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Canadian nurse preparing for NCLEX-RN

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Hi all,

I have been browsing through this forum for quite some time now and was looking for an updated information on how Canadian nurses prepared for the NCLEX-RN exam. To be eligible to sit for the exam, I must register for a specific state of BON to receive the ATT and have at least two years minimum of work experience.

Since graduating and passing the CRNE in February, I have so much time on my hands and I feel motivated to tackle the NCLEX by the end of this year. However, I am worried about the pass rates for non-US educated nurses. As of April-June 2014, the pass rate for first time, internationally educated nurses was 29.65% (https://www.ncsbn.org/Table_of_Pass_Rates_2014.pdf). *scary*

That being said, I would like some advice from fellow Canadian nurses or anyone in general regarding study materials, online reviews, and tips for success to pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Please copy and paste the following questions, post and share your advice in this forum. Thanks in advance for your help, nurses!

1. Prep books/study materials used?

2. Did you purchase any online review courses?

3. How long did you prepare/study for the NCLEX-RN exam?

4. Group study or self-study?

5. How many questions did you receive on the actual exam?

6. Any words of wisdom or motto used while preparing for the exam?

Sask nurse here - I wrote my CRNE June 2011 and the NCLEX Jan 2012. I registered to write through Michigan and submitted my paperwork late in the summer and recieved my ATT in November. I only used the yellow Saunders book to review topics I wasn't familiar with and did a lot of the practice exams on the CD that came with the book. I found the book sufficient and made sure I spent time reviewing the different lab scales / medication names etc. I ended up only having to do the minimum number of questions and most of them were on delegation and decision making by the RN. In the end I didn't find the exam any harder than the CRNE. Just a little different.. Plus I wouldn't focus on the *scary* statistics they posted - a Canadian educated nurse doesn't exactly fit into the internationally educated nurse category. Good Luck!

in short form:

1. Prep books/study materials used? Saunders Book and CD

2. Did you purchase any online review courses? No

3. How long did you prepare/study for the NCLEX-RN exam? 2 months @ ~5 hrs a week

4. Group study or self-study? solo

5. How many questions did you receive on the actual exam? 75

6. Any words of wisdom or motto used while preparing for the exam? I told myself .. "I've passed one national exam and this one shouldn't be any different"

Hi there

Canuck grad here and 2x crne failure. I registered and got myATT i will be testing on Tuesday July 29, so far i have used the following:

1.) Saunders comprehensive review

2.) kaplan review

3.) Lacherity prioritization.delegation

4.) hurst review

5.)kaplan qbank

Lots of Youtube on interpreting EKG, lab values etc

I will let you know on tuesday if i get the good pop up or not.

Thanks for contributing to this thread! I really appreciate your comments and helpful advice.

Good luck to you this Tuesday, hopefullapass! I look forward to hearing your good news.

Hi there, I am currently studying for NCLEX and using Kaplan as my study guide. I have been out of school for over 13 years, so I am not up to date on a lot of stuff.

cheers