How did I pass NCLEX-RN?

“When you feel like quitting, remember why you started”⁣

When I was over stuDYING for the NCLEX, I would remind myself that NCLEX was just another step in my journey so I can start caring for patients as a nurse.

~ U World & Rationales⁣
⁣~ Mark Klimek Audio Lectures & Notes

𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲 𝐆𝐨𝐚𝐥𝐬⁣
~ 100-150 Questions a day⁣
~ Write rationales for each question I got wrong, even the ones that I got right. Rationales are the best way to study for NCLEX. You won’t remember the specific questions on UWorld, but you will remember the rationales for why you should 𝕡𝕚𝕔𝕜 𝕠𝕟𝕖 𝕥𝕪𝕡𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕒𝕟𝕤𝕨𝕖𝕣 𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕒𝕟𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣. I also used my rationales to pinpoint patterns of types of questions & content I was tested on.

𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧⁣
~ Three Weeks to Study⁣
~ On UWorld I didn’t do the questions based on categories (prioritization, etc) I chose to do a comprehensive test each time⁣
~ I started with 75 question tests at a time, but after I completed my test & reviewed my rationales, I was so exhausted I wouldn’t want to study anymore for the rest of the day. My average scores were 40-50% when I did 75q tests at a time⁣
~ So I started doing 10/20/30 question tests at a time & I continued reviewing/writing rationales after each test. My scores improved dramatically (60-80%) & I was learning so much more (less burnout)⁣
~ I would make a goal for 50-75 questions in the morning, break in the afternoon, then another 50-75 questions in the evening. My goal of 100-150 questions a day completed!!⁣

𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬⁣
~ Notebook/White paper to organize my notes of rationales. Noticing patterns & seeing areas where I was weak & improving upon them was SO helpful⁣
~ Having time for self-care, doing something fun, was major 🔑 I needed that time to step away from the stress of studying⁣

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Nursing School Recap

Freshman-Sophomore Year

USF Admission
The University of San Francisco was my #1 choice. I had a feeling that USF’s values and mission of “changing the world from here” would mold me into the nurse I needed to be for my patients.
Freshman 2
Because I was a transfer student, I spent my first semester at USF taking general education classes before my first semester of clinical. Since I had extra time, I spent it exploring the city, getting used to cooking consistently for myself lol, learning the crazy city bus system, getting a babysitting job, joining clubs, and volunteering. It didn’t take me long to get involved in the community at USF.
Sophomore 1
This was one of the best semesters ever. I always say I would repeat this semester if I could. It was the first time I got to wear white scrubs, learn how to use my stethoscope, and there were so many firsts that it was one of a kind semester.
Sophomore 2
Talk about a crazy stressful semester, but thank goodness for my support system. I felt there was a steep learning curve because our test questions became clinical application style questions. The famous your answer is right, but not right enough type of questions. We also had an assessment test called HESI that we needed to pass to continue in the program. I got a little nugget of wisdom from my dad this semester that I carried with me the rest of nursing school, ” you haven’t failed a test before, so why would you start now?” I chanted that through each test in nursing school after that, and thankfully I passed HESI.