Got It! Add RRT, RCP to My Name
0600: TODAY, I make my stand and hit the H& R Block full force to retake the Written Registry and Clinical Sims that I failed by one point last month. I tell myself that today will be different. I tell myself that this time, someone WILL be at the testing center and I will not be making this trip for nothing like I did before. I tell myself that this afternoon it will be all over and that I will most likely have to retake at least one of the exams again. After all, despite being a little more optimistic on the outside about my chances, had I been in Vegas I do not think I would have taken a bet on my passing one of them. (Much less both of them.)
0700: On the stroke of 7a.m., I roll out of the driveway with a fresh cherry Coke and make the two-hour drive to Johnson City, Tenn. After my recent trip to the Vatican a couple of weeks ago, I was emotionally prompted to turn my satellite radio to the Catholic Channel and listen to Mass in the car on the way over. (Yes, I know it is not good, but I guess I am the typical sinning Christian who has an "ATM relationship with God.) When I need something, I am right there at confession... But when times are good, they may not see me in a few years. But my heart is in the right place so I guess (hope) that's what matters.
0900: I finish my fingerprint scanning and start my test when out of the blue... Question #1: "There is a 2000 gm neonate in the NICU...." The panic sets in and I skip it just like Kettering said to do. I cannot run out of time this time. I have to at least finish the exam. One hour and 52 minutes into my allowed two-hour time limit I answer the final question. Getting done earlier actually makes me a little concerned. However, at this point it is over. I await my results and actually PASSED. (Boy, I would have lost my mortgage on that one had someone bet me.) I ended up getting it with several questions to spare. I am happy! Whatever happens with the Sims is fine because I am at least going home having passed one of them.
1200: I return to H&R Block to start the Clinical Sims. I feel more prepared for these. I know that last time I got sucker punched with the two neonatal and two pediatric patients. (All through school we had been told that we may have one or two max... we had FOUR! Regardless, this is pretty much the same thing... four of them. I start to panic and INSTANTLY know I can not pass it. However, I take my time this time and used three hours and 45 minutes of the allowed 4 hours.
When the dust settles, I pass, by ONE question. (But passing is passing, right?)
When I obtain my test results and see that I pass, I instantly go to the situations to see which Sims I did not pass. Strangely enough, I passed all 11 on the Information gathering (which everyone does). But on the Decision Making section I technically failed 6 of the 10. How I passed is a miracle. (Thank God for the cumulative grading.)
The the four I did pass, I pretty much got 100 percent of the decision making points. Thus, those extra points went to the bank and offset the six that I missed by one or two questions and technically failed. So, when all was said and done, I had passed both.
Since I did technically pray on the way over, I would like to think that it is demanded by the Alimighty Father that from this day I will be known as William Brent Holland, RRT, RCP. And after all, who would do go against that authority? Right?
Next stop: Having some divine intervention to get a FULL TIME position.