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Hello,

So I've taken the NCLEX twice once in 2016 and once just this past week. The first time I took the exam I took both Kaplan and Hurst but felt overwhelmed with it all to be honest.  I know its been 3 years now and I am worried to much time has passed since I've been in school and worried about not knowing the content.  I studied for about 5 months this time around only using Hurst review because it focuses on content mostly and did just slightly below average on the tests.  I have studied every day and felt more confident then the first time I took the exam however I still failed.  

 

If anyone has any programs to recommend or even tutors I would greatly appreciate it.  I have been looking at UWorld because each question has good rationales and I like that.  Also I have been looking at NCSBN learning extension since it comes straight from them.  I also heard that there are previous tests from pearson I believe that you can purchase to practice?

Thank you for any help

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I used UWorld and passed first try in 75 questions.  However, I just graduated so our situations are a bit different.  UWorld does not provide any review material, only questions.  That is one limitation and may be in issue in your situation.

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Hi,

I’m sorry you have to retake the exam. I have some tips for you.

 

everything I used

•Uworld

•Saunders 

•Sarah Registered nurse,RN videos

•Picmonic pharm cards

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~Uworld is a great way to help you pass. But i wasn’t so great confident with most nursing topics, so I got Saunders too. 

~Saunders is comprehensive with a lot of info.but it helps you find out what is the main complication you are trying to avoid in each body system.

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Plan:

— took 6 wk to prepare. I opened and jotted down Saunders topics  I didn’t know much of anything (maternity/endocrine). 

—a min of 75 q a day. Studied rationales. Closer to my exam date I took 2 sets of 75 questions. Studied rationales and looked in Saunders for additional info. 

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I was so certain I was going to fail the NCLEX. But I passed with 130q last Wednesday.

 

You can get the other items on amazon. 

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Sorry you have to retake it,  but you will definitely pass next time! 

Do do you feel like you have a better grasp on the content after using Hurst review? If so, I would definitely recommend using Uworld and completing the whole test bank. I’ve read some stories about people who graduated 5+ years ago and passed in 75 using Uworld. I found it very helpful for question style and content. 

 

Best of luck!

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If I were in your situation I would do the following:

1. You need content knowledge refresher and I think this would be valuable for you. I used them all throughout nursing school and it helped me so much with my classes: https://www.nrsng.com/

2. I would get Uworld because Uworld has great rationales.

I think at this point if you have the funds investing in these two resources can help.

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myoglobin has 11 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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Also keep in mind resources like www.khanacademy.org (which is completely free and has both an NCLEX section and extensive reviews of pathophysiology, anatomy, and biology related topics).  I also like www.boardvitals.com (similar to UWord many questions with extensive rationales, but not free) and PocketPrep which is not free, but very affordable and is an Iphone/Android application that provides specific page numbers in the rationales. One tip. When you read the rationale go to the source material and try to pick up information "surrounding" the question. In this way each question that you review can provide more depth, and context to your understanding.  Also, give yourself sufficient time for a good review at least two to three months of at least three to four hours per day.  

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Jory has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNM.

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On 7/12/2019 at 10:40 AM, mstack said:

Hello,

So I've taken the NCLEX twice once in 2016 and once just this past week. The first time I took the exam I took both Kaplan and Hurst but felt overwhelmed with it all to be honest.  I know its been 3 years now and I am worried to much time has passed since I've been in school and worried about not knowing the content.  I studied for about 5 months this time around only using Hurst review because it focuses on content mostly and did just slightly below average on the tests.  I have studied every day and felt more confident then the first time I took the exam however I still failed.  

 

If anyone has any programs to recommend or even tutors I would greatly appreciate it.  I have been looking at UWorld because each question has good rationales and I like that.  Also I have been looking at NCSBN learning extension since it comes straight from them.  I also heard that there are previous tests from pearson I believe that you can purchase to practice?

Thank you for any help

Ditch both of those.  These are all you need in order to pass:

1.  Saunder's NCLEX review

2.  This online course:  https://www.ncsbn.org/4762.htm (do a minimum of 5 weeks)

I have recommended these to several nurses that had trouble and 100% of them have been able to pass.  

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