i have been trying to work this out..........nclex exam!
i looked in the glossary, no luck, tried a search on the boards, got 892 results, waaaaay too many to look through.......
what is the nclex exam/test? what does it consist of? do all lpns/rns need to sit it?
here in australia, to become an enrolled nurse (lpn), generally you go through a tech college for 1 year, then you are registered as an enrolled nurse, or an rn (division 2) nurse, and start work. to become an rn (division 1) you go to uni, and do a 3 or 4 year course, and can then start working. of course, the mode of study varies from state to state. after finishing college or uni, it is straight to work, no more tests, and you can either do this or apply for a grad position. generally, it is better to apply for a graduate nurse position within a hospital, which is usually 1 year, and you then have better prospects in applying for more specialised hospital positions.
very curious, as i see so much on the boards about this subject?!?!
Dec 29, '02
Several years ago, I was on one of the review panels for the NCLEX-RN. It was explained in detail to us how the computer testing works. The general perception is that once you have answered enough questions to pass, the computer shuts off, so the fewer questions you have to answer, the better you did. This is only partly true. . It will shut off when you have nswered either enough correct to pass, OR enough wrong to fail. If you answer a number of them right and still a number of them wrong, it could take almost the entire number of questions on the test to distinguish a pass or fail grade. Point being that whether any individual's test takes 75 questions or 275 questions is not an indicator of pass/fail.
I took the state boards before NCLEX came about and long before the tests were computerized. At that time, the tests were given twice a year (Feb and July, I think) and in designated locations throughout the state. Those of us in the Los Angeles metropolitan area had to go to the L.A. Sports Arena two days in a row. Everyone had to go both days for pencil and paper multiple choice tests -- the ones where you have to "darken the little block completely" on scan sheets. It was not a pleasant experience.
Last edit by jemb on Dec 29, '02