Lucy, it's not stupid at all. Even if you just graduated this December, you can't expect to remember everything from day 1 of nursing school
. That's why we have to review.
I'm still reviewing myself. But I'll share you my experience so far. I got held back due to some unfortunate circumstances so I was in school for a while. I started reviewing last December with just Hurst. It's a fantastic course. I did the online review so I can watch the videos as much as I want. Marlene really breaks down the material so that you're able to understand it without too much memorization. Well, you still have to memorize but if you understand the topics memorization becomes second nature. I watched the videos and did my lecture worksheets which had blanks that you had to fill in as you listened. I haven't done the practice exams. But that was great.
After I graduated from nursing school, I bought the newest Saunders comprehensive review book. Popped the CD into my computer, did a couple of practice exams (100qs). I could only get half of them right. That's when I realized I'm really lacking in my nursing knowledge. Half of the questions.. I'm like, "I don't know this; What was this again?; This sounds familiar but I don't really remember..." I mean Hurst was terrific review if more than half of nursing school has stuck with you. But it wasn't enough for me.
So, the almost the whole January I religiously studied Med-Surg from my Saunders book. (I still have a bit of Maternity, Peds, Psych and drugs to go) I read each system 2-3 times and memorized important parts. Doing that... I've increased my scores to 70-80%. I also have the Q & A book. Same scores from the CD. They really helped retain the info that I've studied. If I got a question that I don't know anything about (example: trigeminal neuralgia) I would read on it as soon as I finished my practice quiz/test.
My friend told me that I need more challenging questions so I got Kaplan. Kaplan has harder questions to me. But when it comes to Med-Surg questions, I don't go "I don't remember this" anymore. I can rationalize each answer choice with my nursing knowledge. It almost only comes down to eliminating choices and picking from the other two now. I've done some qbank tests from Kaplan and they've been mid-60s. (Still trying to finish reviewing everything
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