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Passed NCLEX-RN on August 31, 2010

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by irish_rainbow irish_rainbow (Member)

irish_rainbow has 6 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Hello all,

I posted about a month and a half ago about my first NCLEX-RN attempt and how I failed. Well, I retook the exam on Tuesday and found out this morning that I passed! :D If you have not read my previous thread and want to, it's here: Failed NCLEX-RN - need help indentifying weaknesses - Nursing for Nurses

I did the Pearson Vue Trick on both attempts and it was accurate. Not saying it is 100% accurate, but seems to be accurate for the majority of people.

For the first attempt, I took the Hurst Review course and did 1,000 practice questions. I got 265 questions on the test and received near passing on all my categories. For the second attempt, I did 5,000 + practice questions and read strategy books. People tell you that eventually you feel confident about taking the exam. I didn't believe them at first and thought "How will I ever feel confident about this test? It's so difficult!" However, on Sunday I finished up my final studying and took Monday off. I did feel confident about taking the test again. My test was at 2 pm, so I had plenty of time to sleep in, eat breakfast and lunch, and get to the testing center with an hour to spare. It is very important that you schedule your test at the right time of day. If you did good on your predictor tests in nursing school, look to see what time of day they were scheduled. I passed all of mine and they were scheduled for 1-3 pm. My first attempt was at 8 am, so that was definitely not so good.

So I showed up to the testing center and checked in. I did the tutorial and got to the 1st real question. Before I answered anything, I wrote down all my mnemonics on my eraser board, as well as my drug math formulas. The mnemonics can be found somewhere within this website... they were infection control. Then I began answering questions. I went to question 35 and took a break. During my break, I ate a Snickers bar and drank some Gatorade. I also did some stretches and tried monitoring my heart rate.

I went back in and had planned to take another break at question 76, but my test stopped at 75. I came home and tried the PVT an hour later and got the good pop up.

Anyone who has been through an accredited nursing program can pass NCLEX... it just takes determination and hard work. It might not happen the first time, or the second, or the third and so on and so forth... but I am a firm believer that if you want to accomplish a goal bad enough, you will do so. You must believe this is true to pass and not just say you can pass, but believe it.

:dancgrp:

P.S. There are a multitude of strategy and review books, so you can use pretty much anything you like and find comfortable/understandable. I used NCLEX 4000, Saunders, Mosby, and Kaplan.

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Silverdragon102 has 30 years experience as a BSN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Congrats

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Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! I was just wondering if you took your test yet. Job well done!!!!!!!!!!

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JbreezyRN has 6 years experience and works as a Developmental Disability RN.

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:ancong!::dancgrp:

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SDtoKY works as a Nursing Assistant.

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Congratulations on passing!

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Sl1011 works as a RN.

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Congrats!!! :) :) :):clpty:

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mspshak works as a Family Practice Nurse.

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GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!:yeah::yeah::yeah::yeah: I am testing "again" in a few weeks! Would you care to share your mneumonics? :D

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Yes, for goodness sakes, dont give up!

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SDtoKY works as a Nursing Assistant.

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I finally passed yesterday!!! Stopped at 75 questions. I took a break at 35. Stretched out, drank a gatorade, ate a candy bar. For about a minute i looked outside the window to regather my thoughts and went back in. Took another break but at this it was at 72 questions. I did the same routine and then after 3 questions my exam shut off. Like what irish_rainbow said earlier, if you graduated from an accredited RN or LPN program you can pass this test.

I had so many doubts when I failed twice.

Initially I started with Kaplan and did what they told us to do which was finish all the questions and score somewhere in the 60s. After failing on the second attempt, a coworker referred me to Hurst Review. I followed their lesson plan and read the book along with the 5th day material.

After failing for the second time, I never gave up. I figure it wasn't my time yet to be an RN.

I revised my study plan from reading and looking over Kaplan drug flash cards and the hurst review book for about 2 or 3 hours a day and followed up with 150 questions. I took some days off just to relax. I didn't do that on my second attempt. I tried studying 12 hours a day but that didn't work.

Anyways I logged down all my scores and percentages on the 8 categories. I did this leading up to yesterdays exam.

Overall, I logged in over 4000 questions. This included the Kaplan Qbank, Hurst Review QReview and NCLEX 4000

At the end it was well worth the time and the patience.

For everyone out there. YOU CAN DO THIS! and please please please NEVER GIVE UP!

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