You've arrived here as a result of your education and hard work: you're getting ready to take the NCLEX®.
You may be able to pass the NCLEX-RN® exam on your first attempt if you prepare well.
Continue reading for NCLEX advice that can help you pass the exam the first time.
Tip One: Utilize Exam Study Aids for the NCLEX
There are several study guides and classes that can help you prepare for the exam. The best advice to give is to take a review class (which Vitalnursing101 also offers) and follow an NCLEX study plan.
Tip Two: The Night Before the Test
Here's some good advice for the night before the test:
Avoid caffeine and alcohol so you can sleep well
Do not review before bed, big no no.
Make sure have clear directions to get there on time
Prepare all the documents needed for testing
You need and earn a break if you've worked hard in the weeks leading up to this day.
Take a stroll, go to the gym, or read a book or magazine instead of going to the movies. Please know that you deserve to enjoy your time off.
Tip Three: Trust Your Nurse’s Intuition
Make an informed judgment based on your nursing knowledge and rationale.
Trust your inner feeling and stop second-guessing yourself or altering your responses.
Only modify an answer if you missed something in the question that adds fresh information to your response.
Tip Four: Learn How to Answer Dreaded “Select all That Apply”’ Questions
Examine each option carefully and delete any incorrect responses.
Look at each choice of the 'select all that apply' questions as a true/false question. Think to yourself, "Is the choice true or false in relation to the question?"
This is a great technique to get rid of bad options leaving you with a 50/50 chance of the answer correct.
Tip Five: Block Off Time to Study
If you truly want to be completely prepared to take the NCLEX after graduation, studying for the NCLEX should become a full-time job.
I encourage devoting 25 to 40 hours each week to studying and practicing NCLEX-style problems.
In fact, students who take the time to prepare particularly for the NCLEX are the most successful—meaning they pass the boards the first time.
Set aside time to study in an atmosphere that is most conducive to your learning.
Making a schedule is the most effective approach to managing your time.
Here's a free download for you to use during you studies
So tell me, what are some of your ideas of preparing for the NCLEX?