TroyM, ASN, RN 1,407 Views
Joined Jun 4, '10.
Posts: 28 (25% Liked)
Hello. The weight is now off my shoulders and no longer crushing me anymore..I hope you never lose faith If you are reading this for motivation that is why I posted it
Lets go back to the beginning..
I graduated high school in January of 2009, started college 3 days later and in that following fall semester of 2009 I started nursing school! Unfortunately I ended up failing second semester by 11 points. I did not like this school, I felt that it was more of a boot camp and decided to withdraw and find a better nursing school. The next school I found was sooooo much better. They knew your names, they knew what they were talking about and just made the whole experience a ton better. After failing from the first school my GPA dropped to a 1.9.....I started brand new at the next school, made it through every semester with an A or B and ended up graduating with a 3.7. I ended up graduating in December 2013 with my associates in nursing.
1st time-I waited 6 months till after graduation to take my test!!!! 6 months!! That was my mistake right there. I just needed a break though. I tested May 2014 after reviewing with ATI (through my school) which pardon my language... WAS HORRIBLE. My tutor did not help me, the questions weren't helping me. I did not like the schedule they gave me. I bluntly, hated it. I felt like my life was over, just like I did when I failed nursing school before. Failed with 265 and all 8 categories near passing.
2nd time-July 2014...I used ATI again and the PDA book and the kaplan book, I completed the whole thing and I guess it was okay... Obviously either didn't work! Failed with 265 and all 8 categories near passing..again.
3rd time-September 2014...This time I bought NCSBN 8 week program. Hated it. The set-up was horrible. There was WAY to more information for me to handle. I was unsuccessful again..Failed with 265 and all 8 categories near passing..yep once again. Mind you I have just started my BSN program which I did not need my license for yet.
4th time-January 2015. This time I used a tutor after begging one of my nursing instructors for help. She made me have confidence in myself again but that is pretty much it. This time Failed with 265 and 6 categories near passing, 2 below passing. Now I am nervous because I am in my second semester of my BSN program and in the summer I am taking courses that I NEED my license for. NEED. or else I would have to prolong my BSN program. (which I have planned to graduate Dec 2015 and then have a cruise booked to celebrate being done with nursing school forever!!) and this would ruin my plans if I failed.
5th time-Desperate as all heck... Took advice from two of my classmates that failed a couple times and just passed. They went to a 4 day Kaplan live class and then did questions and videos online. They both passed. I purchased kaplans questions only and did them for about a month and a half. I have worked full time as a GN since February 2014, bought a house, tried to maintain my relationship with my S.O etc, etc. I had to pass it this time. Even with writing papers for my BSN program and living a semi-normal life...I was doing 10 questions a night out of the Qbank after I took the q-trainers. I did not take the readiness test or the diagnostic test. Or qtrainer 7. I will post my scores after. I went into the testing center on a Saturday at 8am. The test shut off around 100. I couldn't believe it. I just focused on my test the whole time. Kept my confidence and kept telling myself today is the day, today is the day. I did not think about NOT one other thing. EVEN though I had the pressure of next semester on me and my job and my relationship and my life on the LINE for the 5th TIME!!! I just focused on the moment, hid the # of questions I was on when I reached 93 and about 10 more questions my screen went blank. I checked today at work and my quick results said PASS. I can not describe the feeling you get after you have accomplished this...This has been holding me back. I have SUCH bad test anxiety. I never took any meds for it though.. I did not really want too.. I AM TELLING YOU, KAPLAN is the CLOSEST thing to NCLEX. It eased my nerves. It really did. They teach you the decision tree...this strategy WORKS.
Now I am going to go breathe and get back to my life!!! YOU can DO this! xoxo
Congrats Troy & welcome to the RN community. Enjoy the RN journey wherever it takes you.
Thanks bro! Congratulations again and wish you the best!
Congratulations to you! I appreciate your post and I am looking into investing in LaCharity. Did you brush up on any information from the textbooks or simply Kaplan and LaCarity? I've heard that a lot of people don't study from the textbooks but I was just curious.
Congratulations! How long did you study for the second attempt? Did you do Hurst Remedial course or did you even use Hurst again?
Congrats dear, happy for you and thanks for your input.
TroyM, I feel like I had the same stuff my first exam! I really feel like passing the NCLEX involves a good chunk of luck. I was surprised by even seeing community type questions. I've heard good things about LaCharity and I'm still a little mixed (in a positive way) of Kaplan. On paper, everyone that I know that took Kaplan passed which was like 5 classmates excluding myself. Im glad to hear that you will take longer breaks! Definitely don't walk in that exam room unless your head is more clear. You CAN PASS this exam! I believe in you! Make sure you drink some water, have a snack, and move around to keep that blood pumping! You were close the first time during the exam. Now you know what the test is like especially after taking so many questions. Do not expect 75 questions! Maybe even hide the number of questions if it helps you ease your mind! I hid my clock majority of my exam so that I wouldn't focus on time and would spend however much time I needed on a single question!
You must first analyze why you failed. My good friend failed twice and when I asked her this question she knew immediately that she just did not have enough nursing knowledge. She was super stressed in school and skated by. So, by the end of school her knowledge was in fragments. It was obvious that there was no glue in her memory that she could easily retrieve information necessary in critical thinking.
She took a class for several hundred dollars called "Lifesavers". This was basically just a bunch of content thrown together. If one had a pretty good nursing understanding, I would say this little weekend course would help an average student pass the NCLEX, It was not suited for her. She failed in over 150 questions.
The second time she planned to take the test she just used flash cards and tried to memorize certain illnesses with symptoms. Needless to say she bombed big time. You simply can't just remember two words together and then see them on the exam as is done in many other tests. You need a thorough understanding of the whole picture so that even if you haven't heard the name of a drug or disease you can start playing some ideas in your head of what is happening based on symptoms.
Remember: when in doubt its airway; and be familiar with signs and symptoms of hemorrhage.
The third time she took the test she used Hurst. It worked because it did not just throw a bunch of questions, skipping her lost nursing basics, it taught her how to think like a nurse. She said that she answered questions that were totally left- field from the concepts of what she learned from Hurst, but she passed in 77 questions.
Usually, pass or fail does not come down to not enough practice questions, it comes down to how well you can relate symptoms, ect. I would try Hurst or Ez NCLEX. I have heard that the major crash course, EXCELL is good, but it requires several days off work.
Really her compassion should be questioned b/c she stated a FACT? No your logic should be questioned. You can have all the compassion, love and social skills in the world..and if you don't pass the Nclex you will still not be a nurse.
Congrats on passing! I'll have to check the instructions again when I retake. Thanks for all the info.
Do do you feel that doing tons and tons of questions prepared you more than material? When I took mine the first time, I seemed to put a lot of time knowing the material from the Hurst review and doing their questions. I didn't incorporate LaCharity at all, only a few kaplan questions here and there.
you can do this! i just passed on my 3rd attempt. Keep studying and keep doing questions. don't give up! now you know how the test is so you're not going in blind this time. you got this!
Don't get discouraged. I took the Kaplan class the teacher told us, for the qbank questions it helps to keep school books near by to look for answers you may not know. This takes more time but it actually helps you learn. Don't stress over the rationales. I really love the LaCharity book. I truly believe it helped me pass!!!!
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