The more I study the more I realize how much I still don't know!! - page 3

Boy, oh boy! I am scheduled to take the NCLEX-PN this Monday (27th). I have been reading and doing the practice exams on the Saunders CD. I graduated top of my class but feel like I do not know... Read More

  1. by   cherielpn
    Quote from sjadin
    yeah, i'm terrified as well. i took kaplan and just recently found an application that gives me test questions on my itouch. it's from pepid, and is a cool little program that allows me to study on the bus on my way to class. just over a month to go... i'm keeping my fingers crossed.
    that is pretty cool. i had a pda with a few nursing programs on it. i let the main battery die (accidently of course) and i lost everything!!! stupid me, i never saved the actual programs to my desktop computer and now the company wants me to purchase them all over again. i never studied any kaplan. i only used saunders 3rd edition and the cd. you will be just fine, i will keep my fingers crossed for you as well. good luck.
  2. by   ontocrna
    Thanks for expressing the craziness that all of us waiting to test are feeling! I test on Thurs. morning. My scores on practice questions don't seem high enough and all of the information is running together like mud! Just thinking about it makes me want to vomit!

    One little tip from Kaplan that has really helped me (for those yet to test) was to make lists or focus pages. I have a list of 20 most common drugs (Mag sulfate, oxytocin, lithium, digoxin, etc.) and all the info on them. I have one on electrolytes, abg causes, standard/transmission precautions, major labs, obvious positioning ("good lung down"), and one for just memory aids (B=Brain/Babinski's versus K=knee/Kernig's). My favorite one is a glossary I've made for obscure terms (like Hirschsprung's disease, serum sickness reaction, and dysthymia) as I've gone through studying. That way I have a short review of major stuff I know I'll see on the test to peruse just before I head in. It condensed key items down a bit.

    Good luck all and happy testing!
  3. by   cherielpn
    Quote from ontocrna
    thanks for expressing the craziness that all of us waiting to test are feeling! i test on thurs. morning. my scores on practice questions don't seem high enough and all of the information is running together like mud! just thinking about it makes me want to vomit!

    one little tip from kaplan that has really helped me (for those yet to test) was to make lists or focus pages. i have a list of 20 most common drugs (mag sulfate, oxytocin, lithium, digoxin, etc.) and all the info on them. i have one on electrolytes, abg causes, standard/transmission precautions, major labs, obvious positioning ("good lung down"), and one for just memory aids (b=brain/babinski's versus k=knee/kernig's). my favorite one is a glossary i've made for obscure terms (like hirschsprung's disease, serum sickness reaction, and dysthymia) as i've gone through studying. that way i have a short review of major stuff i know i'll see on the test to peruse just before i head in. it condensed key items down a bit.

    good luck all and happy testing!
    gee, can you email me all of your wonderful notes? hehe sounds like something good to have as i go on for my bsn. i am sure i will come up with many more wonderful study aids. i know one thing...i studied all the lab values (major ones) and they asked me some off the wall lab values (the ones i didn't study). i have to say, the nclex definetely keeps people on their toes.
  4. by   LN4N6RN
    I feel the same way. I will be taking my NCLEX RN May 11th for the 4th time and I feel like I don't know enough. I don't know whats up and down some days! I also want to know if the pass rate percentage goes up the more times you take it. I am looking at the candidate performance sheet that you get when you fail and I was above the pass rate in everything except one subject! Grrrr!!! Keep hope alive people and keep studying. I am using the Saunders 4th edition!
  5. by   cherielpn
    Quote from lauranelli
    i feel the same way. i will be taking my nclex rn may 11th for the 4th time and i feel like i don't know enough. i don't know whats up and down some days! i also want to know if the pass rate percentage goes up the more times you take it. i am looking at the candidate performance sheet that you get when you fail and i was above the pass rate in everything except one subject! grrrr!!! keep hope alive people and keep studying. i am using the saunders 4th edition!
    i don't think you will ever feel like you know enough. there is just no way to know everything about everything. i believe the pass rate percentage goes up the more times you take it because you are studing more and more for it. you will pass. believe in yourself and trust in what you know. (i should have listened to my own advice right b4 my test, but like you, i was a hot mess!
  6. by   elnkb
    Way2barnp did u pass?????!!!!!! Tell me that u did!!! Praying for ya!
  7. by   cherielpn
    Quote from elnkb
    way2barnp did u pass?????!!!!!! tell me that u did!!! praying for ya!
    i passed!! i didn't pay the $7.95 for quick results. my license was already posted on the bon website!!! i start work on monday!!!!! how are you holding up??? keep checking your bon website. i took the test on monday (27th) and my license was issued on the 28th. keeping my fingers crossed for you.
    :clphnds:rdnrs:
    i am officially a nurse....holy crap!!!!
  8. by   javaline
    :d i am soooo excited, i just found out i passed the nclex. i got 75 questions and thought i failed it for sure but i didn't. it feels great knowing all my hard work has finally paid off. congratulations to you way2barnp. i just want to let you know, you were one of the reasons i took my test. after reading your post, i was so relieved i wasn't the only one feeling this way. so to you, i say thank you, and again, congratulations!!!!!
  9. by   cherielpn
    Quote from javaline
    :d i am soooo excited, i just found out i passed the nclex. i got 75 questions and thought i failed it for sure but i didn't. it feels great knowing all my hard work has finally paid off. congratulations to you way2barnp. i just want to let you know, you were one of the reasons i took my test. after reading your post, i was so relieved i wasn't the only one feeling this way. so to you, i say thank you, and again, congratulations!!!!!
    well thank you very much javaline. i am very happy to hear that you passed. i am sure there are a bunch of nurses to be out there that feel the same way. you just have to believe in what you have learned, think things through, and most of all believe in yourself. congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :rcgtku:
  10. by   cherielpn
    Quote from elnkb
    way2barnp did u pass?????!!!!!! tell me that u did!!! praying for ya!
    hey elnkb.....haven't heard from you at all today???????????????? hope all is well.
  11. by   elnkb
    I PASSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEDDD!! OMG I am a RN!!!!!! Can u believe it!!! Holy moly!! Its crazy!!! Congrats to you and meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Way2barnp! thank you for starting this thread, it relieved a lot of my anxieties while I was studying. I wish you all the luck in the future. Lets go be the best nurses that we are!!

    CONGRATS TO ALLLLL
  12. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from elnkb
    I PASSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEDDD!! OMG I am a RN!!!!!! Can u believe it!!! Holy moly!! Its crazy!!! Congrats to you and meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Way2barnp! thank you for starting this thread, it relieved a lot of my anxieties while I was studying. I wish you all the luck in the future. Lets go be the best nurses that we are!!

    CONGRATS TO ALLLLL
    Congratulations
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