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Here is an interview from a student who recently took NCLEX. Hope it sheds some light on NCLEX for you guys.
What state did you take NCLEX RN in? California
How long after graduation did you take NCLEX RN? I finished the course work in October but didn't officially take it until December. So technically two months.
Approximately how many hours a week did you study? I studied about 9 hours a day for three weeks after I got my ATI.
What are some of the resources you used to help prepare you for NCLEX RN? Saunders, a NCLEX review application on Iphone (9.99 for 780 questions), and I borrowed a Kaplan strategy book from the library. Saunders is a good review of the content but I don't feel like it was challenging enough. Learn the content and learn how to appy the content. I feel like even though it was only 75 questions, it was basically 75 questions times 4 because each choice was plausible. I was really glad I got tutoring because it pointed out topics that I didn't know.
What content or areas of study would you suggest students focus on? Really focus on INFECTION CONTROL, priority questions like who should you visit first, drugs and associated teachings. My last semester of school consisted of a leadership course and community course which was a breeze but the principles learned in those classes were actually prominent on the test in retrospect.
What is a myth about NCLEX that you found to be totally bogus? I actually only heard one myth and that was it was hard and that is no myth. Even though it is a hard test with hard questions it is doable and you have to tell yourself you have the skills and education for this.
Looking back if you could give yourself any advice before taking NCLEX what would it be? Mentally prepare yourself in addition to studying. There will be hard questions and you may feel like you know nothing but you will get through it. If you feel like you don't know anything take a breather and start using your strategies.
Anything positive or a confidence booster for nervous pre NCLEX test takers? I was really nervous taking and during the test. I wanted to give up because it was so hard BUT you have to remind yourself that the median to pass is 50% and that not all questions will be counted. Also you may be getting hard questions because you are above the median. I walked out thinking I had to fail because I was so unsure of the answers but in the end I passed.
Would it be ok to use your full name or would you like to be anonymous? You can just put Tru :)
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| Posted almost 3 years ago
This was very helpful thank you!!!