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What’s the Worst That Could Happen If You Fail the NCLEX?

So we all learned how to treat patients with high anxiety while we were in psych class.  Ask them “what’s the worst thing that will happen” if their anxiety or fears were to manifest into reality.  Sometimes reality is not as bad as it seems.  Typically, then the patient can see how they could deal…

The Distribution of NCLEX Questions on the RN vs. PN Exams and WHY

Although the categories on the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN are the same except for Management of Care vs Coordinated Care, their distribution is different. What I mean by that is the percentage of questions on the test devoted to each category is unique by test.  Why is this so? Each test is based on surveys that…

The NCLEX and Moving Between States – An Easy Guide

Congratulations!  You are nearing or are done with nursing school and many people take that opportunity to seek out a new home in a different state than they went to school in for a variety of reasons.   But this can bring up some obvious questions such as … If I took the NCLEX here and…

Getting Back into Nursing – Do You Need to Retake the NCLEX?

So that is actually a tricky question.  Have you let your license lapse? Or do you still have a current RN/PN license? If you have kept at least one state license current, then you do not need to retake the NCLEX.  If, however you let your RN/PN license expire then the answer might be yes. …

When a Simulated Patient Can Tug on Our Hearts

A popular part of nursing education today is becoming the hours that one spends in a simulation lab filled with human-like manikins built to replicate scenarios.  This can allow nurses to get hands-on experience with complex situations before treating patients encountering those situations. As an educator, I have spent countless hours in simulation lab.  I…