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How I conducted an in-depth assessment:
How were you able to do an in dept assessment on what you're weak on? Was it the letter given to you? I haven't gotten my letter yet. I know I can do it. I'm relaxing a little since I just took the test. I plan on getting the Saunders comprehensive book for content. I feel like I need to be more consistent with content. I got 119 q's with 25 SATA. two med math. and some drag and drop. I have some test anxiety as well and i need to stay calm... well at least try to. I did kaplan and i don't know if it worked for me but for all my classmates it worked.
1.) When I first read NCLEX RN review books, I would skip the first few chapters that talked about the test itself. Big Mistake on my part! There's LOTs of great information on these chapters which I totally ignored.
2.) I have no problem with critical thinking. However, without solid content knowledge, my critical thinking skills were useless. This was evident when I took live Kaplan. Since the core of their review is testing strategies...I found that it was not feasible simply going through strategies. It is equally important to have a solid content knowledge (especially pathophysiology).
3.) Candidate Performance Report from BON: only provide a general
interpretation of one's overall performance.
3.) Based on the above and to have a better understanding of my weak areas: I completed multiple
diagnostic pre-tests (minimum of 125 questions) on ALL client needs categories using NCLEX 3500, NCLEX 4000, NCLEX 10,000 and MaryAnn Hogan and compared results from each one. Infection control was my strongest. However, overall, I definitely lacked content. Since its been years after graduation for me and not having worked in the medical field, the need to take multiple diagnostic pre-tests was beneficial for me to clearly identify my weak areas. IMO, if you know content "without a doubt and without hesitation" (as Aunt Marlene would say), then we just increased our passing rate to 100%!
4.) Lastly, I had to be honest to myself and accept the fact that I needed to re-train my brain towards nursing for me to pass this exam. I worked in the financial industry for the last 15 years (stocks/bonds/mutual funds) with an MBA. And I was somewhat devastated failing the NCLEX.
Taking the NCLEX RN was a great learning experience, of which enabled me to self-assess and create a better study plan. We all have a variety of study and learning habits. Just have to find one that best fit individual needs.