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ok i graduated from my college last month and now i m studying for my nclex but my school gave us 2 saunders cds and we have to take tests from those cds and i want to take those tests soon so that i can take my nclex early also...now i cant decide if i should study both cds together i mean i m doing subject by subject and i m thinking to do study for example study cardiovascular in both cds and when i finish that start another subject like respiratory system.. and again first study the first cd and after i finsh it, then do it in the other cd also...is this the good way to do it ..what do u guys think....please tell if this is a good idea and a faster way to do it or i should first finsh one cd and then do the second one..??????

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ScaredTracey

74 Posts

okay,

here is my advice. since i am now an offical rn (as of thursday!) i graduated in may and then went straight to kaplan...for two weeks. no break. i started my job june 1st. then i was so burned out...i didn't study at all for two weeks.

i was looking at my schedule for work and decided just do it. sign up for the test. i did...for july 8th. it gave me 4 weeks. before i knew it i had 13 days till the test.

i did 200 questions a day. one week prior i did about 400 questions a day. i never reviewed the content as our 4th semester prepared me very well.

i used kaplan, nclex 3500, and i used saunders 4th edition cd.

on nclex: study not only the medicine but how to give it...am, pm, with milk, orange juice. study the disease if you don't know the disease signs and symptoms you need to review it! study who to see first and delegation. even review bioterr. (anthrax). infection control...what to wear when and for what disease. peds, and maternity. it is a lot of content. be sure to practice those questions and you will be fine. i had one math..change pounds to kg, the mcg to mg and then change minutes to hour. must have got that one right; it did not ask me another math question!

all above is what kaplan teaches you. i only did practice questions and passed. the test was hard for me.. but i passed.

good luck

RNindmaking

190 Posts

okay,

here is my advice. since i am now an offical rn (as of thursday!) i graduated in may and then went straight to kaplan...for two weeks. no break. i started my job june 1st. then i was so burned out...i didn't study at all for two weeks.

i was looking at my schedule for work and decided just do it. sign up for the test. i did...for july 8th. it gave me 4 weeks. before i knew it i had 13 days till the test.

i did 200 questions a day. one week prior i did about 400 questions a day. i never reviewed the content as our 4th semester prepared me very well.

i used kaplan, nclex 3500, and i used saunders 4th edition cd.

on nclex: study not only the medicine but how to give it...am, pm, with milk, orange juice. study the disease if you don't know the disease signs and symptoms you need to review it! study who to see first and delegation. even review bioterr. (anthrax). infection control...what to wear when and for what disease. peds, and maternity. it is a lot of content. be sure to practice those questions and you will be fine. i had one math..change pounds to kg, the mcg to mg and then change minutes to hour. must have got that one right; it did not ask me another math question!

all above is what kaplan teaches you. i only did practice questions and passed. the test was hard for me.. but i passed.

good luck

what were your scores at kaplan,saunders and nclex 3500? by the way, congratulatons!

ScaredTracey

74 Posts

Kaplan was about 60-61 % for question trainers...Quiz Overall 59%....and then about 70% Saunders and NCLEX 3500....and I passed....yeahh

RNindmaking

190 Posts

Kaplan was about 60-61 % for question trainers...Quiz Overall 59%....and then about 70% Saunders and NCLEX 3500....and I passed....yeahh

Thanks for the quick reply Scared Tracey (you must change your name to Happy Tracey,what do you think?LOL).

I failed my first time using only kaplan. Now I am scared to death to take the second time. I get 70-85% in Saunders. Still, i don't know if i'm prepared to take the exam again.:o in other cds i also get 70s. I don't know what to do, i wanna take the exam soon but i am not sure if I am ready. I'am scared to fail again...:imbar

ScaredTracey

74 Posts

i was uncertain in myself. i was scared...and now...i am happy it is over. what a weight to be lifted. review the diseases...hypothyroid, hyper..., cushings, diabetes...meds...

practice more questions. don't sell yourself short (like i did). you prepared well...practice everyday...and you will be okay. you graduated and you must not give up. keep your head high...you can do it!

RNindmaking

190 Posts

Yes you're right. I guess we're both nervous people. :D But you're done from being one and you're an RN already. You think i still have to read saunders comprehensive book or just answer more practice questions and read each rationale? Thanks for the pieces of advice Tracey!

ScaredTracey

74 Posts

i did not read any book...just did practice questions. i wish i would have read over the endocrine section. besides that ...i was nervous nelly.....

trust yourself. do more questions, and then read each rationale. schedule that test. the longer you wait the more anxiety and the more you can forget. schedule the test in the afternoon (less time to wait)...not like me in the am. i hope you state has quick results..if not the pearson trick works...just read my drama again on that site from a few days ago....

happy to be a rn....

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