NCLEX

  1. Hi! I graduated with a BSN exactly 2 years ago now and have taken the NCLEX 3 times within the 2 years. I've been really scared to take it for the 4th time. The last 3 times I've taken the test were all borderline passing - in other words I wasn't far from the passing line. I feel really stupid and feel like such a failure. I'm planning to take the test again in 2 months and would like to know what review books or review classes would be good. It would also be nice to hear that I'm not the only one in this situation. Any advice or words of encouragement would be really appreciated.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   justanurse
    Keep trying!!!! One of the best nurses I know had to take it 3 times before passing. Another nurse I used to know was kept from entering the military when she didn't pass. It worked out really well for her, because not long after there was the Gulf War. Find all the materials you can to read. Re-read your old text books, nursing magazines. And, even take some time out to read some stuff that's non-nursing. Sometimes you can try too hard and stress yourself into just barely missing. Another suggestion is to see if you can find some literature on test-taking strategies, if you are that close to passing, surely this would help.

    Don't give up!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!
  4. by   omawunnmi
    hi, i graduated a year ago and took the nclex exam. i passed but while i was taking the exam i thought i was surely going to fail.
    what i did was to go thru my review book and answered as many questions as possible from almost any book i could lay my hands on. this helped me to understand the questions and learn how to ans. multiple choice questions. also don't double guess yourself. your 1st ans is usually the right after you have studied.
    after doing all of this. pray and trust that all your work will not be in vain.
    be ecouraged.
  5. by   ERIKAFOX
    SORRY TO HEAR YOU DID NOT PASS BUT I ALSO DID NOT PASS AND I'M ALLWAYS CLOSE BUT NOT THERE SO I KNOW YOUR PAIN BECAUSE IT'S ALSO MY PAIN. I LOOKED UP WWW.NCLEX.COM AND IT IS LOTS OF BOOKS,CLASSES YOU CAN GET I HOPE THIS HELP YOU AND ME
    GOOD LUCK
  6. by   JGlass
    Jing, First thing I would like to say to you is that the NECLEX doesn't in any way or form test you on your actual knowledge or IQ, so don't let this create a mental issue for you,I see it this way ,you made it through school in order to get to the point of taking the NECLEX so that tells me that you're not a failure and that you're smart enough to pass this test,now I really want you to think about what I'm telling you now because its very important. First thing you need to do is forget what they taught you in nursing school except for normal values and vital signs,Buy a Kaplan review book, it has a CD with it for practice. I swear to you it works if you focus on what they are teaching you,you have got to learn kaplans METHOD because its exactly how the NECLEX is. Just follow the instructions on how to use their book and stick to their method,I was scared to death because the stuff I learned in college was the way I wanted to answer on the NECLEX, but I stuck with their method of figuring out the answers, and it worked ,the Computer shut down at 75 questions and I passed, of course the number of questions doesn't mean anything because I know RN's who took all the questions and still passed, so don't let that get to you either while you are testing. when I said to forget what they taught you in college I mean for you to apply you're knowledge but apply it with Kaplans method,it isn't like our Nursing school exams,think like the kaplan book not like a Nursing test OK,well gota go, good luck! ps I took the test in the Kaplan book over and over about 3 times and definitely read the rational behind the answers they give because it teaches you how to use their method. First read all the way through the book in order to learn the method then take the CD Rom test that it has with it,take it like you are on the real thing, then review your results and question why and make sure you go back and relate their method to the way they got the answer. Good luck again, James
  7. by   CYNTHIA WILSON
    Hey,
    I am in my last semester of nursing school. The best reveiw course I have heard of is the hurstreview. Go to hurstreview.com and you can either take the course over the internet or in person. Several graduates have told me that it was the best thing they have ever spent money on in nursing school. I have already started studying with nclex books. I will graduate in December so start praying for me know. Sounds like we worry alike. Good luck and don't get discouraged. Like someone said you made it through nursing school. You are an awesome person for that reason alone.
    Sincerely,
    Cynthia Wilson
  8. by   CYNTHIA WILSON
    Hey,
    I am in my last semester of nursing school. The best reveiw course I have heard of is the hurstreview. Go to hurstreview.com and you can either take the course over the internet or in person. Several graduates have told me that it was the best thing they have ever spent money on in nursing school. I have already started studying with nclex books. I will graduate in December so start praying for me now. Sounds like we worry alike. Good luck and don't get discouraged. Like someone said you made it through nursing school. You are an awesome person for that reason alone.
    Sincerely,
    Cynthia Wilson
  9. by   KC CHICK
    Get your hands on as many NCLEX practice question computer disks that you can find. Then PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!! It was highly recommended at one of the review courses I attended that you do at least 100-200 practice questions per day for 1 month before you take the exam.

    It worked. I have now handed down my disks to a student in the class behind me. Hope it works just as well for her too.
  10. by   misti_z
    Jing, I just graduated in May and took the NCLEX in June and I did pass. I took a review course that was wonderful and I really believe it helped me pass. They give you two books. One that is full of memorization techniques and the other is a review book. The class is three days long and are offered just about everywhere (I had to travel 4 hours round trip each day, but it was worth it! ) It is also kind of expensive ($240, I believe, but again worth it!) Here's the website, check it out maybe you can attend one of the classes. Oh yeah, all the teachers are nurses so any questions you have they can answer.

    http://www3.ivenue.com/sraican/


    Good luck!!!!!!!
  11. by   hannabear1
    Hi there! Don't feel bad! I took the test 4 times and finally passed. However, it is a matter of focusing and concentrating on just the test and how to answer the questions. I know everyone is giving you info. on what to use to sudy. I used Springhouse NCLEXRN questions and answers made incredibly easy. there is over 3000 questions with the rationales and tips on how to answer questions, prioritizing, using maslow's hierarchy. I found that by using just one book or cd to study was best becuase if you have too many you can feel overwhelmed and not want to study. find one or two that's best for you and stick with that. also, definitelt take a review course if there is one available. but again, I highly highly recommend the book I used. check it ount and remember-you HAVE to stay Focused!!!! you will pass!

    Good Luck!!

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