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It is that time of the year when the Spring semester is almost over and the new graduate students are celebrating the last few days of the classroom.  The next step is taking that important NCLEX exam.  So celebrate for a while, but soon it is time to hit the books again to begin preparing for your NCLEX.  Here are some tips to get you moving:   1. Remember that... read more

If you are repeating your exam it is  a good idea to reach out to a tutor who can help to better prepare you to retake your test. I always ask my students what they think is the reason/s that they are unable to pass the exam.  Many of them are very much aware of the areas that are problematic. Here are some tips for those who are repeating the exam:   Nursing... read more

Many nursing students believe that their studies are going great until they come to pharmacology. It is difficult trying to learn and understand all of those drugs and their side effects. However, dosage calculations really put fear into many students.  So the next few blogs will be looking at this topic. Few of us are mathematical wizards, but using dimensional analysis to solve your... read more

Ordered responses also known as Drag and Drop responses depend heavily on visualization. You have to picture yourself performing a procedure such as a catheterization. This type of question is challenging for many students, because they may never have seen or performed this procedure in their clinical training. However, depending on how many options you are given the basic format of performing... read more

Hot spot questions require more than basic nursing content.  You must have a very good understanding of anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology.  This type of question asks you to put information on a chart, graph or a table using the mouse.  Visualization works best with this type of question. Close your eyes and imagine the area of the body that they are describing... read more

Select all that apply (SATA) is one type of alternate format question.  This question has more than the four typical options that you find on a multiple choice exam.  You may be given 5 or more options to choose from, and there is a box in front of each of the choices.  You do not receive partial credit in this type of question.  You must select all of the correct options... read more

The NCLEX is made up of mainly traditional multiple choice, text-based four option questions.  However, it may also contain some questions that are formatted differently. These are called alternate format questions.  This type of question includes: Select all that apply (SATA) Fill-in-the blank "Hot spot" Drag and drop/ordered responses   Variations... read more

In my last blog I discussed some success tips for NCLEX test takers.  There is a flip side to this and in my tutoring with students I observed many approaches that will not help them to be successful.  So here are some tips on things that do not work for this exam: Trying to memorize facts Trying to guess the answers to questions Trying to answer questions based on recall... read more

The NCLEX is very challenging for many students. They become frustrated because the way that they answered questions in nursing school and the way that the NCLEX questions are formatted appear to be vastly different. Becoming a better test taker is possible.  First, students need to make an assessment and identify the ways in which they learn and take tests.  Some students become... read more

When taking an exam such as the NCLEX it is normal to feel anxious.  The hours of this exam represent a significant investment in terms of your time, energy and finances.  So of course you want to get it over and move on with your life. Many of my students tell me that they panic during the exam especially if they are going beyond the 75 question mark. Students have to understand... read more

Prioritization questions are often a big challenge for students on the NCLEX exam.  These types of questions require the student to make decisions about which problems need urgent attention or those that are non-urgent. The grad student has little experience in clinical settings and making decisions that are based on nursing judgment, may be difficult.   In... read more

The beginning of a new school year is always exciting, however there is an end to that year as well with final exams, possibly graduation and NCLEX exams as you prepare to become a professional nurse. Now is the time to put a good study plan in place.  Your plan should be built on a solid foundation of a positive attitude, the belief that yes, you can and will achieve your goals,... read more

As the summer draws to a close, it is time to take out those nursing books, dust them off and begin preparation for heading back to the classroom. If you are a returning student, by now you should have developed a study plan to help you organize, comprehend and digest the large amounts of information that is required in your nursing subjects.  Here are some suggestions to help... read more

I was recently reviewing all of my latest NCLEX manuals. The total amount of questions in the combined manuals was almost 15,000 plus CD's plus practice exams and websites with more questions and answers. I said to myself this is amazing! The minimum amount of questions to pass the NCLEX is 75 with a range of up to 265. So what are the possibilities of getting at least 100 questions that... read more

Here are some skills that you need to acquire in order to pass your NCLEX: 1) A THOROUGH understanding of all nursing subjects. 2) The ability to closely follow any directions that are given. 3) UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU READ - very important 4) Patience - lots and lots - to read each question and options carefully. 5) RATIONALES!! RATIONALES!! - know your reasons for the... read more

I was listening to a program a few days ago and the presenter was speaking on "high risk nursing students." These students were described as those who were most likely to fail their nursing program or to drop out. They range from full time working students, those who had more than one job, those who had children, were married, single parents or those who were taking care of their... read more

Ever so often I get a desperation message from a student. Usually he/she is planning to take the NCLEX exam in a couple of days and is feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.  I tell my nursing students that desperation responses seldom work, because underlying this situation is fear, stress, anxiety and the feelings that you do not have enough knowledge or proper preparation... read more

1. Have fun, but be careful. 2. Try something new or different every day. 3. Try to make at least one new friend - young or old. 4. Take a walk around your neighborhood - new things are happening. 5. Learn a new skill - music, sport, craft, art. Dr. Harriette

There are many nursing NCLEX texts for students to choose from. It can be very confusing. Some text offer over 6,000 questions for review. Considering that the NCLEX pass rate is 75 for RNs and 85 for LPNs, this is a lot of work. I suggest to students that they should go to a book store and review the text before ordering on line if this is more convenient for them. Manually going through the... read more

As the summer begins many of my nursing students are taking a big breath and relaxing a bit. So I congratulate you, but would encourage you to make a study plan for the summer, where you will have fun but still spend time on reviewing and learning those nursing concepts. Have fun time, it is summer. Dr. Harriette