hey nursing grad,
repeat after me, "i will not give up". k?
i graduated nursing school at the end of may 2008, and i took boards on july 29th, so i'm still a semi-new rn. on the last day of school last year, the instructors held an informal gathering about tips for passing nclex, and the most important thing i learned from that was depending on how you did on the exit exam (ati for me), that's how many questions you should answer in preparation for boards. 100-90%, answer a 1000 questions, 90-80%, answer 2000 questions, and so forth.
the next thing i did was buy a months worth of online nclex questions and borrow a box of nclex rn cards. one month before boards, i started studying, but before i began each study session, i would visit one of the websites below (inserting links) that details how to break down the nclex question so that you can understand what you're being asked.
nclex tips and strategies
nclex forum - study tips, guides and podcasts
i had 2 study sessions each day for 30 days, but the day before i took boards, i assembled my nclex taking outfit, cooked a huge turkey dinner (in the end of july) because i was "thanksgiving" that this journey was almost over, watched a stupid movie with my son and didn't study or answer one question. next day, i got up, looked at the two websites, got dressed and went and kicked nclex's behind. machine shut off at 75, 35 minutes after i took my seat.
if i can do it, so can you.
go be brilliant!!!
moonjumper, semi-new rn