i am so grateful to allnurses.com that i will share how i passed the nclex-rn.
i studied for four months self study with the help of allnurses.com and google. first three months only studied 2 hours a day because of work. last one month resigned on the job to concentrate on reviewing. i spent 6 to 8 hours per day reading having always adequate breaks. when answering or practicing the questions, only answered 100-150 questions per day (50 q’s then break ( 5 min) then rationale then break again then 50 qs again, break and rationale so on) do not over exert yourself. your brain needs a break. (if it works for you, try listening to classical piano pieces by beethoven, mozart etc, on low volume, studies show that more information are retained while listening to them and makes you relaxed. i usually do not study quietly; i get sleepy when it is too quiet). always pray that you will pass and if you have time, pray the rosary and also pray to st joseph of cupertino, patron saint of test takers. here is the prayer:
oh great st. joseph of cupertino, who while on earth was given the grace of being asked in your examination only the questions you know. please obtain for me the like favor in these examinations which i am now preparing for. in return, i promise to invoke you and to make you known through christ, our lord. amen.
it never fails, trust me.
always think positive! always think that you will pass!
the books to study and read:
1. kaplan nclex-rn 2010-2011 edition: strategies, practice, and review (kaplan nclex-rn exam)
– this will give you a birds eye view what the nclex-rn really is and understand it. it will give you strategies how to tackle questions.
2. saunders comprehensive review for the nclex-rn 4th e
d – really important book, concentrate on the endocrine system part
3. prioritization, delegation, and assignment: practice exercises for the nclex examination
by linda lacharity – must have book! practice q’s for proper delegation and prioritization
4. nclex-rn exam cram (2nd edition)
– will give you q’s anything under the sun. will practice your endurance in answering q’s of 1250.
cds or computerize tests to practice on:
- exam force cram master – the cd that comes with the exam cram
- saunders comprehensive review for the nclex-rn 4th ed cd that comes with the book
- nclex 3500 or nclex 4000 – most important to enhance your content and to answer q’s.
study infection control and some "certain" diets for diseases. study the mnemonics (thanks to the original poster) infection precautions has 3 types:airborne,droplet and contact
airborne (my chicken hez tb)
-negative airflow pressure, minimum of 6-12 air exchanges per hour
-uv germicide irradiation/ high efficiency air
filter is used, mask, n95 mask for tb
s carlet fever
respiratory syncitial virus
skin infections (e.g:vchipss- varicella zoster, cutaneous diphtheria, herpes simplex,impetigo, pediculosis, staph infection and scabies)
enteric infection (clostridium difficile)
eye infection (conjunctivitis)
-mrsa: gloves, gown, goggles, face shield
-patients should be in a private room
addisons - hyponatremia, hyperkalemia
cushings - hypernatremia, hypokalemia
that’s it. good luck to all future test takers! you can do it! believe it!