1st time NCLEX-PN TAKER

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by TaTa34 TaTa34 Member

I am scheduled to take the NCLEX-PN next week and anxiety is kicking me hard:) For those who have already taken it, is it hard as some make it out to be:idea::idea::idea:

masters-pn

masters-pn

32 Posts

Get learningextension.com....good luck

TaTa34

TaTa34

20 Posts

Thanks so much for that! I think I have looked at so many questions that my eyes feel crosseed.

loveit25

loveit25

20 Posts

best wishes to u. i take my test this month and i feel like going crazy.

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

Good luck.

TaTa34

TaTa34

20 Posts

Thanks for the love!!:redpinkhe I am so nervous! I am in NC so we can get the quick results in 48 hrs. Our school used the ATI study material, so I have been going through those again and again and again

desperate2banrn

desperate2banrn

9 Posts

MY NCLEX-PN EXPERIENCE

BACKGROUND: I am part of a 1+1 program in NYC, this means the first year is 11mo which is your LPN, and the second year (11mo as well) is your RN. the only issue with this type of program is, you have to take your LPN boards and pass before continuing on to your RN. (Also, you have to pass an ATI predictor at the end of the LPN in order to guarantee a seat for the RN portion.

LPN portion: I struggled dearly in school. I worked a full time job and also attended school full time. My school had no clue I worked (They discouraged working, so I kept it to myself). My boss didn't want me to better myself (So, I kept it from my job as well). Needless to say, I had no CLUE whether I was coming or going. I felt as if I was leading a double life. My daily schedule was as follows: Mon -Fri school 8A-4P, I had to leave 20 min early everyday from classes/clinical's to be at work by 4pm till 12am, yes, I said 12am :uhoh3:. I felt as if I was always rushing and constantly on edge.... by the time I got home I was tired and drained, yet I would pull out the books and study!!! I wasn't an A student, but I got mainly B's with a few C's now and then. Mainly all classmates didn't work.. I felt overwhelmed but I knew this was bigger than me sacrificing being a little tired. So, all classes were done and I had passed. All I had was to take the ATI predictor which determined if I would have a seat as an RN student. I passed that test with a 92% :yeah:This test predicted that if I took the NCLEX tomorrow I'd have a 92% chance of passing.:lol2: In April I was pinned as an LPN. :nurse: Now, I was half way there almost an RN student, one thing I had to do was take on the most scariest part which was to take and pass the "NCLEX". :confused:

Preparing for the NCLEX-PN: Okay, as soon as I got out of school I needed to rest so I relaxed for a month and half. I so needed that. So in order to study for the NCLEX, I used Saunders PN 3rd edition and exam cram by Pearson the latest edition. All my classmates had taken the NCLEX and passed mostly with 85 questions. One or two going above 100, no more than 130. It was now my turn, I was the last to take it . So, I finally sent the BON my fee and patiently waited my ATT.:cool: After all I did need my results by Sept 1'st so I could be legit to start the RN program. Finally, my ATT came late July, and I scheduled my test Sat 8/14/2010. OMG, I was so scared because I was thinking "I would be the last one taking the exam and fail". I studied up until the morning of the test. No turning back now!!!!

Nclex day: Okay, my exam was at 8am, but I wanted to arrive early so I picked up a caramel Frap from Starbucks, a egg and bacon sandwich from the local store and headed on the road for the nclex. I live in NJ so I went to the Lyndhurst site. Got there at 7:30 am. I was shaking as I saw people getting out of their car and going into the site... I couldn't eat, spilt some of the frap on my pants as I was holding onto the exam cram sheet, for a little more studying. I figured I should just go in, I wasn't going to retain anything more. I knew what I knew and that was it!!!!!!! At 7:45 am I headed in.... (SIGH)

The people working there were so sweet. Things ran smoothly until the signature pad stopped working. I wished I had walked in early because I could have been one of the lucky ones and started earlier. Here it is almost 8:30 and Still nothing, The guy who checked us in was trying to get help from someone from IT to help fix the problem.. Finally, he realized it wasn't working.....we had to sign a paper in place of the non working signature pad. All I could think was this MUST be a sign.... Only me!!!! Why???? Finally, I was checked in! Now, it was time to face the computer... I was literally ready to pass out from the anxiety.. No turning back now!!!!!! I picked a middle cubical and the process began.

Okay, I sit down, instantly reach for the ear plugs they provided and shoved them into my ears!! I took a deep breath and prayed!!! After all, I knew this would be a roller coaster.. Took the little practice test in the beginning and finally Question # 1... It was something about a disease I had NEVER EVER EVER NEVER EVER heard of..... OMG, OMG, OMG, I looked around as if I was being PUNKED, where was Ashton??? I thought the test was supposed to start off easy... I took a deep breath guessed letter "c" and pressed next.... Every question seemed like another language. By the time I reached question 5, I knew someone had made an awful mistake and given me the wrong test.. I think my test was for physicians...No way can I be given a med that I have NEVER EVER heard of and tell my patient what to expect as a side effect.

I glanced up and was shocked to see my name with the NCLEX-PN. Okay, I did have the right test, but it's clearly filled with questions that I never came across in my life. It was like I was playing a guessing game... and I knew in my heart i wasn't winning. I just couldn't wait to get to 85, there was no way I was going pass that because I didn't know any answers.. I could barely chop them down to 2 possibles, they all seemed right.. I got a lot of SATA, infection controls, priority's, and meds that I never heard of, I WAS convinced this was a HOAX! Nothing I studied appeared on this test not 1 single thing..

How could this be, I thought, why me????? WHY??. Not even dosage calculation question. I was mentally drained, my eye balls hurt so much, I just wanted the torture to end... At 84, I thought thank God One more question....Then 86 came, 87,88, 89...... all the way to 110.. wth?????!!!!!!! When the blue screen came..... I ran out.. turned in the pointless white non erasable board and ran to the lockers to gather my belongings..... This was around 11am...I was ******, mad.. I felt disrespected and somewhat disturbed.. How could someone do this to me, I studied!!!!!! New a lot.. and not 1 single thing... Wow.... What a strange feeling :/

Post Nclex: I don't know how I got to my car, but I sat there in disbelief... How could I have done that to myself?? I felt dumb, stupid and numb.. How was I to tell people I failed??? I was the last to take it in my class and I failed it like that???????? This put me in a very bad state.. As I drove home I put on my shades and let the tears roll... I cried as If i was an infant.. Hyperventilated and realized I was 1 million % sure I failed that test.. There was no way I passed. Went home tried the Pearson trick and it said my results were on hold. I came to this website and looked at everyone's posts post nclex feelings.. Although, I knew my fate I just wanted to see if anyone else felt the same way. After an abundance of calls from my friends and family I was just down....All my friends that took the NCLEX said "you passed" and it ****** me off, because what the hell did they know?? That test might as well have been in FRENCH!!! That's how unsure I was about every question. Although my friends had similar experiences, I felt there was NO way I got 1 right.... Reading posts and seeing that ppl felt the same way and ended up passing made me feel a little better but in order for me to have passed that... someone would have had to make a BIG mistake....

I checked Pearson's website again and guess what?????: They went down for maintenance.. till Sunday at 6am Great!!! Just what I needed.:uhoh3::bugeyes:. I couldn't sleep, eat, think, nothing. All I did was sob all day. Sat 6am (When the site was supposed to be back). i checked and....... they were still down...... they were down all day Sunday...Now, I was getting angry, just let me know I FAILED!!! I just need to see it for myself... Now it's Monday and still nothing... Finally around 2pm I was able to log on (48+hrs later) and my results were STILL ON HOLD..... WOW... Wow, somebody stick a fork in me because I'm done:smokin:

So, I call Pearson and the rep tells me my results should be ready on Wed..... Wow.. I was mad as hell at this point. :devil: I decided to try one more time around 8sh today(Monday) and to my surprise my results were NOW ready to review.... I was so used to being unable to review them that this made me sick.... I had all these emotions...Now I was a couple clicks away from my fate... I was sick.. This is it, the day it would be confirmed that I FAILED!!!!!!!!!!! I was a wreck...

Okay, I paid the 8 bucks and squeezed my eyes tightly as I clicked next...

I squinted and prayed and opened one eye as I saw the words that pierced my soul: PASS

Must be a mistake.. No way I passed it.... But, I wont tell anyone about this mistake.... I passed!!! ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, I'm still in shock and I am now part of the gang that WOULD BET 1 MILLION DOLLARS I failed, but passed!! And on my first try!!!!!!!

With plenty technical difficulties.... ME!! a nurse??? Wow, I still feel like it isn't true!!!!

Advice: There is nothing anyone can say to make you feel any better after taking the NCLEX. It is one of the most difficult things I had to go through during my 26 years of life!!!!!! It tested my patience and it made me doubt myself and my faith. Don't stress at the number of questions you get... it doesn't determine anything!! Trust me.. Once you take it it is done.. Go through the emotions, its normal but know its nothing more you can do!!!!! Pray and wait.. Its tough and No one understands who isn't in the field... If you pass congrats if you don't please don't feel defeated!!!! keep going!!! Take it soon after you graduate when the content is fresh.. In my opinion nothing could have prepared me for that.. I think NCLEX tests your ability to answer questions.. Not know the content.. Do as many practice questions as you can ............good luck!!!!

Now it's time for me to relax!!!! Enjoy the last couple of weeks before I start the 11mo RN portion. Then I will endure the NCLEX yet AGAIN!!! This time with less stress I HOPE!!!!

BTW, I'm A NURSE:)

I NOW NEED TO FIND A SECOND JOB!!!!!!

I think it's important to share our experiences.. good or bad.. This site helped me as I was waiting. Thanks to everyone who shares!!!!

GOD IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LPN:nurse:

KayDubb

KayDubb

35 Posts

MY NCLEX-PN EXPERIENCE

BACKGROUND: I am part of a 1+1 program in NYC, this means the first year is 11mo which is your LPN, and the second year (11mo as well) is your RN. the only issue with this type of program is, you have to take your LPN boards and pass before continuing on to your RN. (Also, you have to pass an ATI predictor at the end of the LPN in order to guarantee a seat for the RN portion.

LPN portion: I struggled dearly in school. I worked a full time job and also attended school full time. My school had no clue I worked (They discouraged working, so I kept it to myself). My boss didn't want me to better myself (So, I kept it from my job as well). Needless to say, I had no CLUE whether I was coming or going. I felt as if I was leading a double life. My daily schedule was as follows: Mon -Fri school 8A-4P, I had to leave 20 min early everyday from classes/clinical's to be at work by 4pm till 12am, yes, I said 12am :uhoh3:. I felt as if I was always rushing and constantly on edge.... by the time I got home I was tired and drained, yet I would pull out the books and study!!! I wasn't an A student, but I got mainly B's with a few C's now and then. Mainly all classmates didn't work.. I felt overwhelmed but I knew this was bigger than me sacrificing being a little tired. So, all classes were done and I had passed. All I had was to take the ATI predictor which determined if I would have a seat as an RN student. I passed that test with a 92% :yeah:This test predicted that if I took the NCLEX tomorrow I'd have a 92% chance of passing.:lol2: In April I was pinned as an LPN. :nurse: Now, I was half way there almost an RN student, one thing I had to do was take on the most scariest part which was to take and pass the "NCLEX". :confused:

Preparing for the NCLEX-PN: Okay, as soon as I got out of school I needed to rest so I relaxed for a month and half. I so needed that. So in order to study for the NCLEX, I used Saunders PN 3rd edition and exam cram by Pearson the latest edition. All my classmates had taken the NCLEX and passed mostly with 85 questions. One or two going above 100, no more than 130. It was now my turn, I was the last to take it . So, I finally sent the BON my fee and patiently waited my ATT.:cool: After all I did need my results by Sept 1'st so I could be legit to start the RN program. Finally, my ATT came late July, and I scheduled my test Sat 8/14/2010. OMG, I was so scared because I was thinking "I would be the last one taking the exam and fail". I studied up until the morning of the test. No turning back now!!!!

Nclex day: Okay, my exam was at 8am, but I wanted to arrive early so I picked up a caramel Frap from Starbucks, a egg and bacon sandwich from the local store and headed on the road for the nclex. I live in NJ so I went to the Lyndhurst site. Got there at 7:30 am. I was shaking as I saw people getting out of their car and going into the site... I couldn't eat, spilt some of the frap on my pants as I was holding onto the exam cram sheet, for a little more studying. I figured I should just go in, I wasn't going to retain anything more. I knew what I knew and that was it!!!!!!! At 7:45 am I headed in.... (SIGH)

The people working there were so sweet. Things ran smoothly until the signature pad stopped working. I wished I had walked in early because I could have been one of the lucky ones and started earlier. Here it is almost 8:30 and Still nothing, The guy who checked us in was trying to get help from someone from IT to help fix the problem.. Finally, he realized it wasn't working.....we had to sign a paper in place of the non working signature pad. All I could think was this MUST be a sign.... Only me!!!! Why???? Finally, I was checked in! Now, it was time to face the computer... I was literally ready to pass out from the anxiety.. No turning back now!!!!!! I picked a middle cubical and the process began.

Okay, I sit down, instantly reach for the ear plugs they provided and shoved them into my ears!! I took a deep breath and prayed!!! After all, I knew this would be a roller coaster.. Took the little practice test in the beginning and finally Question # 1... It was something about a disease I had NEVER EVER EVER NEVER EVER heard of..... OMG, OMG, OMG, I looked around as if I was being PUNKED, where was Ashton??? I thought the test was supposed to start off easy... I took a deep breath guessed letter "c" and pressed next.... Every question seemed like another language. By the time I reached question 5, I knew someone had made an awful mistake and given me the wrong test.. I think my test was for physicians...No way can I be given a med that I have NEVER EVER heard of and tell my patient what to expect as a side effect.

I glanced up and was shocked to see my name with the NCLEX-PN. Okay, I did have the right test, but it's clearly filled with questions that I never came across in my life. It was like I was playing a guessing game... and I knew in my heart i wasn't winning. I just couldn't wait to get to 85, there was no way I was going pass that because I didn't know any answers.. I could barely chop them down to 2 possibles, they all seemed right.. I got a lot of SATA, infection controls, priority's, and meds that I never heard of, I WAS convinced this was a HOAX! Nothing I studied appeared on this test not 1 single thing..

How could this be, I thought, why me????? WHY??. Not even dosage calculation question. I was mentally drained, my eye balls hurt so much, I just wanted the torture to end... At 84, I thought thank God One more question....Then 86 came, 87,88, 89...... all the way to 110.. wth?????!!!!!!! When the blue screen came..... I ran out.. turned in the pointless white non erasable board and ran to the lockers to gather my belongings..... This was around 11am...I was ******, mad.. I felt disrespected and somewhat disturbed.. How could someone do this to me, I studied!!!!!! New a lot.. and not 1 single thing... Wow.... What a strange feeling :/

Post Nclex: I don't know how I got to my car, but I sat there in disbelief... How could I have done that to myself?? I felt dumb, stupid and numb.. How was I to tell people I failed??? I was the last to take it in my class and I failed it like that???????? This put me in a very bad state.. As I drove home I put on my shades and let the tears roll... I cried as If i was an infant.. Hyperventilated and realized I was 1 million % sure I failed that test.. There was no way I passed. Went home tried the Pearson trick and it said my results were on hold. I came to this website and looked at everyone's posts post nclex feelings.. Although, I knew my fate I just wanted to see if anyone else felt the same way. After an abundance of calls from my friends and family I was just down....All my friends that took the NCLEX said "you passed" and it ****** me off, because what the hell did they know?? That test might as well have been in FRENCH!!! That's how unsure I was about every question. Although my friends had similar experiences, I felt there was NO way I got 1 right.... Reading posts and seeing that ppl felt the same way and ended up passing made me feel a little better but in order for me to have passed that... someone would have had to make a BIG mistake....

I checked Pearson's website again and guess what?????: They went down for maintenance.. till Sunday at 6am Great!!! Just what I needed.:uhoh3::bugeyes:. I couldn't sleep, eat, think, nothing. All I did was sob all day. Sat 6am (When the site was supposed to be back). i checked and....... they were still down...... they were down all day Sunday...Now, I was getting angry, just let me know I FAILED!!! I just need to see it for myself... Now it's Monday and still nothing... Finally around 2pm I was able to log on (48+hrs later) and my results were STILL ON HOLD..... WOW... Wow, somebody stick a fork in me because I'm done:smokin:

So, I call Pearson and the rep tells me my results should be ready on Wed..... Wow.. I was mad as hell at this point. :devil: I decided to try one more time around 8sh today(Monday) and to my surprise my results were NOW ready to review.... I was so used to being unable to review them that this made me sick.... I had all these emotions...Now I was a couple clicks away from my fate... I was sick.. This is it, the day it would be confirmed that I FAILED!!!!!!!!!!! I was a wreck...

Okay, I paid the 8 bucks and squeezed my eyes tightly as I clicked next...

I squinted and prayed and opened one eye as I saw the words that pierced my soul: PASS

Must be a mistake.. No way I passed it.... But, I wont tell anyone about this mistake.... I passed!!! ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, I'm still in shock and I am now part of the gang that WOULD BET 1 MILLION DOLLARS I failed, but passed!! And on my first try!!!!!!!

With plenty technical difficulties.... ME!! a nurse??? Wow, I still feel like it isn't true!!!!

Advice: There is nothing anyone can say to make you feel any better after taking the NCLEX. It is one of the most difficult things I had to go through during my 26 years of life!!!!!! It tested my patience and it made me doubt myself and my faith. Don't stress at the number of questions you get... it doesn't determine anything!! Trust me.. Once you take it it is done.. Go through the emotions, its normal but know its nothing more you can do!!!!! Pray and wait.. Its tough and No one understands who isn't in the field... If you pass congrats if you don't please don't feel defeated!!!! keep going!!! Take it soon after you graduate when the content is fresh.. In my opinion nothing could have prepared me for that.. I think NCLEX tests your ability to answer questions.. Not know the content.. Do as many practice questions as you can ............good luck!!!!

Now it's time for me to relax!!!! Enjoy the last couple of weeks before I start the 11mo RN portion. Then I will endure the NCLEX yet AGAIN!!! This time with less stress I HOPE!!!!

BTW, I'm A NURSE:)

I NOW NEED TO FIND A SECOND JOB!!!!!!

I think it's important to share our experiences.. good or bad.. This site helped me as I was waiting. Thanks to everyone who shares!!!!

GOD IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LPN:nurse:

Wow, Probably one of the best posts ive ever read on this site..I take my NCLEX-PN this Saturday...I will remember your advice...Im scared to death! xoxo

2011LPNJ29

2011LPNJ29

Has 1 years experience. 201 Posts

I approved Kaydubb commentslololol....but seriously!