NCLEX help

  1. I failed the nclex exam. From those of you who passed, what did you use as your rule of thumb to answer prioritizing questions and delegation?
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   ASH72335
    I Failed My Nclex 2 Times, I Finally Passed On The Third Attempt. I Found The Kaplan Book To Be Very Helpful. When I Left There I Thought I Had Failed I Got 77 Questions.
  4. by   J Lynn
    Sorry to hear that. It was a hard test, no doubt.

    I had alot of priority questions myself and my clinical experience is would helped me answer them........not studying from a book. Although a good NCLEX book is good to review......only pick one to study from......too much info will overwhelm you. You already know that airway comes first......if that answer isn't obvious to you, think of what could contribute to oxygen, airway, breathing, etc.

    You'll pass next time since you now know how the test is formatted.
  5. by   BBFRN
    Think ABC's & Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs- those cover almost anything.
  6. by   kat983
    As for delegation, you may not delegate any assessment, teaching, or evaluation to any other than an RN (no lpn or cna); that usually gets it down to 1 or 2 answers.
    Priority, focus on ABCs, and Maslow ( physical always comes before psychosocial) Remember that on the NCLEX that pain is considered psychosocial.
    Hope that helps some!
    I take mine this thursday...Good Luck!
  7. by   happylush
    Quote from kat983
    As for delegation, you may not delegate any assessment, teaching, or evaluation to any other than an RN (no lpn or cna); that usually gets it down to 1 or 2 answers.
    Priority, focus on ABCs, and Maslow ( physical always comes before psychosocial) Remember that on the NCLEX that pain is considered psychosocial.
    Hope that helps some!
    I take mine this thursday...Good Luck!
    Kaplan, ABC"s and Maslow;s Hierarchy of needs...... by reading the strategies in Kaplan, remembering your ABC"s come as a priority, knowing if you have psych patient, in most cases safety is a priority, and for the rest, using maslow's hierarchy of needs.... knowing food, fluids, elimination comes first, safety second, pain/psychosocial third, etc.....................................
    I bought 3 review books... kaplan, saunders, and lippincott's and went through 1000's of practice questions, atleast a few chapters a night........ then used the review cd roms that came with them to go over questions and I really think that helped! Good luck and let us know how it goes!!!
  8. by   raphoenix
    These comments are from 2004, they recommend Kaplan, is this a good study source for 2009? I have to take it a 2nd time. Any other advise?
  9. by   LHoffman40
    Hi there and good luck on passing the exam next time. I took the test and failed the first time and i am scared to death to retake it but i know i really worked hard to get this and i am going to. I've asked for a lot of help on this site and have gotten plenty of advice on what and how to study but like everyone is saying about the abc's i've found to be very helpful in studying so hopefully it'll pay off when i retest.........
  10. by   RNindmaking
    hi! I also failed on my first try and i knew i would fail before the test. I lack content when i took nclex the first time, i only focused on strategies like physical vs psychosocial, abc & maslows of kaplan. After i got the letter that i failed,i just smiled and told myself nclex-rn is not as hard as the cpa board exam. i made sure the next time i face the nclex, i would be ready enough. I answered thousands of questions and read the kaplan coursebook. I answered saunders 4th ed cd,kaplan qbank & kaplan trainers,exam cram & la charity. This time i made sure i knew a lot of content and knew when strategies work. Combination of content and strategies will make you pass nclex-rn. And the most powerful tool, prayers!!!

    goodluck! if we passed nclex-rn and so you can..
  11. by   KAYBDT6
    NCLEX ABCDZ STRATEGY

    A. Spend 1/3 of your time reviewing content you don't understand
    B. Spend 2/3 of your time answering test question
    C. Used most comfortable NCLEX review book for content.
    D. Begin with the area that is most difficult for you or area that are least familiar
    E. Use a good nursing reference manual or internet to find information
    F. Define the disease in terms of pathophysiological process and understand the disease process.
    G. Identify the early and late symptoms of disease
    H. Identify most important or life-threatening complication associated with the disease.
    I. Define the medical treatment.
    J. Identify nursing intervention associate with early and late symptom of disease process
    K. Identify what to teach patient and family to prevent in other to adapt to disease process.
    L. list the area you need to review.
    M. Answering question in a test mode will improve your test taking skills
    N. Each time you answer question, check the number of question you answered correctly that will motivate you to read and study more next time.
    O. Keep track of your score to see how you're improving in all area of your content.
    P. If you answer less than 65% correctly, these is a WARNING SIGNAL!! Spend lots of time reviewing content and stop doing question on the weakest area
    Q. If you answer 65-75% correctly your performance is improving and success is certain. Continue working with the content until your score is above 75%
    R. Every wrong answer, identify why you answered it wrongly.
    S. Practice 75- 85 question to known how you'll be prepared for NCLEX Exam and see how many you answered correctly
    T. Do understand the question first, formulate your answer of hand and compare with the option given to see how close your answer!!
    U. Anticipate Test question will increase in difficulty when you get the first question right!!
    V. Do not panic if someone finishes before you!!
    W. Do not CRAM CRAM!!
    X. Remember that you have learned a great amount of nursing knowledge and the exam is only designed to determine whether you're able to practice safely @ entry level
    Y. Keep a positive attitude and Pray!!
    Z. Wish you best of LUCK!!


  12. by   raphoenix
    Thank you very much for all your help!!
  13. by   krupali
    Sorry to here thst but i study sunder book and cd keep practiseing untill yot get 85% to 90%
    emaill me if u need help.good luck

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