*warning- this will probably be a long post*
To all soon to be nurses- RNs & LPNs,
first, I want to tell you all YOU WILL PASS your boards.
I've been on this website for a while intermittently reading posts throughout nursing school and while I was studying for my boards and I promised, I'd come back and provide words of encouragement.
I think just about all of us, nurses, know how if feels to be overwhelming anxious, scared and worried about the BOARDS!
My first advice , and I know it will be hard to do, but is to not be afraid or scared of NCLEX. i know i know, easier said than done.... ... but I promise you, CONFIDENCE in yourself is key. You made it this far, there's no reason to doubt yourself now. Write on a piece of paper, sticky note something..Somewhere in your home that reads your first name last name and most importantly afterwards, RN/LPN; look at it everyday and SMILE...
Secondly, do QUESTIONssssssss... i think this piece of advice is on over-kill on this forum, but honestly, it helps.. it helped me..
I did tons of questions. I don't think one applications is better than the other, i used quite a few resources for questions; i.e. NCBSN, Uworld, NCLEX mastery, ATI , NCLEX 4000, Saunders, Lippincott..... all of these sources are helpful. You have to keep your brain and self in as much of a "study/learning" mode as possible. Trust me!! I also used Saunders and Mary Hogan's NCLEX study guides to look up anything unfamiliar.
Just dedicate as much time as possible to uninterrupted studying time.... hours vary with the type of person you are... so I can't give specific # of hours per day; I personally did about 2-3 during the week more time on the weekend......And listen.... that means, no facebook, no instragram, no twitter, no allnurses.com either:no: while in "study mode".
Then once, studying is done.. RELAXXXXXXXXXXXX, go to the movies, out with friends, LIVE LIFEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Please.. don't stare at 4 walls 24/7 thinking about NCLEX, you will drive yourself crazy!!
and lastly, I think this piece is my most important piece of advice, if you are someone who prays.... PRAY
I've read a couple of posts, where some have had some, in my opinion, NOT SO NICE THINGS to say about others who have thanked God for helping them pass or who have credited the power of prayer to their success.. Well I am here to ENCOURAGE you to say a prayer or two, if you believe.
Don't let a nay-sayer, discourage you from your beliefs. I found a few posts on the site that were beyond encouraging from people who said prayer helped. If interested find the St. Joseph's prayer on allnurses, it's worth it!!
with all of this said..... I wish each and every single one of you all the BEST of luck on your NCLEX.. you will pass.
Be sure to share your words of encouragement and help for the next line of soon-to-be's..
hope this helps someone... can't wait to read the good news when you are officially an RN or LPN. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!