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Taking the boards Wed. Morning - Need advice from those of you who have done it...

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by Vektor Vektor (Member)

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I'm trying to do a well rounded study program/review. I went to the Lagerquist review course in San Francisco, have been studying and answering literally thousands of questions from Kaplan, Saunders, ATI, and the Lagerquist online review test bank.

Feeling pretty good over all, but really want to know, as I get down to the 11th hour, what should I spend the last day or two reviewing the most?

In other words, what content area/s did most of you find appearing a lot when you took the boards? Delegation? Prioritization? Pharm? What were the most common themes?

Just wondering where I should hit hard for my last couple of study sessions.

Thanks, all!

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happybunny1970 has 6 years experience and specializes in Acute Hemodialysis, Cardiac, ICU, OR.

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Relax! Did you do well in school? Did you pay attention? Then all the cramming in the world is not going to change what you do or do not know at this point -- you can't really add to or detract from the knowledge you have spent the past few years working on in just a few days. If that were possible, people could challenge the Board without ever taking a Nursing class, and that just isn't going to happen.

I went to a review course before I took my Board in 2002, but only because the hospital I signed with sent me there and it was a skate paid work day. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know, including test taking skills. The only thing I reviewed right before the test was lab values/norms.

Have faith in the work you've already done. When you get there, read the question and all of the possible answers, but don't panic and read INTO the question, just answer based on what's there.

Remember: You already did the HARD work (all those classes and clinicals) -- now you just have to take this one last test to show what you know.

Good luck!

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Thanks, HappyBunny. Yes, I did do well in school and pay attention and what not, but I just wanted to be sure I prepared as well as I could.

I keep hearing about how "weird" the test is, and how nothing you learned in school can possibly prepare you for how strange the questions are. I haven't seen the test yet, so I can only go by what I hear from those who have already been through it.

I figured I'd ask what might be a good last minute review.

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AnnieOaklyRN is a BSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

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I am taking NCLEX in, oh 3 hours... :barf01:

I agree with the above poster though.

Swtooth

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Best advice i received was quickly eliminate answers that don't make any sense or dont apply to the patient in question. When all else fails remember the basics, your ABC's (airway,breathing, circulation),and Maslow's hierachy. I had a lot of prioritizing and delegation questions too.

Best of Luck, Shannon :)

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Thanks everyone, for your wonderful, supportive responses. I'm feeling better about things now. I'm winding down for the night, and will let you guys know about my test experience tomorrow.

Best of luck to all getting ready to take the boards!

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