California - Reporters learned that Rachel Kimler, a Registered Nurse currently practicing in British Columbia, has successfully completed her NCLEX exam.
The NCLEX (National Council Licensure EXamination) is a computerized adaptive exam designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Passing the comprehensive $300 exam is a requirement for obtaining a nursing license through (an elected) State Board of Nursing.
In Rachel's case, she applied through the State of California.
Making application to the California State Board of Nursing, studying for the NCLEX exam and preparing for the test, was nearly a year-long commitment by Rachel.
The test can last up to 5 hours, depending on the number of questions asked. Anywhere from 85 to 205 questions may be asked, depending on the applicants response. (The computerized adaptive testing poses a question and if the response is incorrect will "adapt" and pose additional questions, on that particular topic, in an effort to determine the applicants knowledge in that particular area.) The test is terminated after the computer is 95% certain that the candidate's ability is either above or below the passing standard.
Finishing the test quickly, is either a sign that the candidate knows their stuff, or doesn't.
Test results are mailed to candidates 6-8 weeks after the exam date.
"I was biting my fingernails for six weeks," said Rachel, "I finished the test quickly and was afraid I might have really muffed it!"
The letter arrived recently at the Hutton House. Rachel passed the exam and is now a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
"Yay!" she exclaimed, "And look, I get a plastic card, which is a lot nicer than the flimsy piece of paper I got from British Columbia!"
Though the Kimler's have no immediate plans of moving to the United States, they said, "It's nice to know that if we do, Rachel is already set up to work there."
Tooth Fairy to Visit
Alex's Room - Alex Kimler, who turned six years old on October 3rd, has her first loose tooth!
"Look," she says, opening her mouth, grabbing her lower right central incisor and wiggling it back and forth, "See?"
Just watching her wiggle the tooth sent a shiver down my spine!
Alex is eager to have her wiggly tooth removed and the family discussed methods for its removal.
"We could always tie a string around it and then tie the other end to a door knob, then slam the door shut, yanking out the tooth!" Mom suggested.
Alex was relatively keen on this idea.
"Hey," Dad said, "Go fetch the pliers from the garage. We can have that puppy out in a flash!"
"Ewe," squealed Alex, cupping her hand over her mouth, "Noooo!"
The dentist had a much more humane and practical method of tooth removal, one which resonated with Alex.
"Give her a caramel-covered apple!"
No matter the method of removal, it looks like the "Tooth Fairy" will be making visits to the Hutton House for the next while.
"Wonder what the going rate for teeth is?" pondered Dad.