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I will keep using MCQ for passing my exams regardless school policy. I just need to

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by ismelp5 ismelp5 (Member)

Hi everyone I just got out of my first semester of nursing school with a B+ which is really good, I was using fundamental of nursing book and it really helped me to understand the powerpoints and what professor were teaching me, but for the quizzes and exams the book wasn't really the best way to study for me because I couldn't test what I was learning,

The first time a took the exams out of 4 , I got barely 50 point I couldn't believe it after many weeks of study I was just frustrated. then I started asking others friends students about they grades and some of them were like me but other got really good grades.

The next class the professor reminded us about the strict policy of the school about using test bank or multiple choice questions for the test which can get students kick out of the school without a change or re entry . I never heard of that test bank except the one from the book and the websites which are really few docens. then thanked the

professor remainder I went to the web and search for nursing multiple choice questionsand I found many of them and that's how I got B+ as the final grade.

Do you think that using those questions to bring up my grade are going to make me a bad nurse? I know is a risk of using them, but i couldn't afford to lose the 6500 dollars my parents paid for the semester.

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BlackBettyRN,OCN

Specializes in Oncology/StemCell Transplant; Psychiatry. Has 4 years experience.

Your post is kind of confusing. I can't tell if you are using a test bank to study for tests or if you are just using NCLEX-style questions. As I have never heard of a school not allowing students to use NCLEX-style questions to prepare for tests, I am going to assume that you are using a test bank that is meant to be used by the instructor. Which is cheating, and against school policy.

Will using a test bank to study make you a bad nurse? I am not sure. However, it will not help you pass the NCLEX. If you can't pass nursing school tests without cheating, your chances of passing NCLEX will be very slim. Therefore you will be neither a good nurse or a bad nurse because you won't be a nurse at all.

You are concerned about wasting your parents money. However, I you don't pass NCLEX, you will have wasted much more than $6500 of your parents money. They will have paid for a degree that you can't use. Just something to think about...

However, judging by the title of your post, you have already made up your mind.

I think what you need to do is re-evaluate your study methods. You know if what you are doing is cheating or not. None of us can help you determine that unless you specifically tell us you are using a test bank or not.

If you are using a test bank, it will only get you as far as the NCLEX, at best. There is no public test bank for NCLEX and struggling at your level without cheating will prove to only hurt you in the end.

rob4546, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ICU/ Surgery/ Nursing Education. Has 7 years experience.

If you are using a test bank of any sort that is intended to be used by teachers to produce tests, that is cheating and should not be done in any situation. It will not help you understand the information to pass the NCLEX and will quite possibly get you kicked out of nursing school. If you don't think it will get out then you are fooling yourself. This would be something that could follow you throughout your career and life.

If you are using a NCLEX book commercially available to study for the NCLEX or the online resources of your text books meant for student use then I don't know if the program can restrict you from using them. They could try, but I don't understand how they think they will be successful. I would ask for clarification on this policy.

This seems like a pivotal point here. Make a good decision for your life, no one can help you make this decision. If you were confident in your decision you wouldn't have posted it on an open forum.

SeattleJess

Specializes in None yet..

I looked at this website. It doesn't appear to be restricted to instructors at all. It does appear to provide instant feedback on multiple choice questions based on a Fundamentals of Nursing 5th ed. text. There are also questions available for eds. 6, 7 and 8. (Author not named for any of these.)

Whether these questions were lifted from an instructor-only website and reposted, I don't know. But wouldn't the textbook publishers be all over the website for copyright violation if that was what was happening?

The few questions I looked at from the first few chapters didn't seem to require any critical thinking, just knowing definitions.

Well the website title says Nclex multiple choice questions so I don't really know if those questions are from a testbank professors use. and by the way how do you know if the questions are from a testbank or regular multiple choice questions for students? and the way a study is first I use the book the powerpoint and my notes then I test what i learned practicing in that website and for me has worked very well I don't think it is cheating because I used the book and the materials professors give as well

BlackBettyRN,OCN

Specializes in Oncology/StemCell Transplant; Psychiatry. Has 4 years experience.

Well the website title says Nclex multiple choice questions so I don't really know if those questions are from a testbank professors use. and by the way how do you know if the questions are from a testbank or regular multiple choice questions for students? and the way a study is first I use the book the powerpoint and my notes then I test what i learned practicing in that website and for me has worked very well I don't think it is cheating because I used the book and the materials professors give as well

Usually if it is an instructor test bank, you have to pay for it. The linked you included does not look like a test bank. I don't see how your school could kick you out for studying NCLEX-style questions that are available to anyone on the internet. In fact, most school encourage it.

SeattleJess

Specializes in None yet..

Usually if it is an instructor test bank, you have to pay for it. The linked you included does not look like a test bank. I don't see how your school could kick you out for studying NCLEX-style questions that are available to anyone on the internet. In fact, most school encourage it.

I agree. I'd expect that a plagiarism/cheating site would ask you to pay something. Like those sites that give you access to essays for either money or submission of a paper with a good grade. (I found out about these from our instructor while taking an online English comp course. He also said that there are programs for instructors that help to detect plagiarism.)

Quizlet has flash cards and practice tests on many subjects. These things seem to be part of the 21st century way of studying. Telling students not to use these resources seems like telling them not to do Google searches.

Best approach, ismelp5, is to ask your instructor whether this particular site violates the rules. Not worth jeopardizing your future.

rob4546, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ICU/ Surgery/ Nursing Education. Has 7 years experience.

The link provided has a response or comment section on the bottom of the page. The first comment states " I found out that some of these question are on the test, thankyou". I researched and they are selling access to the questions.... On the latest edition page they show a picture of the book, this is the book that the program I graduated from has begun using this semester. Make the decision for yourself.

SeattleJess

Specializes in None yet..

The link provided has a response or comment section on the bottom of the page. The first comment states " I found out that some of these question are on the test, thankyou". I researched and they are selling access to the questions.... On the latest edition page they show a picture of the book, this is the book that the program I graduated from has begun using this semester. Make the decision for yourself.

OH NO!!! I guess I should have dug deeper. I didn't come across the fact that the site is selling access. Thank you, rob4546.

I change my comment to "DANGER! DANGER! ABORT! ABORT!"

BlackBettyRN,OCN

Specializes in Oncology/StemCell Transplant; Psychiatry. Has 4 years experience.

OH NO!!! I guess I should have dug deeper. I didn't come across the fact that the site is selling access. Thank you, rob4546.

I change my comment to "DANGER! DANGER! ABORT! ABORT!"

Yep, if that is the case, then you could absolutely be kicked out of school for using this site. It's not worth the risk, and will not help you in passing the NCLEX.

Good luck to you.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Per our terms of service we do not allow links that appear to be using copyrighted material.

While we wish everyone well in school and in the NCLEX, we strongly encourage students to use recognized sources such as Saunders, Kaplan, etc., for their studying needs.

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