Now that you've put in the long hours and completed your nursing degree, it's time for the final step: passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). And while that may seem like an overwhelming leap, there are many resources available to help you succeed.
Scrubs magazine published an article that offers helpful advice from an NCLEX insider on how to approach the exam. The insider encourages you to organize your studying around the test plan, which is available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) web site. She also warns that simple memorization will not help you pass the NCLEX-RN; you must be able to think critically and apply the information you have learned to various nursing scenarios. Additionally, the expert offers the following tips for test day:
- Take your time reading each question to make sure you don't miss important words like "not" or "first."
- Decide on an answer to each question before you view the answer choices to avoid being distracted by the other probable answers.
- Don't overcomplicate a question by making assumptions or thinking about exceptions; answer each question based on the information that is presented.
- Don't spend too much time deciding between two equally good multiple choice answers; try to pinpoint a clear reason why one is wrong.
- Look for patterns in the answer choices for each multiple response question.
If you're ready to start studying for your exam, The College Network offers a comprehensive NCLEX-RN exam preparation package. Our Rx for NCLEX Success is the only test prep bundle developed with the National League for Nursing (NLN), and it includes thousands of NCLEX practice questions, eight comprehensive learning modules and a testing strategies guide.