new graditis

  1. I graduated Jun3rd '04 from a two yr nursing program. It was such a challenge not only accademically but emotionally, very emotionally draining . I am awaiting my exam date in about two and a half weeks and I just don't have the motivation to study anymore. Does anyone feel the same? Can anyone give me some words of wisdom...advice... ?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Oh I can definately relate. Perhaps you just a couple of days off from studying. When I graduated I didn't study all the time. I just give myself an hour or so a day, with two days off a week. I passed the first time, with no review course.

    Good luck!
  4. by   RN4NICU
    Ah, I remember that time very well. Give yourself a break. You know this stuff better than you think you do, I'll bet. Treat yourself to some "me time", do something fun and enjoy being done with school. :hatparty:

    As far as review, what I did was pick up an NCLEX review book - amazon has them cheaper, sometimes - and practice answering the questions (and reading the rationale in the answers section, whether I had missed the question or gotten it right). If you try this, don't do too much at once, it doesnt sink in as well. Don't worry (easier said than done, I know), you'll do fine.

    Congrats on graduation!!
  5. by   mgn909
    Thanx for the advise, I'll let you know how it goes...

    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Oh I can definately relate. Perhaps you just a couple of days off from studying. When I graduated I didn't study all the time. I just give myself an hour or so a day, with two days off a week. I passed the first time, with no review course.

    Good luck!
  6. by   mgn909
    Thanx for your advise, I do have NCLEX books, but all I'm lacking is the motivation and effort...I'll try to relax and see what happens.



    Quote from RN4NICU
    Ah, I remember that time very well. Give yourself a break. You know this stuff better than you think you do, I'll bet. Treat yourself to some "me time", do something fun and enjoy being done with school. :hatparty:

    As far as review, what I did was pick up an NCLEX review book - amazon has them cheaper, sometimes - and practice answering the questions (and reading the rationale in the answers section, whether I had missed the question or gotten it right). If you try this, don't do too much at once, it doesnt sink in as well. Don't worry (easier said than done, I know), you'll do fine.

    Congrats on graduation!!
  7. by   mgn909
    Thanx for your advise, I do have NCLEX books and I also did the Kaplan review, but I'm lacking the motivation to actually study...I'll try to relax and see what happens. Thanks again...



    Quote from RN4NICU
    Ah, I remember that time very well. Give yourself a break. You know this stuff better than you think you do, I'll bet. Treat yourself to some "me time", do something fun and enjoy being done with school. :hatparty:

    As far as review, what I did was pick up an NCLEX review book - amazon has them cheaper, sometimes - and practice answering the questions (and reading the rationale in the answers section, whether I had missed the question or gotten it right). If you try this, don't do too much at once, it doesnt sink in as well. Don't worry (easier said than done, I know), you'll do fine.

    Congrats on graduation!!
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    When I graduated w/ my LPN, I was very burned-out as a full time student and full time worker. I did not study. I did not study for one minute of the four months between graduation and the NCLEX.
    I passed first time, no problem.

    When I graduated w/ my RN, I was again burned out from working 1/2 to 2/3 time, and going to school, full time.

    Again, I did not study for one minute between graduation and taking The NCLEX.
    I passed w/ 75 questions.

    In reality, I think the NCLEX exams are not nearly as hard as they are cracked up to be.

    What really makes them hard is the stress associated with the possibility of failing, and that we have so much riding on these exams.

    If you did well on your school exams, I really would not worry too much about the test.

    Take some time to relax, recoup and enjoy yourself.
  9. by   DC2RN
    I just passed the NCLEX about 1 1/2 weeks ago. I also graduated 2 months earlier, and I planned on studying the whole time, but I simply couldn't motivate myself to pick up the books. I felt bad about not studying. My school gave us access to Mosby's NCLEX online assessment. I took the practice test and found out I had a 98% chance of passing. That was good enough for me. I never did study for the NCLEX. The test shut down after 75 questions, and I passed. Good Luck!!!! I am sure you will do fine.
  10. by   mgn909
    Thanx for all of your advice, I'm starting to feel better. Although in the back of my mind I'm thinking that I should be pulling all- nigthers, but I know it's physically and mentally draining. I will take it easy from now on. I think another thing that was really bugging me was that i do not have confidence in myself. Thanks again...



    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    When I graduated w/ my LPN, I was very burned-out as a full time student and full time worker. I did not study. I did not study for one minute of the four months between graduation and the NCLEX.
    I passed first time, no problem.

    When I graduated w/ my RN, I was again burned out from working 1/2 to 2/3 time, and going to school, full time.

    Again, I did not study for one minute between graduation and taking The NCLEX.
    I passed w/ 75 questions.

    In reality, I think the NCLEX exams are not nearly as hard as they are cracked up to be.

    What really makes them hard is the stress associated with the possibility of failing, and that we have so much riding on these exams.

    If you did well on your school exams, I really would not worry too much about the test.

    Take some time to relax, recoup and enjoy yourself.
  11. by   dedjim
    Quote from mgn909
    Thanx for all of your advice, I'm starting to feel better. Although in the back of my mind I'm thinking that I should be pulling all- nigthers, but I know it's physically and mentally draining. I will take it easy from now on. I think another thing that was really bugging me was that i do not have confidence in myself. Thanks again...
    Yep, Don't beat on yourself and stop thinking about allnighters. Go to the beach. Have a margarita party. Dance. Laugh with your buds. Pick up the Mosby's at some point and take a test or two to see how the questions are worded and read the rationale to see how the test writers are thinking. Then chill. I have never known ANYONE that didn't pass their boards EVENTUALLY. Have faith in yourself. You made it through school. Heck, you can do anything!

    (Just be glad the boards are not the way they used to be. We had 2 days of testing (with proctors wandering around like nuns with rulers) and 6 weeks of anxiety waiting for the results. Hooray for computers!)
  12. by   mgn909
    Ya, I have been reading Nclex books, doing q's and rationales, thanx again...You are right about people who do not pass the first take, but passess the boards eventually. That's what I'm scared of..but I won't think of that during my exam..." Think of happy thoughts.." hehehee.:chuckle



    Quote from dedjim
    Yep, Don't beat on yourself and stop thinking about allnighters. Go to the beach. Have a margarita party. Dance. Laugh with your buds. Pick up the Mosby's at some point and take a test or two to see how the questions are worded and read the rationale to see how the test writers are thinking. Then chill. I have never known ANYONE that didn't pass their boards EVENTUALLY. Have faith in yourself. You made it through school. Heck, you can do anything!

    (Just be glad the boards are not the way they used to be. We had 2 days of testing (with proctors wandering around like nuns with rulers) and 6 weeks of anxiety waiting for the results. Hooray for computers!)

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