For the Nursing Student…NCLEX!?!?

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What are the NCLEX!?!?

Contrary to popular belief the NCLEX is not a rare endangered species of kangaroo from Australia. Simply put, it is a test. This test is the final test all nursing students will take after nursing school to becoming either a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. Those who pass will get their certification and those who don’t will have to retake the exam. Don’t let that scare you though, because after a 2 or 4-year degree you should be confident and ready for the challenge.

What does NCLEX stand for?

NCLEX stands for (National Council Licensure Examination)

There are two NCLEX examinations for Nurses. But don’t worry you only have to take the specific test that applies to your future nursing position.

To become a Registered Nurse (RN) you will take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination­-Registered Nurse). To get your certification as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a licensed vocational nurse you must take and pass the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination­-Practical Nurse)

Is the NCLEX on paper or on a computer?

The NCLEX exam is a computer-based test. This means there will be no sharpening of number 2 pencils to distract you.

How to prepare for the NCLEX?

Preparation is the key to passing the NCLEX. Preparation and cramming are two different things. Spending the last couple of weeks leading up to the exam studying like crazy will be necessary, but can only help so much. The good news is, after finishing your nursing program, you should have already learned everything you need to know for the NCLEX. This means if you truly learned it the first time you will only need to review what you already know before the test. Making sure to learn the material correctly in school will help when preparing for the NCLEX.

Begin answering practice questions early! Do not wait to answer practice questions until a week before the exam. You can never answer too many practice questions.

Why choose Tafford?

If you are entering nursing school for the first time or are returning to further your education Tafford has what you need. ScrubsLab Coats…. Stethoscopes… And more. Your school may require you to wear a certain brand of scrubs or specific color, Tafford can help.  Small retail stores carry small assortments but Tafford carries it all. If you can’t find what you need or have questions, give our customer service team a shout. They will be happy to assist you.




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