Quote from GottaBeanRN
I am trying to study for this dreaded NCLEX and just wondering if anyone else is feeling the same as I. I am taking the Kaplan review which is great and I am devoting lots of time to study. However, I feel like I am doing soooo much content review but if I don't I won't know it. I just graduated and feel like I don't know a thing!!! This is horrible! I really feel like i am not getting anywhere!
Can anyone help? I study A LOT but am not sure if I am being as effective as i should be!
I just passed the NCLEX last week - I used Saunders and Kaplan books and CD Roms to review and studied for 2 to 3 hours every day for about three months. I qualified as an RN in the UK in 1987 and have been out of nursing for seven years, so as a recent graduate, I don't think you should worry so much! Like you, I dreaded the exam and I was convinced I'd failed until I saw my license on the BON web site.
I think it's important to practice as many questions as possible and use the test taking strategies suggested by Kaplan. That way, even if you're not familiar with the content of every question, you can make an educated choice. Especially practice prioritization and delegation questions. Knowing lab values also helps you to select the correct answer.
Most importantly, stay clam during the exam, work methodically through the questions and apply Kaplan's strategies. There is plenty of time and you may only get 75 questions (like me) so there's no need to rush.
What can I say? I hated it, but now I'm so happy that I put in all the time to study.