I graduated in 2004 and took the NCLEX for the first time last Sept 2017, didn't get my results till I went to the Sacramento Board of Nursing Office (on breeze - it says PENDING), I passed!!
I really couldn't believe it, for one I've been out of school for 12 years, I was never an A's student, I'm not very good in memorizing meds, I was good in math so med calculations was easy, although I don't remember getting any calculation questions tho.
The only resource/review I used was Hurst online + Elevate. I think because I'm not in working in a related field (medical) I was able to open my mind to thinking as a Brand NEW Nurse. I really think that's how I passed. Also I didn't do other review platform, because I find other ones confusing, and I didn't wanna overwhelm myself with all these questions/information. My mentality was, Hurst was a start, if I don't pass will will venture out to other review courses. But it did it for me. To this day, I can say I am never good in memorizing terms but I've always concentrated on the disease process and what we can do as nurses. I guess what I'm saying is know why this is happening and know what you can do to help/ease/prevent...like the heart, I don't know all the meds by heart but I know how antihypertensive affects it, how fluid affects it, how aldosterone affects it, how a tumor in the brain can affect it, how RF can affect it, etc...
I've noticed in the test I was thinking like this, if I do this...this will happen, if I give him this...this will not happen, and I had to ask myself not 2x but 4-5 times, is this safe?
When it stopped at 85 or 90 questions (I don't remember), I thought to myself I failed!! I told my whole family I failed and was already saving up money for my next test. It didn't help when on breeze under my license status says "Pending" didn't get a letter if I passed or failed (I also recently moved, maybe they sent it to my old address and wasn't forwarded). Luckily we moved to Sacramento Area so I was able to walk in to the Board of Nurses office and got my results (after 3 months, I was procrastinating because I really thought I failed, I thought to myself what's the point, I'll study again January).
Please everyone, don't overwhelm yourselves, know your content, understand as much as you can, try not to memorize little things, when you understand, you will remember those terms/meds, etc..
Goodluck and May God be with you Always!
Note: I'm not working yet so if you have any questions, want any insights...don't hesitate to contact me.