dec grads, when r u taking the nclex? - page 3

Hi, I graduated in December with a BSN and already received my authorization to test and scheduled my NCLEX!!!! I am completely beyond nervous and can't decide if it's better to just take it and... Read More

  1. by   Mandylpn
    Quote from BSN2004NSU
    I graduated on Dec.17 and got my ATT on 1/6/05...i scheduled NCLEX for 2/3/05, but the way things are going, i think i might end up taking it at the end of january. I start working on 1/18/05 in a Bone Marrow Transplant unit. Good luck dec. grads!
    OMG, what a great job to start out with, good for you!
  2. by   nurstudnt546
    Hi everyone!
    I recently graduated Dec 18th and finally been putting in some serious study time. I'm using Saunder's Comprehensive Review but I a question regarding lab values. Is it necessary to know all the lab value ranges in preparation for the NCLEX? I'm asking because I was told by my program that NCLEX will not ask about normal lab values due to so many sources having different values - which is true. I know the concepts behind an increased/decreased value in relation to various patient conditions but am wondering if it's worth my time to memorize all the different lab value ranges - especially if there's a chance that it may not be necessary.

    So could those who recently took the NCLEX concur or disagree with this?

    Good luck to all of those who graduated recently as well and I wish you well on the NCLEX. (I have not scheduled mine yet due to increasing anxiety!)
  3. by   NurseWeasel
    I just took it yesterday. I had 1 for sure where I needed to know a normal range in order to prioritize care. I quickly narrowed it down to 2 choices but I had to really think about those 2 because the lab values were CLOSE to normal. When I got home I looked it up and I had gotten it right. Plus there were a few others but I think if you concentrate on the top 10 common values you'll be ok. They won't ask obscure stuff.
  4. by   nurstudnt546
    Whew! Thanks for your input NurseWeasel. I can stop freaking out so much now. I pretty much know the "must-know" lab values (i.e. K+, Na+, ABG's, BUN, Creat, etc.). Congratulations on getting that question correct. I'm sure that I will probably head straight to all my nursing books after taking the NCLEX to search for answers/rationales. Lol* :chuckle
  5. by   skanded
    We had pinning 12-16-04 and I got my ATT on 12-22-04. I took the NCLEX today, 1-13-05.

    I am not feeling very good about it... I did well in school (3.89 GPA), studied and took a review class and it was still so hard and I felt like I knew nothing.

    I start in the nursery on 1-24-05, so I sure hope I surprise myself.

    Good luck to you all.
  6. by   belliakin
    I have a question, what religion is buried with their fingers in the cross position. Any input appreciated. I really need to brush up on my religion, I hear that theres alot about religion on the test.
  7. by   peaceful
    There are a few cultural questions, i had on Jewish burial traditions, not sure of your question, i would guess Catholic but have no idea.

    Quote from belliakin
    I have a question, what religion is buried with their fingers in the cross position. Any input appreciated. I really need to brush up on my religion, I hear that theres alot about religion on the test.
  8. by   NurseWeasel
    That burial question seems really "out there" with regards to what the NCLEX would ask. They'd be more likely to ask something having to do with nursing care than something postmortem. All my questions were "big picture" type stuff, not specific details like that, anyway. Best luck to you.
  9. by   belliakin
    thanx, i haven't really studied diff. religions for the test, but my fellow student said he had a question like that. I was like OMG i have no idea.
  10. by   skanded
    I didn't have any "religion" questions on my nclex. However, on on of my practice tests there was a ? about which meal was NOT appropriate for someone of Jewish faith.
  11. by   NurseWeasel
    It could have been one of the experimental questions. Plus, you ARE allowed to miss some, you know. Hee. So don't freak yourself out over random facts... know your basics and how to prioritize care based on those basics, and you'll be fine.
  12. by   NurseWeasel
    Whomever asked about the validity of the sample tests... I worked with ALL the books and sample question disks out there, I think. We took the Mosby faux-NCLEX at school, too. I got "94% probability of passing" on the Mosby, but on every other study program I was scoring in the 60%-70% range. I just found out I passed and I am here to tell you the real NCLEX questions were a lot easier (in my opinion) than the Kaplan and Saunders ones... at least for me. That said, I do feel like the money I spent on Kaplan was worth it, because it really taught me how to read the questions and their rationale was really helpful. Most of the other programs / books / disks were not nearly as helpful. Just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary.
  13. by   nurstudnt546
    Hi NurseWeasel, RN
    Congrats on passing the NCLEX! You mentioned that you used the Saunders and Kaplan disks for review. I am using the Saunders CD and text to review for the NCLEX myself and at the time cannot afford the Kaplan disk/study course. Do you feel the questions on the Saunders disk and in the text are sufficienct enough to pass? Thanks for your opinion and advice, I appreciate it.

    Nervous RN grad about to take the NCLEX soon here,