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    Hey everyone. I used this site a lot when I was preparing to take the NCLEX for tips about prep, info on how the exam will be, and to find information about when I would get results, etc. So here is my experience to help others! I live in Missouri. Prep: I graduated May 5th. I got my ATT on May 21st. (I think the time on this varies though depending on when your school sends the final transcripts to the BON in your state). I DID NOT STUDY ANYTIME from May 5th to May 21st. However, I did buy UWORLD on May 10th (the 60 day subscription with the 2 practice tests) with intentions to start studying. Again, I did not use it until May 21st. Specific Studying Methods: May 21st-June 4th: I did 75 questions daily. I did section by section (ie. one day I did peds, OB, Psych, Prioritization, Med Surg-Respiratory, Med Surg-cardiac, etc). I used the TUTOR mode where you get the rationals right away. I would carefully take notes on these (wrote them down on paper and made some google documents where I typed the information) and made flashcards within UWORLD. I felt this was the best way to study (for me) because after I read the rational, I would get a question about the same topic later and be able to use what I had learned about from previous questions to help me answer the new question about the topic. It helped to reinforce the knowledge. ** Give yourself approximately 5-6 hours a day to complete these tests. Going through the rationals take forever but it's SO worth it. ******* You can break it up into 2 3-hour study sessions if you would like. Also, I would recommend doing this in a distraction free environment. I did not have my phone with me or any other tabs open so I could focus on just the information I was learning. June 3rd-June 9th: At this point I had finished going through the individual sections (some of them, I would do 2x (depending on the amount of questions they had) if I was bad at it. For example, I went pediatrics 2 with unused questions because that is my weak area. I always made sure I left a fair amount of questions though so that I could do MIXED 75 question quizzes. So that's what I from 6/3-6/9. I did 75-150 questions a day on the TIMED MODE (take it just like the real NCLEX). I found this helpful because I was so used to getting the rationales right after that it took me a few days to get used to just sitting through the questions and not knowing the answers right away. Also, do not use your phone, notes, eat, or stop during the time that you take the tests. Act like you're taking the NCLEX. When you finish the questions, go through the rationals. At this point, I still read through all the rationals but I didn't write down tons of stuff as I had seen most of this information before. On the rare questions about "minor" topics (ex. Sjögren's syndrome), I wrote down the basic patho/ MAJOR sign and symptoms and went on. I didn't worry about memorizing everything. Also, every other day, I went through my flashcards that I made on UWORLD. I only made flash cards on major topics (what I needed to study). This helped me a lot though. I did the 2 assessments on June 3rd and June 8th. My scores were 76% and 78% (both very high chance of passing- 97th Percentile). My UWORLD scores during my whole time studying ranged from 57% to 81%. Most of my scores were in the high 60's and low 70's. However, as I kept going through questions I got better scores/higher percentages. Some days at the end (closer to NCLEX I mean), I got a lower score (like low 60's). Don't worry. You were probably just distracted or something. Just go through the questions and review what you got wrong. Don't let it freak you out. My overall percentage when I finished UWORLD was 70%. NCLEX: I did a practice test the day before NCLEX (just a random 75 question one) and reviewed it. The day of NCLEX (Monday, June 10th), I studied major medications (insulin, heart meds, diuretics) and lab values but no other questions. I arrived at the facility 1 hour early. Walked for 30 minutes to help clear my head then I went in. I went through the registration process and then was allowed to start my test. The NCLEX looks exactly the same as UWORLD (colors, exhibits, calculator).. It was comforting. While taking the test, I personally did NOT keep track of the amount SATA questions (That would freak me out). I had a fair amount of them though. About every other question was SATA. I had 3 drag and drop. No hot spots, audio, math, or anything like that. While I was taking the NCLEX, I pretended I was taking UWORLD. I just told myself to think through the question and to try to anticipate what the answer would be. The test shut off at 75 and I was so happy because I felt that the test went well. I used a lot of knowledge from UWORLD that I learned to help me answer. I would say if you are doing well with UWORLD (above 60% I think is what UWORLD recommends) you will do great! Just pretend you're taking another UWORLD test and breathe. You can do it!! Results: I did try the PVT when I got home (1 hour later) and got a good popup. However, I saw some people say that they got false negatives before so do this at your own risk, lol. I checked Nursys 28 hours after my test. My name and RN license was posted (this was in Missouri-not sure how long it takes other states). Yay! So I did NOT pay for the unofficial Pearson Vue results 48 hours later. Conclusion: You can do it! UWORLD is awesome. NCLEX is not a huge scary monster like it is made out to be in school. Still... take it seriously and give yourself some time to study. I only studied for 3 weeks which worked for me. I would recommend maybe giving yourself a bit more time (6 weeks) if you don't learn quickly/need more time to review. Do what you did to pass nursing school!! Trust yourself. You can do it!!!!!!!
  2. Hello nursing students. I used this site a lot throughout nursing school for advice. It was very helpful, so I wanted to give some of my own advice for ATI on this site. I will be covering the leadership, community, pharm, and RN comp ATI’s. First, ALWAYS do all practice questions and tests available for all tests!! Read ALL the rationales to help you understand why the options would be wrong/right. Leadership: It's very important that you read the whole book. They do especially like to ask about prioritization (what patient to see first) and delegation (what can a UAP do vs LPN vs RN). Also, they like to ask about quality improvement. I found quality improvement hard to study for because there's only a small section in the book about it but the practice test on the ATI site is very helpful. You could also get another prioritization/delegation book which has very similar questions and were very helpful. Also, I would strongly recommend reading through the community ATI book before you take leadership. There were a lot of questions about community on the leadership ATI. Community: I would also recommend reading the whole book. A lot questions are about infectious diseases. So make sure you know all the signs and symptoms and PPE when you're caring for a patient with an infectious disease. But make sure you read through everything else too. Also, I think it would be a good idea to just know immunizations and when you get them. Pharm: I totally slacked on studying for pharm. In desperation, I bought Cathy Parkes Pharmacology flash cards because I knew I wouldn’t have time to study the whole book. I ONLY studied these cards. I studied them nonstop for a few weeks. I walked on the treadmill every day for an hour or more and repeated them until I knew EVERY SINGLE word on the card... I got a 94%. Others in my class listened to the videos that Cathy Parkes had and did okay as well. RN COMP: I’m basically going to say what most other people say on this site. You definitely need to focus on your weak areas. I found that I had an equal amount of questions from each specific area of nursing (ex. Peds 15 questions, OB 16 questions, etc.) on the RN comp. So do not underestimate and study for just med surg and pharm. There is plenty of med surg and pharm on there as well. Go through content area that you are weak in for those topics too. Then briefly review what you’re already good at. I started studying 5 weeks ahead of time over all the content. However, I would say that 5 weeks is not enough time to study. I felt stressed and I spent most of my days reading the ATI book and taking notes in a separate note book. So, I would say start about 8 weeks early to review all the content and really take it all in. Also, whatever content that you review early (like if you review OB first) go back about every week or 2 weeks and retake the practice tests so that you don't forget what you studied. Other than that, I would say that it is very important to know your lab values!! Also don't forget about infectious diseases. ATI likes to focus on infectious diseases (mostly in the community book). Final note: Many students in my class used Cathy Parks ATI videos to help them. They also bought the flash cards that she made. I watched a few of her videos and there were very helpful. They covered some super important things that ATI liked to focus on. I personally am not a great auditory learner though, so I preferred to read the books and take my own notes. My method worked well, and I easily passed the ATI’s. My classmates who just watched the videos also did well. It just depends on how you learn. You can do it!! Good luck!!
  3. nikkys

    PEDS/OB- not passing

    Background info: I was struggling so bad with OB last semester (we have OB and Peds separate). I failed the second test in OB. I have been a straight A student all my life so when I saw my score I was appalled with myself, very upset and stressed. I immediately realized that even though I could recite the information for the test, I didn't understand it. I did everything that you did.. read the book, write the slides, listen to the "voiceovers" that my teachers posted but I just couldn't get the info to click with me. I asked some of my classmates to study with me. Before my study sessions I would make sure to review all the information and learn it as best as I could so that I could participate in the discussion. At our meetings we would go through all the information and go around in a circle asking questions. If someone didn't understand something we stopped and discussed it. Sometimes it would happen where one of the students would just end up teaching the rest of us. Then we would all repeat it back to make sure it made sense. Then, we would do practice questions together. We would all silently write down our answers then discuss why. This really helped me improve. I actually went from a B- in that class to an A. So it is totally possible to get back on track. You just gotta talk it out and understand the info. Also, the YouTube channel RegisteredNurseRN has AWESOME videos. You can just type in "fetal heart tones RegisteredNurseRN" on YouTube. Her explanations really made sense to me. She also has a website where you can go after the videos so that you can test your knowledge. Keep your head up. You can do it!

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