Ive been quietly reading articles/threads on this site for a number of years since I decided to pursue a career in nursing. I cannot express just how incredibly helpful you all have been, especially in the past few months where I was studying for the NCLEX. The discussions regarding study strategies and materials/resources were invaluable. I suffered through nursing school with an over-thinkers mind, too many "what if?, what about?, in real life this - etc"
I did 7500 practice questions between Prep U, Hurst, Kaplan (book not the course), Nclex3500, Davis (Ohmans), ATI's practice exams X4, and the NCBSN 3 week course. I got 70-80s on Prep U, 50-60s on NCBSN, and usually 60-70s on NCLEX 3500. I managed to Pass the boards 1st try in 75. I had about 30-40 Alt format, (Sata, Ordering, 1 EKG) No hotspots or anything too crazy. Difficulty wise "MY" nclex was somewhere between Kaplan and NCBSN difficulty I'd say. I was pretty numb going into it, doing 7500 practice questions kind of jellos your brain lol.
(If anyone has any questions about those materials i'd be happy to share pros and cons of each in my opinion)
So I wanted to break the silence and thank all of you here for your help from the bottom of my giant beefy heart (even if you didnt realize you were saving me and helping me refocus regularly. No matter how much I studied I still felt like it wasn't enough) I'm now just waiting for the Mass BON to give me my license number and sending out job applications.