My NCLEX Story: By Kulanda Redden, BSN, RN

I have been a nurse for approximately 15 years, and I would like to share my NCLEX story with you. I hope that you may be encouraged by my story to diligently prepare for your NCLEX exam. Please feel free to duplicate my method of preparation that I used for my NCLEX exams.

While studying for my Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), I had the option to take the NCLEX-PN exam after two semesters in the Nursing Program. To prepare for the NCLEX-PN exam I borrowed NCLEX-PN Review books from the College Library and studied 10 hours per day for four days each week. During my study time, I divided the 10 hours into small segments and completed 10 questions per segment.

In preparation for my NCLEX-RN, I utilized Kaplan NCLEX-RN Preparation class. I employed similar preparation method that I used for my NCLEX-PN in preparing for my NCLEX-RN exam: I studied 10 hours daily for four days in small segments.

I took my NCLEX-RN exam within two months of graduating from my ADN program. I was successful in passing both my NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN exams on the first attempt.

I recommend that you take your NCLEX exam within 59 days of graduation.  Research studies have shown that candidates who take the NCLEX exam early have a better chance of passing the exam on the first attempt.

I wish you great success.


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