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Are you looking to learn more about the NCLEX Nursing Exam? Here is what you will learn in this presentation about the NCLEX-RN: ...

Are you looking to learn more about the NCLEX Nursing Exam? Here is what you will learn in this presentation about the NCLEX-RN:

How do I register for the exam?
What is the exam format?
What can I expect on exam day?
How will I get my results?

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  • 1. THE NCLEX-RN EXPLAINED
  • 2. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER  What is the NCLEX-RN?  How do I register for the exam?  What is the exam format?  What can I expect on exam day?  How will I get my results?
  • 3. WHAT IS THE NCLEX-RN?
  • 4. WHAT IS THE NCLEX-RN?  NCLEX stands for “National Council Licensure Examination.”  The NCLEX-RN is a standardized test to measure your competency as an entry-level registered nurse.  You are qualified to sit for the exam after you complete a nursing program.  Passing the NCLEX-RN is required in order to obtain your RN license.
  • 5. HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE EXAM?
  • 6. HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE EXAM? THE STEPS Get started with this process about 6 months before your target date for taking the exam: 1. Submit your application for licensure to the board of nursing in the state you wish to be licensed. 2. Register to take the NCLEX-RN with Pearson VUE. 3. Receive your eligibility letter from your board of nursing and your Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE. 4. Schedule your test date. Test dates are available all year. Note: You will be eligible to sit for the exam for one year. Your eligibility timeframe will be printed on your ATT letter.
  • 7. HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE EXAM? COST OF THE NCLEX-RN AND LICENSURE  The cost of the exam is $200.  There is an additional international scheduling fee of $150.  Licensure fees vary based on state.  You can pay with check, cashier’s check or money order by mail or credit card online or on the phone.  You will receive a postcard within two weeks of submitting your registration and fees. This is not your ATT.
  • 8. WHAT IS THE EXAM FORMAT?
  • 9. WHAT IS THE EXAM FORMAT? THE BASICS  The NCLEX-RN is computer-adaptive, meaning the computer selects future questions based on your previous answers.  Everyone answers a minimum of 75 questions to a maximum of 265 questions, with 15 experimental questions that do not count against you.  You have a maximum of 6 hours to complete the exam.  Questions fall into four categories (client needs):  Safe and Effective Care Environment  Health Promotion and Maintenance  Psychosocial Integrity  Physiological Integrity
  • 10. WHAT IS THE EXAM FORMAT? TYPES OF QUESTIONS Safe and Effective Care Environment  Includes 2 concepts:  Management and Care  Safety and Infection Control  Management and Care accounts for 17% to 23% of the questions on the exam.  Safety and Infection Control makes up 9% to 15% of the exam. Health Promotion and Maintenance  Health Promotion and Maintenance makes up 6% to 12% of the exam.  The section includes the following topics:  Aging Process  Ante/Intra/Postpartum and Newborn  Developmental Stages and Transitions  And more…
  • 11. WHAT IS THE EXAM FORMAT? TYPES OF QUESTIONS Psychosocial Integrity  Psychosocial Integrity makes up 6% to 12% of the exam.  The section includes the following topics:  Coping Mechanisms  Grief and Loss  Mental Health Concepts  Spiritual Influence on Health  And more… Physiological Integrity  Includes 4 concepts:  Basic Care and Comfort accounts for 6% to 12% of the exam.  Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies makes up 12% to 18% of the exam.  Reduction of Risk Potential is 9% to 15% of the exam.  Physiological Adaptation accounts for 11% to 17% of the exam.
  • 12. WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON EXAM DAY?
  • 13. WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON EXAM DAY? THE BASICS  When you arrive at the testing center:  You will provide a palm vein scan, digital signature and finger print.  Your photo will be taken.  You must present your Authorization to Test (ATT).  You will need to supply your ID.  No personal items will allowed in the testing center.
  • 14. WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON EXAM DAY? FINISHING THE EXAM  The exam ends when one of the following occurs:  You have shown competency and answered at least 75 questions.  You have shown lack of competency and answered at least 75 questions.  You have answered 265 questions.  You have been taking the exam for 6 hours.
  • 15. HOW WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
  • 16. HOW WILL I GET MY RESULTS? THE BASICS  The exam is pass/fail.  You will be notified by your state board of nursing 2 to 4 weeks after taking the exam whether or not you passed.  If you fail, you will receive an evaluation of your test performance (diagnostic profile).
  • 17. HOW WILL I GET MY RESULTS? RETAKING THE EXAM  If you fail, do not give up.  Study your diagnostic profile carefully to determine where you’re struggling.  You may retake the exam 45 days after you first sat for it.
  • 18. THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK! For more information about the NCLEX-RN, visit:  http://www.kaptest.com/NCLEX/Learn-About-NCLEX/About- NCLEX-RN/nclex-rn-exam.html  https://www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm
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