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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