I just passed NCLEX for the first time with 85 questions in 2.5 hrs. This is surreal. I went to the testing center with confidence but I felt awful and sick after the test.lol!
I was an avid reader here, looking for tips and study materials to pass nclex. Now its my turn to share some things I did that worked for myself. First of all, I am a foreign grad from the Philippines. I graduated 7 years ago. I practiced 3 years in the Philippines as an RN. I came here in US in 2011. I knew that I have to work on my content and strategies in answering nclex style questions.
Materials I used:
Hurst review online-
really helped me bigtime. I based most of my decisions in answering the questions during the test from the core content that I learned from Hurst. After watching each topic, I discuss it to myself like I'm discussing in a class (sounds crazy but it worked for me) It is my way of putting things to my long term memory. My content helped me build up confidence.
Saunders 4th Ed -
I did not read the whole book but I just went through some topics that are not covered in Hurst. I also did the practice questions from the cd by systems. Saunders is a very good source of content, it is just overwhelming for me.
Kaplan Content Review Guide (Free from Kindle)
- I learned the Decision Tree from this book. It helped me a lot in Strategies. Awesome book. The meds section is great too.
Kaplan Mini-Qbank app -
I think this is for iOS only (not sure) It has 182 questions and I divided to 30 questions everytime I answer. My scores were ranging from 67%-75%. Very helpful too.
PDA by La Charity
- I loooove this book! For me, it's Epic. I used the same approach of answering this book when I answered Nclex priority questions. My scores were ranging from 61-86.
I have to confess that I did not answered thousands of questions. I only did like 50 a day, sometimes, just a chapter in PDA but I make sure I really understand the rationale(like why did I chose or not chose that answer, do I have the same reason as in the book?). But I recommend that you practice more than this because it will really build up your confidence. When I was on my way to the testing center, I was telling myself "oh its just another practice test I'm taking in pearson vue office" lol
Everytime I start studying I always pray that I absorb the things I'm studying and may all these work I put will bring me to success. On my way and before I start the test, I prayed that I encounter the topics I know and be calm during the test. I prayed for wisdom, calmness, strength and for gratitude that I made this far. Prayer worked for me 100%
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7
Sorry for the long post, I just want to give the message to you guys that If I made it, you can make it too. I had a lot of anxieties knowing I'm a foreign grad 7 years ago, but I worked on conquering that. You just have to stick to your goals, basically, to become an RN. I know there are times you are not motivated to study, tell me about it, I've been there...that's the time when you need to take a break. Let your brain rest too. Thank you allnurses family and Goodluck to future test takers.