Helpp..freaking out about nclex


HellO! I have my test scheduled for March 25th at noon. It's my second time around the the 1st was a total disaster. I got to the test center 10 minutes late because I got lost got there crying and very anxious. My test stopped at 85 Q which is pretty bad. I remember not even reading the questions from how nervous I was. I also didn't take much time to study the 1st time. Just took 3 week vacation from work and did my best. This time I quit my mom and decided to put in the time to prepare myself. I've been studying everyday now for around 6 to 8 hours a day. I've been using Kaplan mostly I did the Qbank 100% already and got a 64% average. Now I've been working on Trainers and have gotten:

  1. 63%
  2. 65%
  3. 64%
  4. 66%

Readiness- 74%

Still need to do 5 - 7 but waiting till I am closer to the 25th.

I am want to pass this test so badly already and not have to go through this anymore. I am concerned about medications because at this point I cannot memorize any more meds. Just wanting some feedback on how the test went for you guys if you used Kaplan how similar did you find it to the nclex? Did it work for you? and any suggestions you might have would be appreciated :)


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My advice is to get there early this time and make sure you are calm going into the test, relax. Don't let your fears get the best of you while you are trying to take the test and do your best. I know how it feels to let fear control you because I haven't even did the PV trick due to being afraid. I was so relaxed and calm during my exam and I knew I didn't want to get worked up about it. Just be positive and take it a question at a time. :up:

nurseprnRN, BSN, RN

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NCLEX items are developed in part from knowing what errors new grads make and how. They tend to be of two kinds: inadequate information, and lack of knowledge (these are not the same thing). The goal of NCLEX-type tests is to pass candidates who will be acceptably SAFE in practice as NURSES. So-- they want to know what the prudent NURSE will do.

1) When confronted c 4 answers, you can usually discard 2 out of hand. Of the remaining two,

-- always choose the answer that (in priority order) makes the patient safer or gets you more information. "Can you tell me more about that?" "What do you know about your medication?" "What was the patient's lab result?"

-- NEVER choose the answer that has you turf the situation to another discipline-- chaplain, dietary, MD, social work, etc. It's often tempting, but they want to know about what the NURSE would do. See "always..." above.

1a) Some people find it’s helpful to look at “select all that apply” choices as individual questions. I really suggest you read the article on not fearing SATA in this forum.

2) "Safer" might mean airway, breathing, circulation; it might mean pull the bed out of the room and away from the fire; it might mean pressure ulcer prevention; or improving nutrition; or teaching about loose scatter rugs ... Keep your mind open.

3) Read carefully. If they ask you for a nursing intervention answer, they aren't asking for an associated task or action which requires a physician plan of care. So in a scenario involving a medication, the answer would NOT be to hang the IV, regulate it, or chart it; it would NOT be to observe for complications. It WOULD be to assess pt knowledge of the med/tx plan and derive an appropriate patient teaching plan. Only that last one is nursing-independent and a nursing intervention.

Again, they want NURSING here.

4) The day before the test, do not study. Research shows that your brain does not retain crap you stuff into it at the last minute-- musicians learning a new piece play the first part on Monday, the second part on Tuesday, and the third part on Weds. Then they do something else entirely on Thursday; meanwhile, behind the scenes, the brain is organizing the new info into familiar cubbyholes already stuffed with music, putting it ready for easy access. On Friday, the whole piece works much better.

What this translates for in test-taking land is this: The day before the test, you go to a museum or a concert, go take a hike, read a trashy novel, make a ragout, do something else entirely. Take a small glass of wine, soak in a nice hot bath in a darkened tub with a few candles on the sink, get a nice night's sleep.

5) On the way out the door in the morning, open the refrigerator and read the label on the mayonnaise jar. Do what it says: Keep cool, do not freeze.