Passed my NCLEX-RN! My NCLEX Review Material Tips

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After graduating, I failed the NCLEX twice. I was overwhelmed with the internship and not knowing what/how to study for the exam. Also, was overwhelmed with real life stuff after graduating nursing school. I also worked part time as a tech and was just feeling distracted.

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mikealz

mikealz

1 Post

Hey guys...i just took my first nclex rn examination this passed Friday, 8/10/2012. I did 75 question and the computer shut off, i only got like 3 SATA and all priority question. with that said, i think i failed it. lol, but one thing i learned from my first examination is that, the questions are not that hard, you just need to know your priorities and delegations. my result will come out on monday and will let you guys know how i did.

Mynursing2012

Mynursing2012

9 Posts

Congrats! Thank you for sharing such useful information.

iheartNICU89

iheartNICU89

48 Posts

congrats and thanks for the tips!

NadiaMarie

NadiaMarie

21 Posts

Priority questions are higher level questions as well as delegation! You need a good content base and good critical thinking in order to answer those! Lower level questions are the hot spots and whatnot :) Also, it is difficult to fail in 75 questions I've heard. Hope you did well!

madel0119

madel0119

33 Posts

Hi KarenRN10,Congratulations!!! Job well done officially RN after your name.

I would like to please send me thru my email theLab values NCLEX rev docs which u had used in your review.Im reviewing also for my exam on Nov i really appreciated this thread in sharing your review method and dedication to achieve your ultimate goal.

Jes24

Jes24

35 Posts

Yes, I just took NCLEX last week and I took a total of 85 questions. With in the first 75 questions I had like 20 select all that apply and many priority/delegation questions. I had thought I failed but my friend had said if you were getting a lot of these type of questions that I had passed. I did the Pearson Vue pop-up when I got home like an hour later and I had got the pop up. Less than 48 hours later my name was on the BRN website (Ca does not participate in Quick Results). The pop up has worked for me and all of my friends! If you get the pop up u pass; if you get the credit card screen u fail :(. Good luck to all who have not taken it. I did kaplan questions like crazy, I also borrowed a friends Hurst book and watched the online videos which was very helpful.

sweetnurse786

sweetnurse786

57 Posts

I took my nclex last week and I failed :( I made some really stupid mistakes...I rushed myself and was out the door in 1 hour with 75 questions and failed. People said if you get a lot of SATA or questions in " " or if you get a lot of priority questions you are doing well and that is all not true. I got all of that and still did not passed. A friend of mine who also did not pass had similar pattern of questions...so do not listen to people when they give you such advices because everyone has a different test. No one will get the same questions or type of questions...

My first attempt I studied for 3 months (big mistake) you only really need a month to study and second, I rushed myself when you should take your time for the first 75 questions. I used Kaplan and I did all the trainers, qbank questions and sample tests and scored in 50s-70s and I still did not learn their strategies. I feel the NCLEX is MUCH harder than Kaplan and its not just me who felt that way but majority of the people I spoke with in my cohort felt that way. Kaplan's teaching is all about knowing their strategies and applying them to all sort of questions but they dont work necessarily..at least it didnt work for me or most of my friends. I listened to Feur lectures for content because my content is weak and I also found a few documents on allnurses.com that were really helpful for content. I also did Saunders questions from Saunders Q&A book which were much easier comparison to Kaplan as well as the NCLEX. I must have done over 3000+ questions and still did not pass...but I know for a fact that my issue was timing...

Now my second attempt strategy is to focus on really knowing how the NCLEX questions are designed...the book that I think are similar to NCLEX style questions are Prioritization, Delegation and Assignment by LaCharity. Majority were prioritization. I do also believe that the actual NCLEX questions are written poorly on the test and they are bound to make someone really really think about them before selecting an answer. I am also thinking of buying a package from NCSBN because they are the ones who actually write the NCLEX so I think for practice questions I am going to use their questions and for content, I am going to review my notes as well as go through the Saunders Review book.

In addition to all that, I am going to pray (which I did in my first attempt) and not give up on God and next time I know I am going to pass. I will keep you all posted! best of luck to everyone...

ronim73

ronim73

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 15 years experience. 3 Posts

Will be taking nclex-pn for the second time. So nervous. Need to stop putting it off and do it. Just not sure where to start.

angileek42

angileek42

30 Posts

I'm planning on taking the test between Nov-Dec so thanks for taking the time to share your tips.

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rizmei

rizmei

143 Posts

thanks for sharing will take this december probably first week!! waaaahh

nebulizer34

nebulizer34

4 Posts

Hey guys. Just thought I'd give an update. I took the NCLEX on Friday and passed! To be completely honest, I didn't think the test was that bad at all (I'm not a phenomenal student by any means, and am not just saying this because I passed. I SWEAR). Obviously you never truly know until you see you license #, but after all the studying and thousands of practice questions answered, to get a test like I got felt awesome. Never in the test did I feel that I was trying to being tricked. It really seemed to me that the test was very straight forward. I worried a lot about what kind of questions I would get and how challenging the select all the apply would be, since I suck at select all that apply. But I felt pretty confident on the SATA questions I got (I prolly got 25-30/90 questions). The test didn't ask about any obscure drugs or anything like that, It really just seemed to want to know kind of basic stuff. The most challenging questions were probably the priority questions, you are going to have to critically think about those (make sure you know what is an expected finding and what isn't). Like I posted before, I used to the Saunders CD, NCLEX 3500, Mosby's Comprehensive RN, ATI codes, and I read the OP attachments everyday the week before I took the test. In conclusion, the test is very passable, study hard and you will be fine. I wish you all well in your future endeavors.

lillypad274

lillypad274

36 Posts

I just passed at 75 questions (first time).

I found the FEUER Audio Review CD Sets very helpful. They came with booklets with review materials and questions. I mostly used the Saunders Comprehensive Review book and also, the Saunders Q& A book ( those questions were more difficult than the Review book).

Also, I reviewed part of the Delegation and Prioritization and Assignment book by Linda A. LasCharity, Kumagai, and Bartz.

I got both the FEUER PHARMACOLOGY Audio Review as well as the NCLEX RN / LPN Audio Reviews and felt that they were well worth the money. There are some very helpful tips that will not only help you in the NCLEX exam, but also in your nursing career to be a better nurse. They share some interesting stories as ways to demonstrate ways to avoid common errors and anticipate things and be prepared.

The Saunders Review Book was also excellent, and it was nice that it divides the material into 10 page chapters in outline form with questions and rationales at the end, so you don't get so overwhelmed with the size of the book. There were a few mistakes in Saunders that I noticed such as review of CPR had contradictions from one page to the next. One of the chapters for labor did not include information that was needed to answer the questions at the end of the chapter and it was not info that most students would be familiar with. The rationales were very good.