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NCLEX Study Guide: Expert Insights to Help You Pass The NCLEX. Key Features This is an interactive NCLEX study guide providing links in each chapter that will take you to the allnurses website where you can read more about the NCLEX topics and interact with the author of the Study Guide. It provides real information about the NCLEX and dispels 5 major NCLEX myths and increases the effectiveness of your NCLEX preparations. Discusses tips for what you really need to know about the NCLEX. An in-depth review of the Nursing Process that helps you understand how to use the Nursing Process to successfully conquer the challenges of NCLEX questions.

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Table Of Contents Introduction 2 I. All About the NCLEX 3 Top 5 NCLEX Myths NCSBN test plans for RN and PN exams What do candidates really need to know about the NCLEX? II. Start Thinking Like a... Nurse: How to Use The Nursing Process 9 Assessment Analysis Diagnosis Planning Implementation Evaluation Critical thinking III. NCLEX Question Leveling 20 Recognition Comprehension Application Analysis IV. Expert NCLEX Test-Taking Strategies 24 Identifying the topic Reviewing what’s important Eliminating answer choices Remaining objective ... Continue V. Strategies for Prioritization, Delegation & Scope of Practice 30 Prioritization Acute vs Chronic Actual vs Potential Physical vs. Psychosocial Unstable vs Stable Delegation Rules of delegation When in doubt, check it out Scope of Practice Rules of management (RNs) Rules of coordination (PNs) Therapeutic communication Documentation Caring and compassion Teaching and learning considerations VI. Balancing it all 46 Study smarter - not harder Optimizing your resources Self-assessment for performance improvement When to seek expert guidance and support VII. Test Day Tips 49 Come prepared for the exam When anxiety and frustration kicks in Conclusion 52 References I. All About The NCLEX The NCLEX is a computerized adaptive test (CAT), and it is designed to determine if nursing candidates meet minimum competency for entry into nursing practice. Minimum competency simply means that the test-taker is able to make safe and sound nursing judgements and has a demonstrated ability to apply what they’ve learned in nursing school. It’s all about measuring the test-taker’s ability to make careful decisions through the application of nursing knowledge, as well as analyzing data that is presented in each test question. The NCLEX, as we know it today, went live in 1994 after the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) spent seven years conducting numerous studies and trials to make sure the new computerized NCLEX was meeting the needs of keeping the public safe. This new way of testing helped to increase candidate academic integrity, improved accuracy in scoring and made the process for recording results, and issuing nursing licenses, much easier for the State Boards of Nursing. Currently, both the RN and PN NCLEX exams have a minimum of 60 questions that each candidate must answer before any decisions are made regarding passing or failing the exam. The maximum number of questions is 130, and the time limit for the exam is four hours. These changes went into effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic so that testing centers can accommodate social distancing guidelines and enhance their infection control practices. Before the pandemic, the minimum number of questions for the NCLEX-RN was 75, with a maximum of 265, and a six-hour time limit. The NCLEX-PN exam had a minimum of 85 questions, with a maximum of 205, and a five-hour time limit. The content and difficulty of the exam have not changed as a result of these modifications. Additionally, all pilot and research questions have been removed from the current NCLEX exams, and therefore every single question on the exam counts! On Oct. 1st, 2020 - the NCSBN will be updating the test to include a minimum of 75 questions for both the RN and PN exams, and increasing the maximum to 145. They are also increasing the testing time from 4 hours to 5 hours. This change is due to the reintroduction of the pilot questions so that the NCSBN can collect data regarding the efficacy of the questions to be added into the next test plan. More information can be found at: https://www.ncsbn.org/SummaryofModificationstoNCLEX.pdf [Show More]

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