Cebu (Lapu-Lapu -Mandaue Campus)




It was 3am early in the  morning when my bed-mate Pearl woke me up because the big day has arrived..

Our group decided to pray first after eating our breakfast. As what I have shared with you in my In-house review (Part 2) Prayer is the first key to pass the exam.







I was not nervous anymore, I was very ready..

I was excited in  answering all those 500 questions hahaha.. 


And by the way, I got thirsty after answering those neck breaking and brain cells damaging  questions 😛







2 Responses to “THE BIG DAY: NLE DAYS 2011 (day 1 & 2)”

  1. Hello, Anj! Thank you for citing me and my article in your blog. How was the board exam experience? Good luck to your career. I’m happy to find out that my insights were useful to you. Let’s connect in Facebook. 🙂 – Tina

    • Hello Ma’am!

      Thank you so much for writing that tips! I am a registered nurse now.. I passed last 2011… 🙂 Sure.. How can I add you in FB? 🙂

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