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by LauraMT LauraMT (Member)

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Hi, I've been lurking for a few weeks. I'm taking the NCLEX for the 1st (hopefully only) time on Wednesday the 20th. I am so nervous and would love any last minute advice.

I've been studying with the Saunders books. I have about 5 chapters left in the comprehensive review book and have been scoring in the high 60s on those tests when I take them before I read the chapter. That freaked me out but I just took the comprehensive test in the Q&A book and I got an 88 so I guess there is hope.

My husband is not being very supportive in my efforts to study and I really just got to start at the beginning of this month. I had to put my kid in daycare full time and quit my job to find time to do it. To top it all off he picked THIS WEEK to rip our kitchen out down to the studs for a major remodel. So I have electritions (that looks like it's spelled wrong, hmm...) and plumbers with power tools in my house and have no way to cook anything that isn't microwavable and there is drywall dust and other crap everywhere and a dumpster in my driveway. I am supposed to start orientation at a hospital with my dream job (telemetry, I love hearts) on the 25th so I better freaking pass. Also, I got 975 on my HESI. Does anyone know how predictive that test really is?

Thanks so much if you bothered to read this far. I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts and you have really helped me a lot as I lurk.

Laura

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Hey! I am in the same position as you. I take NCLEX Monday, and I've also been studying from the Saunder's book. I will keep an eye on this thread to see any tips from other people.

As for me, my only tip is the night before STOP studying by 6pm and do something for yourself. Go to a fun movie, out to dinner, etc. My review class teacher (who has a 100% pass rate for her students, she's been doing this for 4 years) swears by this. She said have someone hide your book if you have to! Have a good breakfast the a.m. of and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get there in case of traffic.

Good luck!

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MrsMommaRN has 2 years experience and specializes in orthopaedics.

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first take a deep breath. sometimes husbands are less compassionate about our situation than others like us. don't burn yourself out with your studying. take breaks and study in 30 minute blocks. there have been studys done that say your brain stops focusing after about 20-30 minutes when you are trying to retain information.

it sounds like you are on the right track and are doing great! this past spring when we took the hesi at my nursing school we were told the passing range was 800-850. you are going to be fine.

the hardest part is the waiting for the results which is what i am doing now.

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jessi1106 has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Adult Acute Care Medicine.

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Hi, I just wanted to say that my thoughts are with you.

You scored excellent on your HESI, It sounds like you have done very well in preparing.

Yeah, sometimes husbands are a bit less than supportive. Mine keeps assuring me not to worry and that I will do fine and pass the NCLEX first time. I think that its hard for those who arent in the situation to understand just how nerve racking this exam is!

Best of luck on Wednesday! Let us know how it went.

-Jessica

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Now it's FIVE DAYS. I finished the 1200 page comprehensive review book. Meds are so hard for me--hopefully I'll get questions for meds I've heard of.(and can recall).

if anyone checks back...

Mom2bears did you get your results? I'm sure you did a great job.

TinaH, did your test go well?

RNinJune, good advice. My daughter has her first swimming lesson the night before so we're going to do that and then she's going to spend the night at her Auntie's house. And I am going to SLEEP. Keep me posted about your test.

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HippyRN specializes in Family Centered Care, Med-Surg.

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LauraMT,

I'm scheduled for my exam June 19th so I'm feeling the pressure now, too. Up until now I've been pretty confident and have studied but not obsessively so. Now that it's getting close, I'm starting to doubt myself and hope that I've prepared enough! My thoughts are, if we made it this far and graduated nursing school, we know what we're doing. It's all about reviewing what should already be somewhere in our heads, trying to relax and choose the best answers.

Good luck! Just think how great it will be after it's all over!

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moongirl specializes in OB.

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Everyone I know that has taken the NCLEX in the last few weeks got tons of prioritizing questions. Plan some study focus on "who would you see first"

good luck to all, I take mine July 2nd.

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scoobydoo32 has 7 years experience as a RN and specializes in Maternity.

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good luck ,on ur nclex i'm waiting for my ATTbefore i can schedule. i understand about husbands mine doesn't understand why i need to practice so much. but i still do.

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