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by chr1slawrence chr1slawrence (New) New Nurse Student

I've failed my NCLEX exam 3 times now in the past year. I'm feeling really frustrated and defeated. I used UWorld the first time. Then Saunders and UWorld. Then everything I could find. and Now I'm using Nursing.com. 

A lot of the rationales on this site is not very informative. The people who wrote this up seem very lazy. Here is an example...

Anyway, I'm gonna browse around to see what other tips I can find to hopefully get me up to par in passing this dang test again...

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londonflo

londonflo

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On 6/26/2021 at 12:28 AM, chr1slawrence said:

The people who wrote this up seem very lazy.

Knowing drug suffixes help you to know the category and possible side effects. Macrolides are a specific class of antibiotics . For example:  erythromycin. If you have a Davis Drug Guide or a similar book, sometimes there are pages discussing the drug categories and the suffixes. Best wishes as you study!

Medic2RN72, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Research. Has 1 years experience. 32 Posts

I took NCLEX last May & I had a subscription to Nursing.com. It's hard to help w/o knowing your indicators. Keep in mind that UWorld is a prep. I used Nursing.com to help "supplement" my learning & to study for test during school. My school used HESI for benchmarking. I knew my "weak areas" ( OB & Peds) and brushed up before taking NCLEX. Have you looked at your NCSBN report to see your weak areas? Here was MY indicators. I passed the HESI exit exam with a 921, (benchmark was 900 for us). I passed the CAT HESI Exam. I started using UWorld May 17th. I tested May 28th. I tested because I used 75% of the test bank and was at 63% (86% percentile) and my 1st assessment put me at "highly likely" to pass. Honestly, "ALL" of my prep was done 2 years in nursing school. UWorld only "validated" that I was ready for NCLEX. I passed in 75. If you have "cracks" in your education, UWorld, Nursing.com, Kaplan, Saunders, Mark K, will do little to help you. My suggestions is to go back to your "base" education, figure out your cracks (NCSBN NCLEX report) and start there. Don't worry about how many times you failed, you can do it. NCLEX is just a formality. I have a friend that failed 6 times. He didn't give up. Today, he's a Flight Nurse and to my knowledge, nobody cares how many times he took NCLEX. You got this, just start from the beginning and "reassess". I wish you the best!  

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londonflo

londonflo

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3 hours ago, Medic2RN72 said:

Have you looked at your NCSBN report to see your weak areas?

 

3 hours ago, Medic2RN72 said:

"ALL" of my prep was done 2 years in nursing school.

 

3 hours ago, Medic2RN72 said:

My suggestions is to go back to your "base" education, figure out your cracks (NCSBN NCLEX report) and start there.

All of these quoted come from a wise RN. Please look at your NCLEX report and look at the NCLEX test plan. Frankly if you just skimmed by in Nursing School (Especially the Foundational Courses) it is hard, BUT not impossible to pass. 

https://www.NCSBN.org/2019_RN_TestPlan-English.pdf

If you were building a house, you would expect the builder to have a blue print.....Here is yours.

Best Wishes.

 

On 7/1/2021 at 4:29 PM, Medic2RN72 said:

If you have "cracks" in your education, UWorld, Nursing.com, Kaplan, Saunders, Mark K, will do little to help you.

This is confusing to me. Sites like nursing.com don’t just prepare you with testing strategies and NPQ, they actually have a number of courses and other content to actually help you fill in the cracks in your knowledge. 

If it weren’t for products like these, how would one fill in the cracks in their education? We’ve already graduated, so that part is done. What’s left to fill in the cracks in the foundation are videos and text books. 

Medic2RN72, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Research. Has 1 years experience. 32 Posts

 I totally understand what you saying, but that is only 1 line out of the entire conversation. Keep in mind that we don't know any "additional" information so let me expand further what I mean by "cracks" in his foundation. What he stated was that he failed NCLEX 3 times. Under normal circumstances, using Saunders, Kaplan, UWorld etc would be sufficient for NCLEX prep. Let me go even deeper. NCSBN are the writers for NCLEX correct? NCLEX test the ability of an "entry" level nurse to practice safely am I correct? Nursing school teaches & lectures from the set standards of the NCSBN (or should). I don't know enough about the OP to assume his education followed those standards. He may well be a foreign grad, I have no idea. What I mean by "cracks" in his foundation is just that! I don't mean "info" that he has forgotten. Of course you can use supplemental tools like I did during nursing school to help get a good foundation. I used nursing.com, RegisteredNurseRN.com, & Saunders to supplement my lecture during nursing school. But after 3 attempts at NCLEX, he needs to look deeper. That's what I mean. Hope that cleared up the misunderstanding.

On 7/4/2021 at 9:13 PM, Medic2RN72 said:

 I totally understand what you saying, but that is only 1 line out of the entire conversation. Keep in mind that we don't know any "additional" information so let me expand further what I mean by "cracks" in his foundation. What he stated was that he failed NCLEX 3 times. Under normal circumstances, using Saunders, Kaplan, UWorld etc would be sufficient for NCLEX prep. Let me go even deeper. NCSBN are the writers for NCLEX correct? NCLEX test the ability of an "entry" level nurse to practice safely am I correct? Nursing school teaches & lectures from the set standards of the NCSBN (or should). I don't know enough about the OP to assume his education followed those standards. He may well be a foreign grad, I have no idea. What I mean by "cracks" in his foundation is just that! I don't mean "info" that he has forgotten. Of course you can use supplemental tools like I did during nursing school to help get a good foundation. I used nursing.com, RegisteredNurseRN.com, & Saunders to supplement my lecture during nursing school. But after 3 attempts at NCLEX, he needs to look deeper. That's what I mean. Hope that cleared up the misunderstanding.

Thanks, I wasn’t trying to dismiss the content of your full message, that one sentence just confused me. 

I think I know what you are saying though. I just passed my NCLEX and I felt Mark Klimek was an absolutely stellar resource, but if I didn’t have the foundational knowledge all Mark would have done was teach me tricks and that’s not enough to pass the NCLEX or practice safety. 

I passed yesterday morning and got my RN license via email by the afternoon. I seriously thought I was going to fail but I figured I would give it my best shot. It shut off in 75 questions! 

To the OP, I graduated from my accelerated BSN program almost 2 years ago, and was not the book worm many of my classmates were. When I started studying to take this test 4 months ago, nursing.com really helped me remember and get to the meat of the things I forgot - I would for sure say even if your nursing school did a bad job of preparing you, nursing.com could fill in the gaps but you might have to take the majority of their courses. I went so far back with studying on nursing.com that I retook their med terminology and A&P courses, did their full fundamentals course, labs, fluid and electrolyte, diagnostics, pre and post op, EKG, cardiac, and touched on many of their other lessons and care plans. I didn’t leave many of those fundamental knowledge stones left unturned, because if you don’t have a solid foundation it’s hard to build knowledge above it. I also took 1100 NPQ questions on their website, supplemented my studies with Picmonic & Picmonic webinars on Youtube, watched a few videos by others on topics I was confused about, and listened to all but 1 of Mark Klimek’s lectures (they were so incredibly helpful, especially his last lecture on prioritization and delegation!). 

If you need any help, be in touch! 

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