Key Takeaways Before Taking the NCLEX
The National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX-RN is an exam specifically designed for Nurses to gauge if they can start their practice as an entry-level nurse. The NCLEX-RN is mainly testing the application of one’s nursing knowledge from what is taught in the classroom. The participant will be tested in the use of their critical thinking and nursing judgments.
The NCLEX-RN questionnaire uses an organised framework in four major Client Needs Categories:
Safe and Effective Care Environment
The questions for the Safety and Infection Control category includes Accident Prevention, Error Prevention, Hazardous Materials, Surgical Asepsis, Standard Precautions, and the Use of Restraints.
In the Management of Care subcategory, the questions involve Advanced Directives, Advocacy, Case Management, Client Rights, Concepts of Management, Confidentiality, Continuity of Care, Quality Improvement, Delegation, Establishing Priorities, Ethical Practice, Informed Consent, Legal Responsibilities, Referrals, and Supervision.
Promotion and Maintenance of Health
The questions for this category include Coping Mechanisms, Grief and Loss, Mental Health Concepts, Spiritual Influence on Health, Sensory/Perceptual Alterations, Stress Management, Support Systems, Therapeutic Communication, Chemical Dependency, Behavioral Interventions, Crisis Intervention, Coping Mechanisms, End of Life Care, and Family Dynamics.
This category deals mainly with Coping Mechanisms, Grief and Loss, Mental Health Concepts, Spiritual Influence on Health, Sensory/Perceptual Alterations, Stress Management, Support Systems, Therapeutic Communication, Chemical Dependency, Behavioral Interventions, Crisis Intervention, Coping Mechanisms, End of Life Care, and Family Dynamics
As for the Physiological Integrity category, questions include:
1. Basic Care and Comfort such as Nutrition and Oral Hydration and Personal Hygiene
2. Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies such as Intravenous Therapy and Medication Administration
3. Reduction of Risk Potentials such as Potential for Complications from Surgical Procedures and Health Alterations, as well as Therapeutic Procedures
4. Physiological Adaptation such as Medical Emergencies, Pathophysiology, and Unexpected Response to Therapies.
There are also two types of NCLEX Exams. The first one NCLEX-PN (practical nurse) for holders of practical nursing or vocational nursing. Those who completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing are to take the NCLEX-RN.
In Australia, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) grants the NCLEX-RN and decides who needs to take the exam. This exam is taken by internationally educated nurses pursuing to be a registered nurse in Australia.
If you’re an international nurse desiring to work in Australian setting and secure the registered nurse qualifications, ETEA’s OBA Program or Outcome Based Assessment is made available to you. This program will help prepare internationally qualified nurses like you for the successful completion of the Outcome Based Assessment for Australian Registered Nurses, and to enable overseas and newly registered qualified nurses to attend a supervised and supported clinical placement in an Australian health care setting pre OSCE assessment.