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  1. Hi everyone,

    Thanks Heather for responding to my message re: NCLEX related anxiety. I hope more of you out there can give me advice. I work full-time in pharmaceutical sales and having a tough time balancing it with my reviews. Should I quit or work part-time (20-30 hours a week)?

    Is two months realistic enough to take NCLEX by Oct. 31, 02 if I work part-time? I feel pressured by my parents sometimes...

    Please give me tips and I appreciate your help. Take care and have a fun week.

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  3. by   NancyRN
    Fit, are you having test anxiety? I didn't study for my NCLEX. I was advised that "you either know it or you don't." I passed with 75 questions and it took me just 45 minutes.

    Know the normals for vital signs. I got stuck on kids' vitals because we hadn't studied those.

    Formulate the answer before looking at the choices. Eat a low fat breakfast (fat slows the thinking process) the morning of your test. Take Gatorade in there to drink and to feed your brain some fast sugar. That's the best advice I can give!

    You know more than you think you know!
  4. by   researchrabbit
    I agree with Nancy. I did not study. I skimmed ONE review book, something like "NCLEX for dummies". I also passed with 75 questions in 45 minutes. And I was not certain about a single answer I gave on the test. You DO know more than you think you know!
  5. by   meownsmile
    I studied about 150 questions a night and took my NCLEX within 2 months of graduation. I passed with 75 questions also. It took me about an hour and 40 min from the time i walked in the door to the time i left.
    They are right,, if you know it you know it.
  6. by   rachel h
    Don't stress too much about studying. I heavily reviewed pediatric and maternal/ neonatal stuff because I didn't feel like we had studied it very in-depth in school, and guess how many peds/ maternal/ neonatal questions I got? Probably about 3! So I wasted all that time for nothing. If you know it, you know it. I also didn't think all the practice questions I did helped me on the NCLEX, but it made me feel better knowing that I probably couldn't have studied more for the damn thing. I passed in 75, thank god! You will do great!

    My advice would be to skim areas you are not too comfortable with, do some practice questions here and there and try to relax! Good Luck!
  7. by   fit4lifenurse
    Hi, thanks for everyone who have given me tips about NCLEX. Congratulations to all of you ladies about for your success in NCLEX.

    I think my situation is quite different from you guys coz most of you are recent college graduates who took the boards within 3-6 months. That's far from my case coz I went to pharmaceuticals after getting BSN. So I feel like I need to refresh a lot. I agree that "it's either you know it or you don't", that's why I need to increase my knowledge content so I will know more.

    I've been studying at least 2 hrs. a day and now moving to Health and Promotion parts. I've Kaplan and Saunders Comprehensive review books with Cd-roms. Do I need more?

    Thanks and appreciate your help. Happy Tuesday!
    Last edit by fit4lifenurse on Sep 3, '02
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    all the best to you!
  9. by   jnette
    Hi there ! I'm in the same boat...with ?'s re NCLEX. Anyone know much about the one in Va.? About how many ?'s to expect? Is it pass/fail or a grade mark? The BEST to you, Fit4Life ! Let us know how it went !
  10. by   futurecdrn

    I'm also reviewing for NCLEX. NCLEX-RN is a standardized national exam by BON. This means that whichever state we are in are exam will be the same CAT adaptive to our individual knowledge, skills, and abilities. The minimum number you can take is 75 questions to 265 in 5 hours including 10 min. mandatory break after 2 hours and 10 min optional break after 90 min. I've been anxious about the exam too, but knowing as much as you can about NCLEX helps in lowering the stress and fear.

    What kinds of review materials are you using? We can do this! We can pass NCLEX! Have a nice week of reviewing :-)
  11. by   jnette
    So far I have the Mosby's NCLEX study book... has over 3000 review questions. I refuse to stress over this! I'm going to do as much as I can, but not going to take 6 mos., either ! Hope I can do it before the year's end, that would be nice. I heard sth. about tapes you can purchase.. that would work well for me. Any idea where to order these? Good luck to you ! Let us know when you do it and we'll keep you in our thooughts, ok?
  12. by   RNConnieF
    I'm a new RN and an "old" LPN which means I have taken NCLEX twice. Both times I took it as soon as I could get an appointment. My theroy is that it's not about what you know but about how you think. No one can EVER know all there is to know about health care-if you did know it all you'd be making millions,-all you can do is take what you do know and apply it to the clinical situation you find your self in. NCLEX is no different than real life. We all hold just a few pieces of the puzzle and we have to try to arrange them correctly so we can guess what the picture is. NCLEX tests your ability to take what you know and apply it to a new situation. I used Kaplan this time to prepare-I like that they teach you to look at the question and break it down in order to figure out what is being asked and to then apply what you do know to figure out the answer. I took the classroom prep and really liked it. My first time around I did not do any type of prep, both times I passed with the minimum number of questions, and both times I walked out not knowing if I had passed. Botom line is to not stress. You passed an NLN approved nursing course and you did not graduate by accident. The NCLEX tests MINIMUM practict standards. Would ANY of your instructors have let you pass with a 50%? That is the passing grade for NCLEX.
  13. by   jenac
    I agree with Connie. I took my NCLEX about two weeks ago, studied a little (No one EVER feels they've studied enough when you sit down and face that computer...), and stressed alot. When that computer shut off at the minimum, my heart stopped. It only took about 45 minutes- and I was scared to death that I had screwed up. But three days later, I learned I had passed- and I got my license yesterday. If it's been awhile for you, maybe some review would be good. But I would suggest reviewing your notes from school. All the answers you need are there, and you already know them. The NCLEX is about applying it. About the decision you'll make when you have to decide what to do first- how you'll respond to a situation. It's alot of prioritizing. I suggest knowing how to answer a question when you don't really know the answer- test-taking skills. You will have some questions you have no clue about- but the answer is still there in front of you. Focus on an area you felt you were weak in- you'll build your own confidence. But most of all- relax. As Connie said- you passed your courses. You can do this too. I think they said that 85% of people who take it pass the first time. Good luck!
  14. by   Love-A-Nurse

    congratulations on passing the nclex!