I finally PASSED my NCLEX-RN exam!!!

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    I am so excited to finally be able to say that I am an RN!!! It’s been a long journey and I would like to share it with all of you. I come from a long family of nurses; three aunts, my mother, three cousins, my brother and his girlfriend, it is in my blood! Not many people know this but I made it through nursing school with a reading disability and Epilepsy. However, I have never been the type of person that passes everything on the first try. I was always a “B” student in school but was very determined with a strong work ethic. It took me two tries for my driver’s license, nursing school, and FIVE tries to pass the nclex-rn. I graduated in December of 2009 in New York and struggled with passing my exam for over a year. I failed the first time 151, then 256 the second and third time (very close), then 152 the fourth time. I took a break for a few months, got married and decided to give it another go. I felt like I was never going to pass but knew nursing was for me and that I could not imagine doing anything else. This time however was very different. On Friday March 18th 2011, I passed the boards with 265 questions in 4.5 hrs. I tried the Pearson Vue Trick, and yes it has worked for me every time- I finally got the “good popup” and paid the seven dollars for my results just to make sure, and it was a PASS!!! Finally! This time around, I studied five days a week after work for about five- six hours. I did about 3,000 questions when studying this time. I went to a PESI HealthCare conference that was about 6 hours based on pediatric health problems (illness and heart/lung disease). I also had a private tutor for the three Sundays before the exam that really helped and gave me confidence. If I can pass this exam, then anyone can and no one should give up on their dreams!!! Remember, it is just a test and does not prove how good of a nurse you will actually be, and you can always retake the exam so no one should stop trying. :redpinkhe

    I studied about infection control, lab values, triage, mnemonics, pharmacology, prioritization and delegation.

    The books that helped me pass the NCLEX-RN:
    1. Kaplan NCLEX-RN 2010-2011 Edition: strategies, practice, and Review: Birds eye view of NCLEX exam. Will give you strategies for questions (read through twice).
    2. Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN 4th edition: Most important book, do all pharmacology questions for each section and focus on ENDOCRINE.
    3. Prioritization, Delegation and Assignment: Practice Exercises for the NCLEX Examination: VERY, VERY Important book!!! Most of the NCLEX is priority and delegation so do all of the questions ch 1-18
    4. NCLEX-RN Exam Cram (2nd Edition): Good for content review and helps with endurance of answering questions. (memorize the CRAM SHEET in the front, it is a life saver!!)
    5.Kaplan NCLEX-RN Reviewer MP3: free download can be found online, listen to for content, pharmacology and math
    6. Memory Notebook of Nursing: EXCELLENT content and mnemonics review (perfect for the visual learner!!)

    CD’s to practice:
    1. Saunders most important!! Do as many pharmacology questions as possible!!!
    2. Exam Force
    3. Nclex 3500 for content

    Addisons: hyponatremia, hyperkalemia
    Cushings: hypernatremia, hypokalemia
    Hypothyroidism
    Hyperthyroidism
    *Know symptoms for each, and what sets them apart from each other

    Heparin –PTT (7 letters plus 3 equals 10)
    Coumadin- PT (8 letters plus 2 equals 10)
    1. Keep your patient SAFE and ALIVE!!!
    2. Remember ABC’s
    3. Always pick the least invasive answer!
    4. Don’t tie patients up
    5. If something can be done without drugs first that is probably the answer
    6. Do not choose the answer that would delay treatment, kill or harm the patient
    7. The patient has 100% right to their healthcare
    8. Eliminate answers that say always, never (nothing in nursing is ever that certain)
    9. Like patients can be placed in the same room (know isolation precautions)

    10. Know medication endings (B-Block (olo)l, Ace(pril), p pump (zole), etc ) and side effects
    11. Know basic lab values
    12. ROME: respiratory opposite, metabolic equal
    13. Pain never kills a patient
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 5, '13 : Reason: ToS
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    CONGRATS to you and thanks for sharing!! I graduate December 10, 2011!!!!! NINE more months...with three of those off this summer!
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    Congrats
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    Hooray!

    I am so happy for you!

    Your perserverance and determination are wonderful!

    Now go get that job and do not be discouraged if it takes a little while...

    Things are starting to turn around. Best of luck to you!

    :redpinkhe
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    Moved to the NCLEX forum as I feel there is some good info for others that are studying for the exam

    Congrats on passing
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Mar 22, '11 : Reason: sp
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    Quote from KLudRN
    I am so excited to finally be able to say that I am an RN!!! It’s been a long journey and I would like to share it with all of you. I come from a long family of nurses; three aunts, my mother, three cousins, my brother and his girlfriend, it is in my blood! Not many people know this but I made it through nursing school with a reading disability and Epilepsy. However, I have never been the type of person that passes everything on the first try. I was always a “B” student in school but was very determined with a strong work ethic. It took me two tries for my driver’s license, nursing school, and FIVE tries to pass the nclex-rn. I graduated in December of 2009 in New York and struggled with passing my exam for over a year. I failed the first time 151, then 256 the second and third time (very close), then 152 the fourth time. I took a break for a few months, got married and decided to give it another go. I felt like I was never going to pass but knew nursing was for me and that I could not imagine doing anything else. This time however was very different. On Friday March 18th 2011, I passed the boards with 265 questions in 4.5 hrs. I tried the Pearson Vue Trick, and yes it has worked for me every time- I finally got the “good popup” and paid the seven dollars for my results just to make sure, and it was a PASS!!! Finally! This time around, I studied five days a week after work for about five- six hours. I did about 3,000 questions when studying this time. I went to a PESI HealthCare conference that was about 6 hours based on pediatric health problems (illness and heart/lung disease). I also had a private tutor for the three Sundays before the exam that really helped and gave me confidence. If I can pass this exam, then anyone can and no one should give up on their dreams!!! Remember, it is just a test and does not prove how good of a nurse you will actually be, and you can always retake the exam so no one should stop trying. :redpinkhe

    I studied about infection control, lab values, triage, mnemonics, pharmacology, prioritization and delegation.

    The books that helped me pass the NCLEX-RN:
    1. Kaplan NCLEX-RN 2010-2011 Edition: strategies, practice, and Review: Birds eye view of NCLEX exam. Will give you strategies for questions (read through twice).
    2. Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN 4th edition: Most important book, do all pharmacology questions for each section and focus on ENDOCRINE.
    3. Prioritization, Delegation and Assignment: Practice Exercises for the NCLEX Examination: VERY, VERY Important book!!! Most of the NCLEX is priority and delegation so do all of the questions ch 1-18
    4. NCLEX-RN Exam Cram (2nd Edition): Good for content review and helps with endurance of answering questions.
    5.Kaplan NCLEX-RN Reviewer MP3: free download can be found online, listen to for content, pharmacology and math
    6. Memory Notebook of Nursing: EXCELLENT content and mnemonics review (perfect for the visual learner!!)

    CD’s to practice:
    1. Saunders most important!! Do as many pharmacology questions as possible!!!
    2. Exam Force
    3. Nclex 3500 for content

    Addisons: hyponatremia, hyperkalemia
    Cushings: hypernatremia, hypokalemia
    Hypothyroidism
    Hyperthyroidism
    *Know symptoms for each, and what sets them apart from each other

    Heparin –PTT (7 letters plus 3 equals 10)
    Coumadin- PT (8 letters plus 2 equals 10)
    1. Keep your patient SAFE and ALIVE!!!
    2. Remember ABC’s
    3. Always pick the least invasive answer!
    4. Don’t tie patients up
    5. If something can be done without drugs first that is probably the answer
    6. Do not choose the answer that would delay treatment, kill or harm the patient
    7. The patient has 100% right to their healthcare
    8. Eliminate answers that say always, never (nothing in nursing is ever that certain)
    9. Like patients can be placed in the same room (know isolation precautions)

    10. Know medication endings (B-Block (olo)l, Ace(pril), p pump (zole), etc ) and side effects
    11. Know basic lab values
    12. ROME: respiratory opposite, metabolic equal
    13. Pain never kills a patient

    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have a LD, and have been struggling... thank you for sharing your story.
    And thank you for paving the way for those that follow!

    Jo Anne
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 5, '13 : Reason: tos
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    First of all...CONGRATS! I am signed up to take my NCLEX next month and I am freaking out! Ive been using Mosbys CD and Saunders 4th Ed CD. I just signed up to do a Kaplan class online and for the Qbank which was a huge chunk of money and I hope it helps! I am new to allnurses.com so dont know exactly how to navigate my way through sending you a message besides these threads.

    But again CONGRATS! I cant wait to feel the excitement you are feeling!
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 5, '13 : Reason: tos
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    Quote from crazednurse
    First of all...CONGRATS! I am signed up to take my NCLEX next month and I am freaking out! Ive been using Mosbys CD and Saunders 4th Ed CD. I just signed up to do a Kaplan class online and for the Qbank which was a huge chunk of money and I hope it helps! I am new to allnurses.com so dont know exactly how to navigate my way through sending you a message besides these threads.

    But again CONGRATS! I cant wait to feel the excitement you are feeling!
    Hello, I am sure you will pass. I tried Kaplan online questions and found that the format was good, but i did not like the explanations. i am also more of an audio learner and felt in person learning would have been better for the money. I actually ended up getting most of my money back for kaplan because the online site was down for two weeks. hope it helps you!!! good luck with your studying/test!!!!
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 5, '13 : Reason: ToS
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    Quote from jojonightengaleGN

    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have a LD, and have been struggling... thank you for sharing your story.
    And thank you for paving the way for those that follow!

    Jo Anne
    i know it is difficult some times, but just remember you can do it and that the worst enemy you have is giving up on yourself. If you need advise, let me know...i will be happy to help


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