"There is no substitute for hard work." - Thomas A. Edison
I took my NCLEX-RN on Jan 29th and it shut off on me around 89...did the PVT & got the good pop up...still waiting on the official results, though (in California...no quick results offered -_____-).
Anyways, I've been reading a couple of posts before and after taking the NCLEX and the most asked question is "How did you do it?" Of course the usual answers were, "Questions, questions, questions!" or "Kaplan/Hurst/HESI/ATI/(insert legit NCLEX review)worked for me!" And of course "Prayer" was prolly the most popular answer...
Yes! Prayer does help students pass NCLEX...BUT
...one can only pray for so long and for so much...
If you want to pass NCLEX, DO THE WORK!!
People still continue to ask what they should do to study, but if you have attended a certified nursing school (and I assume we all have..), you already know what to study!! If you take Kaplan, they litterally go over strategies on what questions will be asked and how to answer the questions. If you take Hurst, they go over the material and your own pace and expand on it, perfectly. If you take HESI/ATI/NCLEX 3500, those questions are just about the equivalent as the actual test, and read the rationale. And say a prayer every night and before the test for a good outcome.
DON'T GET THIS TWISTED...do the work, FIRST
!! If you spend 3/4 of your day praying/singing/chanting to your personal higher being and you don't even know the normal lab value of hematocrit, you're definitely using your time wrong. Trust, I'm all about praying like the next guy but if I don't know my basic lab values, I have no one to blame but myself.
In conclusion, take a refresher course. PERIOD
. Practice questions and read the rationale. Understand priorities: Maslow, ABCs, safety. Know how to do a dosage calc. Memorize important lab values, common drugs used & deadly ECG patterns. Pray and hope for the best. Lather, rinse & repeat.