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Which is harder Phil NLE or NCLEX-RN?

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by urnurse072b urnurse072b (Member)

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Hi! I have not taken the Philippine NLE but I am now preparing for NCLEX. I plan to take NCLEX first by February or March next year and maybe take the June or Dec 08 NLE.

So, for those who have taken both, which exam was harder for you? Which one entails the more preparation? Than you so much and any opinion/suggestion is welcome.

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They are completely different exams and require different preparation for each.

The NLE is similar to what the old licensing exams were like in the US. The NCLEX exam is a national exam now and is computerized, the questions are given to you based on how you answered the previous exam questions; no two exams are alike. And it will focus on your weak points.

Medication names as well as lab results are completely different in the US in many cases, the diseases are the same.

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Just noticed by your other post that you are now in the US with a green card; there is absolutely no reason for you to return home to write the NLE next summer or later if you are not going to be working back there.

Waste of time and money to fly back there to test, it will not help you in any way with getting a job or working in the US; it is only valid for the Philippines.

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RNHawaii34 specializes in MedSurg.-Tele, Home health, LTC.

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just noticed by your other post that you are now in the us with a green card; there is absolutely no reason for you to return home to write the nle next summer or later if you are not going to be working back there.

waste of time and money to fly back there to test, it will not help you in any way with getting a job or working in the us; it is only valid for the philippines.

i agree with suzanne4's input. if i were you, i would definitely not come back to pi. just start preparing yourself for nclexrn. get a job, get some experience, then decide if you want to take master's degree here. i beleive it is best to get it once you have more experience under your belt.

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lenjoy03 has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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like what suzaane said, NLE and NCLEX are totally different. I heard some who felt NCLEX is easier than NLE, and others said vise versa. Depends on the person I guess.....

But no matter how different those exam are, the most important thing is your preparation before taking it. I have a former classmate who left for US after graduation. Along with her sis, they took NCLEX without studying abit! They passed first take. There are also those who took it many times and failed. Its how good you mastered all your lectures and of course, experience is the best teacher!

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Thanks for the info, Zusanne. I really appreciate your thoughts and will keep them in mind..How you find the time to take care of the many inquiries amazes me...

happy holidays to you and all website members!

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i asked that many time to many people and this is what i found:

it is how you were taught/trained.

 

if your clinical experiences approximate that of the nclex setting, it usually becomes easy to pass nclex. if, on the other hand, had mostly phil-type setting, then nle can be a cinch for you. just keep getting those exposures so that even if they mix and jumble the factors you would still the principle(s) involved, and thus the correct answer.

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the nclex is definitely harder than the nle. although the nle has its share of weird questions, the answers to which cannot be found in any reference (as far as i've searched) unlike the nclex, where you can verify your answers on your nursing/medical textbooks. But common sense would tell you what answers they're looking for (although it gets confusing most times). here are some that i remember:

"when girls get together, what do they usually talk about?"

"when you learn that your goddaughter is cheating on her husband, what would be an appropriate thing to do?" (i say mind your own business,right?)

"when boys get together, what do they usually talk about?" (no kidding!)

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I think nclex is harder. gosh!!! i failed. im getting crazy too about it.:uhoh3:

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gemini_star has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Oncology, Medical.

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"when you learn that your goddaughter is cheating on her husband, what would be an appropriate thing to do?" (i say mind your own business,right?)

This question is a favorite of one of the BON members. They say that this appears every NLE and the point they are making out is to apply the ethical principle of veracity. Funny that you still remember it.

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Just noticed by your other post that you are now in the US with a green card; there is absolutely no reason for you to return home to write the NLE next summer or later if you are not going to be working back there.

Waste of time and money to fly back there to test, it will not help you in any way with getting a job or working in the US; it is only valid for the Philippines.

Suzanne:

Do you still believe this is true? I have a degree from the Philippines but no license. I am thinking I have no choice but to go back and obtain the local board in PI, because it does not appear that one can obtain a license in the U.S. without a homecountry license.

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The US does not require the local license, but some states are.

Depends on where you are going to work, but there are still many states that do not require it for initial licensure.

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