April 23, 2011

The Results Are IN!!!

I PASSED!!! I got a 97.5% on my clinical boards. I am positive I just forgot to do recession all together which was a max of 2.5 points. OH WELL! I'm so happy to be done with it all. It is such a huge relief to know that I don't have to go through all that again. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family to support me and encourage me to do my best. I know that I wouldn't have been able to do as well as I did in my schooling if it weren't for My loving Heavenly Father. When I felt that I had done all I could do and studied as much as I could I would pray and put it in the lord's hands. It worked! Now I just have to send in my application to get my license and take a law and ethics exam and wait for my license to come!!! In about a month I will officially be Sara Carpenter RDH :) In the meantime I will try to continue to enjoy my time off of school and work. I have been reading like a mad woman and exercising a lot more. I've re-organized and re-decorated my house and spent some time with my friends. Life is good!

April 3, 2011

Dental Hygiene Clinical Boards

I took the western regional dental hygiene clinical board exam at Phoenix College on March 17th and 18th. My sweet mom drove all the way from Cedar City to Upland (6 hours) picked me and my friend up and drove 6 more hours to Phoenix so that we could study all the way for our anesthesia exam. She brought yummy snacks and got us rooms and drove us wherever we needed to go and helped us keep our sanity. We got there Wednesday night and figured out the route from our hotel to the college and located the exact building for our test. We decided to stop at this Mediterranean place for dinner and had some delicious food. We were on 15th and our friends were staying on 56th so we just headed right on up and couldn't figure out where in the heck we were. After an hour of searching, being unable to reach our friends and my poor friend Brinja coming close to tears we finally figured out that we were on 56th STREET and we needed to be on 56th AVENUE or vice versa I can't remember now it was too traumatic. We saw some drug deals and some people doing drugs and we were pretty sure we were going to die before we ever got to take our exam. We found our friends and got all our paperwork organized and got ourselves prepared for the next day. Brinja and I were taking the anesthesia exam and our friends Monica and Tommi were being our patients. First thing Thursday morning we had a written anesthesia exam. If we didn't pass this exam we would be unable to take the clinical portion of the anesthesia exam that afternoon. Luckily we both passed and went on to give the 2 injections. I passed right away but ended up having to be Brinja's patient too so she could re-do one injection (which we were pretty sure was a scam for more money but none the less she passed the second go round). Then we finished just in time to go change and come back for orientation that lasted FOREVER. So all the other girls taking it from my class were going in the morning and mine wasn't until the afternoon. I went with them anyway for moral support and waited nervously for them to find out if their patients had been accepted. Luckily everyone's patient did get accepted so we didn't even need the 2 back up patients we had. I went next and my patient was accepted as well. Finding the right patient was the most stressful part of the whole exam because it had to be so specific to what they wanted. ANYWAY, I was praying the entire weekend that I could stay calm and that everything would be ok. I felt really good about everything and felt that I did the best that I could do for my patient. I was frantically trying to get my papers together and get my patient turned in on time and was having some struggles doing so but I was able to get her there before my time limit... I think. So then once I finished we got some dinner and drove all the way back to Cali.

A few days later we were getting all our stuff together for our application for California licensure when I suddenly realized I had forgotten to chart recession at all! I freaked out and for 2 days was completely inconsolable. I finally broke down and emailed WREB. The nice lady explained that I would only be deducted 2.5 points not 25 points. SO needless to say, my freak out was for nothing.

Now I wait. It's been over 2 weeks now and I still have not heard anything. I'm sure that it will be fine but its just so nerve racking waiting for the results knowing that there's nothing else I can do.

Once I get them I need to have the scores sent to the state of California and then I will send in an application packet with all the necessary information. Then I wait some more for them to send me a packet explaining how to apply for the state law and ethics exam. I then need to register for and take that exam and wait for those results to be sent to the state as well and then the will first post my license online and then up to a week later I will get the official license in my hand.

My goal is to have my license by my birthday. I will keep you all posted!