After classes are finished and the graduation celebration is over, nursing students have one last exam standing between them and their first job—the NCLEXⓇ! In this short webinar, Kevin Gibson, BSN, RN (@thebootnurse) shares tried-and-true tricks for tackling those tricky NCLEX-style questions! And after, he’s even giving a few additional tips for taking the NCLEX.
Looking for a quick summary of Kevin’s tips? Here they are…
3 Tips for Tackling NCLEX-Style Questions
- TIP #1: When Answering a “First” Question, Think Systematically
- TIP #2: When Answering a “Best” Question, Consider What ONE Thing the Nurse can do for the Best Outcome and Leave
- TIP #3: When Answering a “Select All That Apply” Question, Read the Question, Read the Answers, Then Read the Question Again
If you don’t know, or you have to rationalize the answer, don’t pick it!
Kevin shares so much more content than his three tips, including these great tips for taking the NCLEX. Be sure to watch to the end!
Tips for Taking the NCLEX
- Always pay more attention to the modifying phrase than the original noun.
- When reading the question, pay close attention to who is stable and who is not stable.
- When reading the question, pay close attention to if a condition is chronic or acute.
- While practicing turn off the timer and counter. You aren’t in a rush.
- The NCLEX is an adaptive test. Critical-based questions are “above the line,” basic are considered “below the line.”
- Remember, you are not supposed to be perfect. You are supposed to know what every nursing student or entry-level nurse knows.
- If you don’t understand the question, read the answers. Then go back and read the original question. The answers will give you an idea of what the question is asking.
And, if you’re taking the NCLEX soon, be sure to check out these other resources.
NCLEX Prep Resources at the Click of a Mouse
4 Weeks to NCLEX Workbook & Study Planner
7 NCLEX® Exam Day Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making in Nursing School
How to Pass the NCLEX® the First Time [Updated for 2021]
Electric Electrolytes! A Picmonic for Nursing Student Resource for 2021
The Ultimate NCLEX® Checklist for Nursing Students
NCLEX Review: What are TORCH Infections?
Student to Student: My NCLEX® Preparation Process and Becoming an RN5
Videos Nursing Students Need to Watch Before the NCLEX®
How to Pass Nursing Exams: ATI, HESI and the NCLEX® [Updated for 2021]