naptimeRN 4,553 Views
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Hello! Are you taking NCLEX-RN or PN? I took the RN this week and while I did study some, I find no studying could have really prepared me. The questions were so random. I tried reading Saunders but it only stressed me out because it's so very wordy. I'd keep doing questions and most importantly, reading the rationals. I've read on here about people who read a ton of different content books trying to prepare for the test and while it works for some there are also many who are not successful even with all that studying. It's about taking what you learned in school and being able to think critically and safely.
I would suggest browsing over the study guide other users on this forum have posted. (http://allnurses.com/attachment.php?...7&d=1310076980) I found this most useful for quickly reviewing random info that was way in the back of my mind and helping to remember certain info that is more on the memorizing side than critical thinking. It was helpful for me.
You will be surprised by what you remember and what your instincts tell you while taking the test. Best of luck!
I did the Kaplan course (was required by my school). We were supposed to be doing Kaplan questions the entire time in school but I only did the mandatory tests (do it or fail!). After we graduated, there was a four day Kaplan course where they went over the strategy and such. I attended two days. Kaplan's decision tree works for some and not for others. When taking nursing exams, I go with my gut feeling, judgement, and knowledge and so trying to do the decision tree honestly just confused me and messed up my natural thought process. I've never had difficulty with critical thinking nursing exams though, so if one does need more help with them, they may find Kaplan's strategies more helpful. I feel the desicion tree is a more planned out way of looking at the question and trying to answer it. I just do the natural process in my head without getting technical if that makes sense.
I took the NCLEX-RN this week and passed with 75 questions. I thank keeping up and trying hard all during nursing school for this success. Kaplan may work for you, and if it does, I hope someone else can better explain it than I. Best of luck!
I wanted to post an update. I payed for my Quick View Results today and it verified I passed. With that, there is a few things I'd like to share (obviously all my own opinion):
Kaplan scores and all that only stressed me out. I barely paid attention to any of that. I know people who did good on Kaplan and still didn't pass or visa versa. This test is not Kaplan. Yes, Kaplan may help you to feel confident and reading rationals may help you understand things better, but I personally feel Kaplan did not help me very much when it came to my NCLEX (I took Kaplan because it was required with my program). I was required to do the diagnostic and readiness exams but besides that I just did some q bank questions when I felt like it.
What helped me most was keeping up in school and never leaving good enough alone. I went to an excellent program and I truly feel that is what best prepared me for this. The entire program they drilled thinking like a nurse into our heads and they really emphasized pathophysiology so we weren't just drones doing doctor's orders but we actually know what and why we are doing certain interventions and giving certain meds. I think it is beyond important to know why for everything. If I learned something in class and didn't quite understand the concept or "why", I researched the heck out of it until I did. You can not memorize this stuff (beyond lab values and such). The NCLEX really demonstrated the importance of critical thinking.
I would also like to add that the Pearson Vue Trick worked for me but I wish I hadn't done it. I spent the last 48 hours wasting my life like a crazy person trying to validate the accuracy to make myself feel better. It just made me panic more.
Good luck everyone. Use your nurse brains!
Hi everyone! I've been a lurker on allnurses throughout my years in nursing school. The tips and such I have learned through browsing these boards have been a great extension to education! I graduated in May and scheduled my boards for the end of July, but last week I randomly moved it up a week early to today! The appointment was for 2pm. On Sunday I then switched it to 12pm to take it even earlier (I'm crazy lol). I finished in about 50 minutes with 75 questions. Tons of meds and SATA. I was shocked by the amount of SATA. It even started me off with one and ended with one! Haha. :icon_roll
For studying, I started about 2 weeks before the test and did about 600 Kaplan qbank questions, read a couple hundred pages out of the Saunders comp. review, and googled meds and diseases in my free time. In my own opinion, I don't really think any of that truly helped me on the NCLEX itself, but it at least made me feel more confident going in and Kaplan's difficulty helped me to not be shocked by the level of difficulty when I got to the NCLEX. I keep getting the good pop-up with the Pearson Vue trick, so hear is to hoping!!
To future test takers, if you made it through nursing school, you can do this! Think like a nurse and don't let the test get you down. If you don't know the answer, use your best nursing judgement, move on, and forget about it! That's what I did to keep my anxiety from overwhelming me. Also, there is some great info on these forums but always make sure it's correct by skimming through your NCLEX study guides as well (Even though sometimes they differ on information too!) I would also like to thank whomever posted the precaution mnemonics. They are very helpful!! Good luck everyone!
Hello. I went to NCCC. The program is tough, but that's how a program that is preparing you to care for another human's life should be in my opinion. I'm not sure about the "weeding out" thing. People generally fail if they don't make enough points, that is how it works. Some people just can't grasp the information, some do not study, some have other things in life come up, and that is how failing occurs. You earn points by test grades, attending clinical, lab skills, and the final exam. Nursing I and II are not too bad, but some people have difficulty getting used to the types of questions on the exams. They are critical thinking questions. You can't just memorize and regurgitate information on test day, you truly have to learn the information and then apply it to specific situations. And all the stuff you learned/will learn in A&P, remember it because it all comes back in nursing lectures.
My advice for this program is to keep organized and motivated! Do not fall behind and don't allow your stress or personal life to get in your way if possible. You will find what works for you in terms of studying. Some people will tell you that you have to study every single day, but that may not work for you. There are quite a few skill evaluations in NUR I and II. I would always get so nervous for those! But honestly, practicing in the lab and reviewing the Taylor book/videos should prepare you well enough to pass easily. Also, there is a lot of paperwork in NUR III and IV (A lot may be an understatement). There was a lot of complaining about this, but just do it because...well, you have to! haha. Also, because it helps you truly understand the entire nursing process which is pretty important!
Some other advice: do not think about the tests after you hand them in. Do not discuss with others what answers they put for what questions. This leads to unnecessary stress and anxiety because with nursing exams you really won't know what the right answer is until you look over your graded test. I stopped talking to people about the exams in my final semester and my anxiety decreased dramatically.
Good luck! Remember to stay motivated, find what works for you, manage your stress, and when you feel like you are going to explode from all the stress, know that you are not alone and keep on going!
Also, I just realized that you mentioned you are taking all of the requirements at once. I actually had to wait a year to get in and took most of the sciences and such during that year to get them out of the way. The sciences themselves are no walk in the park. You are going to be busy busy busy! But there are plenty of people who do it and make it through!
My ADN program started with ~300 and now going into the final semester we are down to 126 (that is including 15-20 re-admits per semester that failed out of the previous years semesters and rejoined the following year). Yikes! I think they are working on making it more difficult to get in to the program so the weeding out process isn't so drastic. The NCLEX pass rate is good though...mid 90s.
My advice, don't become too overwhelmed. Stay on top of your studies, but don't overdo it. If you overdo it, you will burn out or become overwhelmed which is not good on test day or any day during nursing school. Take time for yourself and others because this will help you to stay sane Nursing school involves a lot of self motivation. Keep your goal in mind the whole way through. Good luck!
Being able to see first-hand things you were taught in the class room and being able to do the skills you learned in lab on real patients is the best part of nursing school in my opinion. I always am nervous the first day of clinical at a new hospital, but after a couple of days, the nervousness starts to fade.
Before clinical we get our patient data and I take some time to research their diagnosis, common related to procedures, and the meds the night before. This helps a lot! Except when your patient changes of course, which happens a lot!
Hi! I have one more semester left in an ADN program. I was majoring in English at a university before taking on nursing, so it was a total change for me! Still, I put the time in and stayed motivated and if you do that, I believe you can do it!
I would not say that I "enjoy" nursing school, mainly because of the stress and being sick of school (been in college for way too long!) but I do enjoy nursing itself. The hardest part of nursing school in my opinion is the time involved, staying motivated and organized, and the stress. There are times I am studying for an exam and feel completely overwhelmed and helpless as to how I can retain everything. But I keep at it, try to remain positive, and I do just fine. I keep on top of things and have earned A's for the past three semesters in nursing. It really is all about self motivation, in my opinion.
I know plenty of students with babies/kids/jobs etc. The ones that stay on top of their studies despite their other life obligations do just fine. The ones that allow the other obligations to take too much of their time and effort, do not. Nursing school does become a huge,huge, huge part of your life, although I do not agree that it becomes your life. Make time for yourself and your family, just not too much time
When you feel overwhelmed, stop and try to relax and recoup. I know that it is difficult to do when filled with so much anxiety, but how much are you really retaining when so flustered? (And as my husband always tells me when I'm acting like a crazy woman about school "where is panicking about it going to get you?") There were times when I felt overwhelmed (going into my final year now) but I took a break for a moment, tried to think "put in the work now, it will be worth it!". There are many people in my nursing program who have children and some that work full time along with school and kids, and they do it! I really think it's about finding a balance, physically with your home life, work, etc and mentally. Some people can handle it, some can not. Nursing school really proves someone's coping ability! Just breath and remember, this schooling isn't forever, you can make it through if you really want to.
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