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Things I did to pass NCLEX (1st time)

  1. 7 this is my first time posting a thread. i had been just lurking around the forum for information for the past few months. i have read a lot of discussions about how others passed their nclex and some of those tips were helpful to me. now, it's my time to share to you guys how i passed my nclex-rn exam.

    first of all, my school really did a great job in preparing us to pass the nclex the first time.. my school has 95-100% rate of students passing the nclex. at the end of every semester, we had to take a hesi exam. we have three tries to pass the exam. if we failed, we'll have to repeat the entire course. i was supposed to graduate last 2010, but i failed my hesi for not having 900. i scored around 860 and had to wait for them to offer the class the next fall. i ended up graduating in 2011 with a score of 1086 on the hesi. this hesi pushed us to do a lot of nclex type questions..

    i am such a procrastinator.. i started studying for the nclex 1 month before the exam. i tested last feb 17 and i started my reviews in january.. i would not recommend this though, but this works for some people like me (queen of procrastinating).. lol

    these are the materials that i studied.

    1. saunders: i had been practicing saunders for my hesi, but for the nclex, i focused more on management/leadership/priority/delegation questions.. cost: around $40-50..

    2. nclex rn in a flash: i liked this book because it was so handy.. i can just slip it inside my purse and review it anywhere. i answered 250 out of 350 questions from this book. cost: around $40-50..

    3. la charity: this book is helpful when you are not used to priority and delegation questions. i reviewed just a little because i ran out of study time.
    cost: free. i found it somewhere in this site.

    4. pearson reviews and rationales: this book is what really helped me in my nclex exam. i did some of the questions at the end of the chapter of this book. i half of the questions from their website. they will give you a code that you can use for a year (i think). their style of questions and format is almost the same as the real nclex.
    cost: around $40-50..

    5. sylvia rayfield review in cooperation of nursing made insanely easy: my school offered all of their students a free review (isn't that nice?).. the sylvia rayfield book has different chapters that correspond to the nclex plan.. ex. safety issue. management and leadership, infection control, pharm, physio, blah blah.. it has exams in every chapters, 1 pretest, and 2 post tests.

    6. i had a study partner for one month. we met once a week in the library.

    7. i tried to answer 250-300 questions every week for 1 month, for the last week, i did 200 a day.

    8. enjoy yourself!! you don't have to go nuts studying.. be yourself.. study.. but have some fun!!

    day before the exam: i studied my labs in the morning and some drugs suffixes.. i stopped studying in the afternoon to relax. we went to the church, but then the church was closed!! and mys husband was like "just pray here, outside".. so i prayed and asked god for some guidance, not just for myself, but for all my classmates who are going to take the exam too. my husband took me out to the movie and we went shopping. lol. i also got a nice massage from him. it relieved some of my anxiety, but when i was in bed, i was not able to sleep early because of anxiety. i ended up sleeping at 1am and my exam was at 8am..

    during the exam: when i woke up, there was no single nervousness in my body. i just had the feeling that i can do this!!! the people in the testing area were nice. all i was just hoping was that my pregnancy cooperates with me while i am taking my test (i was in my first trimester.. morning sickness, ya know).. fortunately, my baby cooperated with me all through out the exam. <3 my test shut off at 75. i had around 20 satas and a lot of medication questions that i have never heard before. i was able to narrow questions down to two and just pick the answer that made sense more. lol. everytime i get a sata question, i thank god because i have heard that those are higher level questions. i also had infection control, priority and delegation questions. whenever my focus was off and wasn't sure of the answer, i stopped, took a deep breath, and asked god for help.. my last two questions were a sata and a med question. i knew by then that i i have a big chance of passing. lol

    the pearson vue trick worked for me. i checked it 2 hours after my exam and i got a good pop up. after 48 hours, i got my result that i passed.

    i hope these materials help you too. good luck to everyone who is going to take the nclex exam!! remember, answering questions > reading and studying a book. answer as much questions as you can.. don't get upset if you get low score in your reviews. i had been making 60-70% with 100 questions. read the rationales, but do not memorize it..

    good luck and god bless you all. have faith in yourselves!!

    mathew 7:7
    ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
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    Thanks for the info!
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    Quote from icare24
    this is my first time posting a thread. i had been just lurking around the forum for information for the past few months. i have read a lot of discussions about how others passed their nclex and some of those tips were helpful to me. now, it's my time to share to you guys how i passed my nclex-rn exam.

    first of all, my school really did a great job in preparing us to pass the nclex the first time.. my school has 95-100% rate of students passing the nclex. at the end of every semester, we had to take a hesi exam. we have three tries to pass the exam. if we failed, we'll have to repeat the entire course. i was supposed to graduate last 2010, but i failed my hesi for not having 900. i scored around 860 and had to wait for them to offer the class the next fall. i ended up graduating in 2011 with a score of 1086 on the hesi. this hesi pushed us to do a lot of nclex type questions..

    i am such a procrastinator.. i started studying for the nclex 1 month before the exam. i tested last feb 17 and i started my reviews in january.. i would not recommend this though, but this works for some people like me (queen of procrastinating).. lol

    these are the materials that i studied.

    1. saunders: i had been practicing saunders for my hesi, but for the nclex, i focused more on management/leadership/priority/delegation questions.. cost: around $40-50..

    2. nclex rn in a flash: i liked this book because it was so handy.. i can just slip it inside my purse and review it anywhere. i answered 250 out of 350 questions from this book. cost: around $40-50..

    3. la charity: this book is helpful when you are not used to priority and delegation questions. i reviewed just a little because i ran out of study time.
    cost: free. i found it somewhere in this site.

    4. pearson reviews and rationales: this book is what really helped me in my nclex exam. i did some of the questions at the end of the chapter of this book. i half of the questions from their website. they will give you a code that you can use for a year (i think). their style of questions and format is almost the same as the real nclex.
    cost: around $40-50..

    5. sylvia rayfield review in cooperation of nursing made insanely easy: my school offered all of their students a free review (isn't that nice?).. the sylvia rayfield book has different chapters that correspond to the nclex plan.. ex. safety issue. management and leadership, infection control, pharm, physio, blah blah.. it has exams in every chapters, 1 pretest, and 2 post tests.

    6. i had a study partner for one month. we met once a week in the library.

    7. i tried to answer 250-300 questions every week for 1 month, for the last week, i did 200 a day.

    8. enjoy yourself!! you don't have to go nuts studying.. be yourself.. study.. but have some fun!!

    day before the exam: i studied my labs in the morning and some drugs suffixes.. i stopped studying in the afternoon to relax. we went to the church, but then the church was closed!! and mys husband was like "just pray here, outside".. so i prayed and asked god for some guidance, not just for myself, but for all my classmates who are going to take the exam too. my husband took me out to the movie and we went shopping. lol. i also got a nice massage from him. it relieved some of my anxiety, but when i was in bed, i was not able to sleep early because of anxiety. i ended up sleeping at 1am and my exam was at 8am..

    during the exam: when i woke up, there was no single nervousness in my body. i just had the feeling that i can do this!!! the people in the testing area were nice. all i was just hoping was that my pregnancy cooperates with me while i am taking my test (i was in my first trimester.. morning sickness, ya know).. fortunately, my baby cooperated with me all through out the exam. <3 my test shut off at 75. i had around 20 satas and a lot of medication questions that i have never heard before. i was able to narrow questions down to two and just pick the answer that made sense more. lol. everytime i get a sata question, i thank god because i have heard that those are higher level questions. i also had infection control, priority and delegation questions. whenever my focus was off and wasn't sure of the answer, i stopped, took a deep breath, and asked god for help.. my last two questions were a sata and a med question. i knew by then that i i have a big chance of passing. lol

    the pearson vue trick worked for me. i checked it 2 hours after my exam and i got a good pop up. after 48 hours, i got my result that i passed.

    i hope these materials help you too. good luck to everyone who is going to take the nclex exam!! remember, answering questions > reading and studying a book. answer as much questions as you can.. don't get upset if you get low score in your reviews. i had been making 60-70% with 100 questions. read the rationales, but do not memorize it..

    good luck and god bless you all. have faith in yourselves!!

    mathew 7:7
    ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
    congratulations,i like your plan, i just found me a study partner i think its great to have someone to share what you are studying
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    Congrats RN!
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    Thanks ate!! xD
  7. Visit  iCare24 profile page
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    Definitely!! Good luck to you!!!
  8. Visit  futurern34 profile page
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    Congrats!!
  9. Visit  NewGoalRN profile page
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    Congrats to you and yes faith I believe can play a big part. Can you tell me if you studied 200 questions a day or a week?

    How many questions total did you study? Are you saying focus more on questions than on content?

    so far I've been reviewign my Hurst and kaplan videos for content review. I started to do 2 Q trainer tests from Kaplan and now I plan to do 50 questions a day M-T
    Friday 1 Kaplan Q bank
    Sat-Sun- 100 questions each day from Kaplan Test Bank

    My test is scheduled towards the end of march

    I just felt that I needed to brush up on my core content first
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    Congratulations !
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    congratulations.
  12. Visit  iCare24 profile page
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    After graduation, I answered probably around 500 questions then I stopped for the Holidays. I went back studying last January and tried to answer 200-300 questions a week. So that was 800-1200 questions.
    Then for the last 2 or 1 week, I did 200 questions per day.
    My book does random questions in every topic. I did 10 questions per topic until I get 80% (in a review way, showing answers immediately). Then I answered 100 comprehensive questions(in test way, showing answers after finishing the maximum number).
    Not all people who passed did thousands and thousands of questions.. Some just did below 1000 and passed. I cannot guarantee for sure that answering this X amount of questions will make a person pass the NCLEX, but it sure does prepare your stamina to answer 265 questions if you have too, and to be familiar with NCLEX type of questions..
    Your review plan sounds good to me. If you already know the content, move on.. Do not waste time on reading and watching the video. Answer questions..

    Remember that no matter how much you study, NCLEX is gonna hit you with things that you have never heard before. Focus on your weakest area. My weakest was pharmacology, but I was not able to study it well. I had a lot of med questions and most of them sounds alienish to me!! >.< I think they were able to pin point my weakness and so they had to pound me harder on pharmacology. 70-80% of my questions had something to do with pharm.
    Study infection control. I will post the mnemonic that I got online. Make sure you know what to do during each precaution and try to know the symptoms of the diseases. Do not memorize them though, coz they will make you nuts..
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    TRANSMISSION-BASED PRECAUTIONS:
    AIRBORNE
    My - Measles
    Chicken - Chicken Pox/Varicella
    Hez - Herpez Zoster/Shingles
    TB
    or remember...
    MTV=Airborne
    Measles
    TB
    Varicella-Chicken Pox/Herpes Zoster-Shingles
    Private Room - negative pressure with 6-12 air exchanges/hr
    Mask, N95 for TB

    DROPLET
    think of SPIDERMAN!
    S - sepsis
    S - scarlet fever
    S - streptococcal pharyngitis
    P - parvovirus B19
    P - pneumonia
    P - pertussis
    I - influenza
    D - diptheria (pharyngeal)
    E - epiglottitis
    R - rubella
    M - mumps
    M - meningitis
    M - mycoplasma or meningeal pneumonia
    An - Adenovirus
    Private Room or cohort Mask

    CONTACT PRECAUTION
    MRS.WEE
    M - multidrug resistant organism
    R - respiratory infection
    S - skin infections *
    W - wound infxn
    E - enteric infxn - clostridium difficile
    E - eye infxn - conjunctivitis

    Make sure you know what equipments and what you need to do per precaution. Also, try to know how each disease looks like.

    I got this from one of the threads here.
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    Thanks guys! This means so much to me.. I am super blessed.


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