I had a great question regarding passing the Nclex! As I promised, I will try to catch up with all of the questions, and once I get caught up, I will try and answer more =).
Anyway, here is the question regarding studying for the Nclex and getting licensed:
Congratulations on your accomplishment!!
I just graduated from nursing school and I’m studying for the boards here in California.
I wanted you advice on the Nclex-RN review; Do you recommend a review course such as Kaplan? Do you think it possible to pass with Nclex review CDs such as Mosby’s?
Thanks for your time?
Thanks so much for your question Val, and congrats on graduating from RN school!! I know first-hand how stressful it can be to study and prepare for the Nclex, so I totally know what you are feeling. It seems as if the pressure would be gone after graduation, however, we still have the stress of getting that Nursing license!
Which RN (Registered Nurse) Nclex Programs Are Best?
It was such a relief to know that I passed my Nclex first try. People often ask how long they should study, which programs are best, etc.
Therefore, I would like to take the time to really discuss the importance of preparing for the test. I think it can be summarized best by the following formula:
- Pray a lot
- Study a lot
- Get the latest NCLEX Study Guides (at least 2, perhaps 3), and repeat numbers 1 & 2.
Unfortunately, there is no way around the studying. To pass the Nclex, I really recommend studying as much as possible.
In addition, I would absolutely recommend getting the latest NCLEX Study Guides (which usually includes a book and a software program on CD). Amazon.com sells some great NCLEX review book and I would recommend buying. This is the place I actually bought my NCLEX review books.
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You can view my Hesi & NCLEX-RN study log to see how much time I put into it. I also show the books I used on that page as well (although I would always get the latest ones possible).
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What About Kaplan Nclex-RN Study Classes, Or Mosby’s?
It is hard to comment about the Kaplan tests/courses personally, as I did not sign up for them. However, I do know a few RN nursing graduates who did attend the Kaplan course reviews.
Overall, I can’t think of any that failed, and most said they enjoyed it. Study review programs such as Kaplan often have a high pass rate, and can be beneficial. After all, you really can’t study too much, and the more you study the better.
Are they required? Not necessarily. I also know a great deal of people who passed and didn’t attend a Kaplan review course. There are pros and cons to doing a Kaplan course, and I think that is something each person should decide for themselves. It does cost a good chunk of change, but it may be worth it for those who really feel as if they aren’t prepared.
As far as the CD-roms and study guides for the Nclex, those books on my study log page should give you a push in the right direction. I used every resource I could (I studied and read the book, and practiced questions on the CD’s).
In addition, if I found an online question bank, I always practiced that as well. So I recommend getting at least 1 or 2 study guide books made especially for NClex, and really focusing on them.
Conclusion: Study Hard, Get a Good Book or Two, and Good Luck!
Again, congrats on your graduation from Nursing School, and good luck on your tests. I hope you pass with flying colors!
I do think all nursing students should really study hard in order to pass those Hesi and Nclex tests. The study books with CD’s can be a huge help.
Kaplan courses are also great, and can help students as well. But I think they aren’t for everyone. Some people will do fine just by studying the books and practicing CD’s.
On the other hand, for those nursing students who need a little more motivation and need to be “forced” to study, I would recommend considering a Kaplan type of study course before taking the test.
Thanks again for the question, and good luck!! =)
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