Nursing 101: NCLEX Readiness Tips

nursingYour entire life has been building up to this moment. CNA training, working as a health care assistant, years of nursing school, all culminating in one moment in time: your NCLEX exam. Whether you’re attempting to become an LPN or RN, there are some things you need to do to prepare for this test. After all, this is the start of your future. This test determines whether you continue on a path to success or fall back into an old and tired routine.

A bit scary, no?

Don’t worry. With these tips, you don’t have to be afraid.

Nursing 101: Tips for the NCLEX

  • Take it Early- It’s okay to take a short period of time to celebrate all you’ve achieved in nursing school, but don’t wait too long to take the NCLEX. You’re going to want all that information you packed in your head for the last few years fresh in your mind when you sit down for the exam. Enjoy the moment, but don’t wait too long.
  • Study Every Day- After you take your short break (Daytona beach anyone?) get back to studying. Every. Single. Day. Seriously. You’re going to forget things, and one of the best ways to remember is to read those textbooks, those notes over and over again. They should be a part of you by the time you sit down for the test.
  • Study Right- One of the best ways to prepare for the test is to simulate the actual test. Create questions for yourself- or better yet- get study guide complete with fake questions. Become comfortable with answering everything you can. If you get something wrong, go back and figure out why that was. Understand every question completely, so that if anything related to it shows up on the test, you’ll be ready.
  • Get Help- Asking yourself questions and reading aloud from your textbook to yourself can get boring and monotonous. You may find your mind wandering to thoughts of coffee and this week’s television lineup. Instead of boring yourself to death and setting yourself up for failure, get help. Find other student nurses who are going to be taking the NCLEX too and study with them. You can all ask each other questions and help keep one another on track.
  • Be Ready- If you’ve never taken the NCLEX before, you may not know what to expect. The problem is, that uncertainty and added stress can affect how well you do. Combat this by preparing yourself for the day of the actual test. Have someone time you while taking a practice exam, and make sure to simulate the test environment exactly. Do it on the computer, put on headphones and don’t allow any interruptions for at least an hour. Complete 75 to 150 questions without looking up the answers in-between.

Prepare for Your Nursing Career

The NCLEX can be tough, stressful and mentally challenging. Make sure you’re prepared for it by using these helpful tips that will ensure you can continue on with your nursing career.

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