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Ran out of time on the NCLEX-RN

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by Clover123 Clover123 (Member) Member

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So I had 38 SATA

2 drop and drag (SBAR & Sputum Culture)

7 Exhibit (which medication nurse should question) 

3 EKG (A-fib and Asytole) 

3 Dosage 

Follow ups (>20)

See Firsts (>30)

Prioritization (>60)

Delegation 

Psych (schizophrenia etc.) 

Know your PRECAUTIONS and appropriate PPE 

Diets 

Vaccines (pneumococcal, influenza (which pt. Shouldn’t receive it).  

Positions (after procedures)

Know your basics (techniques for Lung sounds etc.)

Peak flow meter 

MDI

Trach care

Ventilators 

Labs (knowing your labs is a MUST!!!) 

Tourniquet (IV access)

Kids (poisoning/overdosing) 

Maternity (Mag Sulfate)

Know yours meds

 

Some of the diseases that came for me was: Cystic fibrosis, crohns, wilm’s tumor, guillain barre, TB, Pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, Renal Failure, NMS, Autonomic Dysreflexia, Heart Failure, RA, colostomy, Diabetes (DKA & HHNK, Glargine, Insulin administration, picking the correct technique from a photo), Stroke, Asthma etc

 

Guys trust me on this, if you really study quick facts along with the 35 page packet file the test will  be so much easier than you’d expect. You’d be able to rule out answer choices. Now the questions wouldn’t be so basic, you’d have to figure out what it’s asking esp in the answer choices e.g. signs & symptoms will lead you to the topic. 

 

When I started the test (RN) I was taking my time as I was reasoning the choices. The computer gave me 3 breaks and I took all 3. After my last break is when I realized that I wasn’t going to complete the entire test. I was going to run out of time. So I was rushing to complete as much as I can before it ended(well that was a bad idea. I should have taken my time since they’re only gonna grade my last 60 questions 😭).

 

Lesson learned, even if I don’t pass I know I will on my next try!!! Because I felt prepared and I know I was close. Time expired at 226. 

 

I hope this at least help some of you prepare.

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kp2016 has 20 years experience.

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How on earth do you remember all that. I got 75 questions and walked out feeling like i'd been hit by a truck, probably couldn't have said what the last question was on if my life had depended on it. 

I sincerely hope you pass but if you do have to do it again I would suggest that you focus on the questions and try not to overthink it. You can waste a lot of time torturing yourself.

I paid to do an online practise exam for a certification I was studying for (results were a lot more detailed and straight forward than the NCLEX). I spend 2.5 hours on a 50 question exam and barely passed. The next night I retook it, I had a glass of wine as I took it, choose the first answer that came into my head, was done in 45 minutes and aced it. Taking your time isn't always the best strategy.

Good Luck!

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4 hours ago, kp2016 said:

How on earth do you remember all that. I got 75 questions and walked out feeling like i'd been hit by a truck, probably couldn't have said what the last question was on if my life had depended on it. 

I sincerely hope you pass but if you do have to do it again I would suggest that you focus on the questions and try not to overthink it. You can waste a lot of time torturing yourself.

I paid to do an online practise exam for a certification I was studying for (results were a lot more detailed and straight forward than the NCLEX). I spend 2.5 hours on a 50 question exam and barely passed. The next night I retook it, I had a glass of wine as I took it, choose the first answer that came into my head, was done in 45 minutes and aced it. Taking your time isn't always the best strategy.

Good Luck!

The resources I used to study got all those topics that came so it was somewhat easy for me to recall what came. When I was getting soo many SATA’s I was scoring it on my board.🤷🏻‍♀️

Thank you though. 
 

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