Passed New York State LPN Boards Today! 9/10/13

  1. Hi Everyone, My name is Justin I graduated Nursing School in August- Got my ATT at the end of August Scheduled my test for Sept 10-

    Back Story- I work full time in a busy ER in Upstate New York- Graduated in the Top of my LPN Class- Got Top Clinical Student Award at Graduation-

    Boards- I had 85 questions (LPN Min)- I had nearly all Select All That Apply & The Drag and Drop- I only had 3 questions that were NOT in one of those two formats!- I felt very confident during my test and when it was over I KNEW that I had passed the NCLEX-PN-

    My test Started at 8am- I arrived at the testing center at about 7:35am- Was the first person to sign in-

    Let me tell you once I got signed in and taken to the testing center- My heart was RACING! I was so nervous! I didn't know what to expect, but I knew I had to inhale deeply and pass this test! (After all my future kind of depends on it)- It literally took me 10 minutes to answer the first question- After that I moved on to number two- I knew what the question was asking me- I felt very confident- I clicked next- #3- Select All That Apply! ( I thought OH ****!) Already? (lol)- So I read the questions BAM! I knew I got it! I kept pusing thru- I got to about number 55 and Got a regulare question- I must have missed number 54- Then NUmber 56 went back to a SATA Type- So I knew I was back on track- I got to number 80 Stopped for a minute and prayed- 85 came- SATA again!- I read it and laughed because I knew the answer!!!!! I was so happy, proud, & relieved!

    What I studied- more like what did I not study!-

    Here is a List-
    -Kaplan Book (Not the online course just the book)
    -College Network (They came to my school and gave my class a 7day trial pack of the PN NCLEX prep) -To me this was most like the boards
    -Saunders (ONLY the CD!!- I hated the reading material in the book! Too much like class!)
    -Exam Cram! ( Get the one with the reading material and the 200 question!)
    -Remar Review (On YOUTUBE- Regina is an RN and she is VERY smart! I remember her voice during my NCLEX! Watch ALL ALL ALL of her videos)

    My study plan- QUESTIONS! I honestly didn't focus much on reading into things- Just do questions- The Saunders prepared me for the SATA questions- but the boards are a totally different animal in itself. I highly recommend REMAR review if I could go back in time I would have purchased her review guide- She made things so EASY to understand in her videos!

    Good Luck to all you guys and gals who are about to face this test! You CAN do this! I believe in you! If I did it ALL of you can too! Put Nervous Nelly in the Trunk on the day of the test! Eat a good breakfast- Forget sleeping just lay in bed, your mind will NOT let you sleep! My mind reviewed facts all night as if going thru a file cabinet on Auto Pilot-
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  3. by   Mainergal2000
    Way to go Justin! Congratulations! I am a newbie in school. I have been in for about 1 1/2 months. I do have a question, how were you with your critical thinking questions? I know a lot of people have problems with them. We all thought that nursing fundamentals was easy, well it's not. Any advice new nurse! On critical thinking and fundamentals? Lol.
  4. by   justingrayla
    It's all about learning a firm foundation- You must let the other stuff sink in- You need to know a lot, but you gotta face it- there is NO WAY anyone remembers everything! Just pay attention to your instructors- They are talking for reason- I could hear my instructor talking while I was taking NCLEX-

    Critical thinking- You just have to be able to take a situation and break it down into pieces- What is happening? Why is it happening? What can I do to fix this issue? Is the patient Safe?(SAFETY always comes first!)
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  6. by   LaTonyaThomas
    Congrats Justin, on passing the NCLEX PN!!!
    Congrats, your confidence throughout the process was very high and positive, thanks for the insight.

    Best of luck!
  8. by   CarpeDiem83
    I'm a new student in upstate NY as well, hoping to take my NCLEX next year around this time! Congrats to you!
  9. by   Idlovetobeanurse
    Congratulations! I just started my program last week. Did you have ati in your program and if so does it help at all with classes or the nclex?