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Any comments on purchasing Hurst. Took the Kaplan review and used their access to questions, but have taken the RN exam now twice. Dont really know the results of my last test yet, but I am really nervous - got the dreaded 265 AGAIN. Anyways, I am looking at new ways to study again. Thinking about purchasing the prioritizing, delegation book and possibily hurst. But $300 is alot after I have spent $500 for Kaplan and two times to take the exam. I have the saunders comprehensive, but might look at Q&A saunders.

Any infor or advice would be greatly appreciated. Katie

PS. What suggestions would any of you say I should study more. Both tests were totally different. New drugs that I have never seen, an prioritizing with at least 2/3 patients in one answer. Oh and didnt look at parathyroid gland and guess what. you got it - many questions.

hi, i am enrolled now in hurst review online, it is just a review for basic nursing information, they do not cover all the content that i need. and i regret spending money. basically, i do not think i will pass by using it, i am trying to do it by myself. i am sure that you know all the content that is in hurst because it is so easy and basic. stay away from hurst.i am sure you passed.

thank you for the advice.

cebuana_nurse

Specializes in OB, Peds, Med Surg and Geriatric Nsg.

What made you so sure that you failed? Have you done the PVT? If you recently took the test, do the PVT. It will help you calm your nerves and know the possible outcome of the exam.

If you are 100% sure that you didn't pass, don't give up. Just hang in there. Allow yourself to be sad and get back to studying. Before starting, ask yourself and reflect what didn't work on your last study plan. If you lack content, I suggest reading Saunder Compre. Do 100 questions a day, if you already have a test date in mind, I suggest you answer questions around the time that you will be testing. Say, if you test by 8AM, practice answering 100 questions at 8AM.

I suggest that you read LaCharity PD&A book. It's a small but very informative. It will help you on delegation and prioritization questions. Don't be discouraged with your scores, instead use this as a motivation for you to study harder. Lastly, pray before and after studying.

Good Luck!

BTW, I didn't do Hurst Review nor any online review course. I didn't sign up for it since it was pricey. If you wanna give yourself a try on doing self-study, I suggest you do the study plan above. I used that when I took the NCLEX-RN last Monday. It worked for me. I hope it does too on you. =D

smn2010, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nurse. Has 11 years experience.

I agree with Cebuana's response. Don't count yourself out yet. You may have passed. If you find that you didn't practice, practice, practice NCLEX style questions. Review the rationales for ALL the questions--whether you get them right or wrong. Understand the rationale before you move on to the next question. Take notes if you have to. Read those notes each night before going to bed--along with lab values and meds.

Stay positive....we all feel as though we failed the NCLEX when we leave the testing center.

Good luck! :up:

Thank you, But I did find out today I failed. So I'll try again in January. I figure I could feel sorry for myself or find a new study plan, possibily some new books and try again. After all, I didnt go to nursing school to quit now.

Guys, I have taken the NCLEX 3 times as well but I promise I will not give up!!!! I will continue to take it every 45days until I pass!!! I am considering taking the Kaplan Review for the 1st time and sticking with Saunders because of the content in the rationales. Just to uplift your spirit....If God bless them, he will eventually bless us! We must keep the faith. It is not by accident that I found this website for support. I will pray for You all eventhough I don't know who you are or where you are from......The only thing that matters is that we want to be nurses! With God's help we will be. I do believe we need to just keep praying, believing, and studying! Everytime I fail, I say "I'm gonna pass these boards!" And guess what.....I AM!!!!!

What made you so sure that you failed? Have you done the PVT? If you recently took the test, do the PVT. It will help you calm your nerves and know the possible outcome of the exam.

If you are 100% sure that you didn't pass, don't give up. Just hang in there. Allow yourself to be sad and get back to studying. Before starting, ask yourself and reflect what didn't work on your last study plan. If you lack content, I suggest reading Saunder Compre. Do 100 questions a day, if you already have a test date in mind, I suggest you answer questions around the time that you will be testing. Say, if you test by 8AM, practice answering 100 questions at 8AM.

I suggest that you read LaCharity PD&A book. It's a small but very informative. It will help you on delegation and prioritization questions. Don't be discouraged with your scores, instead use this as a motivation for you to study harder. Lastly, pray before and after studying.

Good Luck!

BTW, I didn't do Hurst Review nor any online review course. I didn't sign up for it since it was pricey. If you wanna give yourself a try on doing self-study, I suggest you do the study plan above. I used that when I took the NCLEX-RN last Monday. It worked for me. I hope it does too on you. =D

Just want to clarify...is the SAUNDERS COMPRE the 3rd edition blue book? and the Saunders 4th ed. is the Q&A orange book? or is there a new edition of the compre? thank you.

Any comments on purchasing Hurst. Took the Kaplan review and used their access to questions, but have taken the RN exam now twice. Dont really know the results of my last test yet, but I am really nervous - got the dreaded 265 AGAIN. Anyways, I am looking at new ways to study again. Thinking about purchasing the prioritizing, delegation book and possibily hurst. But $300 is alot after I have spent $500 for Kaplan and two times to take the exam. I have the saunders comprehensive, but might look at Q&A saunders.

Any infor or advice would be greatly appreciated. Katie

PS. What suggestions would any of you say I should study more. Both tests were totally different. New drugs that I have never seen, an prioritizing with at least 2/3 patients in one answer. Oh and didnt look at parathyroid gland and guess what. you got it - many questions.

Hi Katie,

I recommend the Saunders Compre 4th Ed for the basics, La Charity for prioritization, Exam Cram Practice Qs and the NCLEX 3500-a free online review for analysis.

Good luck.

halutz_kudos

Specializes in 4 years Geriatric/Psychiatric Nursing. Has 4 years experience.

If you are planning to study by your self, any of the mentioned books are great.

you might want to check NCSBN Learning Extension, they have a pretty good course syllabus. Note, I am using it right now.

I personally did self review for the NCLEX using Mosby and Saunders. But what I found most helpful were the Kaplan general study tips. After some practice you find yourself "feeling" the right answers. Here's a link to those tips:

http://ann2.net/pld/kaplan.html

I personally did self review for the NCLEX using Mosby and Saunders. But what I found most helpful were the Kaplan general study tips. After some practice you find yourself "feeling" the right answers. Here's a link to those tips:

http://ann2.net/pld/kaplan.html

thanx ....

I personally did self review for the NCLEX using Mosby and Saunders. But what I found most helpful were the Kaplan general study tips. After some practice you find yourself "feeling" the right answers. Here's a link to those tips:

http://ann2.net/pld/kaplan.html

Great info on this link. Thanks from all of us future RN's

I think I would go with another source for questions before I would pay for another review course. Do as many questions as you can during your preparation period and see how it goes. If you should fail again, then look into another review course, but your best bet is always going to be doing questions and studying the rationales. Good luck.