Taking nclex for 2nd time. Need your help!

  1. I will be taking the NCLEX exam again in the next couple of weeks. I was truly devasted when I received results for my first attempt. After about a week of so of just pure hell and feeling like the biggest idiot, I picked my head up and started studying again....thought those days were long gone, but no, while everyone else in my class has passed, and going to the beach or wherever, i'm still studying like i'm in nursing school.

    So far I have being doing tons of questions from test banks, also done the Kaplan 2010 review (the book not the course), and Saunders 2009 RN review. Does anyone have any other suggestions of what to do or what to study??? I can NOT fail this second time. I have too much riding on me to pass and get started with a job that has been promised to me. Please I need your help!!!
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  3. by   Gauze
    I know everyone has been saying this, but make note cards or something for the kinds of infection control (contact, droplet, airborne). I had a few questions on the test dealing with this and it was a piece of cake!
  4. by   oscarandmax
    That's a good idea. That's strange that you recommended that, cuz I had at least 5 infection control questions regarding what kind of equipment would you wear in a pts room. I probally got everyone of them wrong, cuz I always think the worst scenario and picked the option where you would wear everything. lol thanks for the suggestion.
  5. by   soonertwin87
    My worry with infection control is if you add standard precautions. Is it specific what you are going to be DOING in the room--like it you're working near bodily fluids? For example, Adenovirus is droplet, so I would pick just wearing a mask and private room (or Cohort). But if I was changing their dressing, I would also want to wear gown and gloves. Any help would be appreciated!
  6. by   oscarandmax
    But if I was changing their dressing, I would also want to wear gown and gloves. Any help would be appreciated!
    To be honest, I can't remember if the questions were specific as to if you were doing a dsg change, etc....i've done so many practice questions since taking it the exam:smackingf

    Another big item I had were priority questions, the practice questions i'm doing now are NOTHING like they were on the NCLEX!!
  7. by   soonertwin87
    Yeah, I'm worried about priority too. I've heard that LaCharity's book Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment is helpful for studying those types of questions, but I can't afford it right now. Hopefully they won't ALL have life-threatening emergencies--or if so, one will be airway!
  8. by   Drea1713
    Seriously pay the money to do the NCSBN questions they are identical to the ones on the nclex. The link is http://www.learningext.com/ I definately think that if you do the review online plus all the questions you will be ready. The only other advice I have is when doing the questions review each rationale to the questions wether it is right or wrong. Saftey, infection control, prioritizing was very big I got a lot of those questions. Also know the diffrent procedures, I was asked to rank order inserting a foley, 1 med question and a lot of teaching as in how do you know it was effective and not effective. HTH
  9. by   2bNurse4life4ever
    Quote from Drea1713
    Seriously pay the money to do the NCSBN questions they are identical to the ones on the nclex. The link is http://www.learningext.com/ I definately think that if you do the review online plus all the questions you will be ready. The only other advice I have is when doing the questions review each rationale to the questions wether it is right or wrong. Saftey, infection control, prioritizing was very big I got a lot of those questions. Also know the diffrent procedures, I was asked to rank order inserting a foley, 1 med question and a lot of teaching as in how do you know it was effective and not effective. HTH

    were the NCSBN questions totally the same? i mean were they repeat questions that you got? .. and did you use kaplan qbank, or only NCSBN?..for priortizing were you easily able to see ABC choices or not?.. plz help
  10. by   NurseJackieCares
    Seriously, just do a lot of practice questions. Become familiar with the format. Eventually you should see a pattern and become familiar with the type of answers they are looking for. You are able to pass. Just relax and be confident!
  11. by   2bNurse4life4ever
    Quote from NurseJackieCares
    Seriously, just do a lot of practice questions. Become familiar with the format. Eventually you should see a pattern and become familiar with the type of answers they are looking for. You are able to pass. Just relax and be confident!
    can you please explain to me by "eventually you will see a pattern"
    do you mean a particular strategy? .. is there any tips on how one can see the pattern, can you give some examples , it would be much appreciated.

    i also have to take my exam the second time, and im freaking out.
  12. by   NurseJackieCares
    Patterns..it's just like with any standardized test, the more you practice the more you see a certain similarity in the type of question they ask and the type of answer they're looking for. Take a look at the test taking strategies from you NCLEX preparation books (Saunders is FANTASTIC!)

    I knew someone who had to take it a second time. This person said the first time he took it he studied content, the second just practice questions.

    Personally I am not a great standardized taker, but I did well in school. So focus on the areas you are least comfortable with. Refresh over all the content and do as many practice problems as possible from different sources if you're able (check out from the library) and take the test as if it's test day.

    Best thing you can do is to not freak out! Just relax and know that you are an RN...your positive energy will care for the rest ~ Hope this helps!
  13. by   xtian0143
    rom 8:28 and we know that to them that love god all things work together for good, [color=#808080][color=#808080]even to them that are called according to [color=#808080][color=#808080]his purpose.

    we need to study harder and read forums like these, this is really a great site. infection control is really big in nclex test i got more than 10 infection control q's most are sata and about 5 math that needs conversions like ounce-ml, grains-mg, kg-lbs etc.. for infection control i found these 2 sites that are really helpful thanks to some of the members here for posting it. goodluck on your next test. btw common disease in nclex coz most of my friends got it too are cushing, addisons, reynauds, rotavirus, thyroid storm/crisis, diabetes, nephrotic syndrome, bunch of delegations and mostly prioritization.

    http://wonder.cdc.gov/wonder/prevgui...03002008000000

    http://caring4you.net/tests.html
  14. by   caliotter3
    I would continue to do questions and study the rationales. The more questions, the better. Good luck.

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