Wants a job as an NCLEX Test Preparer

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Good morning Nurse Beth

Can someone guide me with a career path as an NCLEX Test Preparer? I have seven years of nursing experience: Med-Surg/Operating Room/Case management. Thank you.

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Nurse Beth, MSN

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Dear NCLEX Test,

As an NCLEX Test Preparer, your primary responsibility is helping applicants prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

This may involve reviewing test materials, providing guidance on test-taking strategies, and offering support and encouragement to students as they prepare for the exam.

Here are some steps you can take to pursue a career as an NCLEX Test Preparer:

  • Go to the source. The National League for Nursing (NLN) develops NCLEX  items (questions). Volunteer as an item reviewer for the NLN.
  • Get very familiar with the NCLEX exam. Start by researching the NCLEX exam format, content, and requirements. Learn about the different sections of the exam, the types of questions asked, and the time limits for each section.
  • You should also become familiar with the testing process, including how to register for the exam and what to expect on test day.
  • Contact large test prep organizations such as Kaplan, UWorld, and Hurst for job opportunities.
  • Gain experience working with nursing students. Look for opportunities to work with nursing students through your current job or volunteering.
  • Consider tutoring, mentoring, or teaching nursing students. This will help you develop the skills you need to work effectively as an NCLEX Test Preparer, such as communication, organization, and the ability to explain complex concepts in simple terms.
  • Network with other nursing professionals: Join professional organizations and attend conferences to meet other nursing professionals. This can help you stay up-to-date on the latest developments in nursing education and connect with potential employers or clients.

Consider starting your own NCLEX Test Preparation business

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, consider starting your own NCLEX Test Preparation business. This could involve offering one-on-one coaching, group classes, or online courses.

Pursuing a career as an NCLEX Test Preparer can be a rewarding way to use your nursing experience to help others.

Damion Jenkins, the NCLEX Whisperer, is an example of a nurse who built an NCLEX test prep business. You'll need to develop a business plan, including marketing and pricing strategies, and be willing to invest time and money to get your business off the ground.

By gaining experience working with nursing students and networking with other nursing professionals, you can develop the skills and expertise needed to succeed in this field.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth