Rank #1: Ep181: A&P: 9 Common Cardiac Medication Classes
Rank #2: Ep165: A&P: Hemodynamic Parameters (CVP, PAWP, CO, and more awesome acronyms) (cardiac)
Hemodynamics can be tough. . . simply because there are so many interdependent factors that a nurse needs to know. In this episode I share some of the KEY parameters the nurse should know as well as provide a free … Continued
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Rank #3: Hierarchy of O2 Delivery (ventilation, nasal cannula, cpap, bipap and more)
PODCAST TRANSCRIPT: Hey everybody. This is Jon with Nrsng.com. Today I just want to talk about a couple of the different methods of oxygen delivery systems that we have available for our patients. There will be a chart available … Continued
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Rank #4: Ep3: Stroke 101 (Ischemic vs Hemorrhagic Stroke)
This podcast covers Ischemic vs Hemorrhagic Stroke and discusses some of the current treatments and difference between these two types of stroke. PODCAST TRANSCRIPT: Welcome to the NRSNG Podcast number two, Stroke 101. As always, this podcast is meant for educational … Continued
Rank #5: So You Want to Be a Nurse? (How Hard is Nursing School . . . Really) [plus free download]
Are you cut out to be a nurse? Wondering how hard is nursing school? What are the nursing school prerequisites and do they matter? If you are asking yourself these questions, we can help! NRSNG is a team of nurses … Continued
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Rank #6: Just 5 Minutes for an Accurate Head to Toe Nursing Assessment
Nursing assessments are a vital part of learning how to be a great nurse. It’s a skill that can be very difficult to learn because as you learn all these different assessments you realize that as you start to put … Continued
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Rank #7: Walk Out of the NCLEX® Exam Feeling Like You Just Took a 1st Grade Spelling Test
5 Things You Need To Know About the NCLEX®
You’ve just spent thousands and potentially 10’s of thousands of dollars on your nursing school, sacrificed a ton of time and worked harder than ever to get through nursing school but there is still one GIANT hurdle in your way…NCLEX®.
Trust me, I’ve been where you are. I know the feelings of extreme anxiety and pressure when preparing for the NCLEX® knowing that those 5 letters stand in the way of me achieving my dream and becoming a nurse.
Below are some tips that will help you understand a little bit better how the NCLEX® works, what you will be tested on and what you can do to feel ultra confident come NCLEX® test time.
1.) The NCLEX® is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)
What this means is that the test follows a computer algorithm that constant adjusts the test and your questions based on how you’re scoring. The reason for this is so that the test can accurately gauge your knowledge based on the preset passing standards of the test. Sounds confusing but it essentially means question #2 is based on how you answered question #1 and so on through the entire test. No two nursing students will ever get an identical test.
2.) The NCLEX® is based on a Passing Standard
The NCSBN is who administers the NCLEX® and determines the passing standard for it. This passing standard is essentially a line and students who score above the line are considered passing and get to become a nurse and students below that line fail and don’t become a nurse. The NCLEX® is totally independent of how many questions you took, how long it took you etc. All the test cares about is whether or not you are above or below this passing standard.
3.) 95% Confidence Interval
You might be wondering what the heck a 95% Confidence Interval is and rightfully so. The 95% confidence interval is how confident the NCSBN is that you will answer the next question correctly. Obviously when you first start the test this confidence level is very wide because the test doesn’t know you very well yet.
However, as you go along and answer more questions the test learns about you and starts to understand your level of knowledge so that it can ultimately get to a point of 95% confidence that regardless of the next question the test throws out at you, you will answer correctly. Typically if you go well beyond 75 questions it’s because your confidence interval is constantly bouncing above and below the passing standard line. Meaning the test isn’t quite sure how you will do and is trying to figure you out.
If you go past 75 questions don’t panic! At the end of the day if you pass in 75 or 256 questions it doesn’t matter, you passed!
4.) 8 Question Categories on the NCLEX®
There are 8 types of question categories given on the NCLEX®.
- Management of Care
- Safety and Infection Control
- Health Promotion and Maintenance
- Psychosocial Integrity
- Basic Care and Comfort
- Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies
- Reduction of Risk Potential
- Physiological Adaptation
The biggest category where you will find a majority of your NCLEX® questions coming from is the Management of Care category. The reason for this is the NCSBN wants to see if you know how to manage different disease processes. In other words…are you going to kill someone? The NCLEX® is designed to determine if you’re going to be a safe nurse or a danger to yourself and others.
5.) Common Questions about the NCLEX®
We get tons of questions about the NCLEX® so below we will answer some of the most popular questions we receive.
Does the NCLEX® test you on generic names of medications or brand names of medications?
- The answer is generic, the NCLEX® only tests you on the generic names of medications so don’t learn Tylenol instead make sure you understand the nursing implications for Acetaminophen.
Do I get a test report of how I did?
- Unless you fail, the answer is no. If you do fail you will get a test report that simply tells you if you were passing, near passing or below passing in a category. If you do fail, my advice is to focus on the areas where you were near passing as they will be the easiest areas to improve upon.
Does the NCLEX® bold words?
- Yes, the NCLEX® will bold words like best, first, priority, select all that apply. Make sure to pay extra attention to these words as they will most likely be priority words in that question and may cause for test takers to easily miss a question if they don’t pay close attention.
Can I skip questions on the NCLEX®?
- No, you cannot skip questions. You must answer every question given to you until the test ends.
Now, would you like to know how you can get better at anything in life including taking the NCLEX®? Practice…I know, I know, it’s not maybe the fancy answer you were looking for but it’s true.
You can’t expect to be an expert skier your first time on the mountain. So why would taking the NCLEX® exam be any different?
If you want to dominate the NCLEX® exam on your first try, you’re going to have to put in some serious practice. While nursing test banks are good, they don’t really give you the actual experience of taking the exam – time limits, not getting the answers, testing environment, etc.
That’s one of the main reasons that we built our revolutionary NCLEX® simulator – SIMCLEX™. We wanted to help nursing students get an actual feel for how the NCLEX® exam would be to take in real life, and not just a series of practice questions.
A Few Questions For You…
- Are you completely confident that you’ll pass the NCLEX® exam on your first try?
- Do you know exactly what to expect on the exam itself (question types, your endurance to answer questions, etc.) ?
- Would you like to answer yes to both of those questions (and feel confident in that)?
I’ve been sitting exactly where you are today. You’re either in nursing school or have recently graduated, and are getting ready to take the NCLEX® exam.
Either way , you’ve just spend tens of thousands of dollars, and years of your life getting ready to finally become a nurse.The problem is there are just 5 letters standing in your way…
Let me introduce you to
Our patent pending – Real-Life NCLEX® Exam Simulator
6 Reasons Why SIMCLEX™ is the BEST Way to Prepare for the NCLEX® Exam
Adaptive Testing Algorithm
Unlike other “simulators” that just blast random questions at you, this actually increases and decreases in difficulty, based on which questions you got right and wrong, just like the NCLEX® exam. No one is doing this . . . because it is a HUGE task . . . and that’s why SIMCLEX™ is Patent Pending.
75 to 265 Questions, Time Limits, etc.
Just like the NCLEX® exam, SIMLCEX™ will show you anywhere from 75 questions, to the maximum 265, depending on how well you are scoring. Other simulators just show 75 no matter what. Plus we put the actual time limit on, so you can get a feel for the right tempo.
6,000+ Questions Vetted by 100,000’s of nursing students
Every question in our massive nursing test bank are written by NCSBN trained NCLEX® question writer and have been taken by 100,000’s of students. This not only makes SIMCLEX™ the largest nursing question bank – but also the most accurate practice exam for nursing students.
Detailed Analysis and Rationales on Past Tests
What good is taking a practice test if you don’t know what you did right and wrong? For every test you complete, we give you a detailed analysis of all the questions you got right and wrong, what the correct answers were, and the rationales behind those questions. Each rationale is highly detailed.
Alternate Format Questions
SIMCLEX™ will provide you with alternate format questions just like the real thing. SATA and image based questions so there are no surprises.
Know EXACTLY What to Study Next
One of the biggest things nursing students have loved about SIMCLEX™ is the NCLEX® and Nursing Category analysis of past tests, showing you which sections you did well on, and which ones you should concentrate more of your study time on.
Walk in to NCLEX® feeling fully confident you will pass with the most accurate NCLEX® predictor in the world.
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Rank #8: Ep206: What Medications Do I Need To Know As a Nurse?
We hear from students all the time that their nursing program is cutting the pharmacology course . . . This drives me CRAZY! Pharmacology is one of the biggest components of our job as nurses and it is vital that … Continued
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Rank #10: Ep14: 5 Nursing School Study Tips to Ace Your Way Through
Nursing school is a beast all its own. Learning how to study so that you can ace your classes can be a challenge. In this episode I offer 5 study tips that I used to graduate with a 3.8 and … Continued
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Rank #11: BiPAP vs CPAP (an overview of non invasive respiratory support for nursing students): settings, uses, difference
Let’s be honest . . . Ventilation can be a tough subject. I have said before, but the RT (respiratory therapist) should be your best friend on the clinical floor. Understanding the various modes of ventilation and which is best … Continued
Rank #12: Your Journey Through Nursing with Nurse Mo
Rank #13: 4 Steps to Master Critical Thinking in Nursing School
What is critical thinking?
Chances are you’ve heard about critical thinking over and over from your nursing instructors, read about it in text books and seen it on tests.
Has anyone actually shown you how to use critical thinking in a nursing setting? I break it down in 4 simple steps how you can master critical thinking.
This will not only serve you well in nursing school but also in your career as a nurse. We can all fall into ruts of assuming things prior to taking in all the available information even as practicing nurses.
If you apply these 4 steps to master critical thinking without prior judgement it will make you a better nurse and keep your patients safe.
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Rank #15: The S.O.C.K. Method for Mastering Nursing Pharmacology (our 4 step method)
Mastering Pharmacology is one of the most complicated, overlooked, yet ESSENTIAL components of being a well-rounded, safe nurse. One of our primary foci at NRSNG is teaching Pharmacology. While many nursing programs around the country are cutting Nursing Pharmacology from … Continued
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Rank #16: Ep37: How to Prepare for Nursing School: 4 Quick Tips
Resources discussed in this episode: Critical Thinking for Dummies VARK Questionnaire Trello I have been accepted into the BSN program and begin nursing school April 27. I am struggling with how to prepare for school. I don’t know what … Continued
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Rank #17: 39 Things Every Nursing Student Needs before Starting School [the ultimate list of “must-have” nursing school supplies]
Getting ready to start nursing school? Chances are you are feeling a dash of excitement, a pinch of overwhelm, and a whole lot of scared to death. That’s normal. Nursing school is a big step. Unfortunately, if you walk … Continued
Rank #19: Preload vs Afterload |Hemodynamics | Blood Pressure
What is Preload? The best way to think of preload is as a volume. Essentially, preload is the VOLUME of blood in the ventricles at the end of diastole. This is termed End Diastolic Volume (EDV), thus at the very … Continued
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