NCLEX anxiety

  1. I just graduated in May 2002. I am taking my NCLEX on July 12th at 0800. I've been studying but i am sooo nervous. One of my NCLEX books recommended to begin studying 3 mos prior and for 3 hrs/day. I was still in class and was not specifically study for the NCLEX, but to keep my A in my nursing course.
    How long did most of you study on average?

    I also wanted to ask new grads about their jobs. I was told to call my nurse recruiter when i found out about my date and results of the NCLEX. From reading other new grad posts, it seems many of you had an actually start date. Is this generally how most hospitals do it?

    I can honestly say I have never been so anxious. To top things off, i broke off my engagement to my fiance 2 days ago! Please keep me in your prayers.
    Christel, future NICU RN.
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  3. by   Heather333
    Christel,
    I too graduated in May 2002 and am waiting to take the NCLEX. I am nervous and anxious but am confindent in the knowledge I have gained in school.
    When I am not working, I usually study about 2-3 hrs a day (not all at one time though....my head would explode!). I have 3 different programs for the computer and the Lippincott's NCLEX-RN study guide. I took a pre-test on one of the computer programs to identify my strong and weak areas. So when I study, I mainly focus on the weak areas.
    I got a job in NICU as a new grad and can work as a GN even though I haven't taken my boards.
    A few of my classmates have taken the boards and passed. They said it was hard but they felt OK when they finished. I think at this point we either know it or we don't...just brush up on the weak areas.
    I will keep you in my thoughts as to your recent break-up. I am sure that took a lot of courage to do. Try to stay focused on your goals which you worked so hard for and I am sure that everything will work out the way it was intended to.

    The best of luck to you,
    Heather
  4. by   Christel2Rn
    Heather, Thanks for the encouragement. I feel confident after taking my practice tests but it's still nerve racking. I have Saunders Nclex review book and Q&A, so I have tons of questions along with the 2 discs. I also took Meds Nclex review course. I have also accepted a position in the NICU. It's a Level III, so i'm excited. I really appreciate your response, and with you the best of luck as well. Christel
  5. by   ryaninmtv
    My advice is to take as many practice questions as possible. I took about 1000 prior to my boards and it was a huge help. Also, know what to expect on your boards. For instance, I have probably 8-10 questions on prioritizing patients and nursing management. I had maybe one on lab values and two drug questions, none with calculations. Remember, the test is very broad based so don't get bogged down in the minutae of every lab value and the knee bone being connected to the thigh bone. General nursing knowledge and you'll get through just fine. For me, it was over in 55 minutes with 75 questions.

    You'll do great. Good Luck.
  6. by   lovewell
    I too am freaking out! I feel that no matter how hard I study I still don't know anything! Does anyone else feel this way? I am taking my boards on July 10th, the first one in my class. I'm half tempted to change the date because of this anxiety.

    What kind of relaxation techniques have you all used to prepare for this test?
  7. by   bassbird
    I agree with Ryaninmytv. Do a lot of practice questions and really get used to prioritizing.

    I took the test 3 days ago and am waiting for the results. My test did shut off at 75, and I feel fairly confident that I passed, but it will be nice to see that in writing. I think I only had 1 med question and I can't even remember if I had any lab ones.

    I used the Saunders book as well as several different practice CD's to study. I stopped studying on Saturday and took the test on Monday. Just try to relax (ha, ha) and focus on the question without reading too much into it. As far as relaxation goes, I listened to some classical music when I studied and on the way to the test center. I also closed my eyes and took some deep breaths before starting the test. I almost forgot, I actually told myself out loud in the car that I could do it. Hey, we all made it through nursing school and that was hard.

    You won't believe how good it feels to be done!

    Good luck to all of you who will be taking the test soon! You can do it!!!

    My sister just called the 900 number for me,I passed!!!!!! :hatparty:
  8. by   slinkeecat
    with any test : I have used this appraoch when it comes to multiple choice.... I use the process of elimination.... usually you can weed out the 2 obviously wrong answers then with the two left I read them carefully and go with my first instinct ..... or reason them out and choose the best answer after reading the question again to make sure I am answering the question... not how I interpeted the question..... does this make sense????you should look up Test taking on a search engine to help you relieve some of that test anxiety and get good tips on taking a test.....hope I have been helpful......
    Katy
  9. by   Christel2Rn
    Thanks for all of the responses. You have all been helpful. I keep in touch about my results. Congrats to Bassbird!!! North Carolina does not use the 900 # system. I guess after I take it i'll have to wait the old fashioned way. Christel
  10. by   JAYNE :DANCE:
    Hi there,
    I have just graduated from school, and I am scheduled to sit my boards on July 23rd 2002 (of all days this is my b-day). I am so nervous, I have been studying at least 4 hours QD since my graduation (June 30th 2002) and I feel like I am never going to be ready....ANYONE!!!!!! have any ideas or advice on how I can remain sane and calm until this is over?
  11. by   RNConnieF
    I just took my boards on the 18th and I have to say, I took much harder tests in school. Keep the stats in mind, well over 80 percent of test takers pass the first time, the test is a test of minimum competency, you graduated from a school of nursing, most schools teach WAY above minimum level. You'll do fine. My test took less than an hour and shut down at 75 questions.
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by jayne
    hi there,
    i have just graduated from school, and i am scheduled to sit my boards on july 23rd 2002 (of all days this is my b-day). i am so nervous, i have been studying at least 4 hours qd since my graduation (june 30th 2002) and i feel like i am never going to be ready....anyone!!!!!! have any ideas or advice on how i can remain sane and calm until this is over?
    , jayne and welcome! congratulations on graduation from school and all the best to you. let us know when you hear about your nclex results.
  13. by   Tookie
    OK this must be aask a question day for me
    What is NCLEX -
    What does it stand for
    What is their role and when you pass what are you
    Sorry to be ignorant - but l am into questions and clarifiaction today

    Tookie

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