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Old 11-27-2007, 06:34 PM
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Hi everyone! I am graduating in Dec 2007 with my RN, and I was just wondering how is the best way to study boards? I am not the best test taker. I get nervous and tend to freak out... I am been through the LPN boards and passed them my first time. But I have just heard that RN boards are different ( I expect that :-)) But what are some ways and strategies that you all used?

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Old 11-27-2007, 08:26 PM
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State boards....let me see if I can even remember back that far. My state boards were a two day affair and you had to wait months to see if you passed or not....the waiting was a killer!

I took a Review Course. Most of them are very good and you find that you know more than you think you know.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:16 AM
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Before I took the nclex, I looked over many of the nclex review books. I also went to this review: http://www.hurstreview.com[not being paid for plug here] but it was fantastic. My entire class went to this review and all of us passed, as did the graduating year before us. And if for some reason you don't pass, you can attend the review again for free. Something to look into if you are wanting to do a review course.

If a review isn't what you are looking for, then hit the books and take as many practice questions as you possibly can. And remember, it is normal to be nervous to the point of puking, it is normal to have taken the test and feel like a complete failure after it is done, and it is normal to sweat profusely for the 2 days afterwards waiting for the results. Good Luck!!

ps. I can't imagine waiting months for the results. Thank god for technology lol.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:51 PM
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Before I took my boards I took a review course that focused on the types of questions and how to break down/read the questions. I studied content on my own, but knowing what kinds of questions to expect/how to look at questions was very very helpful. Essentially I think that you just have to do whatever you need to make yourself feel semi calm about the exam.
Remember you graduated an accredited program, they believe that you can be an effective and SAFE nurse, all you have to do is show that on the exam.
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:27 PM
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Another vote for a review course. I took one also and it helped tremendously. I also bought an NCLEX practice book and took the tests in it. Boards were a breeze after that. Good luck!
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State boards were a two day affair when I graduated for nursing school. There were no review books to study from, so we studied from our old notes that we took during class. If I had to do it all over again, I think I would take the review course. The course will teach you HOW to study for the test, and it will keep the old brain cells firing while you are waiting to take your test.

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