I don't know where to begin...next month will be a year since I graduated. Yep, embarrassing. The first time I just think I was over confident because I did well in nursing school
and scheduled and failed. Exactly 45 days later repeated those same steps along with some ncsbn review. The third I paid $250 for a 3 day review that I thought was great, scheduled and failed again. Studied a little more and failed again. I don't know what to do..I've already lost my job in my favorite department because I failed the first time. I'm still working at the same hospital as a tech but it sucks. I'm walking around with a 4 year degree and cannot pass the test. I am so down and confused. I know the information I just don't know where I am going wrong. I am overwhelmed with the amount of study books I have. Don't know which ones to narrow it down to or if I should do another review....I'm clueless.. I have no clue where to begin or how. I know that I am in no rush to take it again in 45 days. My life is on holt and I FEEL like I can't even enjoy my life because I always have this stupid test hangin over my head...I just want to be done. I don't want to give up because I have way too much time and money invested, however I am clueless.
May 15, '09
I really disliked NCLEX-style test questions and didn't always agree with the explanation when it came to cases of choosing the "best" answer of several valid options. When I thought about all that I knew in regard a certain situation described in a question, I would see that choice A would be right if X was the case, or B would be right if Y was the case, but the question didn't say if X or Y. So I had to take a mental step back and see if perhaps the question wasn't *really* asking about the situation. Maybe it was *really* testing if you were reading carefully (the question said you were "assessing", therefore any answer that involved "doing" would be wrong).
Those really frustrated me because my test-taking strategy in the past had always been to read the question and then think about the possible answers before looking at the choices. So I'd read the situation, think about what I'd consider to be relevant points related to that situation, then I'd look at the answer choices and be dumbfounded. Something like "you discover a patient's IV has infiltrated, what do you do first?" I'm thinking about things "d/c IV" "warm compress""identify solution, is it cytotoxic?" Then the answer choices that seemed out of left field A. put side rail down B. apply wet dressings to arm C. call pharmacy D. assess pain level.... with A being the "best" choice because D is "assessing" not "doing" and in order to assess the patient's IV site without hurting your back you should put the side rail down. Clearly, I'm exaggerating and thankfully for everyone I don't have to write NCLEX questions!
But my point is that I had to completely change up my test-taking style for the NCLEX... which was to essentially ignore the details for the first read-through... diagnosis, symptoms, specific situation... and instead focus on the question stem and the possible answers and knock out a few possibilities. And THEN go back and see if the specifics were relevant to pinning down the final "best" answer. Food for thought!
Last edit by jjjoy on May 15, '09