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Best NCLEX-RN Review Course/Preparation? SATA

  1. 1. Best NCLEX-RN Review Course/Preparation? SATA

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Hello ALL ,

I JUST registered an account on this site (allnurses.com) about an hour ago because I am FREAKING OUT about this whole NCLEX-RN situation!

A brief history ABOUT ME: I graduated from nursing school May 2014 (after a four year hiatus from school). I was in the accelerated BSN program at my university which was 16 months/4 consecutive semesters, and I was set to graduate in May 2010. I earned my first B.S. in in 2008... The first three semesters I had absolutely no problems academically; however, during the last semester I failed my Critical Care rotation and was forced to sit out for an entire year. To this day, I have never understood why a program would ever do this to a student that already has a baccalaureate degree AND had never failed a nursing course prior. I feel that this situation sabotaged my NCLEX test-taking abilities because most people tend to forget information when they're not using it for extended periods of time!!!

Back to present day, I just enrolled in the Kaplan NCLEX-RN Review On Demand. I REALLY did not want to fork over $418 for the program, but they promise to be "The Best" preparation out there and willing to refund the money if you do not pass on your first attempt.

On my Kapkan NCLEX Diagnostic Test I scored a 54% (180 questions) on July 27th -- the same day that I purchased the program. TODAY, July 30th, I scored a 44% on the 1st (of seven) Review Question Trainers. THESE SCORES ARE AWFUL!!! I know that I have a lot to LEARN/RE-LEARN since greater than 90% of my nursing education was from January 2009 to May 2010, but these scores are extremely demoralizing :sorry:.

I have access to the Kaplan Review for a total of three months (until October 27, 2014) and I plan to take the NCLEX-RN on or VERY soon after that date.

I'm wondering if there are any RNs out there that:

(1) Took an extended break from nursing school before going back to graduate?

(2) Took the Kaplan NCLEX Review course with success or failure?

(3) Have any tips for how I can best utilize the Kaplan Review?

(4) Know of any other helpful FREE/affordable resources that I can try?

(5) Think I will have an issue passing the NCLEX-RN my first time in late October of this year?

Thanks for taking the time to read my FIRST post on this website. Any words of advice or encouragement is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! :up:

Sincerely,

ForeverRoosky

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Welcome!

Lacharity is affordable and super helpful. If you can spend a little extra $ then this is definitely one book you might want to have.

I think that as long as you are dedicated to your studies, take your review seriously, and do lots of questions each day, you should be able to pass. You have plenty of time to prepare.

Stay positive and be sure to come back and tell us when you pass.

I personally did not use Kaplan but I've heard great things overall! Good Luck.

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ForeverRoosky specializes in Critical Care, Med/Surg.

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Thank you very much for your response RN403! I'll have to check out that book. I'm trying to stay positive and not let my nerves get the best of me - key word: trying. LOL! I will be sure to give an update on my progress and exam results.

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Good luck on your test! I am not in RN nursing school just yet but I have been doing tons of research for my future Rn nursing school journey. I have not used any of these products but what I have done research on and found that can be very helpful is apps such as Nclex Mastery. And other apps for Kaplan and etc.. As far as free study tools I personally have went to YouTube and researched whatever content that I have been looking for. Again, I'm not a nursing student yet but I think these few tools can be of help based off my research! Please keep me updatedon your success! I know that you got this test in the bag !!!! Do not doubt yourself! You got this !!!

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Welcome!

Lacharity is affordable and super helpful. If you can spend a little extra $ then this is definitely one book you might want to have.

I think that as long as you are dedicated to your studies, take your review seriously, and do lots of questions each day, you should be able to pass. You have plenty of time to prepare.

Stay positive and be sure to come back and tell us when you pass.

I personally did not use Kaplan but I've heard great things overall! Good Luck.

I've also heard that lacharity is awesome !

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All Premium Questions and Rationales- APP through amazon.. Its by Linda Stanford, RN ..... Never used it but a previous ALLNURSES member raved about how good it is. Its $9.99 she said. And you can demo it before purchasing it.

I will post all that I can if I hear of anything else.

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ForeverRoosky specializes in Critical Care, Med/Surg.

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THANK YOU cocluv06!!! I appreciate the positive vibes. I just keep thinking how I'm so close to my goal of becoming an RN. I am motivated and focused on passing that NCLEX! I will check out clips on YouTube also.

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THANK YOU cocluv06!!! I appreciate the positive vibes. I just keep thinking how I'm so close to my goal of becoming an RN. I am motivated and focused on passing that NCLEX! I will check out clips on YouTube also.

You are so very welcomed !!!!! I totally get you though! I'm no where near where you are BUT I know exactly how you're feeling !!! I do not know you personally BUT I can totally tell that you are extremely motivated and dedicated and that's super awesome ! I have read success story's from people who have unfortunately been in your similar situation as far as the school setbacks for whatever reason, and almost all of the time they STILL passed the Nclex ! It just takes hardwork and true dedication with studying and reviewing ! ANY and EVERYTHING is possible !!!! You have to set your mind to it and JUST DO IT!!! My advice is to just stay positive ! Do some breathing exercises anytime you start to feel overwhelmed. Take short breaks between the time of reviewing/studying. And just keep your faith and your goal in mind !!!! Anything is possible ! It's up to us as individuals to understand that concept ! I wish you ALL of the best with your success ! Claim this victory in Jesus name !

P.s. Everyday when you wake up in the morning (and if you are a spiritual person) thank the Lord for being by your side throughout your journey and CLAIM your victory with passing the test! (Do this everyday as if you've ALREADY passed the test! CLAIM IT!!)

AGAIN, I wish you all the best !!!! Keep me updated :) even through email is fine. burwinf@gmail.com God Bless :)

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ForeverRoosky specializes in Critical Care, Med/Surg.

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You're starting to preach!!! I'm not mad, LOL! My sister says that all the time, "Name it and claim it!" I can't find fault with anything you said! I try to log on here periodically (when I remember), but I'm constantly checking my E-mail: ebell1@kent.edu. One thing I know is just do your personal best, try not to make too many weak excuses, and never/ever compare yourself to others. We all have a unique path that we must take in order to find our purpose. Wishing you all the best as well.

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