I passed the first time around, but I devoted 45 days of studying to myself before I took my test. I prayed. I read 1-2 chapters in the Saunders Nclex Review 4 a day. After reading my chapter or chapters for that day, I would take a 100 question test generated by the NCLEX Review 4000 RN software. I found both of these items on Amazon
.com. I did this each day for 45 days. My thoughts were, " I am paying for this test, and I will study as long as I want to. I do not care if my classmates are taking it tomorrow or 2 weeks from now. I do not care if they think all of the jobs will be taken by the time I take my test. I am not wasting my money. I am investing in me. "
The NCLEX Review 4000 RN software would give me an exact indication of where I was weak in my studies.
I also added 10 math problems from the Dosage Calculations (A Ratio -Proportion Approach) 2nd edition Author: Gloria D. Pickar ISBN 13: 978-1-4180-1563-3 OR ISBN 10: 1-4180-1563-6.
Some people thought that this was extreme studying, but it worked for me. I could not find any peace at home until 12 am - 6 am, so I made that my study time. I also found wearing ear plugs during my study time was helpful. Just in case someone tried to bother me during my study time. You must have (ME TIME ALONE)! Closed doors and a location where you can be alone. It may sound selfish, but it will pay off. I was not a person for studying in a group. I found that the study sessions would always get off track.
The week before my test I also used:
NURSING MADE INSANELY EASY 5TH EDITION Author: Sylvia Rayfield ISBN: 978-0-9761029-3-9
I used this book as a refresher to all that I had completed. I used it towards the very end instead of re-reading the Saunders. I would still take a 100 question test each day, and do 10 dosage calculation problems.
The morning of the test, I did not read or practice test. I was more than prepared. My test was scheduled for 8 am. I left the testing center at 9 am. I got 75 questions and the screen went black. Did I feel nervous because I was the first one out of the testing center? No, because I know I had paid my dues and the pass result proved it. You all can do it. Pray, read, and believe.