Quote from PACU queen
I guess what I mean is:
For those who took the test, looking back, did you feel like if you just knew strategies ..do you think you would have passed or is it more knowing your nursing knowledge (disease processes.patho..meds,etc).
Do you think you would have passed if you just knew enough strategies (like Kaplan teaches)?
You need to have both to pass. Knowledge coupled with the right strategy of using all these knowledge that you have attained is crucial to passing the nclex. All knowledge without strategy is like being in a very disorganized room full of books, you can't find out the specific information to address the current item that you are facing, and you'd have to search your brain(for an undetermined amount of time which might not be enough because we only have 6 hours to complete the test). On the other hand, all strategy without knowledge is playing a game of chance. It's like having a gun without bullets, you can aim but you can't hit the target. Knowledge would be the basis of your strategy(and a means of validating) while strategy would streamline your knowledge to help you determine what knowledge to apply in a particular question. It's like for a journey(a planned trip symbolically, in this case passing the nclex), knowledge is the vehicle(fully checked and working at its best and) and strategy is the map. If you are able to utilize both effectively, you'd be able to arrive in your destination in the safest route and the least amount time. So, you really need both knowledge and strategy.
However, for me, the most important one is faith in God, our relationship with God and our neighbors. Without God, everything is simply futile.
"A man without prayer is a like a tree without roots." - St. Augustine