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    My Road to FREAKING Out and PASSING NCLEX-RN

    BUMP!
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    My Road to FREAKING Out and PASSING NCLEX-RN

    Thanks, Rob! I definitely need to work on believing in myself a little more Now the hard part...finding a job! Eeek!
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    My Road to FREAKING Out and PASSING NCLEX-RN

    Thanks @badgirl and thank you so much for the prayers!
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    My Road to FREAKING Out and PASSING NCLEX-RN

    THANK YOU so much!
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    My Road to FREAKING Out and PASSING NCLEX-RN

    Thank you so much!
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    My Road to FREAKING Out and PASSING NCLEX-RN

    Thank you so much! I started going absolutely CRAZY with that 'on hold' popup!
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    My Road to FREAKING Out and PASSING NCLEX-RN

    THANK YOU so much SHANDRA! You have been so supportive and encouraging-I really appreciate it! And CONGRATS to you too, RN!!!
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    My Road to FREAKING Out and PASSING NCLEX-RN

    Thank you! Keep studying hard and BELIEVE in yourself! I forgot to mention the 35 page study guide. I don't think it's necessary to read the whole thing but get to know the mnemonics they provide-it's very helpful! @graduatenurse14, you test next week, right?!
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    My Road to FREAKING Out and PASSING NCLEX-RN

    Thank you so much for the positive words! Keep believing in yourself and try to use some of the resources and tips that I provided above. Definitely try to purchase the PDA book if you can. Sending positive thoughts your way! You WILL pass this thing!
  10. When I was preparing for my boards, I loved coming to this website and reading everyone's NCLEX story, so, I thought I'd write mine. I was an LPN for 2.5 years before graduating with my BSN at the end of April 2014. I took two weeks off studying after graduating because my husband had recently accepted a new job in a different state, and so we had to move. I was then left unemployed and living in a brand new state where I knew not a single soul. I decided I was going to make it my JOB to study for my boards and kick its butt! Here's what I used to study and my review on each: Virtual ATI (provided free from my school) Okay, so I totally hated this program because I didn't feel like I was learning much. We took a Comprehensive Predictor during the last week of school and I scored a 90% chance of passing the NCLEX. I was then given an online tutor via ATI who set me up with a study schedule of 6 weeks based on my results. You study the content off their website through 'learning activities,' which are basically just power-points with information on each topic. This was helpful to me because it gave me an overview of a lot of content that I didn't feel comfortable with or had forgotten over time. After I felt 'well versed' on the information in the module, I would email my tutor and she would send me a test code. If I would get below 60% on a topic, it would give me a 'focused review' on the topics I missed. Once I studied that module more, I would get another test code and try to get above 60%. Here's the problem with this program: They have you take the EXACT same test again after you have already seen the rationales, so you are basically just memorizing the rationales (which isn't helpful). There were 9 different modules: NCLEX strategies, Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Med-Surg, Maternal/Newborn, Nursing Care of Children, Mental Health, Leadership, and the final Comprehensive Predictor. I went through the modules and tests rather quickly (usually 2-3 assessments/modules a week) because I was not working. After about 5 weeks, I took another final Comprehensive Predictor. My results: 76% chance of passing NCLEX-RN. I was like WHAT, how could my percentage go DOWN after all of this studying?! You must get 92% or above chance of passing the NCLEX in order to obtain the 'green light' to take your NCLEX. I jumped back into studying and two weeks later took another Comp Predictor and got 86%. I was feeling very discouraged and didn't understand how I could study for 8 hours a day and still not get the green light. Waited another two weeks and BAM 98% chance of passing. Here is another problem with ATI: the Comp Predictor is the EXACT same each time you take it. Now, they don't give you the rationales or the answers for the comp predictor, but still it's a little ridiculous if you ask me. Bottom line, they need a bigger test bank. Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment by Linda LaCharity ($30) I would give this book 5/5 stars. Not only are the questions similar to NCLEX, but the rationales give great content. I was scoring in the 60-80% range and my scores kept going up the further I got in the book. Unfortunately, on my NCLEX, I only had 4-5 (SUPER HARD) prioritization questions and ZERO delegation and assignment questions. I recommend this book 100%. It's only $30 on Amazon and will help you a great deal. Kaplan NCLEX-RN 2014-2015 Strategies, Practice & Review ($34) About 6 days out from my test, I bought this book. I read the entire book and answered the questions/rationales after each chapter. I can't say I really used any of the strategies that they provided in this book, but I think it was another great book to help you answer questions while also giving you content at the same time. The book has a 265 question practice test at the end but I didn't have time to take it before my test. Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination (free from school) I started reading this book and got overwhelmed with it within the first hour. I only utilized this book to go over content areas I felt week in. The book comes with an access code to their EVOLVE website where you can do practice tests. I used this website sporadically throughout my studies, but found that the questions were too easy. One really good thing about their test bank is that they have 342 questions that are all SATA. ACLS Website This website shows you samples of EKG readings, symptoms the patient would experience, and medications given. I had one EKG reading on my test and WOULD NOT have been able to answer it without this website: ACLS EKG | Learn & Master ACLS/PALS Take Notes When I would get a question wrong on one of my practice tests, I would always write down the information from the rational that I didn't know or understand. I filled up two notebooks and read through them 2-3 times a week. Know Your Lab Values Don't only memorize your lab values but also understand the importance of the lab value and what they actually mean. Exercise and Nutrition Before I began studying, I wrote out an exercise plan and stuck to it throughout the entire course of my studies. I would usually wake up every morning around 0700, have a healthy breakfast, surf the net for a bit, and start studying around 0830. Whenever I felt like I needed a break, I took one. Usually mid-afternoon (when my butt felt numb from sitting on it for so long) I would go downstairs to the gym at my apartment and lift weights from the program I designed. I worked out for an hour 5 days a week during my study break and would usually go for a long walk at the end of the day. I truly think this helped me to not only get out of my apartment, but to also do something for myself that I would feel good about. Now, I know that most people are working during their NCLEX prep and may not have time for exercise, but if you do, I highly recommend it. After all, exercise DOES boost your brainpower! I also stuck to a high protein, lots of fruits and veggies diet throughout the entire span of my studies. Okay, one more thing I want to mention is in regards to the Pearson Vue Trick. I finished my exam in less than an hour and had 75 questions. When the screen went blank, I didn't know what to think. I ran out to my car, tried the PVT and got the 'on hold' popup. I FREAKED out and was on the website every 10 minutes (no joke) waiting for the 'on hold' popup to go away. It never did. As time went on, I kept doubting myself and thinking THERE IS NO WAY I PASSED. I was 99.9% sure that I had failed. The questions were so hard and there was not even one question that I knew for sure. I questioned my study habits, I questioned my schooling, I questioned EVERYTHING. I cried several times and researched the CRAP out of the 'on hold' notification. Exactly 50 hours after I took my exam, I logged onto Pearson Vue and noticed the quick results were available. I PASSED! I CRIED, I JUMPED UP AND DOWN, and I gave my cats a big hug . I hope this post helps someone! Let me know if you guys have any questions and I'd be more than happy to pay it forward. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart to everyone on this website who supported and believed in me.
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    Virtual ATI Comprehensive Predictor for NCLEX

    Congratulations, RN!!!!!!! This gives me so much hope with ATI! Now go out and celebrate!!!
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    Virtual ATI Comprehensive Predictor for NCLEX

    Hi hjh10! I'm having the EXACT same issue with Virtual ATI. My school requires us to get the 'green light' from ATI before we can take our NCLEX-RN. Here's my story: Graduated in May and took the comp predictor right before graduation and scored at a 90% chance of passing NCLEX on first try. I started Virtual ATI, studied all of the modules and passed the assessments. I then took a stab at passing the comp predictor again in order to gain the 'green light' and my score decreased to 76% chance of passing NCLEX on first try . I was extremely depressed and did not understand how THE HECK THAT COULD EVEN HAPPEN! Waited the long two weeks, studied my butt off and took it again only to get 86%. I'm waiting the two weeks YET AGAIN and will take the comp predictor AGAIN this Friday. SO FRUSTRATING!!! Here's my theory: the ATI comp predictor we took at the end of nursing school was different from the one we take after completing Virtual ATI- WAY HARDER. I think this is because ATI wants to uphold their "97% pass rates for first time test-takers after completing ATI" statistic. I could be wrong but this seems to be the case. Also, the comp predictor done in Virtual ATI has been the same exact test the two times I have taken it but it had different (easier) questions on the 'comp predictor' I took before graduation. I have lost my confidence in Virtual ATI and once I get the 'green light' I plan on paying the $300 for Kaplan's qbank. I just don't feel that Virtual ATI is consistent and they do not have a big enough test bank. Just know that you are not alone in this. We will pass this NCLEX beast and put it all behind us! Good luck to you and let me know if you have anymore questions. It's nice to hear that others are doing Virtual ATI because all I hear about on this website is Kaplan and Hurst. :)
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    LPN to RN bridge through Excelsior

    Hello all, I know there are many threads containing information about the Excelsior online LPN to RN bridge program. I am creating a new thread because I could not find answers to a few of my questions. Background information about me: I have worked as a Patient Care Technician for 5 years at a Dialysis clinic, worked as a CNA for one year at a long-term care facility, and I will graduate with my LPN in March. I decided to go the LPN route because I found a program I could start right away and finish in a years time. My plan was to start the Excelsior program as soon as I pass my PNCLEX and finish with my RN in 6 months. Do you think this goal is attainable? I am planning on not working and spending all of my time studying. Has anyone out there done this program in a similar time frame? Also, is it true there is still a HUGE waiting list to take the CPNE? My only other option is to go to a local CC but I would not be able to start that bridge program (if accepted) for 9 months after graduating with my LPN and the program is a year in duration. So I need some help making a decision without any sugar-coating. Any advice would be much appreciated.