Tips to Ace Your NCLEX Exam

You’re at the point in your quest to become a nurse when passing the NCLEX is becoming a source of some anxiety. You’ve taken this long, intense journey to reach your nursing career, and you definitely don’t want the NCLEX exam to throw a wrench into your plans.

Let’s talk about some of the tips to help you ace your NCLEX exam.

1. Correct Answers are based on textbook/theoretical nursing practice: NCLEX is not a subjective test. Rather it deals with standardized knowledge. Thus, do not think that this practice does not follow in my department, so this would be an incorrect option. Read the nursing textbooks and relevant journal articles.

2. Remember, In NCLEX, you always have the time, equipment and staff: this means that it does not take into account the staffing shortage, timing or equipment issues.

3. Nursing interventions do not need any order to do it: Let’s say the question asks about a patient who is short of breath and you think that the priority is to increase oxygen to 2L/min, so remember that this comes under your responsibility, so you do not need any order for it.

4. Do not pass the buck: On this exam, they are testing what you going to perform as a nurse, so the correct response will be within the scope of nursing practice. Passing the buck means that, let’s say, something has happened to your client and the first answer choice is to assess the lung sounds; the second is to inform the healthcare provider. So this is an example of passing the buck! You should be mindful of all the answer choices and make sure that is there anything that you can do before contacting a Healthcare provider. In short, check if there is something you should do first.

5. Take care of the client first and then the equipment: This is a way on the exam when they ask a question that “which action does the nurse take first”. For example, the question is about a patient in the OB unit whose bag of waters has been ruptured. What action should you take first? The first option is to assess fetal heart tone; the next one is to check the fetal monitor. The NCLEX wants you to do the hands-on thing with the patient first, i.e. to assess fetal heart tone first and then look at the monitor. If you think this way, you may get the right answers easily.

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