I took the NCLEX today and after a 157 question test, I got the "good" pop-up on the Pearson Vue Website.
What I did to study...
My university utilized ATI, and I always had a level 2 or 1 score on those tests (awful score, I know) and also we were given the option to take an NCLEX prep course offered as a class where we had to complete 1500 questions in order to pass.
I used these books for the class and once I graduated:
- Davis's Q&A for the NCLEX-RN Examination / Edition 1by Kathleen Ohman, Ohman. (This is really good for alternate type questions and review) found on Half.com for a pretty decent price.
- Practice Questions for NCLEX-RN / Edition 1by Donna F. Gauwitz. (This was HARD. Awesome for review, but I felt like NCLEX was easier than this book) also found on half.com.
- Kaplan NCLEX-RN 2012-2013 Strategies, Practice, and Review WITH CD-ROM (my fav).
I enrolled in the Kaplan course because I was so nervous, and I completed all question trainers, about 700 questions from the q bank, completed about 500 questions with the other books I had, and reviewed every single rationale! Reviewing the stuff you don't understand I felt is so important! I would DEFINITELY
review contact precautions
, know at least major classes of the medications, EKG rhythm strips, practice calculations, lab values, nursing process, Maslow's, Ericksons stages.
Be confident!!! Stay positive! Think safety
! That's why we are testing right? To determine if we are safe. If your computer doesn't shut off at 75 questions you are doing ok! You are still in the game! Try your best! Practice practice practice!!!! You will pass the NCLEX RN