Has 8 years experience.
Anybody here who took the Pearsons Vue NMC exam? How was it? TY!
Specializes in NICU.
Has 13 years experience.
Nov 21, 2014
No one that we know of here on AN.com has taken it yet (although some have planned it for next month). Please tell us how your experience goes if you can! And good luck!!
Specializes in Surg- PACU/Anaes.
Has 5 years experience.
Nov 22, 2014
Actually I've taken it. I failed, even though I studied. Basically it's a joke. I sent a lengthy email about the problems I had and lack of resources but am yet to receive a reply. I already have my decision letter, am a fourth year Australian nurse and still failed, it's basically because they have these 'essential' questions which are very ambiguous and if you get just one wrong, you fail the entire test. So for example, you could get 119/120 correct, but the last essential question wrong, and fail. Would be interested to see how others find it, maybe it's just me...
alfredpower, BSN, RN
Has 8 years experience.
so how were the questions were like? is it sceario based? situational? ugh. does it really revolve on those four domains?
thanks! i hope i really make it
gen88 said:Actually I've taken it. I failed, even though I studied. Basically it's a joke. I sent a lengthy email about the problems I had and lack of resources but am yet to receive a reply. I already have my decision letter, am a fourth year Australian nurse and still failed, it's basically because they have these 'essential' questions which are very ambiguous and if you get just one wrong, you fail the entire test. So for example, you could get 119/120 correct, but the last essential question wrong, and fail. Would be interested to see how others find it, maybe it's just me...
gen, what materials did you study by the waay? thankyou!
Nov 23, 2014
The only study materials provided are from the blueprints posted on the NMC website. It's a really long document- I think about 50 pages long. They post some random internet links too but mostly they are not helpful. You just have to study from those and the NMC code of conduct for RNs. Good luck.
thanks gen! will you take the exam again? i have printed all the materials actually.
Yes I will, but I will be speaking to NMC tomorrow about a few concerns I have, and also ask if they can provide me with current % pass rate to see if others found the same problems as me. when is your exam?
Its on december 3. They really need to improve their new processes. Alright, keep me posted gen! Thankyou
Nov 24, 2014
Hey everyone, like gen88 I sat the NMC online exam and failed. It was the most frustrating couple of hours ever! I'm pretty sure my overall grade would have been >80% but 2-3 of the essential questions were so poorly worded that I must have gotten one or two wrong. I feel like I knew everything that they referred to I just couldn't figure out what answer they wanted. There was an essential question related to a policy which I had read in preparation for the exam and not a single available answer was 100% correct and I have read that policy about 100 times since and still maintain that the available answers are all wrong. There was another question relating to a medical complication and 3 of the 4 options would all indicate a complication... I know we're meant to select the 'most correct' answer but there were two that were a dead set tie (and I have confirmed this by researching the complication after the exam) so even if i rest it I don't know what answer they want. In addition I was under the impression that the essential questions were on topics that were essential to safe lawful practice such as the laws of consent, drug calculations, detecting deterioration etc. but some essential questions were so specific to particular fields and if I hadn't been exposed to pretty much every specialty by working in ED and ICU for years I would have had no clue.
For those of you who are sitting it I would advise reading all of the NMC codes, competencies and published guidance. The topics that these are available in include medication management, consent, confidentiality ethics etc. I also read a short current text on UK health law and ethics and some case study books which were good to refresh anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and treatment. If I had more time I would have started reading through the tonnes of info on the RCN site.
The one thing I have to give credit for is that they don't keep you hanging, I checked the Pearson Vue website about an hour after finishing the exam and my fail was already sitting there. So when you finish the test go home, poor a huge glass of wine and check your results (then finish the bottle in grief). Good luck everyone, I would love to hear if anyone passes it so keep us updated!
Gen88 Will you post their response for us all to see?
Well that sounds assuring. Haha. Dang! Thanks for replying, darn. Ive been reading everything.
So u will take the exam again?
Yes I will post their response! I have been dealing with the NMC since August 2012, and believe you me I know exactly how they work and it is very poorly organised. But there is nothing we can do- we just have to give them what they want.
It took me from August 2012 to March 2014 to get my decision letter. After speaking to many facilities re ONP, there was no way I was working without pay for 3 months to get my pin, so when this new testing came up I decided to do it this way to get the pin.
They are really shooting themselves in the foot, they need good nurses over there (I already worked there as a 'HCA' for 2 years but couldn't remain with a visa because the registration process was taking too long for my employer).
Like nixonk86 I believe I would've got the bulk of it correct. But the questions are just completely ambiguous. I only got 2 drug calculations also which I found very surprising, and ironic given they asked a lot of 'airy-fairy' empathy related questions.
I feel like we've been set up to fail, no doubt what will happen is that no-one will be able to pass, so that in the next 6 months they will need to have yet again another review of the system.
I also have a great ability to remember information, as soon as I came out of Pearson I wrote down many of the questions and looked them up- the answers were definitely not worded to a decent standard.
Ugh. Dang. Its all making me nervous. There are many nurses here in the Philippines that will take the exam.
Does anyone know if it's the same questions each time or whether there is a pool of questions and you randomly get 120? If it's a pool then maybe it's possible to not get the ambiguous questions but if it's not I'm still unsure what answers they want
Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.
Has 33 years experience.
There are already lots and lots of good nurses working and living in the UK. In the same way there are lots of good nurses living and working in other countries.
You need to meet requirements and if not happy then please look else where. I am from the UK and moved to Canada and like many IEN I had to meet requirements and the process in Canada is just as long as the UK and most for IENs applying to Canada have to do further courses costing $$$$ and the cost to register as a nurse in Canada costs a lot more than it does in the UK. The application process has recently changed and having helped IEN in the UK adapt it was long overdue so there are bound to be teething issues
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