Sunday, May 25, 2008

NCLEX Examination Subject Matter

NCLEX examination is covers several categories of patient needs, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing as a following below:

Safe,Effective Care Environment
Management Of Care
Safety And Infection Control

Health Promotion and Maintenance
Growth and Development Through the Life Span
Prevention and Early Detection Disease

Psychosocial Integrity
Coping and Adaptation
Psychosocial Adaptation

Physiological Integrity
Basic Care and Comfort
Pharmalogcal and Parenteral Therapies
Reduction of Risk Potential
Physiological Adaptation

NCLEX Eligibility

In order to take the NCLEX examination, you must apply for nursing license from your state board of nursing.

The Board of Nursing will determine whether or not you meet its criteria for NCLEX examination-eligibility, then register to take NCLEX test.

NCLEX Registration

Once you have applied for a license from your state board of nursing, you will receive an NCLEX Examination Candidate Bulletin in the mail you may then register with the National Council of State Board of Nursing testing service by phone, or filling out a mail-in registration form.

Once your state board of nursing has verified your eligibility to take the NCLEX examination, you will receive an Authorization to take test (ATT) along with a list of testing center and instructions for how to schedule an appointment to take the examination.

Length of Test

The NCLEX examination is a multiple choice exam which uses in interactive system called Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) to gauge your level of competence. RN candidates will answer minimum of 75 questions, LPN candidate a minimum of 85 questions. After you have answered the minimum number of questions, the computer will attempt to access your level of competence.

If you are clearly above the passing standard at this time, you will pass, likewise, if you are clearly below the standard you will fail. If you are too close to the standard to allow a definitive result to be determined, you will continue to answer questions until a final assessment can be made. RN candidates may take maximum of 265 questions, LPN candidates a maximum of 205 questions.

Time to Complete the Exam

You will have 5 hours in which to complete the exam.

This includes the time set aside for the introductory computer tutorial and 10 minutes breaks.

NCLEX Examination Scoring

The NCLEX examination is scored once by the computer on which you are taking it, and a second time by the National Council's testing service.

Receiving Result

It will take about a month for your state board of nursing to mail you the result of the exam.

Not Passing the Test

If you fail the test, your state board of nursing will mail you a diagnostic profile that will outline both the areas of knowledge in which your performance was satisfactory and the areas in which it was not.

Retaking the Test

You may retaking the test as many time as you need to.

The National Council's policy dictates that you wait at least 91 days before retaking the test. Individual state boards may impose other, stricter requirements.

Sample TestTo try

Sample test you can search many web sites feature free sample of the test or questions, like below:
Delmar's Online NCLEX Review
Internet Exam Online Practice Exams

Test Preparation
Many of companies offer Online NCLEX examination test preparation for a fee. Some of these companies are:
National Council's Extension
Internet Exam Online Practice Exams

All Nursing School

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