Are you a nursing graduate? Well, it is certainly an enormous accomplishment. As a nurse, you will have dreams to work at big or reputed hospitals, clinical centers etc. You must have proven your clinical expertise in the classroom or in specific clinical settings but still there is one major hurdle on your way to success in your career and that is getting through NCLEX. You can work as a registered nurse only when you are able to get through this test.
National Council Licensure Examination is standardized and has its own way of assessing the nursing skills. It is a year-round test, can be taken anytime in the year in the US and Canada. The license will be issued by the nursing board in the state you are living. Only with right preparation can this be easier for the candidates to get through it. Your score at graduation level may not help you here. You must have got all A’s or 4.0 GPA but this will not be taken into consideration when it comes to issuing the license to work as a nurse.
Getting familiar with NCLEX
The first thing that is needed is to know more about it. Understand its format. How this is going to be, what you are expected to do, how the questions will be, how much time you shall spend on answering each question that runs on your screen, how many questions you will have to answer (seventy-five), how many number of questions there will be (a total of Two-Sixty-Five). Remember, you will pass the test when you will answer particular number of questions correctly. There is a need to stay above pass line with 95% confidence interval.
Don’t get panicked
You will have to learn to manage how to answer the questions without getting panicked or confused. If you are one of those nervous test-takers then you will not be able to perform well. You need to learn to crush down this test-anxiety.
Hours for preparation
You must be busy but still you will have to spend at least, 2-3 hours per day to the grips on the test. Generally, a month’s preparation or a two months’ preparation is enough to get prepared at it and to perform well in the real NCLEX exam.
Proper study strategy
There is a need to develop a proper study plan. Set the schedule and prepare yourself as per the schedule.
Learn to apply clinical knowledge in a more innovative way
You are required to put your clinical knowledge to use in the most creative way. But, this doesn’t mean that you shall apply only those techniques which you must have learned while undergoing studies. Practical understanding of the clinical situations and ability to respond to complex situations require candidates to think more creatively.
Inculcating NCLEX Skills
Try to master NCLEX skills. You are required to be adept at answering questions. Learn not to take more time to answer the questions. Learn to deduce, infer and be more smart.