What is the NCLEX-RN exam?

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What is the NCLEX-RN exam?

Students exploring the option to go to nursing school should know that nursing school is not the end to being a nurse. It is your doorway to the NCLEX-RN exam. The NCLEX-RN exam is what makes you a licensed nurse.

History of the NCLEX-RN exam?

The NCLEX is the licensure exam every nurse must take to become a licensed registered nurse. It was founded in 1978 by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing. It was a pencil and paper test until 1994.

What specifically does the NCLEX-RN test?

The NCLEX-RN exam tests the nurse’s knowledge comprehensively  to guard the safety of the public. Every State has it’s own Board of Nursing. The NCSBN and Boards of Nursing work together to protect the welfare of the public with safe nurses, who have passed the exam before practicing.

The Boards of Nursing and NCSBN are constantly working together to understand the safety issues in healthcare. Together, they tackle this issue with the creation of different questions for nurses coming out of school.

Each student will have a different exam, and each student scores 50% of the questions correct, whereas the difficulty of the question is how the student passes. Each testing bank holds over 2,000 questions. For example, if you pass with 75 questions, you only get half of those right…some nurses pass with the 265 questions given.

When can a nursing student take the NCLEX-RN?

A nurse must complete an accredited nursing program before they can become eligible for the NCLEX exam. When the school sends the records to the State, then the Authorization to test will be given to the nurse by their State board, then the nurse can register for the NCLEX-RN exam. There is a specific time frame from the ATT to test time (about 60-365 days).

How should nursing students study for the NCLEX-RN exam?

Nursing schools are prepping nurses in every class they take for the NCLEX-RN. The NCLEX-RN exam questions are uniquely thought out and so are exam questions in nursing school. Review questions are available for testing as well as review courses for graduate nurses to take before their exam. Many nurses feel the exam prep helps.

How many nursing students do not pass?

For the NCLEX-RN, the national passing rate is 72.1%. Your school has to post how their passing rate is as well.

What if I don’t pass?

The testing center will retest you in 91 days from the last test date, depending on the State licensure board.

The NCLEX-RN is not an exam to roll off your shoulder. It is what makes you an OFFICIAL nurse. When you pass the exam, celebrate! It is something to be proud of!