5 EKG strips on my NCLEX-RN oh my

  1. Hi everybody

    So I just took the NCLEX yesterday. The computer shut off at 95 questions. Did the PVT and got the "An exam has already been scheduled....Contact your Board of Nursing.....Cannot schedule another exam at this time...." pop-up.

    I was a nervous wreck because I didn't really study at all. I did maybe a total 300 practice questions over a couple of weeks time and read some of Saunder's Strategies for Test Success the day before the test and that's it.

    My test had a ton of SATA like 30-35, a ton of prioritization and delegation, 10 or so meds (most of which I had no clue about), 3 exhibit questions, not a single med calc, but 5 EKG strips....

    ...But they weren't like "Here's the strip, what's the rhythm?" they were like "Here's 4 strips, which patient would you NOT give this med to?" or "You see this strip, what do you do first?" I thought I did really well on them, but I almost had a heart attack when I saw them and read the questions.

    I was so scared when I got to question 76 and it didn't shut off. Then I started biting my nails when it got past 85 and didn't shut off. I was just hoping and hoping and hoping that it would shut off!!! And finally it did at 95 (WHEW!) So glad that's over and done with!
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  3. by   Ella26
    Wow....5 thats crazy, I took mines yesterday I only had 1 EKG strip. Im still waiting for my results, I got the good pop up, but Im not a believer just yet. I still have about 15 hours to go . The waiting is agonizing, anyway good luck. Hope the trick is true for both of us.
  4. by   kemifair
    Quote from oriog
    Hi everybody

    So I just took the NCLEX yesterday. The computer shut off at 95 questions. Did the PVT and got the "An exam has already been scheduled....Contact your Board of Nursing.....Cannot schedule another exam at this time...." pop-up.

    I was a nervous wreck because I didn't really study at all. I did maybe a total 300 practice questions over a couple of weeks time and read some of Saunder's Strategies for Test Success the day before the test and that's it.

    My test had a ton of SATA like 30-35, a ton of prioritization and delegation, 10 or so meds (most of which I had no clue about), 3 exhibit questions, not a single med calc, but 5 EKG strips....

    ...But they weren't like "Here's the strip, what's the rhythm?" they were like "Here's 4 strips, which patient would you NOT give this med to?" or "You see this strip, what do you do first?" I thought I did really well on them, but I almost had a heart attack when I saw them and read the questions.

    I was so scared when I got to question 76 and it didn't shut off. Then I started biting my nails when it got past 85 and didn't shut off. I was just hoping and hoping and hoping that it would shut off!!! And finally it did at 95 (WHEW!) So glad that's over and done with!
    Congratulations, what state is this?
  5. by   mwc1230
    I had 4 and one was a SATA, same thing. Craziness
  6. by   EMEddie
    Quote from kemifair
    Congratulations, what state is this?
    It doesnt matter the state, the NCLEX is a national licensure exam, all states that give the NCLEX-RN use the same pool of questions.
  7. by   hazlenut88
    I had 4-5 EKG's too. Nerve wracking to say the least! But I passed
  8. by   davi000
    CONGRATULATIONS!! oriog please can you tell which review you had for nclex and your scores ? i hate ECG too. i tried a lot to learn but i just gave up.
    lot of websites, books ,you tube videos. i just pray not to have more than one ques.on that.
  9. by   julz68
    I had 5 EKG strips too...but I wasn't too excited about that since I worked on a cardiac step down unit for 10yrs as an aide and a telemetry tech. What I hated was all the SATAs I had! Those are the ones I despise. My exam was this morning. Got the good pop up afterwards, so just praying its accurate!
  10. by   begosh
    Congratulations!
  11. by   Ella26
    The good pop up is accurate, I found out I passed today!! The PVT trick is the real deal!
  12. by   medic0681
    awesome... love cardiology, but not sata
  13. by   RN2Be77
    I've read many times about the "good pop up" which I pray when I finish NS and take the NCLEX I get. Just wondering what is the bad pop up? Does one exist? Not that I care too much but I'm just curious, all while staying positive for the good pop up one day.
  14. by   Kshing
    I qualify to take my NCLEX in January...what is the "good" pop-up? Is it worth taking a prep course or do you feel like you don't really need one?

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