Hello.Kitty.Girl. 4,453 Views
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I graduated January 2013 from nursing school.I willbe taken the nclex for the second time in May. I worked as an LPN, but frustrated me the most people at work constantly asking me have you already taken the exam. I am a very private person , most of the people who ask me I don't even speak to. I feel the pressure I have to pass.
I took it ASAP after graduating (so everything was fresh in my mind), read the Kaplan book, and did the practice tests in the book and CD-ROM. Throughout nursing school I used various CD-ROMs to do practice question - my favorite was Silvestri. Passed the NCLEX with 75 questions, felt pretty clueless on nearly half of them. I found the Kaplan strategies very useful, I would definitely suggest picking up that book for around $20 (amazon) and going through it cover to cover.
Im not sure if i passed, but i took the exam yesterday. I answered about 300 questions a day for 3 months. Not sure how many hours because i dont answer it in one seating. Of i get tired i walk around the house, watch tv or take a nap.
I wanted to get some insight from the nurses who have passed the NCLEX. What did you study? How many hours did you study? What worked the best for you?
I am on the same boat with hello kitty girl.. ive been trying to motivate myself and not be discouraged. i need a study buddy too..can I join your skype session?
Thanks for sharing this, very inspiring post! @hello kitty girl: when are u planning to take the NCLEX-RN again? I need a study buddy right now so I can be motivated. Is there a study group I can join so we can share some exam tips even just through Skype or ym? thanks in advance..
For my first attempt I was near passing in all except for Management of Care & Basic care comfort.
Second attempt I was Above passing in pharmacology and health promotion & maintenance. I was below passing in management of care, safety & infection control and psychosocial integrity and i was near passing in the rest. I was proud of myself for scoring above passing in pharmacology, that is one of my weaknesses. The fact that I improved the second time around gives me hope...I just need to really know the content and when I do I'm confident that I will pass. I'm good at answering the questions,eliminating, and utilizing some strategies... it's a matter of knowing more content in my case.
So now that I compared my results I realized I have been scoring below passing in management of care so that is the area I will be most definitely spending more time in. I previously used kaplan (only qbanks), Saunders, and the NCLEX study guide . This time I am using HURST and I must say I am learning much more than before. I'm also studying with someone I met on this site through Skype and she has been helping a lot. It's easier to learn when there are two people explaining things to each other and testing our knowledge.
You are not alone my friend. I failed three times before and will retake it for the 4th and (crossing my fingers and will surely do my very best) for the last time next month. I can't wait to become a Registered Nurse. We can do this!
I I understand I have taken the test seven times n i feel like giving up. I'm Lpn and I finish RN school in 2005. Thanks for the advice but my nerves gets he best of me.
Thank you Kemifair! You give me hope! If you don't mind me asking, what study resource did you use that helped you pass? Hope to talk to you soon.
Thank you angeleyes09 for your encouragement and kind words! I definitely agree with you and the strong faith in God that I have is helping me get through this. I know that the Lord is going to get me through this tough time and I will be a Nurse. I also agree with you that this test doesn't indicate if that person will be a great nurse or not. That is an amazing story about your colleague! Thanks for sharing! It gives me hope!!
Thank you obloom14 for your encouragement! I really appreciate it I hope my story gave you encouragement to keep pushing on and to know that you are not the only one going through this. Good luck to you!! The first time, I was near the passing standard in all the sections but I was below in Management of Care and Health Promotion. The second time, I was near the passing standard in all the sections but I was below in Management of Care, Basic Care and Comfort, and meds. The third time, I was near the passing standard in every section. The fourth time, I was near the passing standard in all the sections except below in Psychosocial integrity and Reduction of risk potential. I will definitely take your advice and focus on my weaknesses. If you don't mind me asking, what did your official results say? The fact that I haven't had one section that was above the passing standard freaks me out really bad!! What are you studying this time? Hope to talk to you soon!
Hello everyone! I would like to tell my story to give encouragement to others who are going through the same situation as me. This will be my 5th time taking the NCLEX, which has been a very difficult time for me because I have always wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. I even had the fisher price nurse's kit LOL.
After I graduated from nursing school, I signed up for the Kaplan online class. My scores were in the high 50's to low 60's so I felt ready to take the test and pass the first time. I waited 2 long long days and paid for the quick results and when I saw the word fail, my heart sank and I just started to cry.
I was so heartbroken and felt like a failure.
A few days after finding out, I told myself that this is my dream and I will not give up. So I decided to study Kaplan again and focus on the Q-Bank Tests and watch the videos. My scores were in the low 60's to high 60's and I felt like I really understood the questions and rationales.
I decided to schedule my test and believed I was ready this time. I waited another 2 long long days and when I saw that I didn't pass again, I was absolutely devastated. I started to question myself and wonder if I was really meant to be a nurse.
My family, boyfriend and close friends were my support system and told me to keep trying because they knew that I would be a great nurse someday. So I decided to completely switch up my game plan and study Hurst. I really liked Hurst, it focused on content material and I understood the information better than I had before and was able to connect the dots (ex: if a patient has fluid retention: think heart problems first).
I was so ready to take the test and felt so confident with all the knowledge that I had gained. After taking my test for the third time, I waited another 2 long long days and found out that I didn't pass again. I was beside myself and couldn't believe it. I was feeling so down and depressed and one of my best friends told me this amazing quote that I will never forget.
"It doesn't matter how you get there, what matters is that you get there"
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