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The Ultimate NCLEX Overview

The Ultimate NCLEX Overview

Passing the NCLEX exam is one of the most important steps en route to becoming a nurse. Though it is inevitable that it, like all exams, will make prospective nurses stressed and feeling overwhelmed, there are several important tips that may serve to mitigate these pressures.

First of all, It is important to remember that the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN are designed to test your ability to assess a patient’s medical condition and not your knowledge of every medical term involved. That being said, you should rely more on the assessments that you studied through your coursework rather than through practical experience. There are several terms that are important to review prior to the exam, but remember to concentrate on how these medicines/conditions relate to patient assessment. More comprehensive approaches to each term may waste value study preparation time.

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Exam Format

The NCLEX-PN is comprised of 205 questions and the NCLEX-RN has 265. Both tests are administered as computer adaptive tests (CAT). It is very important to remember that the questions you will be given adjust on a continuous basis. If you answer a question correctly, the next question will be more difficult than the last and vice versa. Most times the testing system shuts down before the test taker reaches the full amount of questions. If this happens, it is still possible to pass. Your final score reflects your baseline knowledge of nursing, so the first several questions are extremely important in determining your overall score. You will literally either sink or swim.

Exam Time

Five hours; individual questions are not timed.

Exam Content

The NCLEX-RN content areas are overlapping and somewhat vague. Each question focuses on specific Client Needs topics, while also assessing the Integrated Practices , or problem solving approaches, that nurses take while assessing these needs. The Client Needs topics are split into eight subcategories: Management of Care, Safety and Infection Control, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Psychosocial Integrity, Basic Care and Comfort, Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies, Reduction of Risk Potential, and Physiological Adaptation.

How to Apply

Applicants for the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN must send their applications to their state boards of nursing. Following acceptance of the application, candidates must set-up a specific exam time and place through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

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    Lynner312

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I don't know if its too late or not since you posted the question 27 days ago but I signed up for a practice Nclexpn through Petersons.com. I paid I believe $24.95 and it is for 3 months. I know they also have the NclexRN practice tests too if you are still interested. :)

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    angell883

    about 7 years ago

    6 comments

    Isn't there a "study" NCLEX RN exam package that you take online?? I took it for my LPN and it was a great help, I have forgotten the web site, if anyone knows it I would love to sign up for it again for RN practice. I think I paid about $40 to use it for unlimited prcatice for 3 or so weeks. Thanx for help you may have.

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    ctrum6414

    about 7 years ago

    42 comments

    In KY the exam cost 200 and the lic. fee cost 75.

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    anu

    about 7 years ago

    8 comments

    does anyone know about the cost of the NCLEX_RN.

  • Demetrice_029

    cuttie

    about 7 years ago

    1044 comments

    My advice, Study, Study,Study. Everyday for 8 hours until your next testing date. My friend at work said, she is a RN. She said she studied for 8 hours a day for 30 days, until her testing date, she passed. I read, if you make you some flash cards, that helps also. Good Luck.! Wish Me Luck!

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    judithhua

    about 7 years ago

    2 comments

    This is Judith i didn't pass my Xclex test for three times does any one would help me I need an advise and a tutor please let me know. Thank you

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    oluwakemi

    over 7 years ago

    14 comments

    I DID MY NCLEX-PN EXAM LAST FRIDAY AND I FAILED IT.I USED KAPLAN BOOK AND ALSO SUBSCRIBED TO ONLINE Q-BANK.MY SCORES WASN'T BAD DURING PRACTISE.YOU CAN ADVICE ME ON WHAT TO DO FOR THE NEXT EXAM I AM GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT 45 DAYS

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    oluwakemi

    over 7 years ago

    14 comments

    I DID MY NCLEX-PN EXAM LAST FRIDAY AND I FAILED IT.I USED KAPLAN BOOK AND ALSO SUBSCRIBED TO ONLINE Q-BANK.MY SCORES WASN'T BAD DURING PRACTISE.YOU CAN ADVICE ME ON WHAT TO DO FOR THE NEXT EXAM I AM GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT 45 DAYS

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    oluwakemi

    over 7 years ago

    14 comments

    I DID MY NCLEX-PN EXAM LAST FRIDAY AND I FAILED IT.I USED KAPLAN BOOK AND ALSO SUBSCRIBED TO ONLINE Q-BANK.MY SCORES WASN'T BAD DURING PRACTISE.YOU CAN ADVICE ME ON WHAT TO DO FOR THE NEXT EXAM I AM GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT 45 DAYS

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    oluwakemi

    over 7 years ago

    14 comments

    I DID MY NCLEX-PN EXAM LAST FRIDAY AND I FAILED IT.I USED KAPLAN BOOK AND ALSO SUBSCRIBED TO ONLINE Q-BANK.MY SCORES WASN'T BAD DURING PRACTISE.YOU CAN ADVICE ME ON WHAT TO DO FOR THE NEXT EXAM I AM GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT 45 DAYS

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    oluwakemi

    over 7 years ago

    14 comments

    I DID MY NCLEX-PN EXAM LAST FRIDAY AND I FAILED IT.I USED KAPLAN BOOK AND ALSO SUBSCRIBED TO ONLINE Q-BANK.MY SCORES WASN'T BAD DURING PRACTISE.YOU CAN ADVICE ME ON WHAT TO DO FOR THE NEXT EXAM I AM GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT 45 DAYS

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    kimber1

    over 7 years ago

    4 comments

    does anyone know the cost of taking the NCLEX-RN?

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