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Nurse from Europe (Netherlands) needs advice

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Specializes in PACU-general. Has 17 years experience.

Hi everyone,

I took the NCLEX-RN for the second time last Wednesday. Just found out I failed.

What a bummer! Had 265 questions both times. The first time I was very nervous, had several breakdowns during the exam and knew I failed. Last week was different; I was relaxed, no breakdowns, just answered the questions.

To me it felt I had a change at passing. Unfortunately I didn't.

I went to nursing school in the Netherlands, passed 12 years ago and worked at a PACU-unit ever since.

Two years ago my husband and I decided we wanted to go for a new life in the US. So a nursing license is very welcome!:nurse:

Are there Dutch/ European nurses on this forum who can advise me how to study for NCLEX?

I'm understanding that this isn't just an exam. Even US (student) nurses struggle passing. I've read their stories here and it helps me to keep going. Kudos for all of you who didn't give up on their dream and for all the ones still struggling.:yeah::up:

So, I'm hoping for some support/ advice regarding this tough exam.

Thanks to you all:redbeathe

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

Find a good review book that is suited to you and your study style. Personally after 2 failures I found Saunders to be the best review book for me. Keep practising questions and reading the rationales and this includes questions you get right. With the right program and not to rush to sit the exam, with retrogression you have plenty of time to study and would suggest you check out the International forum as much has been written there about it.

I am an Australian nurse that has just passed the NCLEX after being out of school for quite a few years too!!!

Go to Welcome to Exam Master - Exam Master Corporation

There are 3800 higher order questions, do them all and you will get in tune with how to answer the questions!!!

Keep in mind that persistence is the key for everyone. Good luck.

agldragonRN

Specializes in Wound Care, LTC, Sub-Acute, Vents. Has 5 years experience.

i am an australian nurse that has just passed the nclex after being out of school for quite a few years too!!!

go to welcome to exam master - exam master corporation

there are 3800 higher order questions, do them all and you will get in tune with how to answer the questions!!!

you can also go to this website: university of texas medical branch - nursing

it's the same program but for free. you just have to register. and just fyi the questions from exam master are the exact questions i had from my nclex 3500 cd.

angel, rn

Frederique-NL

Specializes in PACU-general. Has 17 years experience.

I am an Australian nurse that has just passed the NCLEX after being out of school for quite a few years too!!!

Go to Welcome to Exam Master - Exam Master Corporation

There are 3800 higher order questions, do them all and you will get in tune with how to answer the questions!!!

Hi,

I'm wondering, how did you study? Just practicing questions? I'm having trouble with content, you know, all the diseases and stuff. It's been so long and I no longer have my school books...

Thanks for your reply!

Frederique-NL

Specializes in PACU-general. Has 17 years experience.

Keep in mind that persistence is the key for everyone. Good luck.

So true, thanks!

Frederique-NL

Specializes in PACU-general. Has 17 years experience.

Hi Silverdragon,

I've used Saunders the first time and Kaplan + nursingreviewonline the second time. Didn't get me where I wanted to be...

Kaplan seems to make sense but I'm having a hard time applying it during the exam. I can't recognize the "situations" if you know what I mean?

I had to brush up on content too........i did questions, questions, questions!!!! I found that by reading the rationales to both the questions that i got right and wrong i learnt content at the same time as getting comfortable with answering NCLEX style questions.

I found the random fact file on here to be very important to study too.

I also used a free site called studystacks.com to learn drug suffixes........it allows you to study in "game" mode.....like hangman and word connect.

Search on here for the infection control mnemonics.............it really helped me to remember all the precautions.

Also i would highly recommend getting the book by Linda LaCharity on delegation..........it is the most helpful book and will help you get ready for the NCLEX!!

Good luck!!!

Frederique-NL

Specializes in PACU-general. Has 17 years experience.

I had to brush up on content too........i did questions, questions, questions!!!! I found that by reading the rationales to both the questions that i got right and wrong i learnt content at the same time as getting comfortable with answering NCLEX style questions.

I found the random fact file on here to be very important to study too.

I also used a free site called studystacks.com to learn drug suffixes........it allows you to study in "game" mode.....like hangman and word connect.

Search on here for the infection control mnemonics.............it really helped me to remember all the precautions.

Also i would highly recommend getting the book by Linda LaCharity on delegation..........it is the most helpful book and will help you get ready for the NCLEX!!

Good luck!!!

Thanks,

I just ordered the book by Linda LaCharity. Seems to be what I need. I keep getting those questions wrong!

Those are tough..

In how many attempts did you pass?

First attempt!!!

I am sure that once you do the LaCHarity book you will be on the right path!!

Hi Frederique.

I read that you are and became a Nurse in Holland and I'm interested to move from Italy to Holland to study in A Nursing school.

It's really hard to get information.

Do you know any nursing schools in English in Amsterdam or have any contacts of people that could help me?

Please let me know, even by e-mail christopherbutera@hotmail.com.

Thank you very much.

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British Bulldog

Specializes in Women's Health. Has 4 years experience.

Hey,

Welcome! I failed the exam 3 times now and it's driving me crazy! I used Saunder's, took the Kaplan class, exam cram and NCLEX review 3500....no joy! Even took a class way back by O'Grady Peyton in London...none of them helped me. I'm currently using the LaCharity book,Davis's Pharmacology and Lippincott's alternate format questions. I got a lot of SATA (select all that apply) questions the last time and these are very easy to fail.

I wish you all the best. Keep at it girl!

Frederique-NL

Specializes in PACU-general. Has 17 years experience.

Hi Bullgog,

Well, I'm happy to tell you that I passed in January! This is an old post of mine.

I used LaCharity and practiced all the questions I could find. Again I got 265 questions ( 3rd time!) and passed!

I found the impossible to be possible.

So, keep the faith and don't quit until you pass. Believe in yourself!

Good luck!

British Bulldog

Specializes in Women's Health. Has 4 years experience.

Oh wow!!!Well done. That's fab!Really pleased for you. Wish me luck, taking it at the end of the month.

Frederique-NL

Specializes in PACU-general. Has 17 years experience.

Bulldog,

keep it up! and remember to believe in yourself, my thoughts during the exam were: I´m gonna pass this time.

And I did, thank God! It can be done, me, out of school for more than 12 years! So you can too.

Good luck and let me know what happened.:up:

btw, the Pearson Vue trick works! Try it as soon as you get home.

Bye, Frederique

British Bulldog

Specializes in Women's Health. Has 4 years experience.

My exam is tomorrow at 3pm! Wish me luck....will def try the PVT. I hope I'll make it this time.

Frederique-NL

Specializes in PACU-general. Has 17 years experience.

My exam is tomorrow at 3pm! Wish me luck....will def try the PVT. I hope I'll make it this time.

Believe in yourself! You'll make it! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. :yeah: