One of the important factors that will help you when taking NCLEX for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) is to become as familiar as possible with the NCLEX-RN Test. Knowing the format of the exam and the general content will help in alleviating your fear and anxiety.
HOW IS THE NCLEX-RN EXAMINATION DEVELOPED?
One of the steps in developing the NCLEX examinations is the preparation of test plans to guide the selection of content and behaviors to be tested. In these plans, provisions are made for examinations reflecting entry-level nursing practice as identified in an empirical analysis of activities of newly licensed nurses. The activities identified in these studies are analyzed in relation to the frequency of their performance, their impact on maintaining client safety, and the settings where they were performed. These analyses guide the development of a framework for entry-level nurse performance that incorporates specific client needs, concepts and processes fundamental to the practice of nursing.
The NCLEX examination test plans derived from this framework provide a concise summary of the content and scope of the examination. The test plans also serve as a guide for both examination development and candidate preparation. Based on the test plans, each unique NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examination reflects the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the prospective registered and licensed practical/vocational nurse to meet the needs of clients requiring the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. The NCLEX examination test plans describe beliefs about people and nursing that are integral to the examinations, the cognitive abilities that will be tested in the examination and the specific components of the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations.
The information above was obtained from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Test Plan. Additional information regarding the test and its development can be obtained by accessing the NCSBN Web site or by writing to the NCSBN.
National Council Of State Board Of Nursing Contact Information
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Chicago, IL 60601
You can also view more information by checking out:
2008 NCLEX-PN Detailed Test Plan - Candidate
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