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  1. Hello everyone!!! I'm currently looking into FNP programs in the state of NJ. I would love to hear some feedback from any current students in any of these programs. I'm looking for accessibility, flexibility, and a support system. My education is my investment and I'm looking for the best fit for myself. My issue is that I'm having a difficult time finding students in FNP programs enrolled in schools other than Rutgers. The schools that I'm looking at so far is Felician College and William Paterson University. Thanks for your feedback! I greatly appreciate
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    FNP Programs in NJ

    Hello everyone!!! I'm currently looking into FNP programs in the state of NJ. I would love to hear some feedback from any current students in any of these programs. I'm looking for accessibility, flexibility, and a support system. My education is my investment and I'm looking for the best fit for myself. My issue is that I'm having a difficult time finding students in FNP programs enrolled in schools other than Rutgers. The schools that I'm looking at so far is Felician College and William Paterson University. Thanks for your feedback! I greatly appreciate it
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    Failed Rn boards 4 times

    There are very valid points on both sides of this "advice" thread. Yes, failing the boards exam 4xs is excessive; especially since there is a gap between completion of nursing school and the last exam. You may not be safe to practice because ultimately you do have someone's life in your hands. However, I don't feel like the way that the comments and feelings about this issue are being conveyed in a non-judgmental, therapeutic manner. There are better ways to tell a person that they may not be a fit for the profession or that they have to study harder. Everyone is entitled their opinion but some of the comments on this blog were completely out of line. There are nurses out in the world that have passed their boards and are NOT safe to be with patients. In certain States, you need remediation after third unsuccessful time. In this case, my best advice is to contact your school. Go back to the root and have them identify your weakness. They passed you for a reason. Your educators have an obligation (as well as the student because it is a group effort) to provide you with the education that you need to be a safe, competent Registered Nurse. Lets face it, some nursing programs prepare you better than others.
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    Very worried about NCLEX!!

    I can't relate to you in many ways because I had an instructor tell me the same thing but I proved her wrong by graduating my program. We had about sixty student in the beginning && we were cut down to only nineteen! I was one out of nineteen shinning stars! You are amazing && don't let someone tell you other wise! ATT is a good resource. There's a section that teaches you how to break down questions like Kaplan. Do all the tutorials && I'm sure you will be fine. I have faith in you!!
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    Very worried about NCLEX!!

    Take a deep breath and say, "I can do it!":up: JUST BECAUSE YOU STRUGGLED IN NURSING SCHOOL DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU AREN'T GOING TO PASS. Nursing school is designed to be hard because they only want to make sure that they are putting out the best of the best. Whether or not you barely passed the program you need to take into consideration all the other people that might have applied to the program and didn't get in! Be proud that you made it to where you are. Being a single parent of four and working full time is hard but let that be your drive to keep pushing forward! I am the oldest of ten children and worked thirty hours a week, helping my Mother, while in a Nursing program that was four years. If I could do it so can you. In my times of desperation, I looked at my family and said to myself I was going to make it for them. BE PROUD; let your family and yourself be your desire to succeed :heartbeat. The best advice for you that I can tell you is to invest into a review course. Whether its Kaplan, ATI, HURST, or anything else do it because these programs are designed to help you pass! I used Kaplan and did an online review with the materials that they provided and I passed my first time with 82 questions. YOU CAN DO IT! The NCLEX isn't about how smart you are, it's about how safe and competent you are. After you have figured out what review program you're going to do, schedule your exam based on the amount of time you need to complete your course. It took me 5 weeks to finish my course and thats when I i scheduled it based on that. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!:w00t:
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    82 questions into my NCLEX && then THE BLUE SCREEN

    My school also used ATI as well but I honestly feel like Kaplan had broader degree of difficulty and the language used in the program resembled the NCLEX the closest. Saunders is a great tool to use as well. I used Saunders for alternative style questions.
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    82 questions into my NCLEX && then THE BLUE SCREEN

    When you take the NCLEX the computer doesn't shut off. You have to complete a survey before you can raise your hand && have the attendant dismiss you. After your exam is over, you get a blue screen from Pearson then it redirects you to the customer rating survey. As for passing, there is a trick to see if you passed or not its the PVT. When you try and reregister the computer stops you indicating that you have passed the NCLEX exam (indirectly). This trick has worked for years. Then if you werent successful, Pearson charges you the testing fee once more.
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    Took Nclex today.,.Need Help!!

    FIRST OFF! BREATH! Secondly, try the PVT to have an indication. You never know whats going to happen so have more faith in yourself. This is right off the Pearson website, "Scenario #3: Run-Out-of-Time Rule (R.O.O.T.)If a candidate runs out of time before reaching the maximum number of items and the computer has not determined with 95% certainty whether the candidate has passed or failed, an alternate criteria is used. • If the candidate has not answered the minimum number of required items, the candidate automatically fails. • If at least the minimum number of required items were answered, the computer looks at the last 60 ability estimates: -- If the last 60 ability estimates were consistently above the passing standard, the candidate passes. -- If the candidate’s ability estimate drops below the passing standard even once over the last 60 items, the candidate fails. This does not mean that the candidate must answer the last 60 items correctly. Each ability estimate is based upon all previous items answered."
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    82 questions into my NCLEX && then THE BLUE SCREEN

    I checked off my weak areas. On the Saunders CD you can only do one topic at a time such as Health Promotion && Maintence BUT under the content area I selected all the questions && did 10question quizzes. That was an awesome practice because the questions overlapped in different categories. Then under the Saunders CD they have alternative style questions, practice those too && Thanks Everyone! You can do it too!
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    82 questions into my NCLEX && then THE BLUE SCREEN

    I went to a 4 year school for my BSN && we did have hands on experience as well as any other nursing school provides
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    82 questions into my NCLEX && then THE BLUE SCREEN

    I did both but more of Kaplan than Saunders. During my undergrad career I used Saunders mostly so I was already familiar with Saunder's questions. By using Kaplan && watching the Content videos && doing the online review it helped me pick out what specifically the question asked. It takes lots of practice to do this successfully. My problem areas were health promtion and maintenance so I watched the Kaplan videos on this area && I did questions. When your studying try to study according to the areas of the test plan itself. Physiological Integrity, Psycosocial Integrity, Health Promotion && Maintence, && Safe & Effective Care. This is how the exam is broken down into && safety is the biggest portion.
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    82 questions into my NCLEX && then THE BLUE SCREEN

    My advice to you is to keep a constant schedule to study. Monday through Friday is a good time frame because it allows you important down time that you need. I used the qbank up completly and did all the question trainers. Question trainers 6&7 from Kaplan && the Qbank are the ones that really matter because they are filled with above passing questions. I left the last question trainer till 3 days before boards so that way I knew what I was getting myself into. Try && score above a 60% or better. Saunder's CD for NCLEX review is amazing! One of the most best computer programs I have because it allows you to pick && choose what area's to study in, including alternative format questions. Don't do more than 200 questions a day. I use to burn out doing 300plus a day && I didn't have the strength to review. The most important thing to do is review why you got a question wrong in the first place. Right answer choice should be looked into because you need to know why you got it right. In NCLEX World, every answer choice is right but one is always the best! Good luck studying!
  13. It took me an hour and a half to complete my exam with 82 questions, with the good pop up! I couldn't be any happier because I finally did it! For the past 2 days I've never been so confident in my life because I had it set in my head that I WAS GOING TO PASS. I freaked a little after I passed 75 questions but I got my head in the game && said I could do it!!! I studied for 5 long, miserbale weeks for this moment && I couldn't be happier with the results. Now my advice to use for prep is Saunders && Kaplan. Kaplan's Qbanks && Test Trainers are the closest to the boards exam && Saunders offer many alternative style questions. Another tip of advice is to not take into account the number os select all that apply that others have. I started to panic when I heard people were getting more than 20 on their exams but guess what? I only had 5. Your exam is YOUR exam; don't let the format of other people's exams throw you off your game. Remember NCLEX is an exam that tests competency with questions at different difficulty depending on YOU! Believe in you dreams people!
  14. Wow! Congrats! I have the same issues with my emotions as well && I take mine on Saturday. How long did you prepare?
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    New && Nervous before taking Boards

    So I take my boards exam VERY soon and I'm a little nervous (which is normal)of the outcome. I've been studying for almost a month and a half, more and more with Kaplan. My scores on Kaplan are: Readiness: 60% Q1: 68% Q2: 60% Q3: 54% Q4: 58% Q5: 56% Q6: 63% Q7: waiting until tomorrow to take it Readiness Exam: 64% My Question bank is at 90% completion and at 61% overall score Although, Kaplan says that their readiness exam is a good predictor, I wanted to know HOW good are my chances? I'm worried, nervous && at the same time anticipating it to be over with. SOS! Anyone have any recommendations?