brownsc2 (1,689 Views)
Joined Apr 22, '12.
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How do I begin the process of organizing a nurse labor union in my state?
I too am a new grad. I began working on a med-surg unit in April and let's just say we have a love/hate relationship.
Like me, I know many new grads experience anxiety and have many questions that go unanswered. I'm hoping to shed some light on some of those questions and address those concerns. With that being said, what are some questions and concerns you have, or may have had as a new grad? In what areas do you need clarification?
Looking forward to hearing from you all.
I am sorry that you didn't have success with your first go around with NCLEX, but use this to your advantage. You are now familiar with the test and the complexity of its questions. I graduated in December 2014, and instead of hurrying to take my test like fellow classmates, I decided to wait until I felt relaxed. Also, I was not an all A's and B's student in school, and I couldn't afford to purchase Hurst or Kaplan, so my nerves were extra frazzled. I took my test on March 12 and found out on March 14 that I passed. The computer shut off at 105 questions, and I feel I could have left sooner if I was stronger in SATA.
The ONLY study materials I used were the Saunder's Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN and NCSBN 3 week review ( I recommend the 5 week review). The Saunder's book is loaded with content and it is a great review, but you have to make sure you don't allow yourself to get buried in content. There is also an online component that offers review questions. I practiced these questions and read the rationales. I went on to purchase NCSBN review because I felt I needed more complex practice questions. Let me just say, the NCSBN review questions are the bees' knees. The questions were complex and provided great rationales. I did about 1000 questions from the NCSBN site. I completed 50 too 100 questions everyday, sometimes 150, and I looked up what I didn't know. I did not have a set calendar or schedule, I studied when I felt most alert and driven. The NCSBN also provides an outline and study material from each body system, as well as Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Maternal Complications, Pediatrics, and Mental Health. I didn't review theses sections. I only completed the practice questions.
When "studying" for NCLEX, you have to remember the goal is not to memorize as much information as possible, but to learn how to think critically and answer questions. You don't know what type of questions you are going to encounter on NCLEX, so it would be virtually impossible to try to memorize content. I focused my studying on answering questions versus content review, and it was the best decision I could have ever made. It saved time and helped to develop my critical thinking skills. I already knew the anatomy and physiology of the body and the cause of disorders/diseases, so I was able to think my way to signs & symptoms and priority nursing interventions....and that is what is most important...being able to think your way to the correct answer.
-NCSBN NCLEX-RN Review is the gold standard for questions
-Complete as many NCLEX style questions as possible
-Read every rationale
-Write down what you don't know- review
-Look up what you don't know
-Most importantly, do what works best for you!!
-And if you have to cry, pray and cry. To God be the Glory!
I hope this is helpful. Good Luck!
Your prayers and encouragement are kindly appreciated.
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