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yedwards42 BSN, MSN

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yedwards42 has 7 years experience as a BSN, MSN and specializes in Maternal Newborn.

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    RNC-NIC results

    Saw this post and appreciated the updates about timing/receiving my NCC testing results. I took my RNC-MNN test on 9/29 at a test center; I received a letter saying I would receive my results in 7-14 business days (longer if I took a newer version of the test). It was nerve-wracking not to receive my result following the test and waiting.. though I checked my NCC account often, and sure enough after 0000 Wednesday 10/7 - my status was updated and saw I passed and my MNN certificate! Worked hard studying for this exam and thankful to achieve my goal. Congrats also to others in reaching their milestone. Thank you to all who posted updates and for your support!
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    generic or brand name in nclex

    Generic drug names were on my NCLEX - I took 8/27 (heard through my HURST course that NCLEX would test on generic drugs only)
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    Best Way to Prep For NCLEX?

    Very honestly, it will be hard for you to study for NCLEX during nursing school. Though your courses and tests should help prepare you. Does your school give you NCLEX type exams (NCLEX questions)? If so, this is a big benefit. During school, absorb it all - medical surgical is key though every specialty (Maternity, Ped's, Critical Care) may be on your NCLEX in one form or another - teaching, priortization, med's, etc. Also, does your school prep you with ATI or HESI tests for each course/specialty area you take in school? These programs use NCLEX type questions and test you on your knowledge. Overall, I wouldn't stress about NCLEX now - though toward the end of your program. Oh, NCLEX is a broad test and yes, a little tricky to study for. However, that said if you know content, strategies and practice q's during school and during your NCLEX prep time (before you take the test) you should be ready and pass!
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    please read :(

    You're welcome. You have everything you need in your head and heart to pass NCLEX. :)
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    please read :(

    Hi rainbowl, Preparing for NCLEX (and anxiety/nerves) can get the best of us! It's a hard exam to study for as it's very broad. What you're feeling is normal, though like others said try to continue studying your best and not dwell on the "what if's". If you are using a few good resources and studying daily (content, questions and strategies) and reviewing all rationales - I'm sure you're on the right track and gonna kick NCLEX bootie!! Tell yourself you're going to pass. You can and will do this. Chin up and keep up your good work! :)
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    failed the nclex with 265 questions, now what

    Hi~ I'm sorry you didn't pass, though you seem to have the right attitude and stamina to get back on the saddle. NCLEX is just a test, and while I did pass, I said to myself I would do my best and if I didn't pass - just take it again. Your determination and atleast having taken NCLEX, will give you the strength and know how to pass the next time. First, think about some of the questions you got on NCLEX and where you may have had difficulty. Do you think it was more content or more strategy that you needed? Or both? For me, I used several resources for NCLEX as I think one or two resources wouldn't have been enough. I used Hurst, Kaplan, NCSBN, La Charity, Saunder's and the 35 page study guide floating around this website. For me, all the resources helped as you get bits of information from each and then it pulls all together. I liked Hurst for some core content (though Saunder's and NCSBN supplemented the content lacking in Hurst), Kaplan was good for q's and strategy and also their question videos - did you review their question videos? These videos review questions and show you how to evaluate the question and all the answer choices - helped me immensely! NCSBN is good for content and q's and La Charity good for prioritization and delegation. 35 page study guide for infection control and general tips/info. I felt NCLEX tested on core content (fundamentals, infection control, meds/herbals, teaching, procedures, priority). I also felt some q's were obscure - where you used critical thinking/judgement to figure out the "right" or "best" answer. I went into NCLEX studying "a bit of everything" as I knew the test was very broad. I felt Kaplan helped with strategies and their videos reviewing questions very helpful! If I just studied content, it wouldn't have been enough (as you need question and strategy practice). Overall, toward the end of my two months studying I could recite/write core concepts and could better tackle unfamiliar questions/answers with strategies learned. I reviewed all rationales and wrote a lot of notes. Review and let the info soak up in your long term memory. Get your resources together and tackle NCLEX a little different this time. Devout the time and "elbow grease" and it will pay off!! You will knock it out this next round. :)
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    NCLEX RN tomorrow!

    Good luck - you can do it!! :)
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    How much should I have knowledge?

    Hi ~ You really need to know core content - common illnesses/assessments/interventions/treatments within each body system, lab values, infection control (what diseases are airborne, contact or droplet and what PPE would you wear), medications (common ones in each class and be familiar with all drug classes/categories), herbal medications (i.e. garlic, ginseng, ginger, kava, st. johns wort, valerian, etc.) aging (birth to elderly and what stages/characteristics/ailments occur within age groups). Know which patients to see first (acute versus chronic, unstable versus stable, etc.). Also, knowing strategies and critical thinking skills are important, as some questions on NCLEX are "obscure" and testing you on your critical thinking skills, what you would do first or what is best... As far as studying, everyone is different, some folks can study 2-3 hours a day whereas others need 6-10 hours a day for a month or two. For me I studied more, as I wanted to know as much as possible going into NCLEX. The resources you're using are good - though if you're more of a visual/auditory learner you may wish to check out some good Youtube videos and/or possibly Hurst NCLEX review as these are very helpful. I used a combination of resources and this worked for me. Keep up your efforts and best of luck in your review.
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    Nclex in 5days. What to do?

    This is part true, as there are some "vague" or "obscure" questions within NCLEX testing on critical thinking skills and not so much nursing. However, that said, I'd say at least half my test was on stuff I knew - fundamentals, infection control, core concepts (cva, hypertension, psych conditions/meds, herbals, pediatric through elderly stages (know milestones), procedures, few q's with labs, etc.). A good dozen priority/delegation questions. Infection control/precautions showed up a bit too. Overall, the more strategies you have down (look for key words to help you eliminate and obvious wrong answers) will get you to the correct answer. Very often you will see 2 answers that look correct - read each of them over and think which is the BEST and why!! Best of luck! You can do it. :)
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    Nclex in 5days. What to do?

    If you have your core content (including fundamentals, infection control and priority/delegation) you can whip NCLEX this next time. I'm sure since you are familiar with NCLEX you reviewed the areas/strategies and are ready to go. Read questions/answers carefully and pick the "best" one. You can do this!! :)
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    What/how to study for NCLEX

    Hi ~ I took NCLEX in August (and passed at 102 questions) and studied almost two months with several resources: HURST, Kaplan, NCSBN, Saunder's and La Charity PDA. I also used the 35 page study guide "cheat sheet" here for some general information. Overall, are you a visual or book learner? If visual, you may like HURST for review of content as the live classes and videos are great. Kaplan is also great - I found it very helpful for content review (though there videos are very long and boring so I reviewed the book). What was most helpful from Kaplan is their strategies/decision tree, qtrainers/qbank and also their question videos! Their question videos are comprised of about 300 questions (in sets of 10 or something) and they review with you how to break apart the question and to evaluate/eliminate the answers! Very good info and strategies! Saunder's is great for content!! I used it to reinforce core concepts from Hurst and Kaplan (Saunder's is more broad and dotted the i's and crossed the t's). Excellent for content (and fundamentals/procedures which you need on NCLEX) . Saunder's questions are easy though provide reinforcement to each chapter you study. I didn't study the medication chapters - just body systems and fundamentals. NCSBN is made by NCLEX - excellent for questions and content. I think the q's are very similar to NCLEX. Lastly, La Charity is great for the priority/delegation questions on NCLEX (I probably got 20 questions on NCLEX). Definitely know what RN/LVN/UAP's can do and which patients you would see first (acute and unstable versus chronic and stable). Overall, I used a lot of resources, though I knew NCLEX was a broad exam and wanted to go into the test knowing "bits of everything". NCLEX is a bit hard to study for, though if you know important core content, fundamentals, procedures (IV, TPN/PN, administering eye/ear drops, dressing and wound care, catheters, bed pans, etc.) infection control (very important - know what diseases are airborne, droplet and contact and if the door should be open or closed and what PPE to wear), common med's and medication classes (including herbals - garlic, gingko, kava, st johns wort, etc.). Priority and delegation q's are common on NCLEX. Lastly, some q's are "obscure" on NCLEX - having strategies down will help you eliminate wrong answers guiding you to the correct answer!! Look for subtle clues in the q and answer choices to guide you. :) Best of luck in choosing resources that work best for you. With hard work and elbow grease you can pull NCLEX off!
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    About to take NCLEX 2 weeks from now. Any advice?

    Hi ~ I feel for you as I felt the same way prior to my NCLEX. I had NCLEX scheduled 8/7 and extreme panic/anxiety set in a week before. It was so bad, I rescheduled my exam for three weeks later. I'm glad I did. Anyway, what helped me most is obviously knowing as much core content and practicing q's (reading all answers right and wrong). When my test date came around the second time, I was much less nervous (I felt pretty comfortable I knew a lot of info) and I kept telling myself "do your best" and "it's just a test and if you don't pass you can take it over", etc. I went into the exam pretty calm. While the majority of NCLEX is testing fundamentals, core concepts/treatment/teaching, infection and priority, there are a good handful of q's that are more "critical thinking" type q's so really know how to decipher q's and answers... Keep telling yourself you will do great. Be as prepared as possible. I used several resources to really "tie loose ends from other resources that were more narrow or focused on either content or q's" so this was helpful for me in passing NCLEX. Be confident in what you know and you will do awesome!
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    Nclex #3 in 10 days. Need words of advice.

    Congrats!! So happy for you!
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    2nd attempt advice pls

    Hi ~ Nobody can tell you if you will pass or not, though your chances are greatly increased if you know core content backwards and forwards (i.e fundamentals, some information on specific diseases/conditions treatments/procedures/teaching within each body system, infection control/precautions, priority/delegation, etc.) about and some test taking strategies. Do you understand and have reviewed rationales for the q's you've practiced? Lastly, read every word on NCLEX carefully - the question and the answer choices. Often, you can miss something very relevant in either the question/answer that is key! Use your strategies to eliminate wrong answer choices. I took NCLEX last month and used Kaplan (among 4 or 5 other resources). I wanted to ensure I knew "a bit about everything" as NCLEX is a very broad test. Some questions are obscure or tricky - this is where good test taking strategies come along. I passed. Best of luck!! We're rooting for you. :)
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    Is PDA + Study guide enough?

    I'm sure you will!! Big hugs and cheer for you
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    "real" nclex course better than store bought book?

    I can speak of Hurst as I used Hurst, Kaplan, Saunder's, NCSBN and La Charity. I used all these resources for different reasons. I attended Hurst, and it was a good course to "hear" and review core content. Also, Hurst has all their videos on line - so you can watch and listen to them again at your leisure. I purchased Kaplan (and their book) also for content, and found their book was good (though didn't provide some details for some conditions/treatments) though their question trainers/qbanks were excellent. Also, Kaplan's strategies are great (decision tree and strategy videos) as you need to know strategies to help you on NCLEX. Kaplan also has these question videos where they discuss about 300 questions (in sets of 10) that show you how to break apart the question and evaluate/eliminate answer choices. These were very helpful! Saunder's was excellent for content (filled the gaps or missing pieces that Kaplan/Hurst didn't cover or state). NCSBN great for content (a little wordy and hard to locate topics at times as the way it's presented online) though excellent information and 1300 practice NCLEX questions. NCSBN is from the makers of NCLEX and I found their course very helpful and similar to NCLEX and affordable! Lastly, La Charity PDA is great for priority and delegation questions (supplement or an added resource for NCLEX). For me, all these resources gave me a nice broad view of topics that would be asked on NCLEX. So to answer your question, if you are a visual learner you may want to invest in attending a class and/or Hurst or Kaplan. Or, if you learn best by reading a book - then NCSBN or Saunder's and La Charity may work for you.