First of all I would like to congradulate all the new grads of 2001, Way to go!!!! I would like to welcome you into the profession!! Thank-you all for choosing nursing, we need you!
My experience with boards was much the same as you are all feeling right now. I too took the "mock boards" required by the program I went to. I too did very poorly and I was called into the office and told that I should take a prep course. I organized a prep course for my class, and because my daughter became ill was unable to attend the three day course.
When I went to take my boards, I remember what the director of our program said to us, she told us she had confidence in our program and that if we made through the program we had already met the basic knowledge that we need to begin our career in nursing. She was right, I answered 75 questions, the computer shut off and I passed my boards.
I think a prep course is good, it will be a good review of the harried two or four years you have just completed, but the best advice I can give you is give yourself some down time. Utilize the computer disc's that come with the review books, make a goal for yourself and answer questions once a night, do not cram the night before you take your boards, do something fun, go out with friends, rent a movie, whatever you enjoy and get a good nights sleep!!!
The questions are very similar to the ones that you have been answering all along in school. Another tid bit don't read too much into the question, read the question twice and go with your first instinct! Good luck to all!!!!! This is a very exciting time for you!!!! Take some down time you all deserve it, you have worked hard, so reward yourselves!!!!