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Damion Jenkins has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in NCLEX Prep Expert - 100% Pass Rate!.

Hi! I am Damion - an NCLEX Prep Expert Tutor and Writer! I am the owner and operator of TheNurseSpeak.com. - a nursing education and consulting company & blog.

Did you know that over 20% of new grad nurses fail the NCLEX?!? -I help to increase the number of nurses entering the profession by helping them develop strategies for NCLEX success!

To learn more, please visit thenursespeak.com or message me so we can discuss how I can help you become a licensed nurse!


Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN | CEO of The Nurse Speak - NCLEX Strategies for Success!

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  1. Damion,

    I have been a practicing nurse for 18+ years, but my family is considering g moving from Canada to Texas. I have 10 years ER experience and have been teaching in the BN nursing program at a college for the last 8 years.  Moving into the USA requires that I write the NCLEX. How do you suggest I prepare? Is there a specific program that is geared for experienced nurses? I have not practiced in a clinical environment for a longtime and I am kind of nervous about this exam. Your suggestions are definitely appreciated. 

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      Damion Jenkins, MSN, RN

      Hello there Keystal! Thank you for asking this question. I have helped many individuals such as yourself develop expert NCLEX Study Plans for Success - and I know I can help you as well. 

      Feel free to send me an email at Damion.Jenkins@thenursespeak.com and I we can discuss getting you set up for success. 

      I look forward to speaking with you soon!

      -Damion

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    NCLEX-CPR?

    I tutor MANY people from NJ and it has taken a bit more than 2 weeks due to COVID - but two weeks is average. Regarding Expert Advice - You can check out this FREE NCLEX Study Guide I wrote for allnurses and if you need additional tutoring or want to get Expert Validation of your ability before you test again - you can find me at thenursespeak.com (all my information is in my profile here on allnurses). I hope this helps! Best, Damion
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    NCLEX questions

    Each State is different - and since a lot of the BON employees are working from home - things are running a bit slower than normal. You should get your ATT within a couple weeks at the most. If you don't hear from them - then call them and/or send them emails. If you need help preparing for the NCLEX - I can help! Best, The Nurse Speak -Damion
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    please help

    Hi there! I have helped HUNDREDS of individuals similar to you! (and I wrote that awesome study guide that is posted above!) If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! Best, The Nurse Speak -Damion
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    Kaplan NCLEX-RN QBank scores

    I personally say that they are both good resources to use for practice when answering questions. UWorld has better rationale. Either works well when you are challenging yourself to apply what you've learned. I recommend going into using them with a deep understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the nurse - as well as tried and true strategies and critical thinking skills to maximize your efforts and optimize your performance. I can help should you have more questions. Best, The Nurse Speak -Damion
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    Kaplan NCLEX-RN QBank scores

    Hi There! Kaplan uses an "average" to determine how likely you are to pass the NCLEX. Based on the "average" users of their test bank - they track them to see how many of them pass on their next attempt after using their bank and also assess their average scores during practice exams. The problem with that is that they only look at averages based on each question type - not by minimum number of questions answered. Therefore its really hard to determine if you are doing well simply based on a %. But - if you are scoring in the mid 50th percentile - then they say you have a high chance of passing. For my students and clients - I want them to consistently score 65% or better while doing a minimum number of questions. AND I validate their understanding of how to answer the questions correctly. This is something that many programs do not do. If you have questions - let me know! Best, The Nurse Speak -Damion
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    NCLEX-CPR?

    Hi There! Depending on the state - the CPR can take a few days up to two weeks to get to you. Once you have it - if you want EXPERT advice on how to improve your ability so next time you will pass - let me know! I can help! The Nurse Speak -Damion
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    NCLEX Expert Advice for New Grads

    As we are entering into a new season of Nursing Graduates - I wanted to take a moment to say - CONGRATULATIONS for making it this far in your nursing program! Nursing school is definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it has opened so many opportunities for me as a professional nurse - so you should be excited for the adventure that lies ahead! Okay - so to the point of NCLEX - I want to first say that studying for the NCLEX the same way you studied for your nursing school exams will NOT help you pass the NCLEX! You see - I've helped HUNDREDS of individuals over the years who have come to me frustrated, embarrassed, and even ready to give up on nursing altogether because they kept having a difficult time passing the exam. And let me clarify one thing real quick, because this is a common misconception - the NCLEX is NOT a test that determines your intelligence, your ability to be an awesome nurse, nor does it measure your eventual success as a nurse. The NCLEX is simply a test of critical thinking and test-taking strategy that challenges your understanding of the GUIDELINES, PRINCIPLES and RULES that guide decision making in nursing. The NCLEX Challenges your ability to SPEAK TO the roles and responsibilities of the nurse. It challenges your understanding of the limitations of your scope of practice. It challenges your competence at applying what you've learned to make decisions about patient care and nursing actions. Simply put - the NCLEX challenges your ability to pass the NCLEX. This is where MANY NCLEX Prep programs miss the mark. They focus too much on content (playing on your fear that you can't remember everything) WHICH YOU DO NOT HAVE TO - and they create these comprehensive "mini nursing schools" that forces you to sit through countless hours of nursing content lectures all over again - rather than helping you to leverage what you ALREADY KNOW so that you can develop the critical thinking and test-taking skills necessary to pass the exam. So - why am I telling you all of this? I have helped so many people who are misled, taken advantage of, and give downright FALSE information about the NCLEX and I want to make sure you are on the right path from the beginning. SO, the first place you should start - is HERE! LEARN how to pass the NCLEX... Download NCLEX Study Guide! You should download the FREE NCLEX Study Guide that I created for allnurses and go through it slowly and carefully. There is a TON of eye-opening info here that will help you to start shifting the way you think about approaching NCLEX style questions. The next thing you should do is get a good q-bank to practice answering questions. There are tons out there and they are NOT all good options. For the sake of preventing legal issues, I cannot list them on this post - but if you are interested in speaking to me privately - I'd love to give you my professional recommendations for what I know to be of good value. Finally, the last thing you should do is seek out professional guidance if you are overwhelmed, having a hard time increasing your practice scores, or even passing the NCLEX. More than 20% of new grads have a difficult time passing the boards - and even if you find yourself in that position - it's not the end of the road - and it has NOTHING to do with you. Sometimes we're not prepared well enough from our programs of study to go in and rock the exam on the first attempt - and many of us require a period of time for review before we can. I'd be happy to answer any questions here on this post - or you can Private Message me - or click my bio where you'll find all of my contact information. I hope you find this information useful and just know that you are NEVER alone in the wonderful world of nursing. This is a team effort - always - and I am here for your NCLEX Success! Best, The Nurse Speak -Damion
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    Has anyone ever used this review program?

    Hi Guys! As an NCLEX Prep Expert - May I recommend the following: First - you should check out this FREE NCLEX Study Guide that I created for allnurses! It contains the basics of what I teach all my students in how to pass the NCLEX! Secondly, You should continue to practice answering NCLEX questions and applying what you know to answering them. You should aim for an accuracy of 65% or greater when you do a minimum of 75 at a time (cumulative). Thirdly - for repeat test-takers - I recommend a tutor. Not just a nurse. Not just an nurse educator. I recommend an NCLEX Expert - someone who devotes their time to research how the exam challenges test-takers. With this option, you can get individualized one-to-one assessments, and evaluation of your performance so you can optimize your study efforts and improve your accuracy, ability and confidence. If you're interested in learning more - you can click my profile and all of my contact info is there. Best, The Nurse Speak Damion
  10. The Nursing Code of Ethics Florence Nightingale believed that a nurse’s ethical duty was first and foremost to care for the patient. This belief underpins every discussion of ethics in nursing to date. As health care becomes increasingly complex and the variety of circumstances nurses face becomes more challenging, considerable elaboration on ethical principles is required. There are four core concepts which are essential to professional nursing practice. They are – respect for patient autonomy, and the duty to act with beneficence, nonmaleficence and justice. The American Nurses Association (ANA) adopted its first formal code of ethics in 1950. Over the years, many of the specifics have evolved and been clarified, yet the essentials remain. (The International Council of Nurses (ICN) also has had a Code of Ethics for Nurses since 1953.) The Code has since been through two thoughtful and lengthy revision processes, which included seeking input from nursing leaders and staff nurses alike, and developing examples of how the new Code could be used in specific clinical situations. The most recent revised document, known as the Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements, gained final organizational approval in January 2015. According to ANA, the Code “is foundational to nursing theory, practice, and praxis in its expression of the values, virtues, and obligations that shape, guide, and inform nursing as a profession,” and it serves the following purposes: It is a succinct statement of the ethical values, obligations, duties, and professional ideals of nurses individually and collectively. It is the profession’s non-negotiable ethical standard. It is an expression of nursing’s own understanding of its commitment to society. Ethical Considerations in Nursing Practice The ANA Code of Ethics has nine provisions that encompasses the role of the professional nurse in its entirety. The nine provisions include: Provision 1 The nurse in all professional relationships, practices compassion and respect for the dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. This provision includes subconcepts that include: Respect for human dignity Relationships to patients The nature of health problems The right to self-determination Relationships with colleagues and others Provision 2 The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group or community. This provision includes subconcepts that include: Primacy of the patient’s interests Conflict of interest for nurses Collaboration Professional boundaries Provision 3 The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of patient. This provision includes subconcepts that include: Right to privacy Right to confidentiality Protection of participants in research Standards and review mechanisms Acting on questionable practice Addressing impaired practice Provision 4 The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimal patient care. This provision includes subconcepts that include: Acceptance of accountability and responsibility Accountability for nursing judgment and action Responsibility for nursing judgment and action Delegation of nursing activities Provision 5 The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth. This provision includes subconcepts that include: Moral self-respect Professional growth and maintenance of competence Wholeness of character Preservation of integrity Provision 6 The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving healthcare environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality healthcare and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action. This provision includes subconcepts that include: Influence of the environment on moral virtues and values Influence of the environment on ethical obligations Responsibility for the healthcare environment Provision 7 The nurse participates in the advancement of the nursing profession through contributions to practice, education, administration and knowledge development. This provision includes subconcepts that include: Advancing the profession through active involvement in nursing and in health care policy Advancing the profession by developing, maintaining and implementing professional standards in clinical, administrative, and educational practice Advancing the profession through knowledge development, dissemination, and application of practice Provision 8 The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs. This provision includes subconcepts that include: Health needs and concerns Responsibilities to the public Provision 9 The profession of nursing, as represented by their associations and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy. This provision includes subconcepts that include: Assertion of values The profession carries out its collective responsibility through professional associations Intraprofessional integrity Social reform Common Ethical Dilemmas In Nursing Practice When nurses encounter ethical dilemmas in situations in which they cannot do what they consider to be “the right thing,” they experience moral distress. Let’s take a look as some examples of common ethical dilemmas in nursing practice: Inadequate staffing ratios Maintaining safety for self and patients End of life care Genetics and gene testing Workplace bullying and lateral violence Crippling healthcare costs Unsupportive nursing administration An example of maintaining safety for self and patients includes caring for those with mobility deficits, which may place them at risk for self-harm. Let’s consider that an alert and oriented elderly patient may want to walk without any nursing or nursing assistant supervision. The nurse knows that promoting independence is a therapeutic intervention, but the risk of patient injury due to falling may be great. The dilemma then becomes – how should the nurse balance the contrasting issues? Which is more important – patient independence or patient safety? Each nurse, patient, family, and healthcare team faces challenges such as this on a daily basis. Since nurses are caregivers on the front lines of health care, we are faced with ethical dilemmas at an increasing rate. Another example is that healthcare technology enables sick people to survive serious illnesses, however recent studies indicate that people who are surviving are not living high-quality lives. In fact, they are mostly bedridden, disabled, have have extensive comorbidities that make their day-to-day health care regimens incredibly complicated. This may place nurses in ethical dilemmas due to prolonging the suffering of individuals. Regardless of where nurses fall into ethical dilemmas, we have a role in implementing educational and clinical practices which address these individual issues as they arise. Negative Effects Of Ethical Dilemmas On Nurse Retention Since nurses face increasing ethical dilemmas within the profession, nurse retention is suffering. Bullying and lateral violence in the workplace is one of the leading reasons why nurses leave the profession altogether. While nursing leadership and hospital administration continue to diminish the topic of bullying and lateral violence, nurses are leaving the profession in droves. In fact, approximately 60% of new nurses left their first job within six months due to bullying from their coworkers. When nurses are faced with unsupportive employers who do not invest in services to help their nursing staff navigate through ethical dilemmas, their moral distress may cause them to choose to leave their current place of employment with the hopes of finding a better fit. Negative Effects Of Ethical Dilemmas On Patient Outcomes Much like the effects of ethical dilemmas on nurse retention, patient outcomes are also at risk for negative impact. When nurses are distracted, torn, and struggling with moral distress due to unresolved ethical dilemmas, their focus shifts from patient-centeredness to that of self-preservation. When nurses face shifting priorities from that of the patient to themselves, patient outcomes will ultimately suffer. In a recent study, it was found that work-related moral distress may be associated with compromised health status among health professionals, reduced productivity, and inadequate safety during patient care.As you can see, ethical challenges in nursing can cause a lot of distraction – which requires immediate resolution to promote optimal conditions for patient safety. References ANA. (2010, November 15). Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements. Retrieved August 6, 2018 Arkansas State University. (2017, April 27). The Value of Ethics in Nursing | A-State Online A., L., & N. (2015, September 09). Factors affecting professional ethics in nursing practice in Iran: A qualitative study. Retrieved August 6, 2018
  11. You may also be interested in Prioritization: Helping New Nurses Transition into Practice. When I've interviewed new graduate nurses about what they find most difficult as they transition from student nurse to professional nurse, the majority admit that they struggle with safe and effective delegation. This is because the artful skill of delegation can take a couple years of experience to master. The mastery of delegation includes transferring responsibility from the nurse to support personnel, while remaining accountable for outcomes of delegated tasks. This role is very different for new grad nurses to get comfortable with, especially since opportunities to practice delegation in nursing school are slim to none. Considering that new grad nurses are hesitant in transferring responsibility of patient care tasks, this brings on additional stress to the transitioning nurse, which often results in poor time management and overwhelming workloads. The truth is that nursing is not a one-person job. It takes an entire team to safely and effectively care for patients. Since it is essential for nursing to remain a team effort, it is vital that the new nurse master strategies for safe and effective delegation. How To Delegate Effectively and Safely STEP 1 This is a test. Ask yourself: "When should I delegate?" When in doubt, you should consider to NEVER delegate what you can E.A.T. Remember that RNs are responsible for Evaluating, Assessing and Teaching. Once the RN has assessed the patient and considers the condition and needs of the patient, delegation can begin. Let's not forget that initial assessment (including vital signs) are to be done by the RN, and therefore should not be delegated to the nursing assistant. Once you have assessed your patients and have considered their needs, now you can begin to think about whom you may delegate to. STEP 2 Carefully consider competence of support personnel It is essential for the nurse to understand the skill set of each team member to match the task assignments appropriately. An easy way to accomplish this is to know your co-workers. You will want to be able to answer these questions before choosing whom to delegate to: Are they licensed or unlicensed? How long have they worked within their role? Have they been validated for competence in performing the task? Will they feel confident that they can safely and effectively perform the task? Do they need any additional training or instruction to complete the task independently? Once you have asked yourself these questions, you will be able to safely move onto providing instructions for the delegated tasks. STEP 3 Clearly communicate when delegating For tasks to be effectively and safely delegated, you must give clear, concise and detailed instruction to the support personnel. This will include purpose, limits and expected outcomes of the task. Additionally, you must ensure that the person to assume the task can complete it within an expected time frame. You should consider that the person you are delegating to will be working with several other patients, so be mindful and set realistic and attainable goals. Finally, you should always ask if there are any questions or concerns which will promote clarification and opportunity for supportive personnel to discuss any questions or concerns related to the task. STEP 4 Be available to supervise and give feedback To be sure that the delegated task has been completed appropriately, you will need to offer direct supervision and feedback. You will also need to be available in case an unexpected outcome occurs. Prudent nurses never assume that the task was completed without validating it by checking that all components of the task have been accurately carried out. One way to help the transitioning nurse build strong relationships with nursing support staff, you will want to identify areas of success and offer suggestions for improvement. When your support personnel do a great job, don't forget to say "thank you"-it goes a long way! STEP 5 Always evaluate the outcomes of delegated tasks To ensure that the patient received the care needed and that the team worked together efficiently, RNs must evaluate that task completed is effective and that it met the needs of the patient. If an unexpected outcome occurs, it's important that RNs develop a new plan to correct the deficiencies if possible. Sometimes the RN needs to go back to the drawing board by reassessing the patient and their needs. If this is the case, don't fret - patients are complex and ever-changing, so keep your focus on patient-centered care and you'll develop the most appropriate care plan for your patient. So as you hit the floor running, remember that learning to delegate effectively and safely takes time and diligent practice. One final tip - be sure to always follow the nursing process and find areas to improve upon your practice every single day. Before you know it, you'll be confidently, effectively, and safely delegating tasks to your nursing supportive personnel. Good luck -you got this! If you have any tips for effective and safe delegation, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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    NCLEX Question Leveling: What You Need to Know

    Many NCLEX candidates struggle with what information is essential to know in order to successfully pass the test and earn their professional license. Many believe that hitting the nursing textbooks hard is a good strategy. Over the years, it has been found that learning how the NCLEX is designed is equally important. You see, when NCLEX candidates are empowered with the knowledge of how the test challenges them, they are often better positioned for success. Let’s take a look at how the NCLEX levels their questions. 4 Levels of NCLEX Questions Questions on the NCLEX are written at four varying levels of difficulty. These levels include: Recall & Recognition Comprehension & Understanding Application Analysis Recall & Recognition leveled questions are created to challenge the candidate’s ability to identify correct information. If the candidate does not know the information contained within the question, then it will be difficult to correctly answer the question. This is why it is essential that NCLEX candidates are well versed with the content of the NCSBN Test Plan. Comprehension & Understanding leveled questions are created to challenge the candidate’s ability to know the “why” regarding nursing practice. If the candidate does not understand expected outcomes, or the reasons behind why certain nursing interventions are priority, then it will be difficult to correctly answer NCLEX questions. Application leveled questions are created to challenge the candidate’s ability to apply what they’ve learned throughout nursing school to a variety of circumstances and scenarios. This is where understanding nursing concepts is so essential. If the test-taker does not know the rules that guide nursing practice, such as the rules of prioritization, then it would be very difficult to choose the correct answer. Analysis leveled questions are created to challenge the candidate’s ability to carefully consider all of the data that is presented within the question and answer choices to determine what the question is even asking. These are the toughest questions on the NCLEX because the topic is often hard to identify, and it takes a great deal of critical thinking to answer these questions. The most important thing for NCLEX candidates to know is that each time you answer a question correctly on the exam, the difficulty level could increase. With each increase of difficulty level comes a cumulative and integrated challenge for test-takers. What that means is that each level builds on the principles that the previous level used to determine the candidate’s ability. In short, that means the test gets more difficult as test-takers are performing well. An application leveled question would challenge the test-taker to identify correct information, understand the “why” of the situation, and apply what they have learned in nursing school in order to answer the question correctly. The main reason why this matters is because too many NCLEX candidates focus on just being able to remember nursing content, lab values, medications, and facts. In order to pass the NCLEX, test-takers must be able to successfully move through each difficulty level while making safe and effective decisions about the scenarios provided in each question. As you continue on your NCLEX prep journey, just remember one thing - YOU CAN DO IT! The NCLEX is not impossible when you take the time to learn how the exam is designed to challenge you. With that expert insight, you are sure to position yourself for NCLEX success! Have any questions regarding NCLEX question leveling? Post them below and I will help you understand. For more information download the NCLEX Study Guide ebook... allnurses® Ebooks Library
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    Critical Thinking is MUCH more than an NCLEX Buzzword

    Hi CKPM2RN! Yes! Critical thinking is the same as clinical judgment, and often includes analysis and differential diagnosis (as mentioned by Ray36 above). The problem lies within the fact that I've had HUNDREDS of new grad nurses come to me unable to define the process in which they can demonstrate Critical Thinking, or Clinical Judgment. Therefore, writing and sharing how one should use Critical Thinking (aka The Nursing Process) really helps for nurses to have a systemic application to thinking trough NCLEX questions, patient care, and everyday problems. Thanks for adding to this discussion. -Damion
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    Critical Thinking is MUCH more than an NCLEX Buzzword

    Hey there Ray36! Thanks for adding to the discussion. Yes! You are correct that considering a differential diagnosis is part of critical thinking, and is typically a combination of both the analysis and diagnosis phases of The Nursing Process. This requires specific patient data in order to consider the additional step you've included. A case scenario would demonstrate this effectively. Thanks again for your contribution to this very important concept! -Damion
  15. In fact, critical thinking is fundamental in helping you pass the NCLEX and becoming a safe and effective nurse! To emphasize how fundamental critical thinking is to being a proficient nurse, let's take a quick review at the basic systematic foundation in which nurses organize their thoughts and use critical thinking: The Nursing Process is a five-part systematic decision-making method focusing on identifying and treating responses of individuals or groups to actual or potential alterations in health. The five steps in the Nursing Process are as follows: Assessment/Analysis Collecting and analyzing objective patient data through a variety of methods such as interviewing, physical examination, patient response, measurements, and lab specimen collection. During this phase of The Nursing Process, you are challenged to determine if you have collected and analyzed enough data before moving onto the next step. Whether you are sitting for an exam, or taking care of a patient, you must be certain that you have all of the necessary data to safely move onto creating Nursing Diagnoses. Nursing Diagnosis Identifying actual or potential health risks, and defining the severity of health alterations based on the individual needs of the patient. Not only does creating a nursing diagnosis require you to rely on your body of nursing knowledge, but it also challenges you to anticipate your patient's needs on a holistic level. Using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a great tool you can use when developing your nursing diagnoses. Remember that actual alterations in health take priority, but nurses use critical thinking to also plan for potential risks. Planning Creating an individualized nursing care plan to prevent, reverse, slow, or relieve the symptoms and/or progression of illness based on the patient's needs. When you are in the planning phase, it's important to establish objective and measurable goals for your patients. Identifying interventions, establishing anticipated outcomes, and considering appropriateness and utilization of supportive personnel are all examples of nursing considerations that require critical thinking skills. Implementation Strategic delivery of patient care plan and nursing intervention(s) based on the patient's individual needs. Now we get into the fun part - direct patient care and coordination! During the implementation phase of The Nursing Process, the number one priority is always safety. Not only considering the safety of the patient, but also the safety of you and your colleagues. Being safe when providing direct patient care and coordination requires high level critical thinking skills. From medication administration to teaching patients and family members discharge instructions, you must utilize all the strategies that you've learned during nursing school to ensure safe and effective care. During the implementation phase it is vital that you question everything and assume nothing! Evaluation Analyzing the effectiveness of nursing intervention in meeting the patient's individual needs, and meeting anticipated patient outcomes. Evaluating whether or not our interventions were successful in meeting the patient's needs is one of the most important steps of The Nursing Process. This requires high level analysis critical thinking skills to determine what's next in the patient's care plan. Have we met all of their physical needs? Have we met all of their psychosocial needs? Have they met the goals that were created in the planning phase? Has their status improved, stayed the same, or declined? If the patient has met the anticipated outcomes, then the interventions that were implemented are working, and no changes to the care plan are required. However, if we find that the interventions are not meeting the anticipated outcomes for the patient, then we must go back to assessing the patient for more objective data that will help us in updating the patient's plan of care. Believe it or not, utilizing The Nursing Process when answering NCLEX questions, or when providing direct patient care is a natural progression of critical thinking, and it will help you in making safe and effective clinical decisions. By following the five steps of The Nursing Process, while utilizing additional strategies that you've learned in nursing school, you will be on your way to mastering critical thinking and making sound nursing judgments. One final word of advice: don't get caught up in the obscurity of certain concepts or buzzwords such as "critical thinking". Instead you should master the systematic tools and strategies that are provided to you. With regular practice and mastery of critical thinking skills, you'll soon find yourself as a valuable addition to the nursing profession! LEARN how to pass the NCLEX... Download NCLEX Study Guide! Have you struggled with the concept of critical thinking? Do you have any critical thinking strategies you'd like to share? Do you think that critical thinking is effectively taught in nursing school? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!
  16. Hey there!  I am starting my MSN-ED program and will need a preceptor next year.  Bot sure what the qualifications are, but if you ‘re interested, I’d love to keep in touch!