Go to the Forum: NCLEX discussion forum. At the top of the forum is a thread near the top that is a permanent sticky on that forum. It says something like: New Revised Study Plan from Suzanne (or something along that line). She recommends Saunders Review Book and gives you instructions on how to follow her plan. The first step is listed on that posted thread. Only after you complete that step do you pm her to get the next step. I am going to try the plan myself. I will be graduating in about 2 weeks and hope the plan works for me.
Since you have been away so long I think a review course would be helpful too. My current instructor has really helped bump up my scores on my NCLEX review tests that I take sometimes. A few pointers she gave us...1)Remember your ABC's - they are always the most important, 2) Our program followed Maslow's Hiarchy of needs--after ABCs it is useful in prioritizing the needs of your patient. 3)Know normal function - if you know what is normal you will be able to recognize something abnormal easily--ex. know how the body functions normally, know what you should find on assessment, know normal lab values (CBC counts, electrolytes, liver enzymes, etc.) 3) Remember the nursing process - Assess, Dx, Plan, Implement, Evaluate -we always have to assess first before we do anything and nurses are always reassessing, 4)Know priority concerns for the disease process and ask yourself--What is unique about this disease? 5) For Psych, Pediatrics, Women's Health-->Focus on the things that are unique to those fields. A lot of things carry over from what we have learned in our Med Surge. 6)My weakest point right now is pharmacology. I am fine with drug calculations, but I am not one to memorize things. I always study to understand--so I had make an effort memorizing lab values and now I really need to focus on meds. My plan is to go back and review the really popular drugs and their dosages and nursing interventions. I'm going to study by drug families. Take one drug from each family and know the side effects and etc --like one opioid, one ace-inhibitor, one beta-blocker, and etc.
I hope this helps. I wish you the best.