Long but I am hoping the second time is a charm....
I took the NCLEX-PN three weeks ago and failed with 205 questions. I used Suzanne study guide, it was a good guide and I am not going to say it didn't help me. My problem was anxiety
I knew the material very well, but when I walked into that testing center I froze. When the receptionist lady asked me to place my index finger on the scan for finger printing, I had to ask her which finger is that (yeah it was that bad)! We both laughed but I knew then that the anxiety had taken over me. Once seated in the testing center, I could hear my heart beating through my chest literally and my hands were shaking. I had a headache and I knew my blood pressure was up. My very first question was a drug question and why, I asked because drugs are not my forte. I let my nerves get the best of me and this cost me passing the test. I don't know why I was so nervous, I never been that way about any other exam. I did know that I really needed to pass the exam, being a single parent and having to move home with my MOM, when I got laid off at a Corporate Company. I knew I needed to pass not only for me but for my two children.
So why am I writing this long story? I need help! I want to know, how should I study for this second exam?
I know I do not want to use the Suzanne plan, because I feel like I failed off anxiety and not because I did not know the material and plus I really don't have 6 weeks to give either. Well I could give 6 weeks but I really feel like all I need is a review. I would like to re-test the third week in October or soon thereafter. If anyone can help with suggestions I would appreciate it.
One other little note, I received my results back from the BON and it stated that I was Near the passing standard on all categories, i.e. Pharmacology, Basic Care and Comfort, Physiology Adaptation. Etc.
So if anyone can tell me what you think I should do or how I should study that would help in leading me in the right direction. Right now I am stuck sitting here thinking of a plan and wasting time at the same time. I appreciate your comments in advance.
By the way, I only have Saunders Comprehensive Review book and CD and the Delmar CD and the NCLEX-PN Exam Cram book. I was wondering if I should order the Kaplan Qbank.
Sep 20, '06
You not alone, I too had fail nclex-RN the first time because of anxiety, but my suggestion is to take some time for yourself, not too long, then get right back into studing, kaplan has a great program, which you can purchase for about 79 bucks, also saunders is very good, it does not hurt to go through your school notes, that's what I did, and I did not get hooked up on too much info, that can be very confusing, and do your best, God will do the rest, all the best to you.
Last edit by RNKay31 on Sep 26, '06
Sep 20, '06
Hi, I took NCLEX PN, three weeks ago and passed..I used Saunders NCLEX PN and Kaplan NCLEX PN..To tell you the truth, if you read Kaplan NCLEX PN and read the book and its strategies, you will be able to pass but you have to follow the strategies in Kaplan..If the book tells you something about NCLEX or memorize something, you should follow it because Kaplan knows what they are talking about...I know I had many questions relating to their strategies..Saunders is good for content as what you learned in school but Kaplan was more in tune in what was NCLEX about..I bought the Kaplan book and Kaplans, question bank..
The Kaplan book is not all about content, as a matter of fact, it is all about strategies...
Last edit by Bala Shark on Sep 20, '06