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Taking NCLEX-PN in 4 weeks Scared

Hi my name is Stephanie and I am taking my NCLEX-PN in 4 weeks and I am soo scared. I've been studying the Saunders Comprehensive 4th edition for the past 2 months but there are still some things that I am struggling with. I was thinking of buying the Kaplan book too so I could study from that. I've been answering questions on the computer and in the book. Reading the subjects and coming back on the computer to answer the questions, but still I'm just really anxious and scared to death about the test, does any one else feel this way?

stephanie,

i just took mine last saturday. i also used the same book for reviewing. IMO, its a very good material for exam preparation.

just focus and good luck on taking the NCLEX.

:rolleyes:

I agree focus and relax. I went to the library and got the Kaplan book. I really liked that book because it teaches u a different way to answer those nclex questions. Good luck.

marcos9999, MSN, RN

Has 5 years experience.

Hi my name is Stephanie and I am taking my NCLEX-PN in 4 weeks and I am soo scared. I've been studying the Saunders Comprehensive 4th edition for the past 2 months but there are still some things that I am struggling with. I was thinking of buying the Kaplan book too so I could study from that. I've been answering questions on the computer and in the book. Reading the subjects and coming back on the computer to answer the questions, but still I'm just really anxious and scared to death about the test, does any one else feel this way?

Hi Stephanie,

I wrote this some weeks ago. It could be helpful:

This post is for those who are struggling and have taken the test more than twice but not a bad idea for those taking the test for the first time. I am passing on what I learned about this test and the changes I did to pass. The NCLEX is a passable test and perhaps not even as hard as most people think. I like to point out aspects which are not well explained or easy to miss. Many people are so smart and have studied so hard but have failed, so there must be something else they are missing, so read this post very carefully and you might find the key to set yourself free. In the NCLEX world there are two huge components: knowledge and how you apply that knowledge quickly. Another major component is how to take the test. I think that for those who are struggling is very important to start re-thinking the test in a brand new way; to understand what is being asked of you and realize that what you have been trained to do during your school years with traditional tests are basically useless. There are a few items I like to go in detail and it might be helpful to understand them well. It might set you free from the deceptions and traps of the NCLEX. If you are trying really hard and still not passing, it’s time to do a whole evaluation and change the way you think about the test.

1)TIMING: as they say, timing is everything. This might be one of the most misunderstood components of the NCLEX. The bottom line is: you only have one minute or so to answer each question. All the knowledge you acquire for this test is useless unless you can answer the questions that fast. I am not sure about this but I now believe there is an algorithm which measures the time you use for each question crediting or discrediting you. The NCLEX really likes when you go fast. And that makes sense for nursing where emergency situations come up and you know little about them and only have a minute or so to make a decision. So when they say “don’t over think”, is more like you don’t have the time to – “over think”. Have you ever noticed how some questions keep coming back? Even though you might have answered them correctly but took too long, they (the NCLEX brain) are not sure that you really know it well or just guessed. So if the questions keep coming back two things can happen: you get too tired which is not good because your performance suffers or, run out of time which is another problem that can cause you to fail. They want you to look at the question, read it carefully, make a decision select, and move on. You must have the ability to answer the questions like you playing ping-pong game and be able to play a long game and not get tired. I know it sound a little fuzzy and crazy but you have nothing to lose at this point do you? Another timing issue is how long you delay to re take the test. Don’t. You are never ready for it; put that in your mind. If you take too long between the tests you get cold, so use your failure as a practicing match and go take it again while you still hot. So go to PearsonVue website and schedule that test right now and go face the beast!

2)YOUR KNOWLEDGE: of course the more you know about nursing the better, but not really. All you have to have is “NCLEX type knowledge” and that you can get by using the so many books available and listed by other posts in this site, Kaplan book/course, is a good source of that as well. Here’s an example of NCLEX type knowledge: when they ask about chest tube, they might want to know a, b, or c (about chest tubes) and usually it does not stray too far from a certain number of options: know these options by heart. These are the building blocks NCLEX is made of and you must know it well enough to retrieve it from you mind on a heart-beat. The more you have these building blocks in your mind the better because it will help you to answer fast and correctly without thinking too much. So the way to look at knowledge is not in the traditional way of really knowing it but using your NCLEX knowledge to play the NCLEX game.

3)STUDY TIME: don’t drive yourself crazy. I would practice 60 questions in one hour. Buy a timer and keep the pace, don’t ever take more than one hour. If you are getting above 65% in one hour you looking good but try to get higher. One day per week go all the way to 265 (ouch!) because most likely this is what your test will be like! So in essence you are building up endurance within that kind of knowledge rather than becoming a nursing genius. Have fun with it, if you drive yourself to pain you will also learn pain so when you get to the test that’s what you will remember.

4)THE TEST: it’s important to know about this test and its components. One fact I think is interesting is that the NCLEX will test everyone differently. The NCLEX has two ways to make a decision about you: (1) you will pass or fail with an “X” number of questions, so if you are really good you can pass as little as 75 questions and if you are doing really bad you will fail with 75 questions. (2) but at a certain the computer makes a decision, it can’t figure you out, you have missed a bunch of questions but you’ve also hit some important ones, so it decides that you need to be tested in the whole gamut of questions, so you are going all the way to 265 baby (ouch again). However remember, if you are not consistent and begin to do poorly because you are tired you can fail too and not go all the way, or go all the way and fail too. So you must stay in the game and perform consistently. If you are struggling forget about that magical “oh a passed with 75 questions”, be prepared to go all the way and most importantly be consistent throughout the entire range and that’s why is so important to train yourself to endure long periods of time answering these type questions. The NCLEX will be really impressed with your consistency and you will be credited for that. Remember, the NCLEX is not about getting questions right and building up points like in regular tests, the NCLEX is testing how you perform under stressful situations and in certain ways your ability to improvise. I believe the algorithm of the computer program is very sophisticated and can measure everything you do.

5)TAKING THE TEST: you must understand what is critical thinking. Some people are there already, but if you are not for whatever reason you should begin to pay close attention to “what is to critically think”. You must focus on that question in a way you never did before, you must zero in to that question only and not stray one bit from it. I developed this way of thinking in which I would imagine myself there, at the hospital with a real situation at hand and then think “what would I do here…for real” and make that decision in terms of what would I do in order to be the safest. When you take the test you must be confident in your intuition. Another way to interpret when people say: “don’t over-think” is that your mind goes into this overdrive mode where decisions are made quickly and without thinking but they are the correct ones. It’s like playing a video game where you only have a split second to make decisions but as the rhythm speeds up your mind speeds up and you actually make better decisions than if you think it over. This is the kind of mind set you have to have when you take this test. In my opinion this is exactly what they are trying to test: your ability to quickly decide emergency situations. How many of those did you get right?

6)PLAY TETRIS: and here’s why, Tetris is one of the first video games made for computers and in my opinion it simulates several of the brain functions required in for the NCLEX. It will help you with the brain stamina you need to endure all the 265 questions without lowering your performance. You have to make quick decisions in shorter and shorter amounts of time. It forces your brain to critically think faster and faster as the geometrical shapes fall down and you have to figure out where they fit. I was amazed to find out how much I improved as I started to play. If you don’t believe this is helpful, just play for fun and it will your mind from the study.

7)PRAY FOR ST. JUDE THE PATRON OF THE IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES AND THE BEST LUCK TO YOU.

dblpn

Specializes in SN, LTC, REHAB, HH.

Hi my name is Stephanie and I am taking my NCLEX-PN in 4 weeks and I am soo scared. I've been studying the Saunders Comprehensive 4th edition for the past 2 months but there are still some things that I am struggling with. I was thinking of buying the Kaplan book too so I could study from that. I've been answering questions on the computer and in the book. Reading the subjects and coming back on the computer to answer the questions, but still I'm just really anxious and scared to death about the test, does any one else feel this way?

Hey Steph, don't be scared. the nclex pn is not that bad. you got 5 hrs. to test and a minimum of 85 questions to answer of which 25 are not graded so you're only taking 60 questions minimum. just relax the questions are not tricky they are clear, pretty short and to the point, at least mine and some other test takers agree. i had 85 questions a few peds, 1 maternity, and 2 mental health which were super easy bcuz it was about pt. safety. before i tested i thought i didn't get to study enough there were many more things i could have gone over but i didn't get the chance, and i Passed! So can you.

What i can tell you is to know your fundamentals esp. chest tubes. also diabetes know your insulins and medications. these are questions i'm sure Every nurse has gotten on the NCLEX. Good luck and believe in yourself :)

hello,

Goodluck :)

Edited by jovev

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