Though earning a nursing degree is a major milestone on your journey to a career in nursing, becoming an RN ultimately hinges on one crucial step: passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the NCLEX is a standardized exam designed to ensure that only those with the knowledge necessary for a career in nursing make it into the field.
No pressure, right?
For many nursing students, just thinking about the NCLEX is enough to bring on a wave of anxious emotions. This makes it critically important that you choose a nursing school that is focused on preparing you for a changing field and developing your analytical thinking skills. After all, the NCLEX is a test of your ability to critically assess situations and make decisions.
Fortunately, Roseman University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program was designed to give you the tools you need tohttps://acceleratednursing.roseman.edu/accelerated-bsn-programs/ not only sit for the NCLEX, but also meet the everyday challenges nurses face. Not to mention, nearly 90 percent of Roseman University nursing school grads pass the NCLEX on their first try.
Before diving into how Roseman’s ABSN program prepares you to be an RN, it’s worth taking a quick look at how the NCLEX works. It is a different kind of test, incorporating computerized adaptive testing (CAT) technology to determine whether an individual has the knowledge to safely practice as a nurse without supervision. It does this through a series of questions — anywhere from 75 to a 265 — across all difficulty levels. What is meant by adaptive? It means that every time you answer a question, the testing software reevaluates your skill level and then selects a question you have a 50% chance of answering correctly based on your previous responses.
As a result, there are three reasons the test can end:
The good news is that in the event you don’t pass on your first try, you can retake the NCLEX; however, you’ll need to wait 45 days, and it currently costs $200 to take the exam. In other words, you want to pass it on the first try, making a quality nursing program and adequate preparation key.
There are countless NCLEX preparation resources available, today; however, the single most crucial aspect of NCLEX preparation is through nursing education. That’s why Roseman nursing students don’t just memorize facts; instead, they learn to think like professional nurses through our Six-Point Mastery Learning Model.
In essence, this learning model breaks nursing subject areas into 15 blocks delivered one at a time. During each of these blocks, you’ll learn the subject area through a blend of online coursework; campus-based discussions, demonstrations, and skills and simulation labs; and clinical rotations explicitly chosen to coincide with what you’re learning in your block. This way you apply what you’re learning in your coursework and labs as you’re learning it, leading to better retention of information.
Before moving on to the next block, you also will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the topic through a series of assessments. This ensures that you are sufficiently knowledgeable in a topic area before moving on to the next. The result is that you’ll graduate with not just the knowledge required of a nurse, but also the critical thinking skills.
And that’s important because, in the medical world, answers are seldom cut and dry, requiring you to call upon everything you learned in school to think through medical situations. Nurses, like detectives, need to be especially keen on even seemingly insignificant details. This includes:
It’s also critical to be able to prioritize care in situations where a patient has more than one condition requiring treatment. On the NCLEX, your ability to make decisions will be put to task with scenario-based questions that require you to make choices based on your knowledge of nursing concepts, the information provided, and the most urgent care issue at hand.
Of course, the best nursing programs also incorporate NCLEX review into their curriculum. During the final block of our program, NURS 408 Senior Seminar, you’ll undergo extensive preparation for the NCLEX exam, culminating in a Comprehensive Predictor final assessment designed to predict your likelihood of passing the NCLEX-RN. Not only does this give you practice, but it also gauges your readiness to take the exam, so you know where to focus your study efforts.
So you’ve participated in practice tests and review sessions, graduated from nursing school, and have been preparing to take the NCLEX for months. What else can you do?
Part of preparing for the NCLEX means showing up mentally and physically ready for the big day. Here are five simple tips that will help you be your best come to test time:
If you have at least 54 credits from an accredited university, it’s possible to earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing and graduate ready to sit for the NCLEX in less than 18 months through Roseman University’s Accelerated BSN program. Give us a call today, or fill out the form to have one of our admissions advisors talk to you about becoming an RN.