Serious About Nursing In The US?
Then Pass The NCLEX!
If you don’t know it yet, passing the NCLEX is your ticket to a nursing job in the USA.
In the next few minutes, you’re going to learn everything you need to know about it.
First, NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a competency examination required by ALL nurses to test the aptitude of all nurses who have completed their required educational program at an accredited university.
To be a registered nurse in the United States, you must pass this test: yes, including foreign-born nurses who wish to come to the United States to practice.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) administers the NCLEX. An Associates or Bachelors Degree in Nursing is required for the NCLEX-RN and you have 6 hours to complete the test, while those who want to become a licensed practical nurse must pass the NCLEX-PN and 5 hours to complete the exam.
To pass, test-takers will...
--- need a lot of time to study.
A good study guide is essential to preparing for either version of the test. And don't worry you will have access to study programs and study guides for either test right here.
Look here! Before taking this test, you will need to make sure that you can read and understand the English language. Some states will even require you to take the TOEFL , TOEIC, or IELTS, which all are English Language competency exams.
Once you have reached the amount of questions determined by the NCSBN to prove that you are competent, your test will announce that you have completed the test. Envision yourself being able to do this…
Some nurses have gone to 75 and passed; and some nurses have gone to 75 and failed. Some nurses have gone all the way to 265 and still failed. The key here is knowing how and what to study. So check out some NCLEX study guides!
Unless you already know, according to NCSBN, most of test takers finish in 2.5 hours. Test takers are allowed breaks but the times taken are adjusted accordingly. So plan ahead!
Results could come in within 1 to 2 weeks. Alternatively, if you’re from a state with a fast turnaround, you could get them in two business days. Also, they can tell you how you will receive your test results.
Well, before you can take the test, you must apply with you state’s nursing board. And pay the registration fee of $200 – but check with NCSBN to be sure this fee has not change because when it comes to the registrations fees, some states charge more than others.
If you want, apply for your NCLEX test as soon as you graduate. An authorization to test (ATT) will be coming your way once you are approved. And if you don’t know it already, you have one full year to take the test.
For detailed information about NCLEX from NCSBN,
What's covered in the exam?
Topics covered in the exam include advance directives, patient rights, medications including their side effects and reactions to other medications. This test does not only tests the nurse’s educational level, but also includes critical thinking, knowledge of the general sciences, and practical use of the nurse practice act.
It is also very helpful to know the basics of lab tests, vital signs, and complications that patient may experience while in the hospital.
Other topics include continuity of care, information confidentiality, quality assurance, and resources for you to use to assist the patient after they leave the hospital. This comprises of not only care fundamentals, pharmacology, and risk management, but also supervision of that care. It also includes health promotion, community concerns, and psychological events that may occur.
You will need to know the nursing process of assessment, analysis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
You will also need to know how to document effectively all that you have done and what you have taught the patient.The exam is quite a challenge no matter which version you are taking, and it will require a good grasp of nursing concepts so be prepared!
Visualize yourself passing the test and YOU will – congratulations!
But if you fall short, don’t worry. They give you another chance to pass it. For more details, click on the NCSBN link provided above.
The test is now being administered in:
This test will be a part of your Work Visa Screen . If you are going to take the test in the Philippines, you must still register with a state licensing board.
You are required to register with the state that you plan to reside in once you have entered the United States. This most often is the state that you already have a friend or relative living in, or the state of the travel nursing company that is sponsoring you.
If you have any questions about this process, the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) is always there to help you with this process.
They help you with the NCLEX, the state nursing boards, and the language tests: TOEFL, TOEIC, or the IELTS.
Just imagine after you passed all the requirements, when you get that license in your hand, the feeling of accomplishment is indescribable!
The reality is once you have that license and has worked at your sponsored hospital for up to a year, and then you will have the chance to take your skills on the road full time with a travel nursing job!
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