Prioritize in the New Year!

I spent a little time enjoying the holidays, visiting family, and resting.  I hope you got a bit of a study break as well as they say, “all work and no play…makes us dull”.  Caregiver role strain is going to be an issue no matter what type of nursing job you take on and I […]

How is the NCLEX scored – in common English?

How is the NCLEX scored? So the NCLEX is actually an incredible test.  The academics and statistics behind how it scores is well-researched and very valid.  It is also pretty complex.  Let me try to explain… Firstly, be assured that your test is scored twice.  The computer where you take your test scores it and […]

Prioritizing in a Pediatric NCLEX question

On to another triage question, but this one involves pediatrics.   Do not forget about reviewing vulnerable populations such as pediatrics, obstetrics, the elderly, or the incarcerated for their unique clinical needs. A 4 year old Hispanic female presents to the Emergency Department (ED) with her Spanish-speaking parents.  She was born at 35 premature and her […]

Triaging in an NCLEX Question

So, back to the meat of the NCLEX – questions!  It is likely that you will see a cardiac triage question on the NCLEX as chest pain accounts for over 6 million visits to the Emergency Departments (ED) in the US annually, making it one of the most common complaints (McCaig, 2003).  This is definitely […]

My Testing Story

I remember the day I went to take the NCLEX.  Two years of hard work and study all culminating in one exam.  The sterile testing environment seemed like an appropriate place to start a career in healthcare.  Was I nervous, of course!  Becoming a nurse meant a lot to me and I think I would […]