Specifically, how did you study these last three times? How many questions did you do a day? What were your weak spots? What resources did you use? Did you chant, ' I WILL PASS THE NCLEX' even if you didn't believe it?
I know you know these things but these are things to know:
- Nursing Process
- Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
- Lab values
- What you're weak spots are
- MEDS!!!!!! (ACE, Beta Blockers, CCB's, Fluoroquinolones, Antimetabolites, etc.)
- Psych: pick most therapeutic thing to do, even if you wouldn't do it in real world
- KNEW KAPLAN STRATEGIES!!!!!
If you feel things are starting to click while you are studying for the exam, you are on the right track.
This is what I did:
- I studied for 6 weeks, 5 days a week.
- Did 200 q's/day and on 5th day I reviewed my notes & notecards from the things I missed.
- Studied from NCLEX 4000, Saunders, and Kaplan Q trainer.
- Did a total of 4800+ q's for those 6 weeks.
- Had Loretta Manning books and studied Saunders during my senior year.
- Also did HESI in school (about 1500-2000 q's) and performed HORRID on the entrance and exit exam, yet passed NCLEX.
- I knew a TON of med categories
- Cardiac, Neuro, & Liver --> were my weak areas, but became my strongest
They say to do over 3000 q's ALL together in order to pass NCLEX, but this depends on the person.
Keep being persistent! You're going to be one of those great nurses that takes NOTHING for granted
Any other questions, feel free to ask. Let me know what happens!!