I Passed! My story...

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    Hey y'all! I want to share my story with you to possibly make you aware of certain things that I didn't know and maybe even bring some comfort to you.

    I took my NCLEX yesterday morning at 0800. I woke up 30 minutes before my alarm went off because I was so sick to my stomach! I wasn't even able to eat right for like 2 days because I would get so sick from nerves! So anyways, I prayed CONSTANTLY for about a week. Every time I could think about it, I prayed. I asked God to give me the strength, knowledge, and ability to pass this exam and I thanked him in advance because I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I got 79 questions and my exam shut off. I waited till I got home and did the Pearson Vue Trick and it worked! Remember, it must say "Delivery Successful" before you can try it.

    I found my license number this morning at 0930. It does not show up on the normal look up. I found it by looking on FL Board of Nursing under "Status." When you log in. it will show you your license number. I still can't find my name under the DOH lookup, but I do have my license number. I guess it takes a couple of days for it to show up there.

    What I did to prepare:
    First off, I was an average student in nursing school. I made pretty much straight b's. I made one C in parent-child class, but other than that, I maintained a 3.0 through my classes. Before nursing school, I made straight a's. But who am I kidding? I didn't care what I made in nursing school, as long as I understood everything and passed.

    -I used a few sections in the Saunders book (yellow one). I didn't go through the whole thing, but I have heard students doing that in the past and having great success.

    -I got these Hurst audio's and PDF's that I used. I honestly think that was the BIGGEST help. I felt like I really needed a content review, and these videos were AWESOME! They made learning the stuff fun!! I recommend this to everyone!

    -I also did the Live Kaplan review. I have mixed feelings about this. I feel like the doing all the q trainers and questions was very helpful, but I didn't use the decision tree. It did help practicing the critical thinking questions though. My scores:
    QT 1: 54.67
    QT 2: 66.67
    QT 3: 59.0
    QT 4: 62.67
    QT 5: 59.33
    QT 6: 61.0
    QT 7: 67.55
    Diagnostic: 62.22
    Readiness: 63.89


    NCLEX Test Info:
    -I was always told that NCLEX had both the generic AND trade names on the exam. Mine did NOT. It only had the generic.

    -There is a tutorial that you have to go through before you start, and it counts AGAINST your time. It basically goes through how to answer all the different types of questions (SATA, Multiple choice, hot spot, drag and drop, etc.). It only took me a few minutes. Not that major but still. Just be aware that it counts off of your 6 hours.

    -Once your exam shuts off, there is a 17 (I think) question survey at the end that you do. Not a big deal, just letting you know what to expect.

    -I had a lot of SATA questions, but they were very basic and almost common sense. Some were hard, but for the most part, they weren't as hard as I expected.

    -I had a lot of "conference" questions that were about a nurse talking to the staff about some disease, for example, Graves, and it was either you had to know the pathophysiology of the disease, symptoms of it, or diet for the disease. Also, some of the questions would ask the nurse would intervene if another nurse said…blah blah blah

    I hope this helped! Please let me know if you have any questions!
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    Congratulations RN!
    Thank you for sharing your story. I love reading these
    Did you read the Saunders book or just do questions on the cd? and what are the scores you were ranging in
    CeceStar5 and Nikkinism70s like this.
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    S.Marie

    Congratulations!!!

    I like how you prayed and depended on God's wisdom. There is no other way! All the best on your future endeavors. I also have both hurst and Kaplan and hope I pass in March. Thanks for your encouragement
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    I didn't read Saunders very much. I only did Endocrine, Cardiac, Respiratory, and Renal. I didn't do any questions since I had Kaplan.
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    Awsome
    s.marie333 likes this.
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    hi s.marie333
    Congratulations to become an RN and thank you for the post .is it possible if you can share your PDF material ..i will really appreciate it .
    thanks.......
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    Congrats on becoming an RN! You deserve it!
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    Congrats Smarie - welcome to the Feb. 2014 RN Club.
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    Where did you find hurts audio and pdf,just let me know.Thank you and Congratulation .
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    Thanks for sharing your story. I bet you are happy this is over. Can you please share the PDF? I am taking my exam soon. Can't wait until its over. Thanks if you can.


    Quote from s.marie333
    Hey y'all! I want to share my story with you to possibly make you aware of certain things that I didn't know and maybe even bring some comfort to you.

    I took my NCLEX yesterday morning at 0800. I woke up 30 minutes before my alarm went off because I was so sick to my stomach! I wasn't even able to eat right for like 2 days because I would get so sick from nerves! So anyways, I prayed CONSTANTLY for about a week. Every time I could think about it, I prayed. I asked God to give me the strength, knowledge, and ability to pass this exam and I thanked him in advance because I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I got 79 questions and my exam shut off. I waited till I got home and did the Pearson Vue Trick and it worked! Remember, it must say "Delivery Successful" before you can try it.

    I found my license number this morning at 0930. It does not show up on the normal look up. I found it by looking on FL Board of Nursing under "Status." When you log in. it will show you your license number. I still can't find my name under the DOH lookup, but I do have my license number. I guess it takes a couple of days for it to show up there.

    What I did to prepare:
    First off, I was an average student in nursing school. I made pretty much straight b's. I made one C in parent-child class, but other than that, I maintained a 3.0 through my classes. Before nursing school, I made straight a's. But who am I kidding? I didn't care what I made in nursing school, as long as I understood everything and passed.

    -I used a few sections in the Saunders book (yellow one). I didn't go through the whole thing, but I have heard students doing that in the past and having great success.

    -I got these Hurst audio's and PDF's that I used. I honestly think that was the BIGGEST help. I felt like I really needed a content review, and these videos were AWESOME! They made learning the stuff fun!! I recommend this to everyone!

    -I also did the Live Kaplan review. I have mixed feelings about this. I feel like the doing all the q trainers and questions was very helpful, but I didn't use the decision tree. It did help practicing the critical thinking questions though. My scores:
    QT 1: 54.67
    QT 2: 66.67
    QT 3: 59.0
    QT 4: 62.67
    QT 5: 59.33
    QT 6: 61.0
    QT 7: 67.55
    Diagnostic: 62.22
    Readiness: 63.89


    NCLEX Test Info:
    -I was always told that NCLEX had both the generic AND trade names on the exam. Mine did NOT. It only had the generic.

    -There is a tutorial that you have to go through before you start, and it counts AGAINST your time. It basically goes through how to answer all the different types of questions (SATA, Multiple choice, hot spot, drag and drop, etc.). It only took me a few minutes. Not that major but still. Just be aware that it counts off of your 6 hours.

    -Once your exam shuts off, there is a 17 (I think) question survey at the end that you do. Not a big deal, just letting you know what to expect.

    -I had a lot of SATA questions, but they were very basic and almost common sense. Some were hard, but for the most part, they weren't as hard as I expected.

    -I had a lot of "conference" questions that were about a nurse talking to the staff about some disease, for example, Graves, and it was either you had to know the pathophysiology of the disease, symptoms of it, or diet for the disease. Also, some of the questions would ask the nurse would intervene if another nurse said…blah blah blah

    I hope this helped! Please let me know if you have any questions!


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