Hello future nclex takers...I took my nclex RN for the second time on 8/31/13 and I found out I passed.
A little about me: I am an ESL student and been working as LPN for about 4 years in a nursing home. I finished mine RN course in may 2013 and took mine nclex Rn for the first time on 6/25/13 but I didn't make it at that time. I knew I didn't make it, when my test shut down after question 75. I was not really prepared at that time because I only did NCSBN Learning extension 1000 questions and may be about 700 Saunders questions. The sources are good but I was not paying attention on my preparation. When I was taking my nclex for the first time I was rushing into questions(not trying to make excuses for my failure). I had a lot of infection control questions and priority but no idea how to answer them. At this time of my preparation I had a lot internal and external distractions...like friends and Facebook... So after the test I did the PVT it took me straight to the payment page...found out I failed and did not really surprise me.
Even though some students pass nclex without studying for it but that is not me(that is what they say).
I did not wait too long after I found out I failed, I was on Google to find out what & how to study then I found out this website(allnurses.com). So the first things I did was purchasing the LaChartiy book of DPA and Kaplan on-demand. I also got the Lippincott Q & A and the last 5 comprehensive test from end of the book...very good book...I like it better than Saunders. I started my studying in about 3 days. I was paying attention to everything and look up anything I can not understand. I studied for about 2months on average of 4hours per day for 6 days a week . I did all the Kaplan recources and all the Lacharity questions case studies. I spent a lot of time on this website "random fact throwing"....I highly recommend at-least the Lacharity book & this "random fact throwing"(if you can't afford Kaplan)...thanks to all who contributed to the random fact throwing...it was very helpful on my 2nd attempt of nclex especially on all the questions of infection control. By the way I did all the 265q...a lot of teaching questions...conference questions... and I count 54 SATA question..1math..meds..priorities..2ECG...3 DRAG & DROP...5 scenario questions(full patient history)...I got all kind of question but I was not worried and I knew I was doing well.
VERY IMPORTANT...stay calm and sit with confidence when you sit for the exam...avoid any kind of distraction that you may have while preparing for NCLEX...as much as possible...do something fun a night before...look up understand anything you don't know or you might forgot...Prayer helped me a lot too...Good luck all future nclex takers! ALSO the PVT trick worked for me
I hope this will help at-least one person.
Now I need to give time for my wife(she wasn't happy that I went to the theater with out her and watched the" butler" a night before my test because she was at work) & my kids.