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  1. SarahC_RN_BSN

    Pearson Vue Trick 2020 - Good pop-up?

    I took my NCLEX-RN yesterday morning 5/30. At first I was relieved when I was stopped at 60 questions, but then once I got to my car I was filled with dread and doubt. I felt like I had guessed on all but 3-4 questions. I wasn’t sure if I was in the higher level difficulty or if I just truly knew nothing. I used the Hurst review to study and found that it helped mostly for the prioritization and delegation questions (which there were a LOT of). I had probably 10-15 SATA. No other alternate formats. I graduated at the top of my class with a 3.92 GPA, and to think that I potentially failed the NCLEX was devastating. My friend took the NCLEX the day before me and had received an email saying “you’ve taken the NCLEX” almost immediately after her exam. I did not, and I was panicking! I walked out of the exam at 9:30 AM, and did not receive this email until around 4:30 PM. When I got home around 1:30, I tried the PVT and got the message saying that I currently have an open registration and I cannot register for another NCLEX — indicating that I tried too early to do this trick. I tried again once I received the email at 4:30... and I got the good pop-up (our records indicate blah blah)!! It was a huge anxiety-reliever for me, but I’m just paranoid that it’s going to turn out wrong. I’ve always done well on my practice exams via the Exit HESI, ATI, PassPoint, and Hurst. To think that after all of that I could have failed the NCLEX breaks my heart. I’m just holding onto the fact that this PVT has worked for nearly everyone... Has anyone gotten got the good pop-up and then ended up failing?
  2. Damion Jenkins

    NCLEX Expert Advice for New Grads

    As we are entering into a new season of Nursing Graduates - I wanted to take a moment to say - CONGRATULATIONS for making it this far in your nursing program! Nursing school is definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it has opened so many opportunities for me as a professional nurse - so you should be excited for the adventure that lies ahead! Okay - so to the point of NCLEX - I want to first say that studying for the NCLEX the same way you studied for your nursing school exams will NOT help you pass the NCLEX! You see - I've helped HUNDREDS of individuals over the years who have come to me frustrated, embarrassed, and even ready to give up on nursing altogether because they kept having a difficult time passing the exam. And let me clarify one thing real quick, because this is a common misconception - the NCLEX is NOT a test that determines your intelligence, your ability to be an awesome nurse, nor does it measure your eventual success as a nurse. The NCLEX is simply a test of critical thinking and test-taking strategy that challenges your understanding of the GUIDELINES, PRINCIPLES and RULES that guide decision making in nursing. The NCLEX Challenges your ability to SPEAK TO the roles and responsibilities of the nurse. It challenges your understanding of the limitations of your scope of practice. It challenges your competence at applying what you've learned to make decisions about patient care and nursing actions. Simply put - the NCLEX challenges your ability to pass the NCLEX. This is where MANY NCLEX Prep programs miss the mark. They focus too much on content (playing on your fear that you can't remember everything) WHICH YOU DO NOT HAVE TO - and they create these comprehensive "mini nursing schools" that forces you to sit through countless hours of nursing content lectures all over again - rather than helping you to leverage what you ALREADY KNOW so that you can develop the critical thinking and test-taking skills necessary to pass the exam. So - why am I telling you all of this? I have helped so many people who are misled, taken advantage of, and give downright FALSE information about the NCLEX and I want to make sure you are on the right path from the beginning. SO, the first place you should start - is HERE! LEARN how to pass the NCLEX... Download NCLEX Study Guide! You should download the FREE NCLEX Study Guide that I created for allnurses and go through it slowly and carefully. There is a TON of eye-opening info here that will help you to start shifting the way you think about approaching NCLEX style questions. The next thing you should do is get a good q-bank to practice answering questions. There are tons out there and they are NOT all good options. For the sake of preventing legal issues, I cannot list them on this post - but if you are interested in speaking to me privately - I'd love to give you my professional recommendations for what I know to be of good value. Finally, the last thing you should do is seek out professional guidance if you are overwhelmed, having a hard time increasing your practice scores, or even passing the NCLEX. More than 20% of new grads have a difficult time passing the boards - and even if you find yourself in that position - it's not the end of the road - and it has NOTHING to do with you. Sometimes we're not prepared well enough from our programs of study to go in and rock the exam on the first attempt - and many of us require a period of time for review before we can. I'd be happy to answer any questions here on this post - or you can Private Message me - or click my bio where you'll find all of my contact information. I hope you find this information useful and just know that you are NEVER alone in the wonderful world of nursing. This is a team effort - always - and I am here for your NCLEX Success! Best, The Nurse Speak -Damion
  3. OHMG96

    NCLEX RN Experience- Never Give Up

    Hello Struggling Nursing Students. This is my first and probably my only post I will be doing here. I promised myself that when I passed NCLEX, I would share my experience and pain that I had to go through, like many of you may have experienced as well. I graduated nursing school in May 2020. I was supposed to graduate in December 2019 and this is where my pain started. I ended up failing out of nursing school due to my GPA and this was due to some traumatic family issues going on and taking care of family member's poor health at the time. This affected my mental state and finding about getting kicked out of nursing school only exacerbated this further negatively. I requested my school through a letter on why they should reinstate me, explaining my situation, and I was thankfully reinstated to the next semester. So, I retook my third semester and passed. Skip to graduation, me and my fellow nursing friends all studied together, using UWorld. I knew I was not a great test taker nor I was the smartest as I barely passed nursing school. However, I believed that I could pass with them together. Exam day comes and everyone but me passes. They started working right away due to COVID cases rising. Here I am who was the only one in the group who has failed and feeling miserable that I was not going to help make a difference in taking care of patients. 2nd time, I used Remar Review because she claims that everything in her book will be on the exam. Well and behold, NOTHING from her book was in my exam. 3rd time I used Lacharity and Saunders. Failed again. At this point, I wanted to give up and felt so miserable. I couldnt even talk to my nursing friends like I used to because of how stupid I felt compared to them. On my fourth attempt, from December to March, I had taken a review course called Avenir Solutions. I have never heard of the review course before, nor have heard anyone else recommend them, but I gave it a shot. For me, I think my biggest needs was to review the contents in detail first rather than trying to solve as many questions and understand as many rationales as possible. And it proved to have helped me a lot. Fast forward to today, I had taken my exam. I came out with done 145 max questions with 27 SATA, 2 drag and drop, 2 EKG. I did the pearson vue trick and continued to keep getting the good pop up. Now, as I am writing this, I do not know my exact results, but based on other people, it seems the good pop up is 100% accurate so fingers crossed. I just wanted to tell those who are struggling to keep your head up and continue to find other ways to succeed. don't get depressed for a long period of time. Yes, if you fail, you should feel sad, but get back up and move forward. This NCLEX does not defy who you are or what kind of nurse you will become in the future. Believe in yourself! I hope to whomever reads this you found this helpful and sorry for the long post. Failure is needed to have a better chance to succeed.
  4. Damion Jenkins

    FREE NCLEX Study Guide!

    Get this amazing NCLEX Study guide and be sure to leave a review after you download it! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me and I will be happy to assist! Best, Damion
  5. Damion Jenkins

    NCLEX Question Leveling: What You Need to Know

    Many NCLEX candidates struggle with what information is essential to know in order to successfully pass the test and earn their professional license. Many believe that hitting the nursing textbooks hard is a good strategy. Over the years, it has been found that learning how the NCLEX is designed is equally important. You see, when NCLEX candidates are empowered with the knowledge of how the test challenges them, they are often better positioned for success. Let’s take a look at how the NCLEX levels their questions. 4 Levels of NCLEX Questions Questions on the NCLEX are written at four varying levels of difficulty. These levels include: Recall & Recognition Comprehension & Understanding Application Analysis Recall & Recognition leveled questions are created to challenge the candidate’s ability to identify correct information. If the candidate does not know the information contained within the question, then it will be difficult to correctly answer the question. This is why it is essential that NCLEX candidates are well versed with the content of the NCSBN Test Plan. Comprehension & Understanding leveled questions are created to challenge the candidate’s ability to know the “why” regarding nursing practice. If the candidate does not understand expected outcomes, or the reasons behind why certain nursing interventions are priority, then it will be difficult to correctly answer NCLEX questions. Application leveled questions are created to challenge the candidate’s ability to apply what they’ve learned throughout nursing school to a variety of circumstances and scenarios. This is where understanding nursing concepts is so essential. If the test-taker does not know the rules that guide nursing practice, such as the rules of prioritization, then it would be very difficult to choose the correct answer. Analysis leveled questions are created to challenge the candidate’s ability to carefully consider all of the data that is presented within the question and answer choices to determine what the question is even asking. These are the toughest questions on the NCLEX because the topic is often hard to identify, and it takes a great deal of critical thinking to answer these questions. The most important thing for NCLEX candidates to know is that each time you answer a question correctly on the exam, the difficulty level could increase. With each increase of difficulty level comes a cumulative and integrated challenge for test-takers. What that means is that each level builds on the principles that the previous level used to determine the candidate’s ability. In short, that means the test gets more difficult as test-takers are performing well. An application leveled question would challenge the test-taker to identify correct information, understand the “why” of the situation, and apply what they have learned in nursing school in order to answer the question correctly. The main reason why this matters is because too many NCLEX candidates focus on just being able to remember nursing content, lab values, medications, and facts. In order to pass the NCLEX, test-takers must be able to successfully move through each difficulty level while making safe and effective decisions about the scenarios provided in each question. As you continue on your NCLEX prep journey, just remember one thing - YOU CAN DO IT! The NCLEX is not impossible when you take the time to learn how the exam is designed to challenge you. With that expert insight, you are sure to position yourself for NCLEX success! Have any questions regarding NCLEX question leveling? Post them below and I will help you understand. For more information download the NCLEX Study Guide ebook... allnurses® Ebooks Library
  6. In fact, critical thinking is fundamental in helping you pass the NCLEX and becoming a safe and effective nurse! To emphasize how fundamental critical thinking is to being a proficient nurse, let's take a quick review at the basic systematic foundation in which nurses organize their thoughts and use critical thinking: The Nursing Process is a five-part systematic decision-making method focusing on identifying and treating responses of individuals or groups to actual or potential alterations in health. The five steps in the Nursing Process are as follows: Assessment/Analysis Collecting and analyzing objective patient data through a variety of methods such as interviewing, physical examination, patient response, measurements, and lab specimen collection. During this phase of The Nursing Process, you are challenged to determine if you have collected and analyzed enough data before moving onto the next step. Whether you are sitting for an exam, or taking care of a patient, you must be certain that you have all of the necessary data to safely move onto creating Nursing Diagnoses. Nursing Diagnosis Identifying actual or potential health risks, and defining the severity of health alterations based on the individual needs of the patient. Not only does creating a nursing diagnosis require you to rely on your body of nursing knowledge, but it also challenges you to anticipate your patient's needs on a holistic level. Using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a great tool you can use when developing your nursing diagnoses. Remember that actual alterations in health take priority, but nurses use critical thinking to also plan for potential risks. Planning Creating an individualized nursing care plan to prevent, reverse, slow, or relieve the symptoms and/or progression of illness based on the patient's needs. When you are in the planning phase, it's important to establish objective and measurable goals for your patients. Identifying interventions, establishing anticipated outcomes, and considering appropriateness and utilization of supportive personnel are all examples of nursing considerations that require critical thinking skills. Implementation Strategic delivery of patient care plan and nursing intervention(s) based on the patient's individual needs. Now we get into the fun part - direct patient care and coordination! During the implementation phase of The Nursing Process, the number one priority is always safety. Not only considering the safety of the patient, but also the safety of you and your colleagues. Being safe when providing direct patient care and coordination requires high level critical thinking skills. From medication administration to teaching patients and family members discharge instructions, you must utilize all the strategies that you've learned during nursing school to ensure safe and effective care. During the implementation phase it is vital that you question everything and assume nothing! Evaluation Analyzing the effectiveness of nursing intervention in meeting the patient's individual needs, and meeting anticipated patient outcomes. Evaluating whether or not our interventions were successful in meeting the patient's needs is one of the most important steps of The Nursing Process. This requires high level analysis critical thinking skills to determine what's next in the patient's care plan. Have we met all of their physical needs? Have we met all of their psychosocial needs? Have they met the goals that were created in the planning phase? Has their status improved, stayed the same, or declined? If the patient has met the anticipated outcomes, then the interventions that were implemented are working, and no changes to the care plan are required. However, if we find that the interventions are not meeting the anticipated outcomes for the patient, then we must go back to assessing the patient for more objective data that will help us in updating the patient's plan of care. Believe it or not, utilizing The Nursing Process when answering NCLEX questions, or when providing direct patient care is a natural progression of critical thinking, and it will help you in making safe and effective clinical decisions. By following the five steps of The Nursing Process, while utilizing additional strategies that you've learned in nursing school, you will be on your way to mastering critical thinking and making sound nursing judgments. One final word of advice: don't get caught up in the obscurity of certain concepts or buzzwords such as "critical thinking". Instead you should master the systematic tools and strategies that are provided to you. With regular practice and mastery of critical thinking skills, you'll soon find yourself as a valuable addition to the nursing profession! LEARN how to pass the NCLEX... Download NCLEX Study Guide! Have you struggled with the concept of critical thinking? Do you have any critical thinking strategies you'd like to share? Do you think that critical thinking is effectively taught in nursing school? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!
  7. Version August 2020

    FREE for a limited time. 53 Pages CONGRATULATIONS on getting this far in nursing school! You should be proud that you’re on your way to entering into the most trusted, meaningful, and rewarding profession EVER. We are looking forward to welcoming you as you join the nursing ranks! We are so excited to have you that we wanted to provide you with a study guide to help you learn EXPERT NCLEX test-taking skills. Passing NCLEX is a rite of passage that all nurses must achieve. Many nursing students and new grad nurses have shared the challenge they are having getting started with their NCLEX prep journey, especially since there are SO MANY resources out there. As a result, we consulted with an NCLEX Prep Expert and got the inside scoop! This study guide will help you focus your time and energy on what’s most important - so you can be on your way to passing the NCLEX! One feature that differentiates our study guide from all the rest is that it is an interactive NCLEX study guide. We have provided links in each chapter that will take you to the allnurses website where you can read more about the NCLEX topics and interact with the author of the Study Guide. We hope that you find the material in this study guide helpful, and we look forward to celebrating with you as you begin your nursing career! About the Author @Damion Jenkins is a Master’s Prepared Registered Nurse, NCLEX Prep Expert, Nurse Content Writer, & Public Speaker that has a real passion for nursing education! Damion is the owner and lead educator at The Nurse Speak, LLC. – a nursing education and consulting company & blog. He specializes in providing individualized NCLEX Prep tutoring services for new graduate nurses - especially those who have experienced unsuccessful attempts. Damion's mission is to increase the number of nurses entering the profession by helping them to develop strategies for success! Damion also offers high-quality, up-to-date writing services and public speaking engagements for a variety of conferences, organizations, and nursing-related companies. Key Features This is an interactive NCLEX study guide providing links in each chapter that will take you to the allnurses website where you can read more about the NCLEX topics and interact with the author of the Study Guide. It provides real information about the NCLEX and dispels 5 major NCLEX myths and increases the effectiveness of your NCLEX preparations. Discusses tips for what you really need to know about the NCLEX. An in-depth review of the Nursing Process that helps you understand how to use the Nursing Process to successfully conquer the challenges of NCLEX questions. Gives a good look at the four difficulty levels of NCLEX questions (recognition, comprehension, application, analysis) with sample questions and rationale to allow you to use critical thinking to determine the correct answers. Helps you to determine what your learning style is so that you can maximize your preparation efforts. Explains key expert NCLEX test-taking strategies such as Identifying the Topic, Reviewing What’s Important, Eliminating Answer Choices, and Remaining Objective. Helps you learn strategies on how to focus on what’s the most important in determining the correct answers in some of the most challenging questions involving Prioritization, Delegation, and Scope of Practice. It presents useful tips on studying smarter, keeping balance in your life, and getting the most out of your efforts. It provides how-to tips for being prepared to stay focused on test day and doing your very best. Table of Contents Introduction I. All About the NCLEX Top 5 NCLEX Myths NCSBN test plans for RN and PN exams What do candidates need to know about the NCLEX? II. Start Thinking Like a Nurse: How to Use The Nursing Process Assessment Analysis Diagnosis Planning Implementation Evaluation Critical thinking III. NCLEX Question Leveling Recognition Comprehension Application Analysis IV. Expert NCLEX Test-Taking Strategies Identifying the topic Reviewing what’s important Eliminating answer choices Remaining objective V. Strategies for Prioritization, Delegation & Scope of Practice Prioritization Acute vs. Chronic Actual vs Potential Physical vs. Psychosocial Unstable vs. Stable Delegation Rules of delegation When in doubt, check it out Scope of Practice Rules of management (RNs) Rules of coordination (PNs) Therapeutic communication Documentation Caring and compassion Teaching and learning considerations VI. Balancing it all Study smarter - not harder Optimizing your resources Self-assessment for performance improvement When to seek expert guidance and support VII. Test Day Tips Come prepared for the exam When anxiety and frustration kicks in For more information about NCLEX, please check out the allnurses NCLEX forum and join in on the conversation. If you are interested in learning more about one-to-one individualized NCLEX Prep Tutoring, from our contributing author, and NCLEX Prep Expert, Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN - please visit https://thenursespeak.com/.

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  8. ejmoon7845

    NCLEX after 14 years??

    I graduated Nursing school back in July 2007. I have taken the NCLEX twice and sadly failed both times. I am ready to attempt taking it again after taking a review course. I know in Michigan, where I live, I cannot take the NCLEX because it has been over three years since graduation. Do any of you know where I'd be able to apply to and take the exam? I checked into Ohio but was unable to get anywhere. If I am unable to find anywhere, would taking a nursing refresher course allow me to take it? I have worked too hard to give up now. 😥 Thank you so much for help or advice you can offer.
  9. Mikefc19

    Took my NCLEX-RN

    I took my NCLEX 2/6/21 8 am, the exam shut off at 75 questions. I did the Pearson Vue trick that night 12 hours after the exam and got the good pop up “our records indicates....” my anxiety is so bad since it’s the weekend. I felt OK during the test some stuff I knew but other I felt like I was giving my educated guess.
  10. Lurksalot

    75 Questions on NCLEX, pass or fail?

    I see lots of posts about passing or failing with 75 questions, just curious what the stats are. I would like to think that nursing school prepares us enough that those who get 75 are mostly passing?
  11. SadieB773

    Passed After Failing 3 Times!

    I have seen inspiring posts on here, people turning here for answers on what to do when failing. People sharing their success stories and I would like to just help anyone I can. NCLEX-PN: My Journey My name is Sadie and I started my journey to becoming a nurse in 2012. I decided to go to a trade school straight out of high school so I could save money and get done with school faster. I graduated in 2012 and got my first job within a month working as an MA. I was 19 and had the idea to wait to take my NCLEX-PN so I could have some fun and not worry about school stuff for a little bit. My first attempt was in 2013 I got around 200 questions and once I got the detailed report I did not do too bad but still decided to wait to take the NCLEX again. I did not do anything to really prep for the test, I just hoped for the best. My 2nd attempt was 2014 I got around the same number of questions. This time to study I re-read the entire 6-inch thick nursing book (not advised). My 3rd attempt was 2016 I got around 90 questions and basically bombed it. This time I had paid for Kaplan review and still did not come any closer to passing. Preparing for My 4th Try February of 2020 comes around and I am ready to get started. I Google best NCLEX-PN review courses and scroll through the list trying to find one that had good reviews but would not break the bank. Remar Review I came across Remar review. It was a nice content refresher but I did not care for the set up of the quizzes - wrong answers would be marked as right, I noticed contradicting info in the workbook, and by the end of it, I just felt very concerned about what I had been studying. I finished that in about 4 weeks (I sped up the course). I had plans to take NCLEX in May so I had 2 months left and just very unsure of what to do at this point. Mark Klimek Reviews Multiple people recommended Mark Klimek reviews on Youtube. I listened to those and took notes and for the first time in 8 years, I finally felt like something was making some sense. Things were starting to click and I actually felt like I could pass NCLEX. The only problem was, I had no way to do review questions to prep for NCLEX and we all know without getting used to NCLEX style questions the likelihood of passing is not great. NCLEX Question Reviews Multiple people recommended UWorld. I looked into it and it was way too expensive for me. A few people mentioned ArcherReview and at the time there was only an option for RN (no LPN yet). NCSBN launched a sale so I signed up for that; did not care for the layout or style of the questions. I checked back into ArcherReview and they launched the LPN version. I utilized it for all of my questions for studying. Each question gave feedback on how my peers also did on the question and the rationale explained why answers were right and wrong. You can make notes on each question and you get an overall average when done. It was AMAZING. There were questions that I had no idea what the question was even asking or what a condition was, but I read the rationale and took notes. Will This Be the Last Attempt? I took my test on May 2nd, I got 67 questions and what felt like at least 40 SATA. Some of the questions I had were EXTREMELY similar to what I saw on ArcherReview. A lot of the same content but honestly ArcherReview was a little harder than NCLEX which I had heard. I was okay with studying harder questions because I wanted this to be my LAST attempt at passing the NCLEX-PN. The moment of truth ... I left the testing center and thought to myself there is no way I passed with all of those SATA and getting the minimum number of questions. I got home, I got the email and knew I could now do "the trick". I did it and ... I PASSED!! That's right, I PASSED. With A TON of SATA and the minimum number of questions after graduating 8 years ago and this being my 4th attempt, I finally did it. AND, YOU CAN TOO! ArcherReview and Mark Klimek made this possible for me and I can not recommend either of those things enough; the combo is important. You need the info from Mark and then learn to apply it with ArcherReview while continuing to learn content and even more tips/pointers while test-taking. Do Not Give Up The Comeback Is Greater Than The Setback and You Only Fail When You Stop Trying. Keep Moving Forward, You Can and You Will Pass NCLEX.
  12. Hi all. I test next week and I’m so nervous I’m sick about it. Based on how I have done so far, do you all think I have a good chance of passing? These are the resources I’ve used and how I’ve done. UWorld: I have taken one assessment and got a “High” chance of passing (53rd percentile). My qbank average is 56% (58th percentile). I have been making sure I read ALL rationales and using the option on UWorld to create flash cards if I come across a topic I’ve forgotten/didn’t know. Kaplan: I took a 3-day review course and have completed 2 CATs. I also ordered the Kaplan PrepPlus book and did the 180-question exam that comes with that book. 1st CAT: shut off at 75 questions. Overall green score. All subcategories yellow but I got a green in management of care 2nd CAT: shut off at 130 questions. Overall green score. Green in pharmacological and parenteral therapies & physiological adaptation. All other subcategories yellow. Prep Plus Exam: 68% I’ve also used Archer review some but only about 200 or so questions. My average is around 57-58% According to these scores, I think I have a good chance of passing but I don’t feel ready at all and I’m super stressed. I just really want to pass the first time because I've already accepted and started a job. So I just wanted to get some second opinions! Thank you!
  13. Hey everyone, I want to share my story because some of you may be in the same situation. I took the NCLEX with the new COVID rules: 60 questions min, 130 max. After 60 questions, the test kept going. It went all the way to 130 questions. When I got home, I received the email from Pearson, waited an hour, and tried the Pearson Vue Trick. I got the bad pop up message in which the site allowed me to register for another exam. I tried the trick several hours later and got the bad pop up again. I was devastated. Two days later, I got the Quick Results and found out that I had actually passed. Apparently, there is a gray area for the Pearson Vue Trick: if you take the exam and make it all the way to the end, the trick may not be accurate. It wasn’t accurate for me. If you’re in the same situation, keep your head up. All is not lost. Also, my state board did not post my license number before my quick results were available. I understand it’s cheaper, quicker, and more accurate to check your license status on the state board, but this is why I did not do so. Good luck everyone!
  14. Ms. Oz RN

    JUST finished school

    Hello all. YES, I just finished school this past Tuesday. I am going to take the NCLEX hopefully by End of February, does that sound like enough time?? Also, I have a job that I accepted. It is ROTATING days/night, 3 twelve hour shifts. It will be rotating every four weeks. I have NEVER worked nights in my life and am afraid of this. It is my only concern coming into a new journey, "as of right now", my only concern. Any tips, pointers, etc??? I don't want to pass this job up because of this. PLEASE HELP.
  15. Sara.92

    Passed NCLEX After Failing

    I promised myself that when I passed the NCLEX-RN, that I would make this post. If you are reading this, you are probably searching through multiple forums for that little bit of hope just like how I was. I know this is a long post, but If I am at least able to help one person from this, it would make me so happy. I know you may be feeling depressed, hopeless, lost, and…stuck. Don't Give Up Regardless of your situation, please don’t give up. TIP: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. I remember reading a post here and it said, “it doesn’t matter how or when you get there…as long as you get there” and that stuck with me. I know how hard it is to feel that heaviness every day. No matter what. It. Never. Goes. Away. You may be feeling like life isn’t worth living anymore and everything feels pointless. You feel like everyone is going on with their lives and you are stuck with this spiraling depression and hopelessness that you carry every single day. As if nursing school and other life events weren’t enough. Even a simple conversation with someone is so draining. I know the feeling. Please don’t give up. You WILL Pass One Day Regardless if that is on your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th try &, etc. Keep pushing. Remember to give yourself a break. I know it’s hard because you may be feeling guilty for not studying. But trust me it will only burn you out. You know when someone says, “it’s all in your mind.” This phrase is so frustrating to hear, but so helpful. What really helped me the weeks before my test was telling myself “you have done everything you need to do to pass this test. You know everything you need to know to pass. If you don’t know it, you know the principles needed to get the question right.” This helps more than words can describe. Sometimes it all comes down to managing your anxiety and being confident with your knowledge. If I can do it, you can too. No matter how long it takes. Remember, You Only Fail When You Stop Trying 1st try: 265 questions. 2nd try: 265 questions. 3rd try: 75 questions. 4th try: 114 questions. PASSED What I Recommend Mark Klimek UWorld Saunders Lacharity Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment The worst feeling was failing after I gave it my all. I felt like no matter how hard I try, I will never pass. I would’ve felt better if I know I didn’t put much effort and failed but no. I felt stuck. I felt like it was impossible for me to pass. But I kept reminding myself that I didn’t come all this way to stop. There was more to my journey and there is more to yours. You will be an RN one day. Just take it day by day and meditate, pray, do something each day for yourself. There were so many things coming to my head. Thoughts that I couldn't even say out loud. “what is the point of anything?” “I don't even want to be here anymore” I isolated myself from everyone. Although I had an amazing support system. I still felt alone. Alone with my thoughts, I could never get away from. I mean, how do you tell the people you love that your depression and anxiety is getting so bad you find it hard to even exist? Where do you let these thoughts go? It had been so long since the last time I didn't feel dead inside. I was literally hanging by a thread. If you are reading this, you are probably tired of pretending and may even be close to giving up. You don't know how much more you can take. You feel like you have nothing left in you and you are trying to hard to be positive but still feel so broken. Keep praying, keep putting those positive affirmations in your head. Trust me, you will feel a difference and you WILL PASS. Stay consistent. It's okay if there are days you don't have the energy to be as productive. Be proud of yourself for even trying. TIP: There is always a light at the end of the tunnel even if the tunnel feels longer than you thought it would be. I wouldn’t have passed if it weren’t for the comfort I found reading through these forums, the people in my life, and God. Passing NCLEX is a rite of passage that all nurses must achieve. allnurses consulted with an NCLEX Prep Expert and got the inside scoop! Download NCLEX Study Guide Now! I Am Proud to Say I Am Officially an RN This is so much more than two extra letters to my name. I pray whoever reads this finds some comfort in this. Please don’t hesitate to comment back and I will do my best to get back to you. I wish you all the best and I am praying for you, future RN. ❤️
  16. Hi Nurse Beth! I graduated from nursing school with a BSN in 2013, but did not pass the NCLEX until about 2 weeks ago. I had taken the NCLEX a total of 6 times, but really hunkered down and studied to pass the exam this time around and thankfully passed. I haven't worked at all in the years since graduation and instead had been taking review courses over and over and taking the the NCLEX. For a period of time I also had to stop studying altogether and take care of my mother full time when she found out she had cancer. I ended up being with her every step of the way and it really helped her that I was there as doctors and nurses she was working with could leave it to me to explain things to my mom. Anyway, I am now an RN and am unsure how to proceed in getting my first job as a nurse. I feel as though there's still a ton of things I need to be studying and learning and the gap in employment I have probably looks really bad on a resume. Ideally I'd like to go into oncology, but any start in a hospital would be great. What steps should I be taking now? I appreciate you taking the time to respond to me. Dear Unsure, Congratulations on passing.It must feel wonderful to finally have that behind you after so many tries. Find a nursing refresher course and enroll. When you are in the course, take every opportunity to network with other students and the instructors. There are bound to be some job leads. Yours will not be a typical new grad transition, meaning you will not qualify for a nursing residency. At the same time, you are not experienced. To get started, you will most likely have to work in sub-acute or skilled nursing. This will give you experience and from there you can apply to acute care or perhaps an oncology clinic setting. Keep your eye on the goal, which is to land a job as an RN. Speciality choices can come later. Best wishes, Nurse. Beth
  17. Rachel_Oli

    Best study guide for NCLEX?

    Hello! I wanted to know: how you studied for NCLEX? What are the best study guides and preps? (paid or free). I`m a little lost on where to start and how to have a study schedule that works for me, and also what I need to know before taking the test (like tips on how the test works, techniques, questions model...) Many thanks 😊 P.s: I have at least 4 months to study and prepare for the test.
  18. Damion Jenkins

    3 Expert NCLEX Test-Taking Strategies

    Expert NCLEX Strategy #1 - Nail down the topic If you don’t understand what the question is asking, then how can you confidently answer it? Now, identifying the topic isn’t always an easy task. The creators of the NCLEX are very talented and spend a great deal of time designing questions that are difficult and challenge candidates to use high levels of critical thinking. In order to help you nail down the topic of the question, you must be able to follow the following steps: First - Read the question carefully and thoroughly. Do not skip words, and read the question slowly. You may feel like you have to rush through the question so you don’t run out of time during testing, but answering the questions incorrectly is worse than running out of time. So slow down so you don’t miss any important details. Second - After reading the question, you should be able to identify the topic/focus/problem. Sometimes this is also known as the nursing concept. Once you identify the topic or nursing concept within the question, it makes it much easier for you to stay focused on the thing you need to address and avoid getting distracted by all other information that is not important. Expert NCLEX Strategy #2 - Decide what’s important Now that you have identified the focus of the question, it is important to take a few moments to think about all of the things you remember to be true about the topic. For example, if the topic of the question is asking about appropriate delegation, you want to list out all the things you remember to be true related to delegation. What is true about delegation? Do not delegate assessment Do not delegate teaching Do not delegate evaluation Do not delegate tasks for unstable patients Do not delegate patients with unexpected outcomes Once you take a few seconds to remind yourself of the details regarding delegation, it makes answering the question so much easier! When you use criteria like the “rules of delegation” to compare against the answer choices, it helps you stay focused on the topic, and helps you to decide if the answer meets the criteria or not. If you find that the answer choices do not match the rules of delegation, then it is not the correct answer and you should eliminate it! Expert NCLEX Strategy #3 - Focus on the facts Nursing school teaches that nurses must remain objective at all times. This is helpful because it allows nurses to follow standards of practice that are evidence-based and proven to be effective. Nursing actions and skills that are implemented should have expected outcomes that can be measured and reproduced by others. NCLEX questions are often written in a way that challenges test-takers to make decisions about objective and subjective data. Many times, subjective data provided in the scenarios may elicit a strong emotional response from the candidate, which may cause them to focus on the wrong information. This is known as an NCLEX trap, and you must be vigilant to not fall for it. Since NCLEX questions often contain a lot of distracting information that causes test-takers to focus on the wrong answer, it is important for you to scrutinize all of the data by asking yourself the following clarifying questions: Does the answer solve the problem in the question? Does the answer meet the needs of the patient? Does the answer meet the criteria of the concept? Does the answer make sense? After asking yourself these questions, you should be able to confidently eliminate incorrect answer choices, and hold onto answer choices that are contenders for the correct answer. As you continue to move through your NCLEX journey, be sure to take the time to celebrate how far you’ve come. We all know that nursing school is not easy. We can all agree that the NCLEX is not easy. No matter how difficult it may be, with continued determination, we will be joining you in the celebration of your success and welcoming you into the wonderful nursing profession! Are you struggling with figuring out what the NCLEX questions are actually asking? Post your questions below and I will help you understand. For more information download the NCLEX Study Guide ebook... allnurses® Ebooks Library
  19. Damion Jenkins

    Studying for NCLEX: Balancing it all

    Many NCLEX candidates spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME studying before writing their exam. They read their textbooks, review all of the notes from their lectures, rewrite their flashcards, and stay glued to their computer screens watching countless hours of instructional videos. It’s no wonder so many candidates get overwhelmed and either put off taking the exam, or rush into it unprepared and have an unsuccessful attempt. Instead of studying yourself to death, set some easier, yet impactful goals that will optimize your time studying. Here Are Some Ways You Can Balance It All: TIP 1 This is a test. Set a time limit of 3 to 4 hours per day of study time. More than 3 or 4 hours of study time per day and your focus begins to decline. If you cannot give it your full attention, then don’t waste your time studying. Time is valuable, so don't waste it! You could be using that time to cuddle with loved ones, or enjoying a nice family meal. TIP 2 Be sure to study when you are most alert and have the most uninterrupted time to complete your goals. If you are a morning person, then be sure to set time aside each morning to study. If you are unable to get away from others during the times you’ve chosen to study, see if you can optimize your study time by using noise cancelling headphones, or going to a room where others cannot interrupt. TIP 3 Always give it your best effort when answering practice questions. The goal is to simulate taking the NCLEX every single time. With this repetition, you will build your stamina, focus, and ability to improve your scores. Don’t feel like you need to answer questions just for the sake of answering them because this will not help you. If anything, you will waste valuable time that could be spent doing something else that will help you stay balanced, like exercising or meditating. TIP 4 Optimize your resources by sticking to one resource at a time. So many people find themselves swimming in a sea of NCLEX prep resources. Many new grads feel that it’s beneficial to have every single test-taking strategy book, and gain access to every online question bank, but in actuality, it often causes unnecessary stress and confusion. You see, each NCLEX prep resource is created and written by very different people with varying levels of experience. Some resources have been around for a long time and rely on strategies that were designed for previous NCLEX test plans. Other resources offer no additional insight to the exam and only offer a detailed review of nursing content. If you have too many varying resources, the problem becomes that you will not be able to identify what method works best for you. You may find yourself frustrated by the contradictions between resources, or you may feel lost on where to spend your time. By focusing on one resource at a time, you will be able to get the most out of your studying and improve your practice in answering NCLEX questions. TIP 5 Get your friends and family involved in helping you study. There are plenty of ways that you can spend quality time with friends and family while also improving your ability to recall important information. Since the NCLEX expects that candidates know all of the nursing content that they learned in school, it is essential to review certain facts on a routine basis so that you do not forget. You can make flashcards and have your friends and family quiz you. You can create a game that offers prizes to others for every answer you get wrong. No matter how you choose to get friends and family involved, having them support you on your journey is an amazing way to enjoy their company while also working towards your study goals. As you can see, there are many ways that you can find balance while studying for the NCLEX. The goal is to study smarter and not harder, so that you can optimize your time and effort and enjoy your life outside of studying for the NCLEX! Keep up the great work, and we’ll see you soon future nurse! Do you find yourself struggling with studying? Post your thoughts below. For more information download the NCLEX Study Guide ebook... allnurses® Ebooks Library
  20. allnurses

    Nursing Cartoons: Students

    Version August 2020

    Day to day life as a student nurse can be overwhelming and stressful. Humor is a great way to deal with stress. Throughout the years, allnurses has featured some of the best nursing cartoons focused on Students lives, along with the creative ways nursing students have found to get through some difficult days and some difficult situations. Every practicing nurse and nursing student will appreciate how these cartoons have captured (perhaps exaggerated LOL) these experiences. While in nursing school, keep these cartoons handy to put a smile on your face when you need it the most. Don't forget to share this with your favorite student nurse to help lighten their stressful days. Share your favorite toon below! About Cartoonist Jerry King: Award-winning cartoonist Jerry King is one of the most published and prolific cartoonists in the world, selling more 300 cartoons per month. His work appears in magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, books, calendars, websites, blogs, and social media. In addition to allnurses, his client list includes Disney, American Greetings, and many others around the world. Aside from greeting cards and magazines, Jerry is the author and illustrator of seven nationally published cartoon books. He has also illustrated ten children's books, and has provided illustrations for numerous children's publications. After serving three years in the army as a medic, Jerry, 42, went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a BA in English. He now resides in NE. Ohio with his wife, daughters, and 2 dogs. When he's not at the drawing board, Jerry is probably on a golf course losing.

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  21. Damion Jenkins

    NCLEX Tips: 5 Ways to Tame the Tension

    When test-takers are feeling the pressures of the high-stakes NCLEX, it can be overwhelming and cause a great deal of self-doubt. With self-doubt, candidates are more likely to change their answers, pick more difficult sounding answer choices because they think the correct answer choice was just too easy, or they may blank out completely and waste valuable testing time. To help you calm your anxieties so that they don’t determine the fate of your NCLEX attempt, here are five tips to help you perform at your best: Focus on test-taking strategies There are so many amazing tools, methods, and concepts that can really boost your ability to navigate complicated NCLEX test questions. When you start to feel yourself slipping into the rabbit hole of “what if” and “could be”, you should take a moment to remind yourself that there are strategies that you can depend on to help you arrive at the correct answer. When you focus on test-taking strategies and begin applying them to every test question, you will find that the little voices of self-doubt and anxious ponder fade away so you can focus on selecting the correct answer. A rested mind is a calm mind Getting enough rest and quality sleep is VITAL for your success. It is imperative that you find the will to refrain from staying up all night studying before a test. Even though it may have worked for you in nursing school to stay up all night cramming for exams, that will not help you pass the NCLEX. Questions on the NCLEX are complicated and require a great deal of focus and concentration. Being tired will only feed into your anxieties and will only inhibit your ability to make safe and sound decisions. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each day of the week leading up to your exam so you will be at your optimal ability. Limit caffeinated beverages Having one cup of coffee in the morning is generally okay, but overdoing it can make your central nervous system go into overdrive, which could make your test anxiety worse! Coffee isn’t the only thing that has caffeine in it. You also want to avoid too much chocolate, cola, iced tea, and energy drinks. It is also important to know that for every one caffeinated beverage you consume, you should follow with at least two glasses of water to help dilute the caffeine and rehydrate your body and mind. Take a deep breath and blow out the tension There may be several times when answering NCLEX questions where you feel that your nerves are starting to get the best of you. Instead of giving into them and becoming overwhelmed with anxiety, it is important to acknowledge the anxiety and regain control. The best way to do that is to close your eyes, and say the following phrase: “I acknowledge my anxiety. My anxiety is a part of who I am. My anxiety does not control me. My anxiety is not helping me at this moment in time. I ask that my anxiety leave and return when it will serve me well.” Then take a deep breath, and exhale slowly - letting all of that tension and anxiety flow out of you. Take a moment to be thankful for the ability to regain focus, and continue on your way towards NCLEX success. Embrace imperfection Oftentimes anxiety flares up when test-takers can’t seem to confidently arrive at the correct answer. Whether it is while practicing NCLEX questions, or during an actual exam, the desire to get answers correct becomes an obsession that feeds the anxiety and makes it worse. Dwelling on the fact that you do not know the answer, or that you got an answer incorrectly will cause you to lose focus and could send you down the wrong path. Sometimes it's best to humbly embrace the fact that we don’t know the answer. When this happens, do your best to pick an answer and move on. As you find yourself struggling with the anxieties, doubts, and tensions that come with studying for the NCLEX, just remember that you are never alone. There are many people - like myself - who are rooting for you. Be sure to take the time to master these tension taming tips, so that you may find peace on your journey towards NCLEX success! Best Wishes! For more information download the NCLEX Study Guide ebook... allnurses® Ebooks Library
  22. I had so many things going against me when I started my nursing journey. Because yes, every NCLEX test taker has their own story to tell. Mine was: Foreign BSN degree, took the test on 2010 and majestically failed. You know that magic #75? Oh I got that, only I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum, I did so bad that the computer shut down at 75. I figured, well brush yourself and get ready for round 2. Many foreign graduates will know what the significance of the year 2010. It is the year of concurrency issues and I was denied by CA BRN to retake, I had to take some classes in order to qualify to seat for the NCLEX boards.I looked everywhere in the Bay Area and found it was virtually impossible to get a class let alone 2 classes. Most of the schools that I was calling and emailing didn't understand what a concurrency issue was and the ones that did had a 2 year waiting list. I looked as far as South California and even went to Las Vegas just to see what's out there. The private ones that did offer were too prohibitively expensive. Fast forward 2014 and I stumbled on a school in San Rafael that just started offering classes I needed. While doing this I sat for the LVN boards and passed. I finally took the NCLEX RN test in 2016. At this point I have accumulated Saunders, Kaplan, exam Cram and La Charity book and was lurking and looking through discussion boards here on AN. I even downloaded the notes that's going around. I also had Kaplan QBank, Uworld etc. I even attended a review course. I was studying, reviewing, breathing NCLEX . I didn't have a job at this time and was lucky enough to focus on just studying. I took the test in late 2016 and I thought I did good. The time ran out. I fought for every answer in that test, I know I did. So getting on Pearson Vue and doing the PVT trick and getting the bad pop-up was devastating. When I finally got my results, everything was nearly passing except for 2 that were above passing. I couldn't look at any books after that and decided to start working as an LVN and taking a break from studying. I would still browse here from time to time. After feeling defeated and depressed I now have to face reality as my ATT is expiring in 9/2017. By July 2017 I was browsing and casually studying. I could not get into the same level of intense studying that I did before. The key thing that I did though is go through my test results and wrote down the areas that I needed to work on and figured out a game plan but figured that one and half month is not enough to make it work. I started asking around people I know that took the test recently and that have failed before what did they do differently?? One told me that she used UWorld and Q Bank and exercised in the morning drank gingko biloba supplements. At this point I am financially devastated after paying for the books, the review classes and subscriptions on Qbanks and have to do this on my own and figured out the ff: 1 ) I can't stand Saunders nor Kaplan books. There was just too many information in it that it was bogging me down. 2 ) Since I am broke at this point I used a free trial of Uworld. IMHO, Uworld and Kaplan are the closest thing to the NCLEX questions. Out of the two Uworld works better for me, because of the more descriptive rationales. 3 ) I busted out my Linda LaCharity Prioritization book. Every free time I had I would read a case study and tried to see the patients in the book like they were in front of me. 4 ) I paid close attention to all the meds at work that I wasn't familiar with. I also casually browsed Kaplan med pocketbook. 5 ) I memorized the mnemonics on infectious diseases. Airborne, Droplet etc. I found a helpful guide on here about someone reviewing for the NCLEX and found it really helpful. 6 ) I scheduled my time at a later hour, I scheduled the previous two exams early in the morning bc they said you feel refreshed. If you're a morning person maybe. I scheduled mine at 11am and had my hubby drive me. We had a nice breakfast before the exam and we agreed that there are no expectations. I will go in, do my best and get out. If I pass, I pass if I fail, then back to the drawing board. TBH I was actually mentally preparing myself for the next exam, in my mind this exam didn't count because there was no way in heck I was going to pass with my laid back reviewing and casual reading. 7 ) I also followed a friend's recommendation on drinking Ginko biloba supplements. I don't know if they helped but I did feel like I was retaining things better. 8 ) I prayed just before the exam, and basically nobody knew that I was taking an exam with the exception of my husband and a coworker at work. That took off a lot of pressure from me and made me focused on the questions in front of me. 9 ) I didn't overthink the questions. All I remember thinking is, you always have a doctor's order. What is the one thing that you can do to help this patient? Know your normal lab values, ABG gases and ABCs, CABs . 10 ) There will be some questions that will make you scratch your head and no matter how you break it down , you don't know the answer. That's okay, I REPEAT, that is OKAY. You move on and answer the next one correctly and then the next one after that. Rinse, Repeat.Don't get hang up on this questions. You can worry later and look up the answer but in that instant, in that moment...get over it and move to the next one. I stopped at 90 questions. I was pretty sure that I didn't pass because I noticed the questions kept getting easier at this point. Well, in fact I did PASS and there is one thing that I can tell you. The KNOWLEDGE is in your head already. Repeat that after me. It is there. Remember nursing school and after that the intense studying and review that I did? Yes I failed that 2nd time but it doesnt mean that everything you have learned in nursing school and hours of reviewing and studying goes away. It is ALREADY IN YOU! You have the fount of knowledge that you already need. You just need to recall it. So after 7 years and failing twice I PASSED! So can you! I hope my story inspires you just like someone's story on here served as an inspiration. I will try and find that article and provide the link. At age 42, I finally passed NCLEX RN and if I can do it, so can you!!
  23. Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of resources that are out there? Tired of stressing over your upcoming exam? Does the idea of trying to achieve a 900 on HESI seem impossible? Is your anxiety getting the best of you? Well I just want to say you're not alone and I've been in your shoes, but I have some good advice that I hope will help ease your worries. To give value to the statements I'm about to make, I would first like for you to take a deep breath and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and clear your mind. This HESI exit exam does NOT, I repeat does NOT!! define how good of a nurse you will be! Let's get that straight 1st. The HESI is supposed to be a good indicator of how well you'll do on NCLEX, but a lot of it has to do with how well you read the questions and pick the best answer. I have used so many sources to prepare myself for these exams such as: Saunders (Purple book), HESI (red prep book w/ hints), EVOLVE, Kaplan and so many online resources... but I kept falling short on every HESI exit. I ended up taking this thing 4 times, believe it or not, and I was a great student in class - A/B grades all the way through the 4 year BSN program. These sources all have +/- , but they did NOT help me achieve a score above 900 EVER! Tried these sources for the 1st three exams and still fell short of 900 each time and after getting a 780 (1st time), 855 (2nd), 848 (3rd) Enough was enough.. I felt like I would never achieve my dreams of becoming a Nurse, but I did on the 4th try and here is how I did it....UWORLD and memorizing as many hesi concepts/hints that I could from the hesi green book 4th edition. Uworld changed my life! All I could do after seeing that score of 1090 and 94.8% was stare is disbelief. I had Jumped over 200 points. I had started UWORLD just 10 days prior and I knew it would be a game changer when it came down to taking the HESI exit for the 4th and final time. Here is why this resource worked: it has a ton of select all that apply questions, the rational is phenomenal it's easy to read, gives you all the information you need to know about the topic in question with pictures. I purchased it for 30 day which is 70$, but trust me, you'll be glad you did. This particular package comes with 2 assessments that are 75 questions a piece. These are great in determining your readiness for NCLEX/HESI EXIT. It covers all the types of questions that you would see on HESI exit such as: PSYCH, MATERNITY, FUNDAMENTALS, PROFESSIONAL ISSUES and MEDSURG CONCEPTS, but the great thing about UWORLD is that most of its questions are about interventions, priority, delegation and implementation. It's a wonderful resource and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It gave me the confidence to know that I could answer these questions correctly on the exit HESI and achieve an outstanding score. I want to wish you the best of luck on your upcoming exam whether it be the Exit HESI or NCLEX. I know you can do it! You have the drive to achieve! Whoever says nursing school was easy would be lying, and you and I both know that... but I truly believe by using UWORLD and knowing those HESI hints you can't go wrong. As a final statement, I'd like to says CONGRATS RN's can't wait to see you working in the field of nursing!!!
  24. Firstly, I would like to say that the most trusted place to find up-to-date information about the NCLEX is directly from the source - the NCSBN website - NCSBN.org. You can find everything about the exam by visiting their website. The NCSBN has created a special page that is devoted to providing updates regarding COVID-19 and its impact on NCLEX test-takers. That URL is listed in the references section of this article. To help make it easier for you to understand, I have pulled out the most important facts you’ll need to know: Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) will still be used The minimum number of test items will be 60 The maximum number of test items will be 130 The maximum testing time will be 4 hours The difficulty level and passing standard has not changed The Next Generation NCLEX Special Research Section will NOT be included The above changes apply to both the RN and PN exams These changes have been implemented as a means to ensure all testing centers can maintain optimal social distancing measures, increase disinfection and cleaning processes, and enhance the safety of test-takers as well as testing center personnel. Additionally, these terms were also part of the negotiations between Pearson Vue, the NCSBN, States Boards of Nursing and Local Government Agencies. These negotiations were made in an effort to prevent the closure of all testing centers during an international health emergency. The unfortunate reality is that not all of the Local Government Agencies agreed to allowing testing centers to remain open, and thus many NCLEX candidates had their testing dates cancelled, and now have to wait a much longer than anticipated time to test. The good news though is that it appears that the expiration date to test has been extended extensively (some up to a year) so hopefully this will help many plan accordingly as all of our priorities shift to care for ourselves, our families and our communities. If you or someone you know is facing a much longer wait time to test, I recommend that you take the extended time to really focus on creating a killer study plan! Here are some simple, yet practical tips to gear up and prepare yourself for NCLEX success: Create a study schedule Learn as much as you can about the NCLEX design, structure and content Develop a study plan Review content and practice NCLEX questions Identify areas of weakness and plan time to review that content more closely Find a study partner or professional tutor to help guide you and hold you accountable Focus on test-taking strategies and really learn how to answer NCLEX questions Be sure to limit your study time to 3 or 4 hours per day so you have balance Make time each day to relax, exercise, and enjoy time with friends and family Complete readiness predictor tests to gauge your performance Focus on a limited number of NCLEX Prep resources - too many can overwhelm you and even have conflicting information Be sure you know how to navigate to the testing center at least the day before the exam Do not study content the day of the exam - you should be rested and have a clear mind going into the test I hope you find this information helpful during these uncertain times, and I hope that you have all the success on the NCLEX and within the nursing profession! For more information download the allnurses® NCLEX Study Guide ebook... allnurses® Ebooks Library References NCSBN Extends Modified NCLEX Through Sept.30, 2020
  25. missRN003

    Passed the NCLEX in 75 Questions - Tips

    Like any new grad that just graduated from their nursing program I felt terrified and totally unprepared to take the NCLEX.. I mean all the knowledge we studied in the last 3-4 years ALL IN ONE EXAM? It felt impossible.. so I didn't actually do my research on the prep courses and just ended up taking the Kaplan course for $600 including 3 6 hour in class sessions and question trainers, online PDF textbook, and all the Q bank questions. It was a lot and I was praying to god it would be worth it! I graduated from my Canadian BSN program in May and began studying and taking notes then but like anybody else who graduated, I still wanted to go out. I was going out about 3x a week while studying a few hours the other days taking notes on the Kaplan textbook. What I would suggest, that I would have changed was to not focus too much on the small details but to try and weed out common interventions you would do for certain conditions (ex. Administering antiemetics) since I am such a bad note taker and just like to take notes on everything. At first, it is a bit hard since you have to brush up on quite a bit of knowledge (well I had to!) but overtime as you practice more Q bank questions you know how to prioritize and take more efficient notes. It took probably a month a half for me to take full notes on the Kaplan book however, I know people who did it in a month or less. I also used the 35 page PDF that has been floating around on this website and looked up common lab values and written it all on one page and practiced memorizing it as I did my QTs and Q bank Qs and also everyday for a week prior to the exam. What I found difficult was memorizing side effects of certain electrolyte imbalances especially with Calcium and Magnesium therefore, I found that making my own mnemonics were a bit easier but there are some good ones floating around for electrolytes on Registered Nurse RN. I also found childhood milestones very difficult and even though I have been reviewing them for months I was still stumped on the questions so I recommend starting early for that if it may be challenging for you. During my last month I made sure I was finished all of my notes for the textbook. Finished my first three question trainers and then took my in classes two weeks in and then the rest of my question trainers. I did not do as well as many recommend to pass the NCLEX in 75 questions but here are my scores: QT1 - 51% QT2 - 55% QT3 - 46% QT4 - 51% QT5 - 54% QT6 - 54% QT7 - 51% Readiness Test - 68% NCLEX Sample Tests Sample Test 1 - 50% Sample Test 2 - 52% Who Do You See First Test - 77% Alternate Format Test - 36% I also did my readiness test 2 weeks prior to my NCLEX (which is the recommended time) and did pretty well despite my previous QT scores. I also did the NCLEX sample tests when I had time. The first 3 tests you on analysis and application level Qs while the last one tests you on ALL SATA (which was miserable!). What I suggest is ensuring that you understand all the rationales for the Qs you got wrong. For every Q I got wrong, I would write the rationale on a piece of lined paper and would keep it and review it when needed. I felt that there were many common themes in Kaplan that were helpful to know such as the main diagnoses (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Myasthenia Gravis, Addision, Cushings, etc.) as they appeared time and time again. However, the Kaplan does not go into depth with patho and sometimes it is necessary to understand the clinical manifestations so I would also use my pathophysiology textbook, med surg textbook and medical websites to supplement my notes and readings. Then for pharm, after a while you end up forgetting some of the drugs and their A/Es or S/S so I suggest reviewing common medications that show up on the Q bank Qs and ones that are given commonly in nursing practice. I found that reviewing some pharm every day was helpful as it was not too overwhelming. I also reviewed all the drugs once again 2 days before my exam. After you are starting to feel confident in your knowledge, I suggest practice priority outcome Qs as those are one of the higher level questions and effectively using Kaplan's decision tree (ABCs and acute/chronic and actual vs potential) as you will need to do well on these Qs to pass the NCLEX. Although, I was still not confident in my Kaplan scores and Q bank percentages, I felt confident in my reasoning skills and my ability to do well on the exam so do not be discouraged if you are unable to attain the 60-75% marks as I barely did but still did very well on my exam. There will be questions where even if you studied another week it still woundn't have made a difference because it just may not be in the general information we study or the Kaplan book so I suggest you get good at eliminating answers with the Kaplan decision tree as well. I felt that on my exam I was given a fair amount of knowledge Qs and an equal amount of higher level Qs with about 10-15 SATA total. Safe to say I ended up passing in 75 Qs in over an hour. Although I felt that I was able to effectively take the exam, a part of me sank after as everyone was telling me I was out of the exam too fast! I ended up doing the Pearson Vue Trick 4 hours after my exam which worked. I got the bad pop up telling me I was unable to register for another exam at the time (which is apparently a good sign and a sign that you passed!). The Pearson Vue Trick is when you try to re-register for an NCLEX exam and if you passed it will not allow you to process your credit card vs if you failed, you are able to register and put a credit card through. Many have suggested using $25 gift card VISAs just in case you are registered it will still not go through. I've heard differing reviews re: the trick but it worked for me as I found out that I passed the next morning! Anyways if you have any Qs let me know! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!