Josh... you're absolutely right. NCLEX is not that hard of an exam. For the most part, NCLEX tests your "nursing critical thinking skills". That's not something you can really study for persay... you either think critically or you do not.
I'm going to be quite honest and upfront here (this is MY opinion, people, so please don't attack me). I think that most people say it's hard to sort of lift themselves up and trick themselves into believing they're smarter than they really are (and also "impressing" other people). It's a pretty basic exam. Don't let all the hype you've been fed about nursing school
being brutal get to you either. (I love the "if you can do nursing school, you can do anything!" line. puuuuhleeeeeze). It's like any other class. Show up, study in a way that works for YOU, and you'll pass with flying colors.
As far as I'm concerned, all of the answers that I saw on the NCLEX had only one right answer (There were a few that I didn't really know, but that's with any test).
I'm really not trying to discredit nurses. I'm a nurse. I just think our group goes to great lengths to prove we're just as smart as any other profession out there. MANY of my former fellow nursing school associates could never pass an advance math course or write an analytical essay at the college level.
I've seen many below average IQ students become RNs. You never get a below average IQ that becomes an MD or an attorney. I think we must come to terms (as much as that might hurt our feelings), that RNs are pretty much blue collar.