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NCLEX requirements – Some things you need to know about this exam

Few words about the NCLEX that can help you pass

Nursing is a noble profession which corresponds to the human nature and need to help other humans. But one cannot do it with just a desire to help. There are some requirements to fulfill to do it professionally. That’s way there are millions of applicants every year that take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) in order to become a certified nurse. The test is designed to see your knowledge and significant skills as a potential nurse. Your capability to care, right judgment in a right moment, and opinion of something that should or shouldn’t be done is put to the test. This test is purposefully difficult so only the qualified applicants will pass. The health promotion, safe care environment, or how to properly perform CPR, are few examples of the topics in the NCLEX. There are multiple choice questions followed by an alternative type items. Here is an example about three diabetes questions that might help you understand the NCLEX:

1. Albert, a 35-year-old insulin dependent diabetic, is admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of pneumonia. He has been febrile since admission. His daily insulin requirement is 24 units of NPH. Every morning Albert is given NPH insulin at 0730. Meals are served at 0830, 1230, and 1830. The nurse expects that the NPH insulin will reach its maximum effect (peak) between the hours of:

A. 1130 and 1330

B. 1330 and 1930

C. 1530 and 2130

D. 1730 and 2330

2. A bedtime snack is provided for Albert. This is based on the knowledge that intermediate-acting insulins are effective for an approximate duration of:

A. 6-8 hours

B. 10-14 hours

C. 16-20 hours

D. 24-28 hours

3. Albert refuses his bedtime snack. This should alert the nurse to assess for:

A. Elevated serum bicarbonate and a decreased blood pH.

B. Signs of hypoglycemia earlier than expected.

C. Symptoms of hyperglycemia during the peak time of NPH insulin.

D. Sugar in the urine

(If you are wondering, the answers are B, C and B)

How can you prepare for the NCLEX?

It is more convenient to take the NCLEX within a month of your graduation from nursing school. Usually you need to spend at least three hours daily studying prior to the test. Always review the NCLEX tutorials and spend as much time on the practice exams. The online resources are the best place where you can find everything that you need to know about this exam. Go to the official web site and feel free to seek for as much information as you can. When I was taking the NCLEX, my best friend in the process to kill the anxiety was the good night sleep, before the exam. The only thing you should know about this test is: there is no “Good Luck”. You have to prepare for it. Do not worry about those that failed, you are not one of them!

Your NCLEX testing day has begun

Do not forget to bring your photo identification and your Authorizations to Test (ATT) form. Without the form and the photo identification you cannot take the exams. The receptionist will give you a number and a key to a locker to store all your belongings. Before you enter the room you will be fingerprinted and the administrator is going to keep an eye on you while a camera is directed on each person. If you have to use the restroom, you will be escorted out by the administrator.

The NCLEX test is 6 hours long journey packed with 265 questions on the NCLEX-RN and 205 questions on the NCLEX-PN. You can take a break if you feel tired. But then the time is deducted from your total time. After you’re done your photo identification will be returned and you can find out if you passed the test within forty-eight hours. If you failed the NCLEX, you can take it again, but you must wait a minimum of 45 days.

Most people are asking themselves if they will earn more if they pass the NCLEX, you can post more questions about this subject, or Do they need a license to pass medications?