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  1. coolnovember

    need help with practice question

    Your Question: Prioritze which items would be of most concern to a nurse visiting a childless couple (1 being the 1st priority & 4 being the lowest) 1. Household cleaners stored under the sink 2. Insulin syringes on the kitchen cabinet 3. Husband & wife's meds stored together on bedside table 4. 2 empty bottles of wine in trash bin. My Answer: This is just how I see it. 1. First and foremost..just because the couple is childless doesn't mean there is no child at their home or there can never be a child at home. 2. To answer the question... for safety reasons... regardless of age wheteher it's a child, an adolescent or an adult. I would still be concerned to see: (3) The Husband & wife's meds stored together on bedside table: My own rationale: Because obviously it is within reach. Should be stored in a medicine cabinet regardless. (2) Insulin syringes on the kitchen cabinet. My own rationale: Since they are childless I am assuming that the kitchen cabinet isn't locked or hasn't been "child-proofed". More importanly the syringes may actually have "insulin" in it. Most importantly, you would hope that this couple would put the syringe in a medicine cabinet and not in a kitchen cabinet. (1) Household cleaners stored under the sink. My own rationale: same as above...the house may have not been child-proofed yet. (4) 2 empty bottles of wine in trash bin. My own rationale: This last one isn't as important as the other ones but it is still is a concern. As pebbles had mentioned... for safety reasons. Did I find the question tricky? when I've read it... Iwould say no. Did I find the stem of the question easily? I would say Yes which is safety and age has nothing to do with the question or the couple having a child or not. I hope I made sense...
  2. coolnovember

    kaplan vs hurst

    I agree with Joseywales22. Here's what I did to pass the exam and I hope this will help you and others: My strategy when I was taking the exam was, I was reading the question thoroughly. I would then look at my 4 choices and eliminated the 2 answers that didn't make sense. I found it easy eliminating the 2 answers that didn't make sense. In other words, you can easily eliminate them right there and then the bad answers were as if screaming at you saying "DON'T PICK ME." Anyways, the next step for me was, I re-read the question again, and look at the remaining 2 best answers and I was asking myself, why would I choose this one over the other... vice versa...why wouldn't I choose this answer. It was as if a puzzle or connecting the dots. As long as you read the question carefully you would be able to connect it to the right answer. Again, I'm basing this from my own personal experience. The funny thing was it was hard to tell if I was getting my answers right. Just to let you know, I didn't follow my instinct. I really did lots of critical thinking. I passed with 75 questions and I used Kaplan. However, I didn't use the decision tree at all. One last thing, for me Kaplan was way way harder than the real exam.
  3. I took my Nclex exam on February 19. I vowed to myself that I will make sure that I get the first 75 questions right! Did I get them all right? Nope... I doubt it. The Nclex isn't graded by point system. As we all know it's graded by percentage or by the weight of each question, that is to say, the higher level of questions you get right... the higher points you will get. But I remember telling one important point to my classmate and that is, I will make sure that I will do my very best with the first 75 questions. First 2 questions were easy... the 3rd was one really ughhh:spbox::thnkg: I ended with 75 questions and was averaging 2.2 minutes per question (based on my calculator)... it took me at least 2 hours and 45 minutes to answer each question. I really took my time. Obviously, some people are able to do it in 45 minutes. As I said to my original post, the questions were out of this world and it was very difficult to tell if I am getting each of them right. I can say that I only know very few questions, maybe less than 5 questions that I was 100% right. But the rest were seriously hard. And it dawned on me, after finishing 75 questions, it is supposed to be that way. I was getting higher level of question and honestly not every single one of 'em made sense. These are questions that I have never seen before from Incredibly made easy nor saunders, or lippincot books. But they are doable. Again, you just really really need to focus on the question and the answer, meaning, READ it carefully and ask yourself “why would I pick this answer and why wouldn’t I pick the other answer? It's not like Saunders were you would simply pick an answer and you know you are 100% right. For me, Nclex wasn't anywhere close to Saunders or Incredibly Made easy. However, these materials will train your "brain"... what I mean by that is, it will somehow stimulate your mind. Just like when you’re exercising, you are building your stamina the more and the longer you do it. So be prepared to answer 265 questions but keep in mind that the first 75 questions will be crucial. ß(this is my opinion) Just think of it as you're preparing to get 75% out of 100 questions which if you were in school is equivalent to a letter grade of C. It's a low grade but at least you passed. But of course aim for an A. I find Kaplan Qbanks and Qtrainers questions helpful. Kaplan is just as close as to an actual Nclex exam. (again, this is just my opinion). A lot of people here are recommending Saunders. I mainly used Incredibly made easy but I used Saunders CD to answer questions. But in my opinion... when I was answering the questions from incredibly made easy and reading the rationales, I felt as if I was reading the book and yet at the same time, I was testing my self. So how did I tackle every single question? I read each question carefully, eliminated 2 questions that "didn't make sense at all" and focused on the 2 bestest answers. Next thing I did, I would read the question again, find the stem of the question, and would look back at my remaining 2 bestest. Then, I'd asked myself, which of these 2 answers would fit right into my question. It was as if it’s a puzzle and you were trying to put them together. That's all I did, I picked the answers that made sense and that pertained to the stem of the question. (again, this is just my opinion) As I said, I had 11 medications, several SATAs, no math and I don't recall having OB questions at all although there were developmental questions. This doesn't mean you shouldn't be studying these topics. Since the exam that I had was all over and there's no way in hell that I can say that you should just focus on certain topics. I would suggest do your readings, answer questions and review your rationales and do it daily. I took my exam at 0730. (was scheduled at 8 but they let me take it early). So when I was studying, I would start answering questions at 0800 and imagined answering Kaplan questions as if I was already taking the actual nclex exam. So much about my story....and I think I’ve said quite a mouthful!!! The link on the bottom is the message that posted the day I learned that I passed. And those were my random thoughts….but it will tell you more on how I prepared and budgeted my time. https://allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/thanks-simply-being-373147.html I wish you all the best!
  4. coolnovember

    failed nclex twice..losing all my confidence

    no offense... how about leaving your husband for a while? I understand you completely!
  5. coolnovember

    If you passed NCLEX, what are your studying strategies?

    I didn't use the Kaplan's decision tree. But I just read the question and the answer and picked the one thing that I think would complete the sentence or something that really pertained to the stem of the question. In other words, I picked an answer that made sense... an answer that will assist the patient. Qtrainers scores with Kaplans are as follows: 1 53.33% 2 58.67% 3 61% 4 58.67% 5 62.67% 6 61.15% 7 64.15% One more important note... I was going to change my exam date... good thing I didn't. I've read the kaplan book at least 4 times... even the day before my exam I was reading it!!! PLEASE DO NOT DO ANY MORE READINGS THE DAY BEFORE YOUR EXAM...I got so overwhelmed, can you imagine I even forgot the Signs and Symptoms of dehydration. I went to church 2 times (saturday and sunday) prior to taking the exam and prayed and prayed...... How did I Prepare for the exam: 1. I graduated in Dec. 17. I didn't start studying until January 5..my first day with Kaplan. I got 62% on my diagnostic exam with Kaplan. I watched all the videos, read Kaplan Book 4 times and answered all Qbank questions and all Qtrainers. I was using Saunders' CD to answer questions. But I preferred.... Onto the next book 2. Incredibly Nursing Made Easy Questions and Answers with rationales. (I didn't not simply answer it. I studied it fervently). For me, the rationales on this book was more straight forward. 3. I would say I was at least answering 300-400 questions throughout the day on top of reading the Kaplan book. 4. So from January 5 until February 18. I was studying "religiously". I didn't have time for my family nor had time to indulge myself with anything. I was up by 0700 having breakfast and by 08:00 I was answering Qbanks questions (kaplan) and when I'm done with the 50 questions, I would start reading the Kaplan book, for 2 hours, then started using Incredibly made easy for 2 hours, then Saunders for 2 hours, then read kaplan book again for 2 hours. (minus lunch and dinner and to complete my adls..you guys do the math) And by 20:30 I am in bed BUT with my laptop and answering Saunders CD again till about 22:30. That was pretty much how my life was and that's how I budgeted my time.
  6. coolnovember

    Took NCLEX RN Feb25 stopped @ 75

    hey i think you passed... we pretty had the same story...i found out today i passed. here's the link to my story which i posted just this morning! https://allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/thanks-simply-being-373147.html
  7. coolnovember

    Hesi

    We've had Hesi as a part of our nursing "exam" at school. I thought their questions were harder. May I recommend Kaplan/Hurst to you? I've personally tried Kaplan. I learned that by signing up with a review school it guided me in a sense where I am not just all over the place and not knowing where to start. In other words, I used Kaplan to assist me with time management. And one more thing. I also have the HESI book and didn't even used to prepare for my nursing. Books that I used: 1. Incredibly Made Easy Questions and Answers with Rationales. 2. Saunders, but I mainly used the CD to answer the questions, I didn't feel the rationales were as good as Incredibly made easy. 3. Kaplan I believe hurst is almost like kaplan.
  8. coolnovember

    Thanks for simply being here for us!!!! I PASSED

    BlessmeGodwithNclex.... You can do it. I never thought I would make it. I just said to myself... I made it through the whole 2 year program of schooling... so what's several weeks of just studying hard. Plus, my motto in school was... do it right the first time! Thanks you guys!!!
  9. coolnovember

    48hrs later and still no results - My nerves, aaaargh!

    way too soon... give it at least 4-5 business days... I said this because most of my classmates waited for their results in 4-5 days. that's here in california
  10. coolnovember

    Thanks for simply being here for us!!!! I PASSED

    Silverdragon...thanks for being a moderator here as well as to Suzanne... and to the rest!
  11. coolnovember

    HELP!!-My QBank scores!!

    Hi there... I hope this thread of mine would help you... https://allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/thanks-simply-being-373147.html
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    Thanks for simply being here for us!!!! I PASSED

    nothing's impossible darthgirl!
  13. I printed my result at 0358 California time!!! Waited a total of 3 working/business days to see my result (excluding friday-sunday). I took my exam on the 19th of February @ 0730 and was done by 10:15 with 75 questions. The first 2 questions were easy...but the 3rd one was out of this world and so were the rest. I had lots and lots of prioritization. At least 11 medications (I made a tally and wrote it on the board). At least 4 SATAs. Just a lot of patient teaching and nursing knowledge skills, no math. The exam for me was so difficult. I was able to narrow it down to 2 best answers... But chosing the "bestest" answer was tough. I left the examination room feeling so down and just "depressed". I secluded myself from the outside world. I didn't wanna talk to anybody but to my family. And the following day, I started reading my Saunders to study again. I didn't feel bad studying because for me, I'm gaining more knowledge and... I wasn't doing anything anyways and that'll just keep myself busy. That's what I did. I didn't use the Kaplan's decision tree. But I just read the question and the answer and picked the one thing that I think would complete the sentence or something that really pertained to the stem of the question. In other words, I picked an answer that made sense... an answer that will assist the patient. Qtrainers scores with Kaplans are as follows: 1 53.33% 2 58.67% 3 61% 4 58.67% 5 62.67% 6 64.15% One more important note... I was going to change my exam date... good thing I didn't. I've read the kaplan book at least 4 times... even the day before my exam I was reading it!!! PLEASE DO NOT DO ANY MORE READINGS THE DAY BEFORE YOUR EXAM...I got so overwhelmed, can you imagine I even forgot the Signs and Symptoms of dehydration. I went to church 2 times (saturday and sunday) prior to taking the exam and prayed and prayed...... How did I Prepare for the exam: 1. I graduated in Dec. 17. I didn't start studying until January 5..my first day with Kaplan. I got 62% on my diagnostic exam with Kaplan. I watched all the videos, read Kaplan Book 4 times and answered all Qbank questions and all Qtrainers. I was using Saunders' CD to answer questions. But I preferred.... Onto the next book 2. Incredibly Nursing Made Easy Questions and Answers with rationales. (I didn't not simply answer it. I studied it fervently). For me, the rationales on this book was more straight forward. 3. I would say I was at least answering 300-400 questions throughout the day on top of reading the Kaplan book. 4. So from January 5 until February 18. I was studying "religiously". I didn't have time for my family nor had time to indulge myself with anything. I was up by 0700 having breakfast and by 08:00 I was answering Qbanks questions (kaplan) and when I'm done with the 50 questions, I would start reading the Kaplan book, for 2 hours, then started using Incredibly made easy for 2 hours, then Saunders for 2 hours, then read kaplan book again for 2 hours. (minus lunch and dinner and to complete my adls..you guys do the math. And by 20:30 I am in bed BUT with my laptop and answering Saunders CD again till about 22:30. That was pretty much how my life was and that's how I budgeted my time. Luckily, I have a very supportive wife...and soooooo soooo thankful that she supported me and my 2 year-old son! Thanks again for all your support!
  14. coolnovember

    What does this mean re: NCLEX

    I'll make the story short! I called california brn... and told them that I'm a bit worried about my exam. So they asked for my SSN# and viewed my file. They said that they "have everything". So I said, what do you mean? Do I need to study now? The lady just told me "don't worry about anything" So I said... like "I don't need to study?" The agent was very nice, polite, totally professional and supportive. her reply was..."Listen to what I'm saying...everything's fine" She did not tell me if I passed. But just with that message..what do you think is she connotating or is it a hint? if you were in my shoes... and based on her response what would you do.
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    FEB17 TAKERS in CA... did u get ur results yet?

    Paul2009... May God be with us! I am still waiting... if they were closed Friday-Sunday... counting Monday and Tuesday.. I would only say it's been only about 2 days.. and that's technically speaking anyways. A friend of mine waited to see his name posted on Ca BRN for 6 days Have you called them up yet?
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    FEB17 TAKERS in CA... did u get ur results yet?

    hey did you feel confident leaving the examination room? i didn't feel confident and im still waiting. i took mine on the 19th... and i know they were close since friday and of course the weekend i dont know if i should worry!! well... as a matter of fact im a bit worried... what question did you stop at?