The National Council Licensure Examination is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice. What do you need to become eligible to take the NCLEX examination? • Nursing degree diploma • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate Some states require a CGFNS Certificate from nurses educated abroad before they can take the NCLEX-RN examination. • Passed TOEFL or IELTS exam What results do you need? IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with total score 6.5, spoken English – 7 Or TOEFL and TSE (Test of English as a Foreign Language and Test of Spoken English) : TOEFL with computer control result of 213 or on paper - 550; + TSE score of 50 So, you’ve got all the documents collected and translated. What’s next? In order to take the NCLEX examination, you must apply for nursing license from a state board of nursing. That board will determine whether or not you meet its criteria for NCLEX examination eligibility. How do I register to take the NCLEX examination? Once your state board of nursing has verified your eligibility to take the NCLEX examination, you will receive an Authorization to Take the Test (ATT), along with a list of testing centers and instructions for how to schedule an appointment to take the examination. What is the examination fee? As of January 2003, the fee is $200. What kind of test is NCLEX-RN exam? The NCLEX uses an interactive system called Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) The questions are being selected DURING the test, basing on your level of competence. It’s not possible to skip the question and to return to it later because of CAT. What kind of test is NCLEX-RN exam? There are 2 types of nurses’ licensing exams: NCLEX-RN and NCLEX. With NCLEX-RN passed you become a Registered Nurse, with NCLEX you become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Basically, questions are similar, but if you fail at NCLEX-RN the results may be accepted as for NCLEX if you have applied for both. Types of questions: The minimum number of questions that you will need to answer in order to meet adequate testing in each area of test plan is 75. Of these 75 questions, 60 will be real (scored) questions and 15 will be try-out (unscored questions). The tryout questions are questions that may be presented as scored questions on future NCLEX-RN examination. How can you get ready for the exam? 1. Study hard www.nclex-rn.net http://www.kaplan.com/ http://www.learningext.com/ http://nursing.mcphu.edu/excel/ http://www.rnexpress.com/ http://www.internetexam.com/ How can you have a success? 1. Study hard 2. Think 3. Be VERY attentive 4. Be lucky The nurse is caring for a client with a T5 spinal cord injury. The client complains of a severe headache and is feeling anxious. The nurse notes the client is sweating and is bradycardic and hypertensive. Which nursing intervention is most appropriate initially? 1. Check for bladder distention 2. Notify the physician 3. Medicate the client with an analgesic 4. Discuss the client’s feeling of anxiety If you fail the test: If you fail the test, your state board of nursing will mail you a diagnostic profile that will outline both the areas of knowledge in which your performance was satisfactory and the areas in which it was not. 20,4 32 27,4 90 Is it possible to retake the test? Yes, you may retake the test as many times as you need to. The National Council's policy dictates that you wait at least 91 days before retaking the test. Individual state boards may impose other, stricter requirements.