Passed Health Safety this morning!

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    Another one down! I passed Health Safety with a B this morning. {More pedi's than expected, but I'll go over that stuff a bit more later on.}

    10/23/10 A&P passed with an A
    10/27/10 Transition to RN Role passed with an A
    10/30/10 Health Safety passed with a B

    Today's my birthday, also. So, I think that is a great way to start out this next year of life. I plan to be an RN with a few months experience by this time next year. Exciting prospects ahead!
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    Awesome work, and happy birthday!!!
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    What are you using to study for your exams? I have yet to take one yet, but I am going to CLEP Anal. and Interp. Literature sometime in December after I finish this semester at my local college then I think I will work on A&P, what did you use to study for that one.

    Congrats on Passing all your Exams so far!!! Happy B-Day!
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    So far, I have mostly used the practice exams and StudyGroup101 study guides. Both are extremely helpful. The practice exams are great! Some of the same questions show up on the real test. They are so helpful, in fact, I will just count them as part of the exam expense and won't test without them.

    StudyGroup101 study guides are pretty thorough. Just an excellent buy. I was hesitant to get any of the study guides like this, but they are fantastic! Worth any times what I paid for them.

    I am still building my reference library (was $$$ allows), as suggested in the Excelsior study guide. I have a medical dictionary, a med/surg book, Saunder's NCLEX-RN comprehensive review book. I have only read a little so far, but I like the Saunder's book - good layout, good info.

    Technique: What's worked for me is taking the practice exam right off the bat. That way, I get a good idea of what the content will be. It also helps me keep in mind what I missed as I read later. The scores, so far, are in the 40s to 60s out of 100. It doesn't matter what the score is because I will study anyway, but a score of 60+ means I have a pretty good grasp on the subject.

    I take a little break and come back to read over the whole test and answers. Then, I start making notes in a notebook of the keywords, key concepts I need to look up. This is not just what I missed, but any overall themes like know blood flow through heart, 5 questions on foot bones - look up bones of the foot, etc. Any new/unfamilar words are written down, too. {My favorite new word is stereognosis, the ability to tell the size, shape and texture of an object through touch. Stereognosis tells me bunnies are soft. }

    As I read, if I find myself zoning out, I either refocus or take a short break. I am aware of distraction as if I were driving and about to go off the road! Need stay in my own lane! For some reason, lately, I have noticed that the more focused I am, the better I do. Rather than, the longer I study. the better I do (as we are usually taught). I am mindful of the information, even if I only study 20 minutes at a time.

    Here's a description of what I used for A&P - http://allnurses.com/distance-learni...ml#post4599408
    Last edit by little miss redpatch on Oct 30, '10
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    Quote from little miss redpatch
    So far, I have mostly used the practice exams and StudyGroup101 study guides. Both are extremely helpful. The practice exams are great! Some of the same questions show up on the real test. They are so helpful, in fact, I will just count them as part of the exam expense and won't test without them.

    StudyGroup101 study guides are pretty thorough. Just an excellent buy. I was hesitant to get any of the study guides like this, but they are fantastic! Worth any times what I paid for them.

    I am still building my reference library (was $$$ allows), as suggested in the Excelsior study guide. I have a medical dictionary, a med/surg book, Saunder's NCLEX-RN comprehensive review book. I have only read a little so far, but I like the Saunder's book - good layout, good info.

    Technique: What's worked for me is taking the practice exam right off the bat. That way, I get a good idea of what the content will be. It also helps me keep in mind what I missed as I read later. The scores, so far, are in the 40s to 60s out of 100. It doesn't matter what the score is because I will study anyway, but a score of 60+ means I have a pretty good grasp on the subject.

    I take a little break and come back to read over the whole test and answers. Then, I start making notes in a notebook of the keywords, key concepts I need to look up. This is not just what I missed, but any overall themes like know blood flow through heart, 5 questions on foot bones - look up bones of the foot, etc. Any new/unfamilar words are written down, too. {My favorite new word is stereognosis, the ability to tell the size, shape and texture of an object through touch. Stereognosis tells me bunnies are soft. }

    As I read, if I find myself zoning out, I either refocus or take a short break. I am aware of distraction as if I were driving and about to go off the road! Need stay in my own lane! For some reason, lately, I have noticed that the more focused I am, the better I do. Rather than, the longer I study. the better I do (as we are usually taught). I am mindful of the information, even if I only study 20 minutes at a time.

    Here's a description of what I used for A&P - http://allnurses.com/distance-learni...ml#post4599408

    CONGRATS!! I just ordered the new saunders NCLEX-RN. It just came out Oct. 15th. It should be here this week...I LOVE SAUNDERS!!!! I swore by it (saunders NCLEX-PN)when I was in LPN school and did so much better on my exams with that alone. I didn't really use the med surg book that much...
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    Congrats,

    Reading your post has made me realize that I need to get this ball rolling, I paid for my first exam last month but have not put a plan into motion.
    You had great suggestions. Thanks
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    Good for you. Good luck on the next one.
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    wow you are really plowing through them! And yes, the info as I have looked at it so far looks like a review somewhat.
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    You are so right I have done the same thing paid for my first test an have not put anything into motion. This gives me the motivation here with a good plan!!


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