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Joined Apr 20, '12 - from 'Hollywood, FL, US'. Fearless_leader is a Full Time Student. She has '7' year(s) of experience. Posts: 354 (44% Liked) Likes: 278

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  • Dec 22 '16

    Thank you so much everyone, everyones response has been overwhelmingly kind!! I will keep everyone posted! 12 more days!

  • Dec 9 '16
  • Dec 6 '16

    Quote from Anoetos
    all i did was take the Kaplan course and did all the testbank questions. Averaged about 60%, passed NCLEX on 75 questions in about 45 minutes.

    II didn't "study" anything. There's nothing on the test that you haven't seen or heard if you were paying attention in school.

    It's a MINIMUM competency exam.
    This. This this this. I don't understand the draw of studying for months. What's on the test that you didn't already learn in nursing school? In my opinion, pick ONE review book/class, take some practice tests, and take the real exam ASAP. My degree was stamped on May 30th, and I tested on June 14th. I read the Saunders book on the beach for two or three days, took a few practice tests on the included CD and felt comfortable. I feel like, if you're studying for weeks and months, you're just getting farther away from when you actually learned the material and are more likely to do poorly. Obviously, your mileage may vary.

  • Nov 16 '16

    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    But why do it at all? None of what you said justifies it. I would rather wait 2 days to make 100% sure I passed rather than do a trick & then still be stressed. But to each their own.
    I agree with you 100%. I waited the 48 hours and didn't bother with PVT. I knew I'd never be able to trust it either way. Was it a long wait? Yes. But I lived

    I had 2 classmates take NCLEX on the same day. One finished in 170 questions and the other in 78. Both did PVT the same day. One got the "good" pop up (170 questions) and the other got the "bad" (79 questions). Both of them failed the exam. I don't put much stock in PVT. It doesn't relieve any anxiety because you'll sit there and doubt it's true. Either you'll be devastated with the "bad" pop-up or not feel secure with the "good" one. It's just not worth it, even if you use an invalid card.

    OP: Wait 48 hours and pay the $7.95 to know 100% for sure that you passed. It's the best $7.95 you'll ever spend when you find out you passed. Stop torturing yourself with PVT.

  • Nov 2 '16

    Quote from NurseGirl525
    I guess I don't understand. The screen looks the same??? What does that mean?? I dos Uworld on both the app and laptop and I'm struggling to understand. The screen should not mean a thing. Maybe that's why I never noticed it.

    And yes, Uworld is ridiculously hard and focuses too much on content. They go for very small, nitpicky things. As does Saunders, ATI, and Kaplan. Content is not what the NCLEX is about. It's about the bare minimum practicing safely. I honestly think people miss that point. I know I did.

    But I don't understand how people who have taken it come back with, Uworld is all you need!!! No it's not. Looking back, as long as I don't d some types of questions everyday to keep my mind in that mode, I would have been fine. If somebody can't afford the expense of Uworld, they are still going to be fine if all they have access to is Kaplan. That is, if they correctly understood and safety and how to determine who their sickest patient is.

    I wont get into my questions but it was nothing that I had studied. It was hard to explain. I'm sure there was small amount of content, but not much. Uworld focused on how to zero art lines and the difference in the water seal on chest tubes. That's not even close to NCLEX.
    Ths screen looks the same means that UWorld has the same screen format as NCLEX with the blue and white background. If you took the NCLEX you should definitely have noticed that similarity.
    That feeling of familiarity gives comfort to some people in that they feel they are looking at something they have been using already when taking the NCLEX exam. This can be a benefit for some people since they might not be as nervous.

  • Nov 1 '16

    MY STORY: I finished my undergraduate degree from Penn State in May 2014. In January 2015, I went back to an accelerated 15 month (4 semester) accelerated nursing program at Rutgers University, which is a new program as Rutgers bought out UMDNJ (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). With the merging of curriculum and teachers, it was most definitely a little unorganized and difficult to keep track of things as we were the first year of students.

    I graduated my Nursing Program in May 2016, and took it easy that month. I had family parties, and went to Ireland end of May/early June. Living life! When I came back, I started to study, but still didn't have my ATI number. By the time I got my ATI number it was Mid July.

    STUDY PLAN: During this Time, I was using the 1) Saunders book to study. At first I was reading each chapter and doing the questions, but many of my friends said that was a waste of time. So after doing that for about half the book, I started just doing the questions at the end of every chapter then going back and reading what needed clarification. I also checked out books from the Library: 2) LaCharity Prioritization, Delegation, and Management---which I did a few questions from each chapter and the exam at the end. 3) Kaplan---I did the practice exam at the end of the book. And Lastly, 4) Lippincott book that had 6 Practice exams. I also used my NCLEX mastery app, and made Index cards for labs and various mnemonics. I did questions everyday, and then about 1-2 weeks before my test date, I did a practice exam a day.

    During this time while I studied, I secured a job on a Med Surg/Telemetry floor. HR at this hospital wanted me to take my exam ASAP so it was scheduled for 8/17

    DAY OF THE EXAM: I was nervous and tired. I was working up till my exam and volunteering. I also received news from one of my friends she failed before I took my exam, which made me a little more nervous. After 5 and half hours, my exam shut off at 265 questions and I was DRAINED!!

    OUTCOME: I finished my exam around 7pm, I tried the PVT at 12am, and it took my money, I was devastated. I kept thinking maybe it was a mistake? I read and read all day on about how some people passed even though their credit card was charged. Well, much to my disbelief I really did fail. I found out via quick results and I thought my life was over. I had to call my job and tell them I failed.. I couldn’t imagine feeling worse.

    After going through the stages of grief, I did my research on again. I bought NCBSN course, and after about 2 weeks I found it to be too content based. So After more research, I decided to use UWORLD. UWORLD was the best thing that has ever happened to me!! UWORLD has an educational objective with rationales for each question; and why each multiple-choice answer is incorrect. I also quit my current job and spent all my time focused on the exam with no distractions.

    STUDY PLAN/take 2: I used UWORLD, and even learned things I never learned in my accelerated program. At first I had a hard time figuring out how many questions to do every day. I found that with the rationales being more in depth, I couldn’t do 265 questions a day as I would be too drained. Instead I did three 25 question exams and read the rationales for each question whether it be right or wrong. I set it to where I would get the rationale after answering each question, as opposed to getting all the rationales after taking the exam. It is completely preference based. I would go to the library and do 75 questions a day total, in three intervals of 25 questions. I would also research some procedures I was unfamiliar with and take notes on things I knew I would forget. As my date 10/11, got closer, I would read my notes and index cards and started redoing some of my wrong questions on UWORLD in addition to my 75 questions a day. 2 days before the exam I read the 35 page study guide that has been floating around on all I read half on 10/9 and half on 10/10. I also DID do some questions the day before the exam, but that’s only because my friend was late to meet me for lunch. I was happy I read the guide right before the exam, because there were about 2-3 questions from it. At the end of UWORLD, I had about 615 questions left and I think my average was around a 50-51%. I mostly made sure my exam scores were within 5% of the average score. The closer I got to my exam, my scores increased tremendously, and I believe a large part of that Is NERVES.

    DAY OF THE EXAM/take 2: I woke up, got my wawa coffee and was well on my way to the testing center. I got there early and they weren’t opened yet. So I sat in the hallway thinking… OMG I FORGOT EVERYTHING! I FORGOT MY ACID-BASE IMBALANCES! As I was googling it, I realized there is NO turning back now. I checked in, waited my turn… got sat in my station and began my exam. I felt SO CALM compared to last time. I didn’t even use my earplugs. I sat there and I took my exam as if I were taking another UWORLD exam…whispering the rationales to myself, still anxious that it may turn off at 75. AND IT DID! IT TURNED OFF AT 75 QUESTIONS!

    POST 2ND EXAM: I walked out of the testing center after about an hour and 40 minutes, and I had no idea how to feel. In my mind I thought it was easy, but almost too easy. I got mostly priority, ~6-7 SATA questions. No strips, hardly any meds, no ABGS (my arch enemy), no Fetal Monitoring strips. I thought I must’ve failed! But then I thought, could I REALLY fail at 265 with “near passing standard” in every category, and then fail AGAIN at 75 questions? There’s no way. So I carried on my day as per usual, I went to the gym around 3:30pm and around 5pm I decided to check the NJ License Verification website… I put in my info and THERE IT WAS! MY LICENSE NUMBER AND THE WORD “ACTIVE”. I could not have been more happy.

    I took out the time to type this because even in my darkest times, I came to this forum to lift my spirits and give me hope. I was starting to feel like a failure. But now I realize, it’s all mental. There really is no way you could know everything. You need to go into that exam confident and calm. I also believe it isn’t HOW many questions you answer a day, its about understanding the rationales for all right and wrong answers.

    I hope that this post helps someone else in need and brightens his or her day

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  • Sep 7 '16

    I am a graduate of ITT Tech and I can tell you my classmates and I had no trouble finding employment within the healthcare system. Yes I agree it is a scam school but once you have take your NCLEX hospitals really don't care where you got your ADN from. The only issue I ran into was trying to transfer my credits to a University when I went to complete my BSN.

  • Sep 7 '16

    Quote from Rose_Queen
    This is a discussion board. Once you hit the post button, you no longer have control of the replies. It's how message boards work. No, you aren't going to hear only what you want to hear. Opinion based on reported facts are perfectly valid responses. If you can't handle the replies you receive, perhaps a message board is not the way you should be seeking advice.
    Smh. I didn't ask to be coddled. I ask for guidance. Not some ragdey comments about how my school is subpar.

  • Sep 7 '16

    What's funny is that I came asking for advice/guidance. Not ones opinion of the school or what they think they may know from what they've read online. As with any review made online one must question the validity-disgruntled employee/student? What's even more ridiculous is the fact that nurses are supposed to be empathetic individuals-most who have commented have been condescending and made me feel more like a failure. So the next time you wonderful nurses decide to give some "advice", take your bias out of it. A simple "I have no expertise in this, good luck to you", or "from what I've heard you'll more than likely have to start over".

  • Aug 22 '16


    That's a girl with a plan. It's not by any means solid, but, it's a plan.

    Also, some docs do remain hot even after the stress of everything. They basically stay in a cave that whole time so the sun can do no damage.

    I wouldn't worry about this chick. If she needs an agency to do her homework, she won't really come correct with the chops on the entrance exams to actually get in to a program.

  • Aug 22 '16

    She may be able to pay an agency to do her homework, but she won't be able to pay them to do her clinicals or take her NCLEX. It's students like these who, if they even make it into the nursing program itself, will weed themselves out pretty quickly.

    Focus on yourself. Don't let others affect you.

  • Aug 18 '16

    ^^^These replies are a part of why men "bottle it up" folks.

  • Aug 14 '16

    Quote from Been there,done that
    The answers to your questions are entirely subjective and individual.
    I specifically mentioned my understanding of the widely differing experiences everyone will have in order to avoid the stating of the obvious, given fact by others; hence, I claimed to be seeking a general idea.

    I am sorry that you may have had a terrible experience, nevertheless, thank you for sharing!

  • Aug 14 '16

    Quote from shermrn
    Congratulations on getting hired in the NICU, it's a great place to work. I do have to take issue with the above comment though. I can imagine how scary and stressful that delivery was, my wife worked labor and delivery for a long time and I've heard of some really scary stuff. Consider though that the 25 wk infant survived to make it to the NICU, during the time he/she was there the NICU team is fighting to keep that baby alive. That's 8-12 hours of "scary" for whoever has that assignment. Not to mention the family will likely be there the entire time needing almost constant teaching and emotional support as they struggle to figure why this is happening to their baby, what are we doing to their baby, is he/she in pain, will the baby survive and if so will he/she have any long term problems.

    My point is that with most of the deliveries such as you described the scary part doesn't end when the baby leaves the delivery room/OR, it's only just starting. But a great part about working in the NICU is that you will see many of those scary situations resolve. The situation will go from coming to work and wondering if that baby will survive your shift to coming in and wondering how well he/she will breast feed or bottle, or if he'll still get fussy when you put him in the tub and wash his hair. The NICU is an incredible place to work and with your L&D experience you'd make a great addition to the delivery team. I wish you the best of luck.
    I think you've misunderstood the OP. I don't think she's saying that delivery is scarier than working in a NICU, I think she's saying what's scary is being the lone neonatal nurse with a sick 25 weeker.