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Current LPN about to take RN-NCLEX

Ok I'm freaking out a bit right now. Im scheduled to take my RN NCLEX this Thursday (July 10). I have been an LPN for 4 years, went back to school for my AAS-RN degree and graduated in May. I guess my question is in comparison what can expect on the RN NCLEX. I passed the LPN with 85 question and felt pretty confident afterwards. I feel that I'm not ready for my RN ones at all. I have heard a number of things such as that the LPN was harder, or most LPN's that take the RN are under prepared and fail. So any in sight on this would be great! Thanks in advance.

Hello Irishnurse! I'm also an LPN (for 2.5 years) that went back to school for my RN and is preparing to take NCLEX-RN very soon. I don't see many posts on here from LPN's taking their RN boards, so I was excited to see your post. I have also heard varying things about the difficulty of the RN NCLEX compared to the PN. I expect that the NCLEX-RN is going to be much harder. I have been studying like a CRAZY woman for the past 2-3 months and expect this test to be the hardest test I've ever taken. The scope of practice for LPN and RN is different, so make sure you spend time studying that. I purchased Linda LaCharity "Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment" book to help with these questions. I'm also using Virtual ATI and Saunders. Good luck to you and stay confident! We have the benefit that we have already taken an NCLEX test before, so we will know what to expect at least a little :nurse:

Hi, Irish! Please stop freaking out :)

I can't speak to the difficulty of one exam over the other; fact is, once you've already taken one exam, it might seem *easier* to take the next one because you've already "been there, done that". Just a guess, but it makes sense to me!

One thing I do have one bit of caution on, though, and it's because you have been practicing for 4 years as an LPN: what is "correct" in the Real World is not always "correct" in NCLEX-Land. When I was in the RN program, I remember there were two LPNs who were terrific students, terrific in clinicals (they had practice!) but they were struggling with the NCLEX-based exams. And it was only because they knew what they would "really" do, as opposed to what the NCLEX wanted them to do, in a given situation.

So, just be sure you know Fantasy NCLEX-Land, LOL, and you'll likely do just fine :)

I had been an LPN for 8 years before I took my RN and I studied for 4 weeks and I passed with 75 questions in 45 minutes I feel the LPN was more patient care and I feel RN was more delegation and quality improvement and staff and patient teaching. You can do it girl!!!

I am also an LPN who took my boards two days ago (75 q) ! Got the good pop up right after in the car and just found out from quick results I m now... An RN !! :) good luck !!!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

I am qualified to answer this since I was an LVN for four years when I took NCLEX-RN.

In my personal experience, NCLEX-RN was easier than NCLEX-PN. The primary difference is the inclusion of more delegation and prioritization questions on NCLEX-RN.

I am qualified to answer this since I was an LVN for four years when I took NCLEX-RN.

In my personal experience, NCLEX-RN was easier than NCLEX-PN. The primary difference is the inclusion of more delegation and prioritization questions on NCLEX-RN.

Thanks @TheCommuter! This gives me a little more confidence. Passed my NCLEX-PN with the minimum of 85 questions, hoping to do just as great on the NCLEX-RN next week!:nailbiting:

Thank you all for your input. Tomorrows the day, Ill keep you up to date when I get my results. :-)

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