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Advice from those who passed first time

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by rn2bn07 rn2bn07, BSN, RN (Member)

rn2bn07 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiac Tele, MICU RN.

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I have been studying out of Saunders comprehensive review book and along with the cd, kaplan question trainer cd and book, and Saunders Q&A book and Cd. I have other books such as, Mosby, ERI, and Lippincott, but I can't find the time to get to those due to my first choice review books. My question is how long, how many hours, and how many questions per day did you study and did you just find yourself reviewing or reading old material to enhance what you missed.

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I used the blue Saunders Comprehensive Review book. Looking back I think Chapter 8 would be a good read. It's the delegation and prioritizing chapter. I thought the NCLEX delegation questions where straight forward and easy. However, I thought the prioritizing questions on my exam were not as clear cut as the practice questions just a similar style.

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Franny2332 specializes in med-surg, OB/GYN, pediatrics, geriatrics.

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I passed on the first try. My friend and I were so broke there was no question of a review course. Well, it turned out A-OK...we passed on what we had *learned* throughout the program.

Learn as you go...save money.

Franny

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RN Zeke specializes in Postpartum, Antepartum, Psych., SDS, OR.

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I am using the blue Saunders NCLEX RN review along with ATI books from my school. I did not take the ATI review at school as it wasn't person specific but for the group overall. I"m concentrating on my own known weaknesses, this is my mindset and hopefully it will work. Maybe my schools ATT will be posted this week and NCLEX date here we come!!! Yes, I am very excited!!!

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fluppypacky has 15 years experience and specializes in ICU.

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Hello,I reviewed intensively for NCLEX-RN for alamost 3 months,aside from the time I am reviewing in Review center. I find it much easily to study alone and in Library. I usually spend my day in Library from8-5pm,yes,that's how I study and just rest when going home and start reviewing again at 9pm-2am. But people are different,some maybe applicable to you,some may not,so i advised you what time of the day do you feel like studying. I prefer reading the new Q & A book of saunders or any other book,but if you will ask me about the theory book,it doesnt matter if it's new edition or old.I used the 2nd edition saunders and 3rd edition Q & A.One month before My exam,I can answer 500 question a day. maybe because of continue practicing,I got used to answering the question easily,but not as easy as the real NCLEX RN.

I have been studying out of Saunders comprehensive review book and along with the cd, kaplan question trainer cd and book, and Saunders Q&A book and Cd. I have other books such as, Mosby, ERI, and Lippincott, but I can't find the time to get to those due to my first choice review books. My question is how long, how many hours, and how many questions per day did you study and did you just find yourself reviewing or reading old material to enhance what you missed.

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fluppypacky has 15 years experience and specializes in ICU.

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I'm glad you are very excited in taking your exam. stay positive but not be too very confident. It's good that you have your own style in studying,people are different,glad you found what you think that is good for you.

I am using the blue Saunders NCLEX RN review along with ATI books from my school. I did not take the ATI review at school as it wasn't person specific but for the group overall. I"m concentrating on my own known weaknesses, this is my mindset and hopefully it will work. Maybe my schools ATT will be posted this week and NCLEX date here we come!!! Yes, I am very excited!!!

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iLovemyJackRT specializes in ICU.

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Hello, I studied really hard for about 2 months. All in all, those 2 months, I did about 5,000 questions. Make sure you take a break, don't expect to do 200 questions a day...total burnout...somedays I did 200, other days i did 30. The only thing I went back and reviewed were stuff that I really forgot. And I used My ATI books for that. I would reccomend doing as many questions as you can on the CD/computer. It will get you familiarized with the being in front of the comp. I took mine in March....Infection control...and LOTS OF who would you assess first....trust me, if you put the time into studying and work your butt off, you can pass easily. I am one of those people who need to do ALOT of work to get my grades....so trust me, it can be done. GOOD LUCK !!!

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Franny2332 specializes in med-surg, OB/GYN, pediatrics, geriatrics.

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I used the blue Saunders Comprehensive Review book. Looking back I think Chapter 8 would be a good read. It's the delegation and prioritizing chapter. I thought the NCLEX delegation questions where straight forward and easy. However, I thought the prioritizing questions on my exam were not as clear cut as the practice questions just a similar style.

To clarify my message:

It is important for each nursing student to read and study whatever material they feel will help them through the testing. I just think that the big companies are out there trying make money from the first-timers insecurities about doing well on the Boards. You should ultimately rely on what *you* assess that you need as a review. Chances are that you will walk in cold and pass if you have been a diligent student during your training.

Good Luck!

Franny :-)

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I passed the first time with 75 questions. I read the Saunders book and hesi book. I studied for about 3 months, 100? x 2-3 days per week. I felt like i studied TOO MUCH...

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I found out today that my friend and I both passed on our first time! WOO HOO! Anyhow, we studied a lot during school and really made sure that we understood the material as we went through the program. 1 week before taking our boards we started studying with the Mosby's CD. We went through about 900 questions total. We read through the rationale's after each question and looked into disease processes that we were not familiar with or needed to brush up on.

I recommend that you understand prioritizing, delegation, and teaching. Know your labs, it makes picking the right answer soooo much easier! Also if you are not comfortable doing dosages...start practicing now!

I hope this info helps!

Good luck!

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