Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Road to the NCLEX-RN

When you’ve been focusing on getting to end of your nursing degree, you may not have spent much time thinking about the steps between your BSCN and the NCLEX-RN. Luckily, we’ve laid them out for you here in one nice, tidy list.

First things first: Finish nursing school.

Easy peasy, right? Great, on to the next step, then.

Step two: Apply for eligibility

It’s now time to apply to the Association of Nursing in the province you wish to practice in, who will determine if you’re eligible to sit the NCLEX-RN. If you’re an Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN), then make sure you get assessed by the National Nursing Assessment Service first.

Step three: Register for the NCLEX-RN

Next, register for the NCLEX-RN either online or by phone with Pearson VUE, who administer the entry-to-practice exam in Canada.

You’ll receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) email, which will tell you within which dates you must sit your exam. It’ll also tell you your authorization number and candidate identification number. Important!

Step four: Make an exam appointment

Ideally, if you’re a student nurse, choose an exam date that’s not too long after your degree graduation. Remember, testing appointments can fill up quickly, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

Step five: Study, study, study

Begin studying between two and three months before your NCLEX-RN appointment. Sign up for a prep course, like PRIMED’s intensive two-day NCLEX-RN Prep course, to help structure your study plan and make sure you’ve got all your concepts covered.

A solid study plan is key to passing the NCLEX-RN, which can be as short as 75 questions or as long as 265, depending on how many correct answers you get.

Step six: Chill out the day before

Although it may be tempting to get in one last cram session the day before, your brain, and body, need a chance to relax.

Spend the day drinking plenty of water, and fill yourself with high-energy and vitamin-rich foods, like these ones recommended by BBC Good Food. Mediate, if that’s your thing.

Step seven: Own the NCLEX-RN

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s not a step to forget!