I feel your pain =( ... Failed mine last month and im retaking it next month. I took Kaplan live review but was not able to utilize their strategies. All we did was do questions in class for about 8 meetings (2xweek) for 3 hours every meeting less 3X15 minute breaks. And 2 of those meetings were done at home =( ... Heres what I did wrong ... I already passed my NCLEX PN about a year ago with minimal questions (Did about 300 questions a day for 3 weeks, Read rationales and pathophys from the book and passed it the first time)...Now after my LVN-RN bridge...I'm Mister Cocky...DId about 8000 questions and thats it. I figured, this is gonna be a breeze since i did NCLEX PN easily. I didnt open any books at all because I was scoring 60s and 70s on the qbank. I couldnt even tell the difference between hyperthyroid and hypothyroid. I stopped at 105, 4 sections were close to passing score and 4 were below passing.
-Attended LIVE HURST REVIEW (hurstreview.com) they are more on core content (core content doesnt mean everything we learned about in nursing school..it simply means the majority of the content that you might see in NCLEX)
-Reads 2-3 hours a day about patho for about 3 weeks now (Endocrine, Resp, Neuro, Cardio, Renal, GI - Hurstreview PAthophysiology is a very easy to understand book, ATI and Saunders) INCLUDING Delegation and Prioritization by Linda Lacharity
-Does 200-300 questions/ day from Kaplan Qbank, NCLEX 3500, Nurse Nonoy NCLEX free practice test, ATI, and Saunders 4th ed
-Knows basic lab values
-Expert at ABGs and F&E
-OK on Dosage Calculation
-OK on psych
-OK on basic EKG strips and 12 lead placement
-Now working on Maternity, Peds and Pharmacology (i got 1 week to go)
I still feel uncomfortable and and my confidence level is still shot, I don't think I can ever feel ready. But I'm trying everyday to make a difference. We will see.
($500) - good if your content knowledge is very good
Hurst Review ($350) - you'll understand all your why questions
Linda Lacharity ($35) - prioritization and delegation
Prayers (Pricele$$) - you will achieve everything that you want