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  1. JOWI75

    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    I just wanted to let you know... I extended my exam date several times after this post! My anxiety, nerves, self worth, doubt and personal issues always seemed to creep up on me when I had to take the exam a day or 2 before, so I would just extend and extend! This last time I decided I was taking it on the last extension date! I did try several resources throughout this time since I a last corresponded with you on this thread! I would check this site for suggestions from anyone about resources to use for study. I was running out of money to pay or resources. I tried Mike's questions bank from Simple Nursing. Honestly I didn't find it helpful. I think he should just stick to Youtube videos. His videos are gold! I used the Nurse Achieve app and even paid for an in class prep course before the pandemic hit and they switched to online.I took NCLEX 3x already and used UWorld my 1st try and 2nd try just to come up with a fail. My 3rd time I tried the in person prep class and again failed. So now I came here on this site for some insight from others and found a lot of helpful info. I said, "I'm studying these last two weeks that lead up to my exam date on May 28, 2021 (Friday) and I'm not going to change my date any longer! I found somewhere on another thread where someone said they used Ultim 8 App NCLEX RN. It was FREE and I told myself I'm not paying for anymore apps!! So I'm going to use this free app and my past knowledge and go through notes. Let me just tell you all... That app seemed to be the app that worked best for me! I used it 2 weeks nonstop everyday to study! I would go through notes and used Mark Klimek notes and what I learned from his tricks for memorization. I used Simple Nursing Youtube videos for more content and ways to memorize subjects easy. Ultim 8 App was so helpful for me! I loved their rationale breakdown after I answered. I tried to extend one more time 24 hours before my exam. I just told myself I want a later time on the same day to buy me more time. But none was available for the test location by my house. There were some available further that required paid parking and I told myself, "NO! You're not going to pay for parking to take this exam a 3rd time! You're not wasting your gas to drive further! It is what it is and you have to take it on Friday at the scheduled time now!". I checked one more time on Pearson Vue to reschedule and it was too late now. 24 hours had expired and I couldn't reschedule it anymore! This was it! I had no choice at this point! I studied afternoon til evening and I just tried the best to calm my nerves and anxiety. I went to bed early to have some good rest so I wasn't so tired in the morning for my exam. I woke up and did my regular routine of cleaning house, feeding stray cats and then showered and got ready. I went to the testing location and just went over notes in the car for like 10 mins. Only on things I thought I may have forgotten before going inside the building. I was met by 2 first time NCLEX RN test takers in the Pearson Vue office. They were so nervous! The girl in front of me was so out of it and the lady at the front desk checking her in wasn't so nice to her. I told the other test taker, "it's okay. You're gonna be okay. Just take your time and if you feel any anxiety during the exam, take a break. You never want to answer a question with anxiety! I'm a repeat test taker. You're going to be okay". I sat down for my exam, said my prayers as usual before I started and I must say I looked up to see what question I was on and I was at almost question 30 and I swore I just sat down! I said to myself, "Slow down, maybe you're going too fast! Because you answered these 30 so quick!". I also did something different this time around. I decided to count my SATA's to take account of how many I was getting throughout this exam. I noticed I was getting a lot when I hit the 20 mark on SATA's and I was at only question like #50 something. My exam shut off at 75! I looked at my SATA tally and I had 30 SATA's total! I was in total shock I shut off at 75 because on exam #2 retake It shut off at 75 and I failed as well. I thought to myself, wow! That was quick, for sure thought I'd go all the way to the end of 130 or whatever the new cut off was now due to covid! But this time I felt I was calm during this exam, I didn't feel as much anxiety like the other 3 times. I prayed throughout my exam. I told myself, "this is just another mock exam! you can do this!". I was a person that would take mock exams and excel and pass them, but when I sat for the actual exam I failed. I felt good vibes this time around and I had good vibes from everyone who was rooting for me an my guardian angels ❤️. I took it Friday May 28th and so I knew from what others said that since the weekend was next that I wouldn't get results, plus Memorial Day is Monday (tomorrow). I still checked the BON to see and still no name. I checked Pearson Vue and the status was "results not in". Today in the morning I checked again BON and my name didn't show. I checked Pearson Vue and now status was "taken". On exam number 2 retake I purchased quick results and got my answer of fail. This time I decided I wasn't purchasing it but I wanted to know though LOL I purchased the Pearson Vue Quick Results and was praying for the best but prepping for the worse. I got my results and I passed! I just want to thank you for your encouragement and to everyone else here on this thread and others that come on here to encourage others in the same boat as us test retakers! I'm just waiting for BON CA to update the system to show my name and license# so I can really believe I passed it. Like every other retaker has said, "DON'T GIVE UP!" TAKE IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN! IF YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT 100X , TAKE IT! You did not go through RN School for nothing! You just have to find the right resource that works for you and after paying for all of those other resources to help me the first 3x, in the end a free app is what did it for me! Good luck everyone! I have faith in you, God has faith in you and you need to have faith in yourself! You got this!
  2. JOWI75

    Passed NCLEX RN WITH 75 questions!

    congrats!
  3. JOWI75

    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    you are so spot on! Every single word you said was so true and honest! That is exactly what I need! Not motivation but DISCIPLINE at this point for my next exam! I was just telling my boyfriend this! Thank you! and Thank you!
  4. JOWI75

    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    You are too kind! Thank you for reaching out! I have been contemplating my study resources. I was using NursePrep but didn't want to pay anymore. I keep extending my exam date because I am just simply too scared to retake it and always feel like I didn't study enough. Honestly your reply came at the right moment! I've extended again for Feb 1 2021. I actually did well on NursePrep mock exams but the devil in my shoulder always overcame the angel on my other shoulder telling me "YOU'RE NOT READY. EXTEND". I reread your study resources you used and wanted to know how long did you use NURSE.COM for? About 1 month or 2? I'm thinking of using them 1 month and taking this damn exam already! It's been difficult finsing a study location with the shut downs. That's my major issues.
  5. JOWI75

    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    Same issue I've been dealing with since graduating December 2019. Funny, because I too started looking for jobs in the healthcare industry that I qualify for not with a RN license. I am going through what you just mentioned! I failed 3x already since December 2019 when I finished RN school. I am supposed to be studying to retake it and just keep rescheduling my date to push it further because honestly I feel like I'm so scared that I will just get the same results of FAIL. Thank you for your kind post it is inspiring.
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    NCLEX Journey

    Thank you for your speedy reply! I appreciate it! I took an NCLEX Prep course and did not want to use UWorld again as I am a repeater for NCLEX. I decided to use the free trial from Nurseachieve and I think I prefer it over UWorld.
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    NCLEX Journey

    Hi career change. I've been using NurseAchieve doing 2 CAT exams daily for the last week. I have never gotten a fail, only pass-pass and solid-passes. How did you do on the CAT exams?
  8. JOWI75

    UWorld, Hurst, or Kaplan?

    I am using Nurse Achieve right now. I've used Kaplan and UWorld and Klimek. But I have to give Nurse Achieve some credit! I think their Mock CAT Exams are an excellent resource and tool to use!
  9. JOWI75

    NCLEX Struggle

    Yes Clamchop! I am doing questions with rationales from a book right now and I answered this question hearing his vouce and relating what I learned from him! Repeat it over and over. Antibiotics decrease effectiveness of oral contraceptives! I'm answering these questions remembering Dr. Khan! Thank you Clamchopz! Appreciate your positive vibe 🤙
  10. JOWI75

    NCLEX Struggle

    Correction "CONGRATS Clamchopz" LOL
  11. JOWI75

    NCLEX Struggle

    Thank you MsRn202. I have been studying everyday and I'm studying right now as I type this. CONGRATS on passing!
  12. JOWI75

    NCLEX Struggle

    KSK training requires payment. There is no sharing lectures because they are not recorded. I said I couldn't afford it either but I hustled to get the money to pay for it. If you want it that bad you'll find payment.
  13. JOWI75

    NCLEX Struggle

    MsRn2020 she used KSK TRAINING. Read my previous post where she quotes my comment.
  14. Hi everyone, just curious if anyone has ever used Donna Gauwitz NCLEX RN PRACTICE QUESTIONS book to study for NCLEX RN and passed it in 2020? I did UWorld twice and took NCLEX twice and did not pass. I felt like renewing UWorld was just going to be memorizing the question bank I used twice already. So I'm kind of over UWorld because it did not work for me.
  15. JOWI75

    Harbor College nursing program Fall 2013

    Crate, I know others who feel the same way as you. But most places that pay really well with excellent benefits are now requiring a BSN just to work for them. So your GPA will matter once you hit CSU or USC level for a bachelors. Don't stop at an ASN! Go for your BSN!