NCLEX was not easy - page 4

I wanted everyones input on whether the nclex was difficult or easy. I passed with 85 questions but let me tell you, no amount of studying prepared me for that test. I walked away swearing I failed.... Read More

  1. by   S.N. Visit
    I also passed with 85. I thought the test was much easier than the tests I'm taking now for my RN classes. I actually smiled ear to ear when the test shut off. No.. It wasn't a piece of cake or anything, but I was well warned that it would seem difficult towards the last half of the test if I were passing above the min standard. I got tons of meds :selfbonk: I picked "constipation", almost every time.
  2. by   lvnforlife
    Hey IT im still here..sorry just been busy...yea i also stopped at 85..i was lik nooooooooooooooooooooo..it actually stopped at 71..(for a break) i was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wat the hell..hahahhahaha but damn that was realllllly hard..so im still waiting for my results...2 or 1 more week..iono yet..GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! umpiron: :smilecoffeeIlovecof
  3. by   lvnforlife
    Hello ya'll i didn't pass my nclex...i don't know what happened...can anyone help me what books or online to study? please let me know..dang i got the results on my birthday...this sucks..
  4. by   S.N. Visit
    Quote from LVNgino
    Hello ya'll i didn't pass my nclex...i don't know what happened...can anyone help me what books or online to study? please let me know..dang i got the results on my birthday...this sucks..
    Aw man, I can really understand how disappointing that is for you. The best thing to do is wait until you get your results, find out what you had the most trouble with. I suggest either Suzanne's plan with the Saunders book, or on- line studying like www.NCSBN.com. Happy Birthday ( even though I'm sure your not very happy right now.) ((((((Hugs))))) You need a birthday drink or two.
  5. by   ITsurvivor06
    wow, gino i'm really sorry, but don't give up! i wish i could give study tips but even though i spent a lot of time with the saunders cd, answering hundreds of questions, i don't feel it helped me all that much. i did notice critical thinking and prioritizing seemed to be the major focus on my nclex. maybe go back to your textbooks and others and work on those critical thinking questions at the ends of the chapters? i don't know.....wish i could be more help. happy birthday and good luck!
  6. by   pagandeva2000
    I am really sorry that you didn't pass this time. I would certainly listen to the suggestions that Tanzanite offered. Take a breather and begin again when you are ready.
  7. by   lvnforlife
    Thanks guys for your support. i think ill do the learningtext ncsbn...but man..the feeling for sure got to me..ill DRINK my sorrows away tonight for sure... if you guys have any ideas, books to study or etc.. please feel free to reply. Now i know kaplan and exam cram didn't do SQUAT!! for me!!!
    I KNOW ILL KICK SOME ASS on my next try. but for now..ill enjoy the evening. :angryfire
  8. by   prayer
    DO ANYONE KNOW WHAT WILL HELP ME WITH PRIORITIZING.. I FAILED MY NCLEX PN AND IT SAID I WAS NEAR PASSING.. I KNOW THE PRIORITIZING QUESTIONS GOT ME.. I DIDNT KNOW WHO I WOULD GET FIRST FOR MOST OF THEM.. COULD SOME ONE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME INFO.. I HEARD HURST REVIEW WAS GOOD.. IT SHOULD BE CAUSE ITS 300.00 FOR THE ONLINE REVIEW
  9. by   ITsurvivor06
    hi prayer--for prioritizing, remember abc. if it's a question about how you just came on shift and there are four patient conditions described and who would you see first or last, prioritize them in order from least stable to most stable.

    i'm not much help about study tips. i used the saunders cd exclusively, but this exam....it's really not possible to study for it. the questions i had were not like the ones on saunders. the format was the same, but on the nclex the answer choices were not as easy to narrow down to one or two. a couple times i was sure i knew the right answer, but it was not one of the choices....in fact all four choices sucked. so what do you do......you just pick one and hope it's one they don't count. but you asked about prioritizing. just read each patient's description carefully and think about what's involved, then decide on their level of stability and you will know who you have to see first. good luck.......:spin:
  10. by   postmortem_cowboy
    I passed at 85 as well, but knew walking out of it that i'd failed just as many of you. You guys gotta' critical think, although it seems hard, that's what VN/PN school has taught you to do... on questions like the prioritizing ones, you have to think about what they're asking. We were taught to work the questions backwards.

    Somewhere there's a question... alot of the time 80% of the bulk of the question material isn't even pertinent to the question being asked. It's just filler to try and screw you up and get you confused. Find the question it's asking, disregard and information that isn't pertinent to the question asked. Doesn't make sense if the question is:

    How many pills do you give a patient of Norvasc 5mg to get a 10mg dose, and have to sift through, his BP was 160/88, his pulse was 70, respirations are 18... all non-pertinent information in regards to the question. We already know his BP is high if we're giving Norvasc, so that's redundant.

    I had numerous questions like that. Another thing that helped me, we had a clinical instructor who literally made us ask "why why why". Anytime you'd go to her with a question, this is what she'd ask, and she'd make you rationalize your own answer. It sounds silly but it works. Why why why do you care what his BP is if we already know he's taking Norvasc but need to know how many pills to give, what's his pulse got to do with the number of pills and his respirations don't have anything to do with it either.

    Prioritizing is a toughie, but think of it in this respect, who has the greatest potential of croaking on you as a patient? Someone posted a for instance on a 2 hour post op appy, 4 hour post Hip FX, and 6 hours post op Hysterectomy. Why why why... who's got the greatest potential of dying?

    If you rationalize it out, the answer is obvious. Is the post hysterectomy stable? yes, complaining of pain, yes, they're not saying she's bleeding or anything else, and she's been out of surgery long enough the anesthetic is wearing off, stable. The hip fracture is new, (4 hours old they're probably still in ER at this point) unless they stated that the femur is broken and that she's having difficulty breathing (possible PE) or some other form of distress, pain is expected with a fracture, they hurt, stable. Whos the newest out of OR? the appy, is the patient multiple hours past being out of OR? yes, although remember, all patients coming out of OR are going to spend about an hour or so in recovery, so this patient probably has just gotten back to the M/S floor in the previous hour or less. New M/S patients coming from OR/Recovery have to have Vitals taken every so many minutes for the first hour to make sure the anesthetic is wearing off. Who's the less stable of the three, or who takes priority? Who has the potential to die on you with almost no notice? And who's still got a large portion of anesthesia in their system? Answer is obvious if you work through it. The fact that all of them are complaining of pain, well put yourself in their shoes, if you broke a hip, had your appendix taken out or your uterus removed, wouldn't it be painful? of course, so that's irrelevant information, it's expected and that's why we have PRN orders for pain meds, that can be taken care of. What the question is asking is who takes priority, two stable patients or one that's just come to the floor within the last hour from OR...

    On questions like those, you can't read into the information given, it's cut and dry, this patient is this, this patient is that. Greatest potential of croaking takes precidence, period.

    We could set up that very same question in another fashion, three patients all in ER, One is an appy with a white count of 20,000 with minor pain, another is an HIV patient that's complaining of a cold with chest pain on expiration and coughin up clear mucus, and a third who came in with a wrist fracture stating 10/10 pain with no crepitous and no malformation of the wrist/arm/hand. Who has the greatest potential to die right there in the ER? the wrist is going to be painful, granted, but won't die over it, the HIV patient, has a cold, but unless it's stated he's in late stages of HIV/Aids, it probably won't hurt him that much to get a shot in the butt of rocephin and sent home to wait the cold out. The appy with the extremely high white count could be that the appendix has burst, if that happens, now we have a patient who could crash on us at any minute. Remember, who has the greatest potential to die on the spot, and that's your priority.


    Wayne.
  11. by   prayer
    THANKS A LOT IT AND WAYNE.. THAT REALLY HELPED ME ALOT. I SHOULD HAVE TALKED TO YOU ALL BEFORE THE TEST.. WAYNE IT SOUND AS IF YOU HAD SOME REALLY GOOD INSTRUCTORS.. WELL I DIDNT. THE ONE WE HAD THAT WAS REALLY GOOD LEFT OUR SECOND SEMESTER AND IT WAS DOWNHILL SINCE. I DID WELL IN SCHOOL THOUGH.. WAYNE IF U HAVE ANY MORE GOOD TIPS OR BOOKS I SHOULD STUDY PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT [email]CREARLS@YAHOO.COM. YOU ALSO IT.. THANKS GUYS I KNOW I AM GOING TO PASS NEXT TIME....:roll
  12. by   prayer
    ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD MED HINTS FOR THE NCLEX. I HEARD A LOT A PHARM WAS ON SOME OF MY CLASS MATES TEST... OR SOME HINTS TO REMEMBER THE SIDE EFFECTS TO THE CLASSES OF THE MEDS
  13. by   karyn09
    I just took my NCLEX-PN in CA yesterday. I stopped at the max - 205 questions. In regards to "PRAYER" - I got a ton of med questions that asked WHEN do you give the meds...at bedtime/morning on empty stomach/morning with breakfast, etc. I think about 100 questions were on meds & 100 were on prioritization. It's only DAY 1 for me - I heard that here in California, if you pass you'll get your results in 2 weeks...if you fail, you get your results in 4 weeks. So I must wait...day 1 down...

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