April 28 marks the last day of Undergraduate as a nursing student. The long days of studying for the ATI Exit Exam was over. I was burnt out, emotioanlly detached and, just overall exhausted. After the long days and nights for studying for nursing school, you also have to study for the NCLEX. NCLEX stands for National Council Licensure Exam. In order to become a Registered Nurse, you have to take the NCLEX and pass. There is not maximum amount of times you are able to take the NCLEX, but some states are different than others.
So how did I prepare for NCLEX and when did I start studying? Technically, you begin to study for the NCLEX as soon as you start nursing school. It is ideal to study for NCLEX as you are studying for your course exams. It may not make sense, but when you begin to study only for the NCLEX, you will begin to rememeber some information that you have previously learned. Sooooo.... After I took my exit exam in April, I continued to study for NCLEX using ATI until graduation day. May 06 marked the day that I walked across the stage and received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. The excitement was at the highest peak and studying was the least of my worries. After graduation, I took about two weeks off from studying. This was literally the first time in about 2.5 years that I did not regret not picking up a book and studying.
I took some time for myself and took a vacation. When time came to study, I studied day and night. I looked over all old ATI material and did practice questions in a study book. One of the best investments that I bought and used for NCLEX was UWorld. When I say UWorld is identical to NCLEX, it is so shocking. Some people say to take 75-100 questions a day on Uworld. In reality, it is not possible. If you are the type of person that likes to know the rationales and to know why the answer is correct or incorect, it would take you all day to do 100 questions. With me still working as a full- time PCT (Patient Care Tech), I did not have all of the time for studying as I wished. But every chance that I had, I studied. I promised myself for my 24th birthday, I would get my RN license, and a week later, I did. So after studying and doubting my knowledge, it was finally the BIG DAY. The day before I took the NCLEX, I did nothing. I didn't study one bit. I woke up the next morning, prayed, got dressed, probably did not at breakfast, and got to the exam site an hour early. Gospel music was my only calming method. (Talking about nerves and anxiety on 1000). After signing in and getting fingerprinted, it was officially time.
Question 1 went by. I knew some questions and I blew some questions. After a while, I internally started freaking out. At question 50, I took a break, washed my face with water, and prepped my way back to reality. "At this point, you will or won't stop at question 75. No matter how many questions you get, you will pass!" 60 questions goes by. 70 questions come and I paused. At question 73, I rememeber stopping and just looking at the screen. (in my head) "Two more questins and if it doesn't stop, I'm screwed." At this point, I have had over 30 select all that apply questions. After 75, I closed my eyes, put my head down, and clicked NEXT. The screen went blank. After the screen went blank, it is all a blur. I went home devastated. I did not know how to feel. I either passed or failed. I had no energy and stayed in the bed for the rest of the day. At 600 AM the next morning, I woke up and stalked GA Board of Nursing's website for two whole hours. 800 AM comes and my license pops up on the site. I cried like a baby for the whole day. I'm still shocked that I passed NCLEX with on 75 questions on my first try.
NCLEX Studying Tips and Must Knows Coming Soon!