Any words of wisdom?

Nurses General Nursing


Hello to all,

I am a new RN grad from a highly respected nursing school here in Texas. I was wondering if there were any words of wisdom for taking the NCLEX, or state boards. To be honost I am nervous about them and the closer they get the more nervous I feel especially since my test date is at the beginning of feb. Any wisdom would be helpful in my preparation...

Specializes in Emergency Room.

Chaseloff- there is a similar question posted you can refer to that. I can tell you what worked for me. 1. Don't sweat it. 2. Only brush up on what you truly don't know. 3. Do NOT study for 3 days before your test. It only creates more anxiety. 4. Get a good nights sleep. and schedule your test for the time of day that's best for you. 5. The computerized test isn't bad. If you have doubts about a question, go with your gut reaction. Don't second guess yourself. Statistics show that changed answers are much more likely to be wrong and that often times the first answer was correct. 6. When you are finished go out and do something you enjoy. Don't sweat about whether or not you passed. It's done and over with, worrying changes nothing. I'm sure you'll do just fine. The main thing is not to let anxiety get the best of you. Good Luck!!!

Thank you so much for your reply. It helps to talk to people that have been through this experience. Anxiety is the killer I guess. Thanks again for your time.

Specializes in Hospice, Critical Care.

I agree with's a matter of 'you either know it or you don't' at this point. Cramming won't help. The only thing I did to prepare for NCLEX was to do a cursory review of drug classifications (not specific drugs, just their classifications) so I had a better idea of action, side effects, interactions. Good luck. And don't sweat it smile.gif.

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