I am one of many that have failed the NCLEX multiple times with frustration and confusion. I graduated 2 years ago this June with my BSN and since failing the test in Florida 3 times, now have to travel to GA to take my test. I have had 96, 116, 75, and 164 questions with every type of question( SATA, math, pictures, audio and then the new one, conference?) and have reviewed all methods, Hurst, Kaplan on demand and Kaplan live(helped the most) NCSBN( if your not a great reader then its a lot of time self studying although questions are very good) Saunders 5th edition (yellow book) great for content/questions and easy to navigate through the book, and NCLEX 4000.
I'm now trying a new approach because I obviously have issues with the test plus I was diagnosed with severe test anxiety and was prescribed propanolol which I wish I would have been able to take before my last test(I did the best on that one from what my results sheet had printed). I am a visual learner and sometimes need a video illustration to understand content. I went on pinterest of all things and there are pinned boards with all types of different explanations of anything and everything with NCLEX preparation in ways that I might understand and retain the information better. So I made a folder for it and I am now using it as a study guide along with NCLEX 4000, notes and Saunders 5th edition.
I told myself the last time I failed I was NOT going to put myself through that again!! I was OVER IT, I was NOT meant to be a nurse... I couldn't understand why I would do so well on question trainers and be SO ready only to get that manila envelope in the mail and be devastated once again. I went so far as to start applying to school again and change careers because I was NEVER going to be a nurse (the one thing I feel I'm meant to do). I have a job waiting for me at the amazing hospital that I work at now, and support of all my fellow co-workers and even my patients (who on the reg tell me how I am an AMAZING nurse now and think that I am the nurse all the time when I am taking care of them) I love all the encouragment but I am also so embarrassed to tell people that I have failed my boards. People who are not nurses don't understand what type a test the NCLEX is and wonder if I'm smart enough to pass it? I constantly explain that the test is not just knowledge based but a la-la land test, and it's not an easy test (at least not for me).
I have read other inspirational comments for people who have not passed the test and it really makes a difference to read them. I like all the suggestions and wondered how good some of the past attachments were with the "study guide"? I printed the 35 page guide and it looks amazing but I have read some posts that say that it is not entirely accurate?
I really need advice on what has worked for recent passers of this test for 2014. The test has changed and the passing rate is higher and I really just want to be as prepared as I can be for the 5th and hopefully LAST test I have to take. PLEASE HELP! THANK YOU!!