Studying for the NCLEX can be intimidating. Especially once you see how thick review books can be and knowing that not all content would appear in the exam. Don’t worry though, I got here 9 studying tips (same things I did before) that you can apply to pass the NCLEX.

1. Discover your study style

People have different study styles as our fingerprints differ from one another. Some people might need complete silence while others enjoy and more effectively digest information while listening to Taylor Swift. I know people who need a study buddy and I also know a lot of people who’re more inclined to study on their own. There are also people who study better in the morning than at night, and otherwise.

Before you plan on reviewing for the NCLEX, take a sweet time figuring out your study style. This will help you better gather and store information rather than just running your way through every topic you’ll study.

2. Segment your studies into sections

Cramming for exams? We’ve all been there – but it’s not for everyone!

Segmenting your studies into sections or taking it piece by piece will help you avoid procrastination. Aside from that, studies suggest that retention of information after an all-nighter is very low. This will also inhibit your mind from running in full capacity since you’ll be exhausted because you were up all night.

Having a study plan that breaks out sections into pieces will help you feel less overwhelmed. This will also help you get full control of what material you’ll be studying and will give you a better chance of passing the exam.

No test coming up? Great! You can schedule at least an hour a day to study. Since there isn’t a cloud hanging over your head pressuring you, you’ll be able to retain more information compared to cramming the day or night before.

3. Limit distractions

This, by far, is the most demanding study tip to follow. We’re at a point where anywhere we look, we see screens. We are all addicted to our gadgets!

When was the last time it took you an hour before looking at your phone to check if someone sent you a message? You can’t remember? If you ask me a question, I can’t remember either! Sometimes, you just look at it to check how much battery you’ve got left. You can’t focus on studying if you’re compelled to check your phone from time to time.

This small thing – our phones – is the new challenger when it comes to grabbing our attention. Do yourself a favor and leave it in the other room. Intentionally relocate anything that stops you from focusing on studying, and yes, that includes your cat.

It’s hard to study for anatomy with this distraction! from cats

4. Done with a chapter? Read it again!

When you go through a chapter for the first try, try not to highlight anything or don’t try to write down anything. Just skim through it. On your second read through, this is the time to write down notes, highlight important words, the time to focus on bolded words and phrases, words that are placed in boxes, and information that is drawn out or has a triangle next to it. (The triangle is an indication that this is important NCLEX information – do not forget about that.)

5. So, you’re really done with that chapter. Time for the practice questions!

As you go through the practice questions, remember to think and feel as if you’re actually taking the NCLEX. These practice questions aren’t just there to check how much knowledge about the questions you have so far, it can also serve as a simulation of the real thing!

Remember that training dummy from your CPR lessons? Yes. Pretend like it’s the real thing!

Read through the test questions carefully and narrow down your options using deductive reasoning to find the correct answer.

Do you think that the question you chose is logically correct? If your answer is yes, write down the reasons why you think it is and do not forget to note down key details as to why that answer is the right one.

6. Get a binder

Yes. Binders.

You will use this to store EVERY handwritten notes you have so you can easily pull them out whenever you need to look back on any important information.

7. Incentivize yourself

Who doesn’t love a reward?

Passing the NCLEX is the one true gift for someone who’s reviewing for the NCLEX, but giving yourself small things throughout your review will definitely boost your motivation. You can try to tell yourself that once you’re done doing three chapters, you’ll take yourself out for some Boba. You perfected the practice questions on chapter six? You deserve to get those earrings you found on Etsy.

Remember though, these incentives do not have to cost anything, okay? As long as it can help you get motivated to continue studying, just go for it!

8. Effectively plan your breaks

Break plans (including times where you’ll want to get good sleep) will be something to look forward to and will also help you avoid the want to slack off. When you’re done with two chapters, or if you’ve managed to successfully manage to answer a set of practice questions, take a break. You can also schedule a break at a specific time.

Keep in mind that these breaks SHOULD NOT take longer than 15 minutes since this will get you too far out of the zone.

You can also try moving around. Get outside and take a short walk. Getting your blood moving will help you keep your brain focused. Also, don’t forget to swing by the bathroom once you’re done. Studying without an empty bladder can be very distracting.

9. Do not be afraid to ask for help

Asking for help is something the hardest thing to do but take note, in studying, it is very important to ask for some.

There are a lot of places or people you can look for resources and ask for help that can help you succeed at the NCLEX.

You can ask a friend who is also an aspiring nurse, your roommate, or you can also enroll in tutoring lessons. Speaking of enrolling, FEUER nursing review offers a wide range of comprehensive review materials that can help you pass the NCLEX. Furthermore, you can ask someone else to read the practice questions for you or get someone that can help you understand a particular section you’re having a hard time understanding.

Aside from that, for foreign nurses, there are also specific NCLEX exam requirements that need to be completed so do not hesitate to ask for help to better understand those requirements.

Always keep in mind that we are all in this together!

That’s my 9 studying tips that also helped me pass the NCLEX. I hope it can do you good as it did for me!

Even If You Were Unsuccessful In Passing It For The Fifth Time

Yes, I know. It’s easy to feel defeated, especially when you’re reminded of failing the NCLEX five times. It might have even crossed your mind that nursing isn’t for you. Don’t beat yourself up. This exam is hard, and it only goes harder every year. Still, I guarantee you, it’s not the end of the world.

It’s probable that you might have missed something, you were overthinking, or you’ve over-evaluated yourself. Whatever the case may be, here’s your chance to prove to anyone, especially yourself, that you deserve to be called an RN!

Here are 6 tips that will help you (finally) pass the NCLEX.

1. Know Your Study Style

There are four types of learners: Visual learners, Auditory learners, Read/Write Learners, and Kinesthetic learners.

Since you’ve already passed the nursing school, you probably already know what kind of learner you are. In many cases, people tend to combine two, or three, or even all learning techniques to better understand what they are studying.

Drawing out sketches of the chambers of the heart or using color-coded medication classes will greatly help you better understand ideas if you’re a visual learner.

Listening to podcasts that talk about NCLEX or watching YouTube videos that showcase lectures online will also be effective if you’re an auditory learner.

Do you understand things better when people brainstorm with you? Organize a study group to discuss concepts together.

Having a hard time understanding complicated topics? Use visual materials that will help enhance attention and retain what you’ve studied.

Also, don’t just keep on reading what you’ve already read or keep on writing old notes – this isn’t 100% effective. What’s effective is to associate everything you’ve learned and relate it to every clinical experience you got from school. Trust me, you’ll have a lightbulb moment every time you get to connect a dot to another.

2. Create a study plan

Committing to the preparation before reviewing or studying will help you win half the battle that’s why you need to plan how you will study.
Formulate a schedule where you will pick days that you will study when you’ll take a break and days where you’ll be taking practice exams.
It’s also a great help to create a goal before every study session. Here’s an example:
Do a checklist that will state that your goal for the Monday afternoon study is to master a specific topic, followed by doing 20 practice questions about said topic.
Does it sound complicated? No! Because having a study plan will help you properly start your review.
Having no study plan is going to be a complete waste of time and WILL NOT help you succeed in passing the NCLEX. It doesn’t matter how many hours you put in on studying, it will always be about how you use those hours.

3. Do not Self-Evaluate Before or During the Test

This might be the fourth, sixth, or seventh time you’re taking the test. By now, you should know that assuming that there will be easy questions will not help. What you need to do is to just focus on every question that will come. Aside from that, you need to understand that what might be easy for you may be complicated for someone else. Keep in mind that every question that appears is as important as the next.

 

4. Look Into Investing in Test Prep Resources

Investing in effective practice examination books and/or enrolling in a classroom review course is a must and a worthwhile investment to pass the NCLEX. Feuer Nursing Review offers comprehensive review materials that can help you put this examination in the bag.

Exam companies, including Feuer, can provide noteworthy guides that can help you prepare for NCLEX. It won’t also hurt to spend extra time browsing the internet for other guides that will best suit your review needs.

5. Keep on Honing Your Test-Taking Skills

Knowing how the test is written and knowing what the correct answers are is what NCLEX is. Strategizing is important when taking this test.

Before choosing an answer, try to eliminate wrong answers first. “Extremes” like NONE or ALL answers should be avoided, and whatever happens, always make sure to put patient safety first.

Practicing these techniques will help you notice the ideas in the answers:

Assess the patient first, always. Calling for a doctor isn’t always the best thing to do. Use the Airway-Breathing-Circulation approach, etc.

If you’re having a hard time coming up with an idea about a concept or topic, use deductive reasoning. If it doesn’t work, you could always rely on your “nurse intuition”.

You will for sure, meet the dreading select-all-that-apply questions. Don’t panic. You can always use the same approach we have discussed to remove wrong answer choices using your knowledge and by investigating the wording of answers.

6. Find a way to completely manage your stress

Test anxiety is real. It’s possible that no one had told you or you didn’t know about it on the first few times you have taken the test. That’s why you had a hard time taking it. Don’t worry though, for everybody, especially for nervous test takers, there’s a way to completely manage your stress.

Prepare for the examination with focus and determination but do not make it bigger than your life. It’s vital to still make sure that there’s a test-life balance in the days, weeks, or months leading up to the examination.

Schedule activities in your days to do something fun, get proper sleep, and exercise. Doing this will help you keep a balance – your mind won’t build stress when you do this.

Say that the test is only a day or hours away, DO NOT cram information. Doing that will only make things worse. You need this time to relax, to calm, and to clear your mind. Do something that will help you stay grounded. Cook a hearty breakfast, listen to your favorite music tracks, go on a run. Do anything that will help soothe and calm your senses.

Also, the best way to lessen getting anxious before the test is to study and review properly. Knowing your study style and planning how you will study are ways to make sure that you’ve taken information appropriately. Trust me, NCLEX won’t seem frightening when you feel confident that you’ve done your review properly.

As we find ourselves in Black History Month, it is important to recognize the outstanding contributions Black Nurses have made. Mary Seacole, Harriet Tubman, and Mary Eliza Mahoney are 3 people who championed the nursing profession.

Mary Seacole (1805- 1881)

When you think of the Crimean War, you usually think of Florence Nightingale. Of course, this fantastic nurse had a significant impact on caring for those injured in the war, but other nurses were doing whatever they could to help. One example of this is Mary Seacole.

This British- Jamaican nurse travelled worldwide, taking on the challenge of nursing those who were stricken with cholera, particularly during an extensive outbreak in Panama.

She then applied for a nursing position during the Crimea war. However, she was turned down for this role. Mary still wanted to do whatever she could to help, which meant that she set up the British Hotel, catering to those soldiers who were sick or recovering from illness or injury.

Harriet Tubman (1822-1913)

As well as being a conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet also made a significant impact on the world of nursing too. Not only did she dedicate herself to looking after those people whom she had saved from a life of slavery, but she also served as a nurse in the Union army.

This role took her to South Carolina, whereby she tended to sick and wounded soldiers and continued to care for those who had recently been liberated from surgery. Harriet also set up the Harriet Tubman Home for Aged and Indigent Negroes, a safe place to live and be cared for.

Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926)

Although there were black nurses before her, Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first black woman to become a professionally licensed nurse in the US.

She decided to become a nurse aged 33 after spending 15 years working within the New England Hospital for Women and Children. Not only did she graduate within 16 months, becoming the first black woman to become a professionally licensed nurse, but she also wanted to make sure that she changed things for those who wanted to follow in her footsteps.

She championed nursing education and fighting the discrimination that women like her would feel. She even set up the National Association of Coloured Graduate Nurses, which looked to help other women like her move into their dream careers and change their lives.

 

These are just some of the nurses whose life work has continued to have a lasting impact on the world. We salute the Black nurses who are currently working and impacting our communities today.

Happy Black History Month!

 

It does not take a mathematician to realize why there is a current nursing shortage. At the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, where confusion was everywhere and treating the virus was in its infancy, nurses were pushed to their very limit. Long hours and endlessly contending with the possibility of losing patients at an alarming rate is a lot on any person. Eventually, it took its toll on the nurses, doctors, and all hospital staff. With so many individuals treated for the virus, many nurses began to contract the virus themselves, leading to further absences and quarantines of those we leaned on most. The nursing shortage of 2021 can be clearly seen and felt everywhere, but the actual numbers speak for themselves.

Statistics on 2021 Nursing Shortage
Nurses across the nation are ranked by state, and generally, we need one nurse for every 1,000 residents. That might sound like a lot for one individual, but keep in mind, every person is not sick at all times, so nurses are not taking care of 1,000 patients at once. It is just a statistic that makes it easier to see if and where there is a shortage.
One of the more striking issues with the nursing shortage of 2021 is how it affects states individually. For instance, California is the primary state where the nursing shortage is considerable. Their current nurse supply is 343,400, with a demand of 387,900 according to the 1,000 residents for every nurse model. That means there is a current shortage of 44,500 nurses in California. The next highest is Texas, with a lack of 15,900 nurses, and New Jersey, with a nurse deficit of 11,400. (https://www.ncsbn.org/1237.htm)

What Aspiring Nurses Need to Know
Nursing is a calling, and when you hear that call, no other job on the planet will match the satisfaction you will feel from becoming a nurse. However, a nursing degree is not an easy thing to achieve. Nurses take most of the same courses a doctor will take. It can be a lot to take on, but the rewards of achieving your goals are unparalleled. Here are just a few things to keep in mind when you begin your nursing school journey.

Workload Overload
One of the main complaints from nursing students is the intense amount of work involved in nursing. There are a lot of courses, and workloads in those courses can be a lot to contend with. However, it is essential that you prioritize your time appropriately to ensure you do not fall behind. Schedule out your workload throughout the day, and do not try to cram for each exam.

Comprehension Over Grades
Grades are important in nursing school, and you should always strive to do your very best, but grades cannot make up for the need for comprehension. Comprehension is where you make your most significant impact. You must understand the concept of the work to ensure you pass the tests.

Reading is Essential
If you are not a reader, you may find it difficult in nursing school. Students must read and study definitions, procedures, case studies, and countless other entities, so be ready to read a lot before signing up.

You Will be Busy
Nursing is not a walk-in-the-park career. The end goal is the ability to take care of others. Understandably, Nursing school is a hectic place with minimal downtime.

Clinicals Do Not Start Right Away
One of the main misconceptions about nursing school is the notion of going straight into clinicals. You will not go right into clinicals. Your instructors want to lay a firm foundation before you are placed in clinicals. Fundamentals are vital in nursing school.

Help Passing the NCLEX
Upon graduating, you will be put to the test, literally with the need to pass the NCLEX. Studying on your own can be a challenge; many students need a little boost to help them do their very best on this important exam. Feuer Nursing Review has been instrumental in helping students pass the NCLEX since 1971, and they want to be there for you as well. Whether you want to become an RN or an LPN, Feuer Nursing Review is there for you. FNR’s study program helps you manage time and understand essential concepts through an easy-to-understand format.

Feuer’s Live Online Review Program gives you the best of both worlds! It consists of 4 days of live online review via Zoom and is followed by 2 months of a self-paced online review. To learn more, please refer to these two links:

Live Online NCLEX-RN Review: https://www.feuernursingreview.com/live-online-nclex-review/

Live Online NCLEX-LPN Review: https://www.feuernursingreview.com/nclex-lpn/

If you prefer a more self-paced review, Feuer Nursing Review offers an online course with flexible subscriptions.

Self-Paced Online NCLEX-RN Review: https://feuernursingreview.teachable.com/p/nclex-rn-online-course

Self-Paced Online NCLEX-LPN Review: https://feuernursingreview.teachable.com/p/nclex-lpn-online-course

Once you have completed their course, you will be ready to take on the NCLEX with a newly found confidence.

For those seeking the rewarding career of nursing, there is a lot of work involved, but the rewards are endless. Right now is the perfect time to invest in a nursing career when so many states are seeing a significant shortage. Make a difference in the world with a career in nursing, and let Feuer Nursing Review help prepare you for your NCLEX today.

Congratulations to All the New Nursing Graduates on This Noteworthy Achievement!

Choosing a career in nursing was an important decision. It is one that not simply affects you, as an individual, but many others as well. The long hours associated with a nursing program were daunting, but rest assured, all your hard work was extremely worth all the effort.

A Series of Demands

The intention of helping people is largely the reason most students pursue a nursing career. Where that is a noble goal, the demands placed on nursing students can sometimes make the efforts feel fruitless. The high demands of classes, tests, and clinicals, in the later stages of the program were overwhelming, but you overcame all of the obstacles and endured the stresses of nursing school Thankfully, nursing school graduates like you have a lot of options, so you can pursue your individual passion. Here are just a few of the many specialties you can choose from as a successful nursing graduate.

 

Nurse Anesthetist

Generally, a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) requires general nursing experience of 2 years along with a BSN before you can be accepted into a Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Anesthesia Program (CRNA Program). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a nurse anesthetist in the US earns a median salary of $174,790 per year.

Nurse Practitioner

One of the fastest growing careers these days is a nurse practitioner. Growth in this specific nursing sector has gone up 25% in recent years. These individuals work directly alongside physicians and in certain areas, Nurse Practitioners are allowed to open up and practice out of their own offices independently. For a Nurse Practitioner, an RN license, and an MSN degree are required. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a nurse practitioner in the US earns a median salary of $109,820 per year.

Travel Nurse

If you are an individual that loves to travel, a Travel Nurse may an excellent option for you. These individuals are deployed when needed to a variety of medical facilities and hospitals that have a short term need for qualified nurses. An RN, BSN, and two years nursing experience is often required for a travel nurse and rest assured, you will be needed in a range of different areas as this sector has shown growth of 20% in the past 10 years. According to ziprecruiter.com, a travel nurse in New York earns a median salary of $108,811 per year. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, in New York City, a travel nurse can earn up to $10,000 per week or $100,000 for a 13-week assignment (nurse.org).

Pain Management Nurse

Pain management is something essential to any medical environment and the Pain Management Nursing field has shown growth of 26% recently. To become a qualified Pain Management Nurse, you will have to have worked as an RN for at least 2 years and possess a BSN. Experience in pain management of up to 2,000 hours is a necessity as well. An exam is required once these requirements are certified. According to nurse.org, a pain management nurse in the US earns a median salary of $101,916 per year.

Critical Care Nurse

Among the most important nursing areas these days due to the COVID-19 Pandemic is Critical Care Nurses. These nurses contend with the most critical patients and work with a team of other nurses to provide the best care to each patient. Growth in this sector of nursing has been estimated at 16% over the past few years, but with Critical Care Nurses in high demand these days, expect that percentage to drastically rise. Critical Care Nurses should have at least 2 years of experience in critical care environments and a BSN along with any additional training to stay up to date on current evolving viruses to maintain relevant critical care. According to nurse.org, a critical care nurse in the US earns a median salary of $74,588 per year. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased need for critical care nurses, ICU nurses in New York City can earn at least $3,000 and up to $5,000 a week through job listings in zipcruiter.com and indeed.com.

 

But, Is it All Worth It?

Absolutely! You should never truly second guess your chosen nursing career. Nurses are extraordinarily valuable these days with the rate of COVID-19 taking over the planet. Nurses are instrumental in providing people with the necessary comfort, care, and compassion while their family is unable to visit. Nurses are the heroes of the era. Without the care of qualified nurses doing their duty on a daily basis, we would not make it far during this current pandemic.

Now is the time to take on the nursing world and reach your full potential. Take advantage of advancement opportunities and invest your time in learning as much as you can about your chosen profession. Nurses are always in demand and avenues to pursue your individual goals within the nursing field is wide open, so take time, figure out what you want to achieve, and go for it!

Feuer Nursing Review wishes you a successful and fulfilling nursing career!

Nursing is a great career choice that can be fulfilling and challenging, especially in the times we live in today. These unrecognized heroes have the opportunity to touch countless lives. For those that seek this profession, the NCLEX is a necessary step to get your Nursing license. If you have already taken the NCLEX and have yet to pass this challenging exam, do not worry. You are not alone as the complexities of the NCLEX-style questions lead many students to fail the test the first time. At Feuer Nursing Review, we want you to feel encouraged to try again with a different approach. Let us help you make your dreams of success a reality!

 

What Is Feuer Nursing Review?

Feuer Nursing Review is a comprehensive NCLEX®-RN/LPN review course. We have been helping thousands of students in getting their license since 1971. We have a range of options to help you learn in a way that fits your schedule. Live lectures, audio lectures, online courses, and stand-alone study books can assist you in preparing for this especially important exam. Utilizing our expertise for the NCLEX will help you be better prepared for the test than simply studying on your own.

 

Benefits of Feuer Nursing Review

Clarity – Going it alone for the NCLEX can leave you feeling as if you are missing something and truthfully, unless you are using Feuer Nursing Review, you are. We provide clear explanations of content and its applications to nursing practice to help you better understand the concept rather than simply memorizing monotonous facts.

Knowledge Base – At Feuer Nursing Review, you are not merely using a standard study style for the NCLEX, but a comprehensive curriculum proven to build a strong foundation on which to build knowledge. This enables you to study more efficiently and effectively to pass the test.

Simplicity – Too many learning prep courses these days have an overly complicated system. With Feuer Nursing Review, content is broken down into smaller, easy to manage sections by our professors. We find that by breaking the curriculum down into sections ensures the student retains more of the knowledge being presented.

Time Management – Our study plan within our program are not meant to push the student to difficult levels, but rather help them manage time more efficiently. Smaller goals set throughout the program help you achieve more while keeping you on track for the duration of the program.

Study Plan – Our study plan helps you manage mental clutter and prioritize concepts necessary for review. With our schedule you will find that your test anxiety drastically reduces as we help you remain flexible while learning all you need to know for the NCLEX.

Flexibility – With Feuer Nursing Review, you have the ability to study at your own pace making it easier than ever before to gain knowledge while keeping up with your routine.

Accessibility – Accessibility is easy with Feuer Nursing Review as we provide the ability to connect and learn from anywhere with a good internet connection.

 

Success Stories

At Feuer Nursing Review, we are not merely a company based on facts and figures, but proven results. We have many success stories dating back to 1971, but here are just three of them.

 

Camilla

Camilla was on her third attempt at the NCLEX in Florida and failure of the exam in the state requires the student to enter into a remedial program, so Camilla was understandably nervous as she had already failed the NCLEX twice. However, a few weeks before the test, she decided to attend the Feuer Nursing Review. This time, Camilla passed thanks to the helpful hand of Feuer Nursing Review! We are proud to see what you will accomplish in the future Camilla!

 

Nakeisha

Like Camilla, Nakeisha was on her third attempt at the NCLEX RN exam. Her two previous attempts were failures largely due to lack of a credible learning system. As Nakeisha had previously used other NCLEX prep courses, she had yet to try Feuer Nursing Review. Finally, Nakeisha had found an avenue to success through the focus on strategy and providing a secure foundation for quality learning. Nakeisha passed with 75 questions thanks to Feuer Nursing Review.

 

Emmalyn

Many students fail the NCLEX time and time again. For Emmalyn, that failure began to take its toll when she failed not once or twice, but a total of 4 times before finding success. Feuer Nursing Review was the key that allowed Emmalyn to finally find success when she had all but given up hope. Studying with our system allowed Emmalyn to begin to understand the concepts and ultimately relax before the test secure in her knowledge of what she had learned. She encourages all students to believe in their dreams and even after countless failures, to never give up.

These are just a sampling of the many success stories we have at Feuer Nursing Review. Our proven system can help anyone pass the NCLEX no matter how many attempts you have made in the past. We want to see you succeed in your goals and ask you to give us a try. We believe in you and through our program, you will believe in yourself as well and pass the NCLEX once and for all. 9 out 10 former students were referred to Feuer Nursing Review by a family member, friend, or coworker who took our review course and passed the test. Contact Feuer Nursing Review and get started on your road to NCLEX success!

Congratulations! You have passed and conquered the NCLEX which is a monumental victory. You are one step closer to fulfilling your dreams as a nurse! Many of our former students have shared their success stories and their tips on how they were able to get a job. Here are 5 tips you can use to find a job after passing the NCLEX. 

  1. Identify your passion

Although you know that you want to be a nurse, Nursing offers plenty of opportunities in different clinical settings. You could be a nurse in a hospital, a nursing home, a doctor’s office, or your local school. The first step before conducting your job search would be to identify your passion. 

  1. Conduct your job search

Search engines will be your primary tool to conduct your job search. You can start your search in Google. You could narrow your search using “job search websites,” such as Indeed.com or Nurse.com. 

Take note of the qualifications needed for each position. Some positions may require at least 1-2 years of work experience. Others may require BLS/AED Certification or require a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). 

  1. Prepare your resume

Preparing a succinct and clean resume is important as it presents your background and skill. It is used to communicate your value to potential employers. You must include the following:

You should also use key words that pertain to the position that you are applying for. Be sure to keep it clean and simple. Simplicity is key to perfection!

  1. Apply for the position and submit your resume

Once you complete your resume, you are now ready to submit it. A common misconception is that a resume is the tool that lands you the job. Actually, a resume helps you schedule an interview. Keep your options wide to increase your chances of success. 

  1. Contact Staffing Agencies

Reaching out to staffing agencies can greatly alleviate your anxiety and frustration in your job search. Staffing Agencies will do the heavy lifting for you. Agencies such as RNexpress and New Staffing Agencies can help you land your first job. The main advantage is they will hire you without previous working experience. They will train you and place you in a Nursing home. This is a great benefit considering that most institutions will not hire you without working experience.

Are you an internationally-educated nurse, or know someone, who is interested in becoming a Registered Nurse in the United States?

If so, this is important for you to know!

Like all aspiring nurses, regardless of educational background, everyone has to take the NCLEX®. 

Here are five steps you must take to qualify for the NCLEX®-RN.

  1. Apply for a nursing license with a U.S. State Board of Nursing 
  2. Evaluate your Nursing Qualifications with the CGFNS, IERF, or ERES.(depending on the state that you chose for Step #1)
  3. Pay the Fees for the Application
  4. Wait for your Authorization to Test (ATT)
  5. Select an NCLEX Test Center

If you want to know more about the process or what to do for each step, don’t worry! We will be cover each step in detail throughout the month. Stay tuned!

  1. Complete an Accredited Registered Nursing Program

Your first step into becoming a Registered Nurse is to complete an accredited registered Nursing program. There are many degrees that you can complete to be an RN, such as: an RN Diploma, Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree, and an Accelerated Nursing Program for aspiring nurses who have completed a Bachelor’s Degree. The fastest way to become a Registered Nurse is an RN Diploma and an Associate’s Degree (ADN). Both degrees often take 2 years to complete. However, most RN Diplomas are offered online or technical schools; they are also hospital-based, while ADN programs are often given by colleges. A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) often takes 4 years to complete. Lastly, an Accelerated Nursing Program can take 12-18 months to complete. However, you should always check your state Board of Nursing educational requirements to be a Registered Nurse.

  1. Optional: For Foreign Educated Nurses, Take the CGFNS

If you completed an Registered Nursing program in another country, you must complete the CGFNS®’s Certificate Program. The Certificate Program includes the CGFNS® Qualifying Exam, a credentials evaluation of secondary and nursing education and registration, and an accepted English language proficiency exam. Once you have completed the Certificate Program, you can now take the NCLEX®!

  1. Register for the NCLEX®

The NCLEX® is a state licensure exam to be a Registered Nurse. Before you can take the NCLEX, you will need an Authorization to Test (ATT). You would need to apply to your board of nursing to get an ATT; you will also need to register with Pearson Vue. After registering and paying the fee for the NCLEX®, you will receive your Authorization to Test.

  1. Pass the NCLEX®

After registering for the NCLEX®, you need to prepare for it. While the national pass rate in 2017 for all types of candidates is 72.11%, the NCLEX® is not an easy test. It is recommended to take at least 2-3 months to review for the NCLEX-RN®. The NCLEX-RN® exam is a computerized adaptive test (CAT), which means the computer selects questions based on your ability and competence as demonstrated on your answer to the previous question.

Most of the questions on the NCLEX-RN/LPN are written at the application and analysis level. Test questions integrate the nursing process and the four client needs.

NCLEX®-RN/LPN questions will be presented in a variety of formats such as multiple choice, multiple response, fill-in-the-blank, calculation, drag and drop, and/or hot spot.  Questions may include multimedia such as charts, tables, graphics, sound and video.

 

It is important that you plan your review wisely. It can be overwhelming to prepare for the NCLEX-RN® alone; thus, it is suggested that you sign up for a review course to help you with your preparations for the NCLEX.

  1. Find an employer

Once you have passed the NCLEX, you must find an employer. Apply to vacancies in your local hospital, clinic or nursing home. Staffing Agencies are a great tool and could help speed up your search for a job.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Anyone who has failed the NCLEX exam will agree it is a devastating experience. It might even shake your self confidence and hurt your self esteem. It is natural to feel shocked, insecure, and even depressed. However, you must build your courage, face your fears, regain your strength and find a way to persevere and try again!

Here are some tips on how to regain your self confidence:

  1. Reflect On Your Failure – What did you learn from the failure? What would you do differently next time? This reflection will help you gain clarity on what happened and what you can do to have better results the next time.
  2. Put It In Context – Failing the NCLEX doesn’t mean you are a failure. It only means you failed one exam. Remind yourself of all your past accomplishments. Failing this exam doesn’t define your character, intelligence, or your future.
  3. Build Your Skills – Once you have identified the areas you need to focus on, you can put together a plan to succeed.

You have the power to turn it around. Just like our friend Christian, here’s his story…