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    Finally! I'm an RN! How I passed NCLEX

    It was a total of 10 years to actually get through all the pre-reqs and to get into nursing school. Once I was actually in my nursing program there was nothing that I would allow to stop me after I went through so much to be there in the first place! So glad to inspire others--I'm just paying it forward.
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    Finally! I'm an RN! How I passed NCLEX

    @nursel56, RNsRWe, Cookie.monstar Thanks so much! I'm still pinching myself in disbelief hahaha--and I'm still looking myself up on the Board's website thinking "it really does say Registered Nurse."
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    Finally! I'm an RN! How I passed NCLEX

    I focused my content studies mostly on M/S, making sure to cover the main systems like CV, Endocrine, Resp. I reviewed the main stuff in Psych (disorders, coping mechanisms, meds), I did a thorough review of OB because that was not a favorite of mine, and finally just breezed through Peds. My NCLEX was M/S heavy! I did only study for 3 weeks. The weekend before my test I started panicking thinking it wasn't enough time, I'm not ready, my practice scores aren't good enough, etc.--STOP!! Take a deep breath. Find your chill. You got this. Honestly, I just graduated in May and if after another 3 weeks reviewing I still didn't know, well there wasn't much else I could do. Seems like you might have already taken the NCLEX by now since I'm a few days late responding. I'd love to know how it went for you. I'm sure you're fine!
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    Finally! I'm an RN! How I passed NCLEX

    Thank you and yes it's amazing how relieved I feel! I have my life back lol. Happy studying for your upcoming NCLEX test. I'm sure you'll be successful--I'll look for your "I passed!" post. :)
  5. Prettybrowngirl

    Just an update to say...

    Thank you! It doesn't seem like it now but trust me those weeks will breeze by. Best wishes to you--you're almost there.
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    Just an update to say...

    Thank you! It feels amazing!
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    Finally! I'm an RN! How I passed NCLEX

    Thanks so much! No I'm in AZ. I took the test yesterday morning at 8. My license status was updated by 11 am today to "passed NCLEX RN". I had an active official license before 3 pm today :-)).
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    Just an update to say...

    I passed the NCLEX RN! It seems like yesterday I was posting on here how overwhelmed I was with going back to do the RN program. It went FAST and it was so worth it! Use the LPN foundation to your advantage in the RN program! My past experience made me much more confident in myself. I already knew basic assessments, lots of technical skills, and how to approach patients/familes. That was a huge advantage for me. You likely have a lot of the tools you need to take your nursing career to the next level! Hang in there.
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    Finally! I'm an RN! How I passed NCLEX

    This was a battle I fought for over 10 years with lots of starts and stops, but I got confirmation this morning that I officially passed the NCLEX-RN and I'm on cloud 9! My test shut off at 75 and I was a nervous wreck! No one could convince me that I passed. I did the PVT like 10 mins after my test, when it said "Delivery successful" and got the good pop-up. That did not help ease my anxiety at all. Needless to say, my worry was for nothing (thankfully) and I wanted to share what I did to pass. I've did so much lurking on here to see how to approach studying for the NCLEX. IMO you honestly need to know your personal strengths/weaknesses and how you learn best. Some people do great with just doing questions and reading the rationales, others need more content review. I actually had very good grades throughout nursing school and finished in the top 5 of my class (as I was told by one of my professors). For me, I felt a good content review was my comfort zone. I studied for about 3 weeks before testing. I used the Saunders 5th ed NCLEX book and that was for me a HUGE help. There were only 3 questions I was absolutely sure of on the entire NCLEX and I remembered reading the topics in the Saunders book. I spent time reviewing every system. My reasoning was that I was not only studying to pass the NCLEX, but making sure I would be starting my nursing career with a good knowledge base. The Priority and Delegation book was another big help. I did nearly all 18 chapters. It helped with solidifying how to delegate and helped with the who to see first questions. I have an amazing friend who gave me access to their Kaplan and NCSBN. I wasn't a big fan of Kaplan. I only did Q-bank questions a few times--my scores were as low as 53% and up to 78%. The NCSBN has a fairly good basic content systems review. I felt that the question bank really challenged me and taught me how to better answer the higher level NCLEX questions. I barely ever got the recommended 75% on NCSBN; I averaged between 65-70% and felt frustrated often at my scores. I wrote a study plan out and stuck to it. As has been said so many times, do lots of questions and read rationales even on those you get right. I also learned not to get so hung up on my scores on practice questions. The NCLEX, to me, was like nothing I can even describe. The questions were so far out there. I feel that having a firm grasp on the content, along with the practice I got with answering higher level questions and alternate format questions really helped me pass. To me it came down to knowing your stuff along with using strategy and good clinical judgement to get to the right answer. BTW, I sat for the NCLEX being a nice, big 8 months pregnant lol. I mentally prepared for 265 questions; I studied 8+ hrs a day with the hope of doing only 75. My hard work payed off. I hope someone finds my experience useful, much the same as so many here did for me. All the best to everyone studying for and preparing to take the NCLEX!
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    Nearing the finish line!

    Thank you PaintedWings. Believe me that year will fly past in no time! All the best to you.
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    Nearing the finish line!

    @NursingIsWithinMe Thanks so much for your kind words and well wishes.
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    Nearing the finish line!

    I'm in the last few weeks of my program and doing my preceptorship/Capstone right now. Not only is it unbelievable that the end is so close, but I was told by one of my professors that I'm in the top 5 of my class...and I'm 6 months pregnant (very unplanned!). I had many doubts about being able to do it, and felt like giving up so many times, but I'm so grateful that my support system is strong and I had so many pushing me forward. Just wanted to share my excitement and wish all LPN-RN students the best success in their endeavors.
  13. Prettybrowngirl

    Graduation Day

    Congrats!!
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    I passed!

    Sending a huge congrats your way!! What an accomplishment! Wishing you all the best on the NCLEX :-).
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    lpn-rn advanced placement maricopa community colleges

    I took AP 1 in another state and got credit for it. They had me re-take AP 2 because it was only 3 credits and Maricopa colleges require 4 credits. I took it online at Phoenix College. It was tough and the only reason I got a B was because I'd taken it before. I learned a lot though. I don't have any recommendations and I'd say the online A&P will require you to be really disciplined.
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    Starting the LPN-RN program tomorrow and I'm sooo stressed out!

    Thank goodness I don't have midterm exams :-/. I'm on a MUCH needed spring break! This semester is flying isn't it? Hope that holds true for the rest of our programs :-). I hope you and all the other LPN--->RN students are hanging in there. A few more weeks to go and this semester is ovah! Take care and wishing everyone well.