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Get as many NCLEX review books as you can afford. I think I had about 6 or so when I went through nursing school. They help tremendously preparing you for the style of questions you will be seeing. I did approx 300 questions related to the section we were being test on before each and every test (after the first semester of nursing school.) Not only does it help with your grades, you will be prepared for the ultimate final - the NCLEX!. I passed it with 75 questions.
I misread your post. I am in the RN-BSN program. They accept only 20 for that program. I looked in banner and it shows 50 slots for the generic BSN classes, so I am assuming they accept 50 students. We took the assessment class in the summer with students in the RN-BSN, generic BSN, and ADN programs that wanted to take it in the summer. Another plus for prelicensure students to take it then, you can ask the RN questions. It was a little intimidating to them in the beginning, but by the end of the class, they appreciated our advice. We also took the pharmaconutrition class in the fall with them as well. If you take assessment in the fall, you will take it only with others in your specific program. From what I heard in pharmaconutrition, the class load and projects were stressful at times. It is like that in all nursing programs. Yes, it will be hard for you to work full time and do a prelicensure program. Sorry I misinformed you earlier. Best of luck.
P.S. Get a NCLEX review book (or books) to help study for classes. The tests are NCLEX style and these books will help you prepare for them.
I am currently in the program. Will graduate July of this year. Don't worry about registration dates. They have 20 slots already assigned for the 20 students they will accept, and they do all the registering each semester. Don't remember when I got my acceptance letter. There were only 19 (not 20) in my class originally, and we lost 2 so far. They did not drop due to grades or the work load. We just lost one due to a new job schedule conflicting with class schedule. The other student was only taking assessment as a prereq for the CRNA program at Mercer she started last fall. I would recommend taking the summer assessment class. That will lighten your load in the fall and you will be so glad you did it. Classes during the first summer are on Mondays. The next 3 semesters are ALL day on Wednesdays. They are trying to make it hybrid now so you will only go every other week. They just started doing that with us this semester. Only 3 classes have clinicals. Clinicals for assessment are just on each other in the lab. Clinicals for community are at the health department and a big teaching project, which also counts for edu class, at some type of community center. You will do those on Wednesdays during your off weeks. I am not sure about clinicals for practicum this summer. A girl I work with completed the program last year and worked full time all the way through. So far I have worked full time and I work nights. It has been hard to shift sleeping schedule for class. In hindsight, I wished I had done the online program at Ga Southwestern. I am recommending that program to all my friends instead of Macon State. MOST of the classes are not that bad. A lot of projects, but all programs have that. Just stay on top of them, and you will do fine.
Yes, nursing school is hard. If you are determined and willing to study, you can make it. I would have to guess out of the 84 that failed a class, half of those eventually made it out of the program. To pass a class, you had to make at least a 75, and if you made 2 Ds or Fs, you were kicked out of the program all together. From what I have heard from other nursing programs, this is pretty consistant with all of them.
The best advice I can give to any nursing student is to study NCLEX style questions. I had about 8 different programs and did approx. 300 questions related to what we were studying before each and every test. You can find these used on eBay. When I started doing this, I was an average student both in the class and on the standardized tests we took at the end of each semester. By the end of the program, I was head of the class and was making 98-99% on the standardized tests. I have had instructors come back to me and ask me what I did. By the time I took my NCLEX, I had done over 8000 questions. I passed the NCLEX with 75 questions and thought it was easy. Please don't take this as bragging. I am just telling you what I did, and how it helped me. If you are willing to study hard, you too can make it.
Darton College in Albany, GA accepts approx 100 students every (including summer) semester. They also have some "tracks" out of town which are easier to get in. We had 8 students commuting from the Atlanta area (over 100 miles away) in our class because they had been on a waiting list for 2 years in the Atlanta area. FYI- Out of those 8 students, only 1 completed the program without repeating any classes. I think only 1 other student also completed the program. Out of the 102 students in my first nursing class, only 18 went on to graduate without repeating any courses. Good luck.
I am approaching 4 months, and I feel the same way. There are days I wish I'd wreck on the way to work just so I could miss a day. I work in a MICU and I feel constantly overwhelmed with information and I feel like I should know and remember so much more than I do. I just try and tell myself it will get better. Hopefully it will! Good luck to you!
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I am coming up on my 6 month anniversary in a couple of weeks, and I am sooo overwhelmed too. I keep trying to convince myself that it is going to get better, but after this week, I am very skeptical. When I am feeling soo overwhelmed, I tell myself that I know more today than I did the first day I stepped on the floor. After each shift I also ask myself "What did I learn today or what skill did I improve today?" That seems to help me realize that I am improving even though I don't feel like it. However, I'm with you. I think we need a "Second year in nursing" page too. It is probably a good sign since one doesn't exist. Maybe it means we will make it after all!
Our instructors told us that statistically you do better if you test as soon as possible after you graduate. The longer you wait, the less chance you have to pass. Our instructors told us to do 100 questions every day from graduation until we tested. Those who did that passed. But we had a tough curriculum with a 90% pass rate. The best thing for you to do is start doing NCLEX style questions now instead of just reading your textbook again. If you don't understand a question, go back and study that particular information in your textbook. I had heard once, that statistically if you do 3000 questions, you will pass. I don't know how true that is. I did over 8000 questions, passed with 75 questions and thought the NCLEX was easier than most tests we had in school. I also did not take a review class. But then again, I did questions from 9 different sources and for over a year while I was in nursing school. I did appox 300 questions related to what we were studying before each test in school. I tested 6 weeks after I graduated. Good luck.
For those who are interested, I found out today that I passed.
Thank your for those words of encouragement. For those who are interested, I will post my results when I get them.
I just took the NCLEX today and got 75 questions. I actually felt good after I got finished. I know this is considered a bad sign, so I am worried. I was wondering if anyone else felt good coming out and still passed?
I had 3 drug calculations (the first question was a drug calculation), 3 check all that apply, about 8 drug questions, no delegation, a few prioritization, approx 1 psych, 2 maternal, 4 peds, 2 herbs that I knew the answer to, a couple of who needs further teaching, a few procedures (what to look for and who is contraindicated) and the rest med surg. I know I got the last question wrong, but I have heard of others who got 75 questions and the last question wrong and still passed. So I am not so worried about the last question - just that I knew when I clicked the "next" button after the 75th question that it would shut off, and I was excited about it.
To me, this was not the worst test I had ever taken. My final was horrible and I made an 85 on it. My instructor did tell me afterwards that they intentionally made the final so hard so we wouldn't freak out over the NCLEX. She said it would be harder than the NCLEX. Our class also took 2 standardized tests our final semester(Mosby - 265 questions and NLN - 150 questions) Most of my classmates thought they were horrible but I thought they were easy. I made 97th and 98th percentiles on them. I have done an excess of 8000 different NCLEX style questions from 9 different sources that I have been doing since last summer. No, I didn't make straight As in nursing school. No one from our program did. I had high Bs and an A in Maternal.
Has anyone else had a similar experience and still passed?
A girl at my school just passed with 75 questions and unfortunately 2 others failed iwth 75. Our instructors said they have never had students fail with 75 before. But like a previous poster stated, 85% pass the first time. So I know you did well. Keep us posted.
Congrats!!!!! And thanks again for sharing your story. I am graduating in 2 weeks and will be taking the NCLEX soon. I have just started Kaplan this morning and scored a 68%, so you have really given me hope.
From what I understand, the NCLEX passing standards were raised in April of this year. Prior to this, students at my school have had a 90% pass rate for the past several years. Our school graduates nurses each semester. There are still 10 people left to take the NCLEX from the class that graduated in May. If all of those pass, our school's pass rate will only be 81% for that semester. Our class is set to graduate in 2 weeks, and this has made everyone a little nervous including our instructors. I was wondering if other schools are seeing a similar drop in pass rates since the changes have taken place.
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