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  • Mar 6

    Carolinas College of Health Sciences on the campus of CMC Main. Their NCLEX rate is always 96% and higher, the instructors are amazing, we get the best clinical placements, and our graduates are highly respected as new grads. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else!

  • Feb 22

    I graduated in December and took -- and passed -- NCLEX last week in 75 questions. I know there are plenty of posts about studying for and passing NCLEX but I wanted to add what worked for me. Granted, most of what I'm about to post won't help those who have already graduated but for those of you just starting out, I hope it will help you!

    1) I started thinking about passing NCLEX before I even started nursing school! When looking at nursing schools, I looked at first time NCLEX pass rates. The school I chose has a consistent 96-98% pass rate with every graduating class, which equals 2-3 students not passing each time....which means 60-65 DO pass each time. I LOVE those odds!

    2) From my very first day in 101, I included NCLEX-style questions in my studying. I LOVE the Success books -- they make one for every class: Fundamentals, Med-Surg, Pediatric, Maternity, Behaviorial. By reading the rationales for ALL of the answers (right and wrong), it reinforced content and I learned how to taking nursing tests. I did ALL of the Success books throughout school.

    3) I used free apps like NCLEX Mastery, Ultimate RN, and ATI Lite throughout school and included them in my studying.

    99% of my NCLEX preparation was done BEFORE I graduated! So what did I do AFTER graduation to get ready for NCLEX? Not a whole lot.

    1) My school offered a 3 day ATI review taught by one of our instructors. Since it was included in our tuition, I went all 3 days. She offered some great tips about how to figure out how to answer questions, especially when you have no idea. Very helpful.

    2) I aimed for 100-150 questions/day but there were plenty of days when I didn't do any. I did them while watching TV, waiting in line, cooking dinner. I didn't block out time to "study for NCLEX" because I had been studying for NCLEX for 2 years already! If I came across something I didn't remember (stages of labor, peds vitals, etc) I did a quick review.

    3) I used a variety of resources (all free - I didn't pay for anything) -- ATI, free Lippincott 2 week trial, a Kaplan book, e-books that were shared on FB groups, free apps, free resources online. I wanted exposure to a variety of questions.

    4) I didn't do any Kaplan Q trainers -- I still don't even know what those are!

    5) I didn't do Saunders or LaCharity. Yes, you can pass without doing them!

    The morning of NCLEX I did the same things I did before exams in school -- same breakfast, etc. Although I was a bit nervous, I felt prepared. I had been preparing for it for 2 years! There were plenty of questions that had me thinking "I HAVE NO IDEA!" but I didn't freak out -- I methodically read the question and asked myself "what would a nurse do in this situation?" The screen turned blue after my 75th question and I was done.

    When classmates ask me what they can do to prepare for it, I tell them they're already prepared. We graduated from a nursing program that prepared us extremely well for NCLEX and beyond. So far, everyone who has taken it from my class has passed.

    And that's how I passed NCLEX in 75 questions.

  • Jan 13

    Quote from britthohenbrink
    Yeah!!! I would be excited too!!! I was wondering since you are doing so well in fundamentals do you have any advice on how you got A's on your tests? Just wondering...
    I study study study study study....and then study some more! LOL We get objectives for each unit of study and we also get powerpoints for each lecture/lab so that really helps. After each class, I read/skim whichever chapters are required reading, highlighting in the book(s) the points covered in class. Students who are further ahead than I am have forwarded several files with their notes so I go through those notes with the powerpoints and my notes from class to make sure I have everything I need to study in one set of handouts per unit. I've also typed up some of my own notes. I use different colored highlighters throughout my notes: objectives are yellow, main heading under each objective will be another color, etc. At this point, I've: heard the lecture, read the powerpoints, read the text book(s), and reviewed all of my notes. That gives me a a pretty good understanding of the material. As the exam gets closer, I always answer the practice questions in the back of each chapter. The websites for the textbooks are really helpful, too. I also have a question bank for each chapter for my fundamentals book so I can practice pages and pages of test questions. I review my notes every day. It is a lot of studying but I'd rather do that that be like several of my classmates who are already teetering on the brink of failing the class. Hope that helps!