Any Ideas Will Help-Desperate in Pittsburgh

  1. Hi to you great bunch of Nurses,
    I need help,just a short while ago I wrote that I failed the NCLEX. I need anyone to give me some kind of strict schedule,(no excuses on my part,which I am great at) to get my act into gear and retake the test and RESTUDY! I am in finance he!! so I cant possibly afford to take another course. I am working Suzannes plan but so worried that I need a live teacher whom I have to answer too. I think I do so much better when I have a strict schedule to follow. Kaplan only offers finicial aid for Dr. courses so I cannot get any aid. I have been out of school for years so now I just have to get NCLEX out of the way and I am feeling that will never happen. I am doing this reviewing and studying on my own so any id
    eas,suggestions,study plans,outlines would be of great help!
    Desperate in Pittsburgh
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Dignan
    Do 60-90 questions a day. Time yourself and focus on the rationales behind the answers.
  4. by   nursebear69
    First of all, I'd like to say I am sorry that you failed. I, myself, failed several times. I DO understand HOW you feel. I finally passed, and I am an RN, and even thought I may not always like WHERE I work? I LOVE nursing. I tried til I passed and it was DEF worth it.
    Have ou tried the review books that have the CD-ROM with it? The las( and passing) time I took the exam I used it. The Cd-Rom is set up very similar to the exam itself.
    Also.....they have "flash-cards" for the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN exam. They have a set of questions on the front and the answers/rationale on the back. I used these when I was at work. I could take a pile and study with on a break and/or have fellow co-workers "quiz" me.
    Try to ahve a study partner or someone"quiz" you, even if they are not in the medical/nursing field.
    BTW? Do you have test-taking anxiety? I did. If so? try relaxation therapy techniques b4 studying, or even relaxation tapes.
    MOST importantly........RELAX! Dont beat yourself up for it, take your time, pray, and GOOD LUCK!!!!
  5. by   MissBrn
    Have you taken the test again since this thread? #1 rule....DO NOT worry yourself sick! #2 you may get lots of prioritizing questions....try to use common sense first along with what you have learned. When I had free time I did some questions from a big NCLEX study book. I scared the crap out of myself because I got most of them wrong! BUT I read the rationale behind the right answers and that is how I began to learn the correct answers. When it came closer to test time I thought back through school about all the things I didn't know much about or had little interest in. like Glaucoma, cataracts, Meningitis and isolation precautions, insulins, etc. At test time I am soooo glad I did read up on the last minute things because oddly enough many of questions were based on these things. REMEMBER the ABCs also: AIRWAY, BREATHING, and CIRCULATION!!! Pick those answers first! And PATIENT SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST! I hadly had any drug calc questions. I did have a few questions on uncommon chemo and transplant drugs.