My NCLEX-RN Study Plan


It was the day after I took the NCLEX and after numerous times of doing the Pearson Vue trick (AKA PVT) that I finally found out that I passed. I was in denial for hours. I texted a (previous) professor of mine, texted nurses I knew, and called the Nevada State Board of Nursing twice before I finally accepted the fact that I passed. That is when I stood up and screamed at the top of my lungs. I felt so smart, accomplished, and excited.

And, because I got so many tips from the internet that helped me, I thought I would post my NCLEX-RN study plan. This blog post will include the following sections: an about me section (detailing stuff about the one and only), the books I used (including links), and the actual day to day (including # of questions done).

About Me
I’m writing about me because I think it will help you to see if this plan would work for you or not. Everybody studies differently and every person knows and retains different information. My graduating GPA was 3.5. I attended College of Southern Nevada (CSN) for my prerequisites and I graduated with my BSN from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). I passed all my nursing classes the first time & finished in 16 months, which is the length of my program. I have healthy anxiety prior to tests.

My HESI Exit Exam was on Dec. 13 and my NCLEX-RN was Jan. 9, exactly 27 days later. I scored a 1039 on my HESI Exit Exam; the requirement for my school was 900. I scheduled my exam on Dec. 23, the day I received my ATT, and picked the soonest date possible. I started to feel nervous after a week and thought I needed more time, but I eventually decided NOT to reschedule.


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I got into nursing school!

I’m sorry to be updating you so late my loyal blog readers… all two of you. Haha.

I applied to the UNLV School of Nursing BSN Program in June of this year for the first time ever. I had all my prerequisites completed with a great GPA. Also, I made the Dean’s Honor Roll during my first full-time semester at UNLV. (I took a summer class in 2011.) The School of Nursing application process is based on a points system; I applied with 100 points. That is not the max, but it is close to the top. We were told at the ‘signing session’ (AKA official application day) mid-June that we would know by July 15 if we would either be accepted or rejected denied.

I first received a phone call while on my trip in Tucson, AZ and then received my official letter of acceptance the following week.

I can’t explain to you how very excited I am to have been accepted. Quite a few people have told me that UNLV has a really challenging nursing program. But, I honestly would not have it any other way because I want to be a knowledgeable nurse and hopefully go further.

Tomorrow is my contract signing, where we pay for our background check, drug screening, and red UNLV nursing scrubs. As for now, please start praying for me! The next 16 months is going to be B-A-N-A-N-A-S!!!