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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. coolnovember

    Is 1 month enough time to study for nclex-rn?

    How did I Prepare for the exam: 1. I graduated in Dec. 17. I didn't start studying until January 5 which was my first day with Kaplan. I got 62% on my diagnostic exam with Kaplan and 66% with the readiness exam. I watched all the kaplan videos. I read the Kaplan Book at least 4 times. I answered all Qbank questions and all Qtrainers and when I ran out I would re-do them again over and over. I was using Saunders' CD to answer questions. I didn't read nor used the book at all because I preferred reading Incredibly Nursing Made Easy Questions and Answers with rationales. (I did not simply answer it. I studied it fervently). For me, the rationales on this book were more straight forward compared to Saunders. (But Saunder's more popular. 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 answering questions from Incredibly made easy for 2 hours, then I'd answer the CD from Saunders for 2 hours and 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'm in bed HOWEVER I have 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. and I passed! Also... wherever I go...for an instance, I'll be driving my wife to the mall or grocery store, I'd make sure I'll bring something with me to read.
  4. dear allnurses.com readers. i copied and pasted this information from this website: http://caring4you.net/concept.html. this is not my own information. but i think this would be very very helpful! "i am writing in response to your letter concerning computerized adaptive testing for nclex. perhaps i can explain how computerized adaptive testing for the nclex works. the goal of computerized adaptive testing or cat, is to determine your competence, based on the difficulty of questions you can answer correctly, not how many questions you can answer correctly. this is a fundamentally different approach than is used on paper-and-pencil tests, where everyone receives the same questions. cat examinations are individualized. we know the exact difficulty of each of the approximately 3,000 questions in the pool, because each has been taken as a tryout question by thousands of candidates and then statistically analyzed. picture the questions all lined up, from easiest to hardest. if we asked you the easiest questions, you'd get most of them right. if we asked you the hardest, you would probably get most wrong. as we move from easy to hard, there will come a point where you go from getting more right...to...getting more wrong. this is the point where you are answering 50% correctly.
  5. coolnovember

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

    Marcus I had 75 questions...
  6. 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!
  7. coolnovember

    failed nclex twice..losing all my confidence

    no offense... how about leaving your husband for a while? I understand you completely!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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!!!
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. coolnovember

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

    nothing's impossible darthgirl!
  16. 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!