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  • Jun 5

    Quote from Xaldin4life RN
    Im amazed how people can pass at just 75 questions!! how could you do that unless you knew every single one of those content questions on nclex.
    I passed in 75 questions. I didn't do Kaplan or Hurst or LaCharity or any of the other study guides out there. I did 75-100 questions a day for a couple of weeks before the test. That's it. Maybe an hour a day, some days a couple of hours. Did I know every answer on NCLEX? Heck no! I had dozens of questions that covered topics I had never heard of before! How did I pass? I knew how to approach the questions. Even though the content of questions were things I didn't know, I DID know how to decipher what they were asking. It didn't matter whether or not I knew about that particular illness or procedure; it was irrelevant. Knowing HOW to answer is the key. Good luck!

  • Apr 25

    I'm an older student with 2 college kids at home, 2 dogs, a husband, I work PRN at the children's hospital, and I've maintained a 4.0. I never cram, I study a few hours every day, and I practice NCLEX questions over and over. Knowing the material isn't enough -- you have to be able to apply it. I could stress less, study less, and easily get Bs but for me if I can get an A, I want the A.

  • Mar 29

    Quote from Stcroix
    Long ago when I was doing the hiring a young man asked me this: "Let's pretend you hire me and at my first annual review you explained to me you were very happy with my performance. What had I accomplished to get that review?"
    This question impressed the heck out of me and I never forgot. I actually used that line once and my interviewer was impressed too, and I was hired.
    Love this! I'm going to use it tomorrow for my first New Grad interview.

  • Mar 6

    Carolinas College of Health Sciences on the campus of CMC Main. Their NCLEX rate is always 96% and higher, the instructors are amazing, we get the best clinical placements, and our graduates are highly respected as new grads. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else!

  • Feb 22

    I graduated in December and took -- and passed -- NCLEX last week in 75 questions. I know there are plenty of posts about studying for and passing NCLEX but I wanted to add what worked for me. Granted, most of what I'm about to post won't help those who have already graduated but for those of you just starting out, I hope it will help you!

    1) I started thinking about passing NCLEX before I even started nursing school! When looking at nursing schools, I looked at first time NCLEX pass rates. The school I chose has a consistent 96-98% pass rate with every graduating class, which equals 2-3 students not passing each time....which means 60-65 DO pass each time. I LOVE those odds!

    2) From my very first day in 101, I included NCLEX-style questions in my studying. I LOVE the Success books -- they make one for every class: Fundamentals, Med-Surg, Pediatric, Maternity, Behaviorial. By reading the rationales for ALL of the answers (right and wrong), it reinforced content and I learned how to taking nursing tests. I did ALL of the Success books throughout school.

    3) I used free apps like NCLEX Mastery, Ultimate RN, and ATI Lite throughout school and included them in my studying.

    99% of my NCLEX preparation was done BEFORE I graduated! So what did I do AFTER graduation to get ready for NCLEX? Not a whole lot.

    1) My school offered a 3 day ATI review taught by one of our instructors. Since it was included in our tuition, I went all 3 days. She offered some great tips about how to figure out how to answer questions, especially when you have no idea. Very helpful.

    2) I aimed for 100-150 questions/day but there were plenty of days when I didn't do any. I did them while watching TV, waiting in line, cooking dinner. I didn't block out time to "study for NCLEX" because I had been studying for NCLEX for 2 years already! If I came across something I didn't remember (stages of labor, peds vitals, etc) I did a quick review.

    3) I used a variety of resources (all free - I didn't pay for anything) -- ATI, free Lippincott 2 week trial, a Kaplan book, e-books that were shared on FB groups, free apps, free resources online. I wanted exposure to a variety of questions.

    4) I didn't do any Kaplan Q trainers -- I still don't even know what those are!

    5) I didn't do Saunders or LaCharity. Yes, you can pass without doing them!

    The morning of NCLEX I did the same things I did before exams in school -- same breakfast, etc. Although I was a bit nervous, I felt prepared. I had been preparing for it for 2 years! There were plenty of questions that had me thinking "I HAVE NO IDEA!" but I didn't freak out -- I methodically read the question and asked myself "what would a nurse do in this situation?" The screen turned blue after my 75th question and I was done.

    When classmates ask me what they can do to prepare for it, I tell them they're already prepared. We graduated from a nursing program that prepared us extremely well for NCLEX and beyond. So far, everyone who has taken it from my class has passed.

    And that's how I passed NCLEX in 75 questions.

  • Jan 13

    Quote from britthohenbrink
    Yeah!!! I would be excited too!!! I was wondering since you are doing so well in fundamentals do you have any advice on how you got A's on your tests? Just wondering...
    I study study study study study....and then study some more! LOL We get objectives for each unit of study and we also get powerpoints for each lecture/lab so that really helps. After each class, I read/skim whichever chapters are required reading, highlighting in the book(s) the points covered in class. Students who are further ahead than I am have forwarded several files with their notes so I go through those notes with the powerpoints and my notes from class to make sure I have everything I need to study in one set of handouts per unit. I've also typed up some of my own notes. I use different colored highlighters throughout my notes: objectives are yellow, main heading under each objective will be another color, etc. At this point, I've: heard the lecture, read the powerpoints, read the text book(s), and reviewed all of my notes. That gives me a a pretty good understanding of the material. As the exam gets closer, I always answer the practice questions in the back of each chapter. The websites for the textbooks are really helpful, too. I also have a question bank for each chapter for my fundamentals book so I can practice pages and pages of test questions. I review my notes every day. It is a lot of studying but I'd rather do that that be like several of my classmates who are already teetering on the brink of failing the class. Hope that helps!