Students frequently ask me these questions just before they take their NCLEX exam and here is what I tell them....
How long after graduation should I wait to take NCLEX? Definitely take the exam within 3 months, try to get an NCLEX tutor as soon as possible, study the core content focused on the exam. After all of your NCLEX review classes are finished study alone for another 3 weeks and take the exam.
Approximately how many hours a week should I study? 7-10 hrs a week that is based on you doing at 1-2 hours 6 days a week. I always suggest taking Saturday off to rest from studying and come back strong the next day.
How many times did you have to take NCLEX? I prepared for the NCLEX RN, I passed with 75 questions on the first try.
What are some of the resources you used to prepare for NCLEX RN? Saunders is hands down the best book for overall nursing comprehension. Use this book as your foundation, you will find however the questions are nothing like the actual NCLEX exam. I would also go to Barnes and Nobles and hang out there reading whatever was on the shelf. The materials I created as well just because I found myself spending too much time trying to filter out what was neccessary to know and what was just given to make the book look bigger. For me I am type A so I only want the relevant information. My friends spent lots of money on kaplan as well as ATI but found the questions frustrating due to difficulty not seen on the actual exam.
What content or areas of study would you suggest nursing students really focus on? Whatever you feel that your weakness is in, then study that area. The test will find your weak point and ask you more questions related to it. I look at it as a way to give you another chance to prove you have the knowledge. My weak points were maternity and developmental milestones. You should definitely know your Isolation precautions and delegation those are a given, also be prepared for pictures and hot spot questions.
What is a myth about NCLEX RN that you found to be totally bogus? The biggest myth about NCLEX is that it is out to make you fail. It's not! If you can demonstrate that you will be a safe, critically thinking nurse you will pass. It is actually a computer adaptive test so your answers will determine whether you are successful or not.
Looking back if you could give yourself any advice related to taking the NCLEX what would it be? Really I wouldn't change much. I studied but not to the point where it consumed my life. I was confident that if I was properly prepared to pass that I would. I knew that I couldn't rely on any programs or books to ensure my success but only the amount of time and effort that I was willing to put in. I took my exam 3 weeks after studying with an NCLEX tutor and I passed. I would tell myself also that a student is expected to only get 50% of the questions right. Those questions were really tough so I am glad I didn't have to get them all correct. Looking back I would also say that if you graduated then you have conquered the hardest part of nursing. NCLEX is a cake walk compared to those classes and clinicals and just the stress of nursing period. If nothing else take confidence in that.
I withdrew from BSN twice for medical reasons.....one for my Mom's bone marrow transplant, and the second because I had a high risk pregnancy and delivered a baby at 29.4 weeks. The Dean of Nursing said that it did not matter if I had documentation, or if I was in a "coma", that I was disqualified from continuing in the program. My GPA is over 3.0 and I had one semester left.How can I get a nursing degree? Can I take the NCLEX PN? Every college I look at has a stipulation that you cannot have been "dismissed" from another program. I graduate in May with my BLS, but would love to be a nurse.
It depends how far in nursing you have gone... Did you take the basic nursing courses? If you don't mind me asking what state do you go to school? Also if you want to go to other schools just show them proof of your absences because I don't think it's fair that you're dismissed for medical reasons!!! Good luck to you Hun and never give up, keep telling yourself that you will be a Registered Nurse and there's nothing stopping you
One of the primary differences between the NCLEX RN test and NCLEX PN test is the different number of questions. Please review the following chart:
NCLEX RN Test NCLEX PN Test
Minimum Number of Questions 75 85
Maximum Number of Questions 265 205
Both of these tests require the same basic understanding of nursing practice and knowledge. The NCLEX RN test questions and the NCLEX PN test questions are presented with four multiple choice answer scenarios. In some cases, the NCLEX test is using a more difficult question format that requires multiple right answers to be selected. However, the material that is covered is the same.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in conjunction with Pearson VUE administers two tests that are used to aid in the determination of the licensure of nurses. These examinations are the National Council Licensure Examination for a Practical Nurse (NCLEX PN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for a Registered Nurse (NCLEX RN). These two tests are used with state and territorial boards of nursing to aid in the determination of the licensure of nurses.
The NCLEX PN test and NCLEX RN test are given on computer using a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) method. This allows candidate ability to be estimated from their responses to questions on the exam, thereby allowing questions that are nearly equal to the candidate's ability to be asked. This CAT method also aids in the scoring of the examination. When a candidate has answered enough questions (at least the minimum required) and it is clear that the candidate's ability is above or below a passing standard, to a 95% certainty, the examination will stop, and the candidate will either pass or fail. There is no correlation between the length of the exam and whether or not a candidate will pass or fail, and in order to pass, a candidate must perform above the passing standard. In some situations, a candidate may run out of time on the examinations. If this happens, it means that the computer could not determine if the candidate was performing below or above the passing standard to a 95% certainty. In the scoring of exams in this situation, a rule of "last 60" is utilized. If the candidate had been performing above the passing standard for the last 60 questions, the candidate will pass the examination.
During the exam, it is best to keep a steady pace and to spend no more than approximately one minute on each exam question. This will insure that time does not run out, and that all necessary questions are answered.