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Just passed my NCLEX after the 2nd attempt! Went from failing at 265 Q (4.5 hrs) to passing in 75 Q within 1.5 hours!

I know how it must feel to fail after studying so hard, it really makes you feel so defeated. I vegged out for a few days after I failed the first time. I was so devastated. But I had a lot of support from my friends and family. It felt like I could never pass no matter how hard I tried. Eventually, I mustered up enough energy and told myself “you got this” and set off to conquer the test the next time. 

Resources I used:

Kaplan (mostly QBanks & videos on how to answer questions using decision tree)

  • for me, the decision tree was confusing at first but then as I watched more of their videos, I slowly understood it
  • I only borrowed my friend’s Kaplan account cause she passed already and hers wasn’t expiring till Sept so why not? I had ATI from my school but I felt that it wasn’t right for me, my virtualATI instructor wasn’t clicking with me and the questions were too hard. I needed the “basics of the basics”

Cliffnotes NCLEX-RN Cram Book

  • THIS WAS THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE. This book made all the difference the 2nd time around. I always felt very overwhelmed with my ATI book and needed something like a book “for dummies” type of resource
  • found this gem at Barnes & Noble while looking for another recource. It’s not too big, dums down everything, and I mean EVERYTHING (lab values, vocab, pharm)
  • it’s not totally comprehensive like the ATI book but it WILL GIVE YOU A STRONG FOUNDATION. I don’t know if I could’ve passed without this book
  • best part was that I got it for $13

Prioritization, Delegation, & Assignment (4th Ed.) by LaCharity

  • Book I was looking for when I found the cliffnotes book
  • this was highly recommended by a lot of people and also it comes with an online resource. It’s mostly practice questions so the online portion was basically putting those in an easier format to study/time yourself and look at rationales without having to flip through the book all the time
  • I found that this really helped with the priority questions and also understanding which patient was the most critical
  • this books helped me decide on which patient to see first. If you could only do one thing for your patient and then basically die....WHAT WOULD YOU DO? type of thought process.

I also watched a lot of youtube videos of people who failed and what they had to say to just let the feeling of failure set within myself. I couldn’t go on studying again without first validating my feelings, ya know? I had to pick myself back up.
 

I also think a big part of making a literal 360° was my confidence and anxiety. Listened/watched a lot of therapy videos on how to improve on how I did mentally on exams. I’m not a very good test taker to begin with. There’s this thing I learned called the Law of Attraction where what you think subconsciously is what you attract. So I thought to myself every second of studying “You will pass. You will pass and be a damn great nurse.”

I hope this helped! Good luck to you!

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I passed my NCLEX-PN after the 11th attempt and I just found this out today. Write out the rationales and don’t put too much effort on the question itself. Writing out the rationales is time consuming but I found that writing things out helped me get through my classes as well my boards. At first, I resisted the thought of writing anything out for my boards but I realized after failing so many times that I needed to stop trying to take shortcuts and to stop fighting off on how I normally learn and absorb information. 

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Hello Clover123! 

You will get this girl! Just keep Confessing it out of your mouth and believe it as you say it.

The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to limit your resources. You have already went to nursing school so don't keep trying to re-teach yourself with several different sources.

Once you narrow down your sources, take questions, over and over and read the rationales! Be sure to take practice multiple choice, drag/drop, put in order, prioritization, delegation, and select all that apply. You got this! Best wishes! 

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mmysabelle has 16 years experience.

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how long did  you received the cpr from mail?

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On 9/25/2019 at 1:43 AM, mmysabelle said:

how long did  you received the cpr from mail?

A few days less than it about a week. 

On 9/25/2019 at 1:43 AM, mmysabelle said:

how long did  you received the cpr from mail?

 

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On 8/15/2019 at 2:31 PM, pmonai626 said:

Hello Clover123! 

You will get this girl! Just keep Confessing it out of your mouth and believe it as you say it.

The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to limit your resources. You have already went to nursing school so don't keep trying to re-teach yourself with several different sources.

Once you narrow down your sources, take questions, over and over and read the rationales! Be sure to take practice multiple choice, drag/drop, put in order, prioritization, delegation, and select all that apply. You got this! Best wishes! 

Thank you 🙏🏼 

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