How I Prepared for NCLEX-RN

The NCLEX-RN is the last and final test to reach your goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. Once you graduate from nursing school (which is already such a huge accomplishment) this test will be used to determine your competency.  To pass the NCLEX you should create a study plan and gather materials. You should already have a good foundation from nursing school. This is why is is important to understand the concepts in school so you are not struggling during this time.  If you want to know how I passed the NCLEX in 75 questions then keep reading.

How I Prepared for NCLEX-RN

My college used ATI as a learning resource throughout our nursing program. At the end of our program we had a three day NCLEX prep class. Each day for eight hours a nurse educator reviewed topics. To sum it up, it was nursing school crammed into three days. They also provided us with study materials and a review book which was helpful. I knew that I wanted to use something other than just ATI and I have heard amazing things about UWORLD. So after taking a short break to recharge I purchased UWORLD.

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To prep, I created a binder and labeled different sections which included: Med/Surg, Pediatrics, Maternity, Mental Health, Pharmacology and Lab Values. Everyday I did a set of 75 questions on Uworld and wrote down the rationales in the different sections. This would take me anywhere from 2-6 hours a day. I also made flashcards with lab values, common medications and therapeutic value ranges. I did the same thing everyday for one month. I also read the whole ATI book a few days before the test.

On the day of the test I was a nervous mess but I was able to pass in 75 questions in about 1 hour and 30 minutes. I highly recommend UWORLD and I think it prepared me well. The most important thing you can do is understanding concepts and doing well in nursing school. You need to have a good foundation to take the test. That being said UWORLD was amazing and helped me understand concepts I struggled with in nursing school. Stick to 1-2 resources while preparing so you do not overload on information. Make sure no matter what that you prepare. It does not matter if you are an A student in school if you do not prepare you have a higher chance of failing. And why take that chance?

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