Today we are bringing some important facts to you. I recently did some research and I wanted to share with you the top five lowest NCLEX passing rates by states within the past year.
#5- Florida – We all know about Operation Nightingale and the recent scandal that took place with so many nursing schools with the state of Florida being one of the central locations. But it looks like it is definitely reflecting and showing in the NCLEX passing rates. Let us remember this is in the past year so one can only imagine what the numbers will look like once the Next Generation NCLEX arrives next month.
#4- Maryland – This one surprised me a little bit. I’ve been speaking with a number of individuals via Zoom who graduated from a nursing school in Maryland and they still haven’t passed many years later. it’s kind of scary because they often are not aware that they are not the only one.
#3- New York – Now one of the things that really separates New York from all the other states within the country is that they have an unlimited number of tries graduates can take the exam....more
Do you struggle with really grasping and understanding medical surgical nursing? I know I did. I am going to use this article to hopefully really help you to better understand how to learn and retain your understanding of medical surgical nursing.
Let’s get started.
The very beginning of really grasping med surg is making sure you really first understand the basics. A lot of times, the reason why you are struggling to retain different areas in med surg is because there are some holes in your foundation of the fundamentals behind nursing. Here are some examples of what I mean by this.
Fluid and Electrolytes
Part of really understanding medical surgical nursing is that you need to first grasp how fluid and electrolytes work. You want to know and learn different concepts such a osmosis and diffusion. This also ties into microbiology as well which is the study of microorganisms. Understanding fluid and electrolytes involves the movement of particles through the cell. When you understand this, it helps you to better understand why we do or do not do certain...more
Struggling to pass your NCLEX exam? Here is a list of 21 different things you can do to increase your chances of passing.
- Study with a partner
- Create a study plan
- Take notes when you listen NCLEX trainings
- Study nearly everyday
- Use visual aides
- Go to the library
- Keep your vision in front of you
- Don’t talk to negative people
- Join study groups where they post updates about the exam
- Attend a review class
- Study your weak areas
- Study anatomy and physiology
- Study pharmacology first
- Create flash cards
- Create audio flashcards
- Identify the pathophysiology of each disease pattern
- Use comprehensive books to supplement your learning
- Get tutoring
- Ask people to help you
- Keep a list of keywords
- Learn multiple strategies
It absolutely saddens me when I see other future nurses take their exam over and over again which causes them to lose their confidence and ability to become a great nurse. I DO NOT want to see that happen to you. I am here to help bridge that gap. I will outline the mistakes you MUST AVOID so you can take and pass your NCLEX exam the first time or if this isn’t your first time, the next time. So take your time and read this WELL and if you need to, read it over and over again.
Best of luck!
Mistake #1 – WAITING TOO LONG TO TAKE THE EXAM
One of the biggest mistakes that significantly reduces your chances of passing the NCLEX is purposely waiting a long time to schedule their NCLEX test date. How long is too long? Anything greater than four months from the time you graduated your program is too long. Take it as soon as you comfortably feel you can take the exam. The sooner you take the test, the greater your chances are of passing.
Mistake #2- FAILING TO APPLY YOUR LEARNING TECHNIQUES
Do you know how you best learn? How you best retain information? Are...more
For the NCLEX exam, it is important that you not only just know the different organs in the body but you really understand how it relates to the role of the nurse.This is the main general point to mastering the body systems on the exam.In this article, I will discuss six major organs you must know for the NCLEX exam.
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It’s important that you understand not only what the brain does but the purpose of each lobe and how it effects the patient if it is damaged.Main Role: Maintains the neurological and mental health of the patients. Effects coordination and balance, speech, ability to swallow.Abnormalities in the brain would need to monitor their level of consciousness. Ex: autonomic dysreflexiaTHE HEART
For the heart, you need to understand how blood flows through the heart, what is the electrical conduction system and what are some common heart conditions.Main Role:...more
With so many questions regarding what one should study for the NCLEX, I thought it would be a good idea to take particular areas of study and highlight some of the disorders associated with them. Today, I would like to share with you five pediatric disorders you need to know for the NCLEX.
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1. PYLORIC STENOSIS IS VERY COMMON AMONG INFANTS.Pyloric stenosis is a narrowing of the opening (pylorus) from the stomach to the small intestine. anatomical locations the pylorus. stomach of the human. Vector illustration for biology, scientific, and medical use.
Normally, food passes easily from the stomach into the first part of the small intestine through the pyloric sphincter. With pyloric stenosis, however, the muscles of the pylorus are thickened, which prevents the stomach from emptying into the small intestine properly.SymptomsThe most...more
To med surg or not to med surg? That is the question.
While you were in nursing school, did people often tell you that MUST start on a Medical Surgical floor once you finish school?
Did they emphasize how important it is to start on this floor and without it you stand very little chances of becoming successful?
Well I am here to tell you that this is completely untrue. Medical Surgical nursing is a good floor for many new graduates but however it is not necessary for your success.
If you are fortunate enough to already know what type of specialty you want to go into once you finish nursing school then please by all means do it. Follow your PASSION.
Nursing is not an easy career so if you can find something about it you already enjoy then go with your gut. Your passion will lead to your success.
The reason why Medical Surgical nursing is usually recommended is because it provides a general foundation of what nursing is. You pretty much see everything on this kind of floor. You work with post op patients, patients with chronic illnesses, elderly...more
Becoming a nurse is definitely a journey. Depending on the career path that you choose to take, there can be some hurdles to finally becoming and succeeding as a nurse. Inside this article, we will discuss eleven different resources that you must obtain to succeed as a nurse.
#1- Accredited nursing programs with high NCLEX passing rates
One of the mistakes many aspiring nurses make before they even start their journey is not doing the necessary research required so they can be positioned for success later. It’s so important that you honestly take the time prior and review and research all the nursing schools that you want to attend and make sure they have great passing rates; ideally 80-90% and above. Don’t look at the cost to attend the program, focus on if people are even successful with becoming a nurse. Trust me, it will save you thousands of dollars in the long run. I have seen people who have wanted to say money on attending a really low cost program without doing all their research, but ended up paying for it later with years and years without a nursing license...more
Here are some free comprehensive nclex questions for you to practice with. Questions are ideal for both NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN
An elderly patient is found lying on the floor of his hospital room. The patient was on fall precautions. Which of the following actions is most appropriate for the nurse to take first in this situation?
- Assess the patient for any injuries
- Notify the patient’s physician
- Ask another staff member to assist you to get the patient back into bed
- Ask the patient why he tried to get up without assistance
Correct Answer: 1
Using the nursing process, the first action the nurse should carry out is to completely assess the patient for injuries and any other changes in their condition in order to provide any nursing interventions that may be needed, such as applying pressure to bleeding, immobilizing a possible broken joint, etc. The nurse should definitely notify the patient’s physician, however it is not the first action that should be taken. The nurse should also seek assistance for help in getting the...more