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    Passed NCLEX!! My experience..

    Thank you! Hope you passed! Make sure and give us an update!
  2. mississippikid

    Passed NCLEX!! My experience..

    Thank you! I read the NCSBN site up and down! Definitely made me more confident going into the exam. It was nothing like I expected but I'm glad I put in the time and effort to prepare myself the best I could. Good luck to you!!
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    Passed NCLEX!! My experience..

    I graduated on May 12, got my ATT on May 19 and originally scheduled my NCLEX for June 8. I kept checking back to see if any earlier test dates were open and found a date open on May 31. I have never clicked on anything so fast! In preparation for NCLEX, I did not do a Hurst or Kaplan review, my school uses ATI so their Virtual Review did not cost me anything. I could not afford to drop $300+ on a review course and I felt like ATI was a very good resource. We also used PassPoint and were assigned a number of comprehensive practice NCLEX exams, I also did several on my own and scored well. I used Exam Cram's NCLEX practice question book and CD-ROM with all the same questions, Kaplan's Strategies, Review, & Practice book (although I did not actually do the practice test, just read through the strategies and review chapters), NCLEX Mastery app, Prioritization, Delegation, and Management of Care for the NCLEX-RN Exam, and had been using Lippincott's Q & A Review book pretty consistently since the second semester of my program. After my final exam in April, I did at LEAST 100 questions a day from one resource or another, taking the time to read the rationale and understand WHY I got a question right OR wrong. My daughter was gone to visit relatives the week before I tested so I was thankful for that uninterrupted time to prepare. While my husband was gone to work, I was at my desk doing questions, making notes of things to review, and if we were not at home I was on my phone doing questions on NCLEX Mastery. We cooked out with friends the evening before I tested. I arrived at the test center really early, which gave me time to gather myself and eat my chocolate bar (as I do before every test). I was allowed to go ahead and sign in early. Once I finally sat down to test my heart was going crazy!! I am a notoriously fast test taker no matter how I try to slow myself down and take my time. By the time I finally looked up to see what question I was on, I saw that I was on question 60 and freaking out... my test shut off at 75. The testing center staff commented that I finished really fast and asked me how I felt about it. I was devastated, my heart was in my butt, certain I had failed. I went to my car, sat in the parking lot for I don't know how long, and finally pulled out and headed home. Fast forward to yesterday evening, after checking the Pearson site a million times to see if my quick results were available they finally were (51 hours after I took my test, do not be discouraged if yours aren't available exactly 48 hours later), although I didn't want to I paid the $7.95. I hit submit after entering my payment information and had to make myself look (more like my husband said "We paid the eight dollars you better look!!") and I saw that beautiful four-letter word... PASS!! You couldn't slap the smile off of my face! My advice for NCLEX, take it as you will.. 1. Go on the NCSBN website and do a little research about computer adaptive testing (CAT) and how it works before you take your exam. Knowing how the test works helped calm my nerves somewhat. You don't have to have a super high score to pass, you just have to stay above the passing standard. That may mean you get 75 questions, you may get all 265, don't get too hung up on it. 2. Practice select all that apply questions. They were always my weakness on tests. I got a lot and that does not mean that you will, but don't let it overwhelm you. View them as a good thing! I would get a multiple choice, then 2-3 SATA, then another multiple choice, then 2-3 more SATA.. From what I understand SATA questions are a good sign :) 3. As you're preparing for NCLEX, review core content, but do not try to review EVERYTHING you've learned throughout your program. It's impossible and will probably do you more harm than good. At this point you're better off (IMO) doing practice questions. If you're doing practice questions and get something wrong because you didn't know the content, of course review that particular content. Know your lab and drug values, drug classes, utilize mnemonics if that's your thing. 4. Test-taking strategies and priority setting frameworks!! Google for them, look on YouTube, purchase a book if you don't already have one. ABC's are important but cannot always lead you to the right answer, also remember acute vs. chronic, stable vs. unstable, etc. You can know all the content in the world, but if you do not know how to break down and analyze a question all of that content knowledge may not help you. 5. Relax the day before. I know everyone says it, but please, do not try to cram any more information into your head. You have worked hard to get to this point. Call a friend, go out to lunch, get a pedicure, drink some wine (but not the whole bottle, don't want to test with a hangover), go out with your significant other, whatever, just spend your day doing something NOT related to NCLEX in any way. Try not to think about it, don't talk about it, clear your mind as difficult as it may be. 6. After the exam... take a deep breath. Waiting is the worst thing in the world to me, and I was a nervous wreck until I got my quick results, but I knew that there was absolutely nothing I could do about it BUT wait. There is nothing you can do in the time you're waiting except work yourself up about it. I had actually prepared myself for a bad outcome and was literally physically sick because I felt so terrible about it. Do the Pearson "trick" if you wish, I did, but it did not calm me any even though I got the "good" pop-up. I didn't trust it. I kept myself busy cleaning and decluttering my house. Good luck to everyone testing soon! I hope this post helps someone! Be proud of yourself for making it this far and remember... YOU GOT THIS!!!
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    How fast did you land a job?

    Several of my classmates had accepted jobs before graduation, which had me discouraged because I had already put in applications to multiple facilities.. I graduated on a Thursday evening, on Friday I interviewed and was hired on the spot.
  5. mississippikid

    Should I? Why not!?!

    I didn't get to do work study, but I did apply for it. My school was small and didn't have a lot of openings plus I got a good bit of financial help so it was tough for me to get in. I'm 26 (24 when I started nursing program) and a nontraditional student (married, kids, commuter).. don't let your age or circumstances hold you back from something that will benefit you!
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    Almost Done?? Who else?

    I don't graduate until May.. Counting down the days.. But congrats to you and all others graduating soon!
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    Make yourself THINK like a nurse

    I prepare myself the night before lecture by reviewing A&P & terminology. During lecture I don't write down what the instructor says word for word. I write down brief notes & questions to ask myself & answer while I'm studying. What is this disease? Which populations will it affect? How will the patient present? Are there any hallmark symptoms? How is it treated? As a nurse, what am I going to do for this patient? Changing my thought process brought my grades from barely passing to a high B.
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    Tips for New Nursing Students

    Great advice! Congrats on finishing up your first year! I too am halfway to RN :) I would add that you should use your syllabus as a guide for your studying, the syllabus lists what you'll be tested on (outline of the unit, learning outcomes you should achieve) and will help you to tailor your studying. Do as many practice questions as you can get your hands on! ATI, end of chapters, online, books, whatever.. just do them! It's not a substitute for studying by any means. Doing NCLEX style questions daily (at least 10 a day consistently) and utilizing test-taking strategies helped me become a better test taker. I don't read every last word of the assigned textbooks either, I would like to and I make an effort to but it just doesn't always happen. I try to understand the bigger concepts presented and I try to think like a nurse while I'm doing it, thinking about what I'm going to do for a patient that presents with a specific disease process. Your instructors want you to know why disease processes happen but they're going to test you on the most important thing you should do as a nurse.
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    heart & kidneys question

    Is this a homework question? I see it's your first post.. Important concept, and I'm not the best at explaining things unfortunately.. The heart pumps blood through the body, right? Then that blood goes into the kidneys and the kidneys filter out wastes and excess that the body doesn't need which is then turned into urine. The kidneys also regulate blood pressure and fluid/electrolyte balance.. If the heart is not functioning properly, there's a good chance the kidneys are having problems as well. Check this video out:
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    Nursing school too hard on purpose?

    Nursing school is hard for a reason, actually many reasons, but I would never say that it is "too hard". You have to do the work, play by the rules, and deal with it to the best of your ability. They are trying to mold students into entry level nurses that will be competent enough to practice safely and pass NCLEX when the time comes. If an instructor or a nurse during clinical is inappropriate, by all means report them or do whatever you have to do, but don't complain about trivial things when in reality they are in place for good reason. Be on time, be prepared, dress properly. Like a previous poster stated, rules/policies are agreed to upon enrolling. I'm sorry that you had bad experiences but they are not representative of nursing or nursing schools as a whole.
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    n clex mastery app

    I love it! I have used it as a study tool since day 1 of nursing school. The rationales are good and as the pittnurse24 said there are mnemonics and terminology, as well as laboratory values. Worth every penny.
  12. I wonder how in the world you got into nursing school WITHOUT A&P. I'm about to finish up my second semester of nursing and was required to have A&P I and II before even beginning the first semester of my program. I would take it as soon as you can, I agree with GrnTea, you will not survive Med-Surg without a good understanding of it! I did well in A&P but I always have to review the body systems before I begin studying disorders.
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    Cheaters.... What is our responsibility?

    I say stay out of it. If they cheat now, and cheat in nursing school, they are screwed for NCLEX. Just do you and don't worry about anyone else...
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    Grades in Nursing School

    Are you in the night program? Grenada campus? I am totally with you on feeling overwhelmed, I'm in the second semester of the program. I honestly don't always do all my reading and that is terrible (and I am not encouraging you to be like me) but I do pay attention in lecture. I focus the most on what is covered in lecture, and I do lots and lots and LOTS of questions (from the resources in my previous post). That helps me study more than anything, you may be different. You will find what works for you. :) Nursing tests are not like any test you've taken before. Any test you've taken before (and this is just an example..) was probably knowledge based (i.e. "What color is the sky?") while a nursing test is going to ask you to apply that knowledge and think like a nurse (i.e. "Why is the sky blue?"). That's probably not the best analogy.. but maybe you get the point. There will be questions where the answer choices are all correct BUT you have to choose the best answer (what do you do first? what is most important?) and that's where Maslow's, ABCs, and any other way to prioritize comes in. It's not so bad in Fundamentals really.. BUT you must remember, that the test grade does NOT define you as a person. It defines your ability to apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning, and those things take time. Critical thinking is a skill just like taking vitals or inserting a Foley, you have to nurture it and practice. After you take your first test, you will be more prepared and hopefully have a better idea of how to study. If I can help you in any way please message me! I am not the best or smartest student by any means but I am in the struggle with you!
  15. I can't function without coffee in the mornings! But I have never been to a Starbucks.. who can afford it in nursing school?
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    Nursing School - What are you thankful for?

    I'm thankful that all my friends and family are pushing me to keep on keepin' on even though I'm about to lose my mind.. I'm thankful for the new friends that will (hopefully) be by my side during the rest of my nursing school journey.. and I'm thankful that I was accepted to the program of my choice because there are so many that would love to be in my shoes!