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What NCLEX-RN® Study Tools are available and what should I choose?

NCLEX-RN®: Study Program– First Time Writer

This program is designed for new nursing graduates and Internationally-Educated nurses who are writing the NCLEX-RN for the first time. It is a comprehensive review program that focuses on the client needs areas for the exam and contains a pharmacology review course and 165 question practice exam. In this program you will learn study strategies to help cut down the amount of time you spend studying and provide alternate ways to organize nursing content focused on disease management that will promote your retention of knowledge and critical thinking on exam day. Check out the product page for content details and a preview.

NCLEX-RN®: Study Program– Repeat Writer

This program is designed for new nursing graduates and Internationally-Educated nurses who are struggling with passing the NCLEX-RN®. Similar to the first time writer course, this course is a comprehensive review program that focuses on the client needs areas for the exam and contains a pharmacology review course and 165 question practice exam. In this program you will learn study strategies to help cut down the amount of time you spend studying and provide alternate ways to organize nursing content focused on disease management that will promote your retention of knowledge and critical thinking on exam day. Direct strategies for uncovering difficulties in regards to exam success will be included and a focus on how to re-set and work towards success on the exam will be taken. A conversation regarding learning needs and the role of the accommodation process for NCLEX-RN® preparation will be completed. Strategies for individuals with learning disabilities for Computer Adaptive Testing and the management of Exam Anxiety will be identified. Repeat writers will have the opportunity to connect with other repeat writers across North America to form study groups for additional support. Dr. Kramer-Kile has experienced a high success rate with repeat writers who have previously used these methods and specializes in helping individuals who have been unsuccessful multiple times on the exam. Come find the support and guidance you need to be successful on the exam! Check out the product page for content details and a preview.

NCLEX-RN®: Pharmacology Study Program

This pharmacology study program is included in the NCLEX-RN®: Study Program– First time writer and Repeat writer. It is also available to be purchased individually for those students/graduates who feel they only require pharmacological review at this time. This course contains 19 modules focused on a systems approach to review the major classes of drug therapy. A focus on adverse events, health teaching and drug-to-drug interactions is taken in this course. Each section will also address aspects of pathophysiological review of specific disease conditions. There are fictional client cases and interactive exercises and videos linked throughout the course. Varying types of over 100 practice questions are linked throughout the course. Please note that unlike the other two programs this pharmacology review program does NOT come with a money back guarantee.

Study Maps

This module teaches you how to create study maps. We have also included 20 Study maps that will provide you with a visual summary of the most common disease conditions to help you in your review. This module is also included in the NCLEX-RN®: Study Program– First time writer and Repeat writer. It is also available to be purchased individually.

NCLEX-RN: Practice Exam – Computer Adaptive Testing Strategies

This module contains an introduction to Computerized Adaptive Testing and provides a number of strategies and tools to tackle the different NCLEX-RN® questions. The module ends with a 135 question practice exam. This module is also included in the NCLEX-RN®: Study Program– First time writer and Repeat writer. It is also available to be purchased individually.

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How will this study program help me with my NCLEX-RN® preparation?

The purpose of this study program is to provide structure for content review that is aligned with the 2016-2019 NCLEX-RN® Test Plan. This interactive program is unique in that it identifies potential areas of the Test Plan that may challenge graduates. Key areas of review are highlighted, review questions are posed and study tips are provided for each relevant activity statement identified on the Test Plan. Many graduates spend hours just organizing their study notes, rather than focusing on studying content in detail. The NCLEX-RN® requires an in-depth study approach. Therefore, this study program shows you how to use study strategies such as study maps, content mapping, fictional client charts and case studies to help advance your ability to critically think and learn concepts in detail. This interactive study program outlines a 15 week study plan to help you prepare for the NCLEX-RN®

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Do your products have a money back guarantee?

Yes. The First Writer and Repeat Writer programs have a money back guarantee if you are unsuccessful on the NCLEX-RN®. Please note that the Pharmacology Study Program does not offer a money back guarantee because the client need area of Pharmacological and Parental Therapies contains several activity statements outside of pharmacological review and it is difficult to target if a candidate is having difficulty with pharmacology or another area.

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How does this NCLEX-RN® Study Program differ from other NCLEX-RN® resources on the market?

This study program evolved from an approach used to help remediate repeat writers of registration exams by Dr. Kramer-Kile. Dr. Kramer-Kile has worked with repeat writers the past 8 years and has found that targeted active learning strategies focused directly on registration exam test plan content incur the highest rates of success in graduates who are struggling to pass (rather than an entire nursing program review). Dr. Kramer-Kile specializes in advanced teaching strategies for disease management and pharmacology. She develops approaches to learning that are fun, informative and help students to retain information. Throughout the program you will hear Dr. Kramer-Kile refer to “Active Learning Strategies” these are strategies that help you to use your nursing textbooks to work through review questions and exercises, special approaches to help you organize important content for the exam and practical applications of content knowledge into real-world settings. Dr. Kramer-Kile has a passion for undergraduate nursing education and in helping students to transition into the RN role.

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How will this NCLEX-RN® Study Program actually help me study?

This study program provides a detailed 15 week checklist to keep you on track. It has been designed within an educational framework aligned with the current NCLEX-RN® Test Plan based on active learning strategies. By building on your knowledge of nursing content organized in the four client areas outlined by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX-RN® 2016-2019 Test Plan you will learn to develop your knowledge, application and critical thinking skills in a different way than just learning to memorize content from your nursing program. Many candidates do not access important national and state/provincial Best Practice Guidelines or regulatory documents while they study. This guide also addresses concerns regarding Canadian-Educated graduate and Internationally-Educated Nurses transition to the NCLEX-RN® exam by targeting potential areas of vulnerability for these graduates/nurses on the current NCLEX-RN® Test Plan.

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I have failed the NCLEX-RN® will the Repeat Writer Study Program help me?

This study program emerged from the author’s work with repeat writers of the exam. It provides a targeted structured approach for content review using the current Test Plan. The purpose of this program is to focus both first time and repeat writers on content review. The repeat writer course offers targeted strategies and resources to those individuals who have been unsuccessful on the NCLEX-RN®.

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Can I print the documents while taking the program?

There are many parts of this interactive study program that you can print off to help you in your review. Part of the program focuses on making a study binder to be used alongside practice questions. This binder contains key documents, tables and exercises from the program to help you better approach NCLEX-RN® type practice questions that you print from the program.

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I have left my studying to the last minute. Will this Study Program help me?

It is never wise to leave your NCLEX-RN® preparation to the last minute. This study program has been designed with at least 15 week study plan in mind. However, it is common that many candidates wait 1-2 months prior to the exam to prepare. Content review within this study program is designed in five parts so you can focus on different areas of the Test Plan. Identify areas of priority review if you are working with limited time. If you are a repeat writer use your test results to guide you and start in the client needs areas you were below the passing average in (However, my experience working with repeat writers of the NCLEX-RN® is that they need to slow down and reset their preparation strategies). Please remember that this study program involves active learning strategies. This means that you will be expected to look up content for review, complete exercises and make study maps/content maps as you progress. If you are looking for a resource that contains lecture videos and easy ways to just memorize information this program is not for you! This program is designed to help nursing graduates engage in content review aligned with the current NCLEX-RN® Test Plan, engage in active strategies so you are learning not just trying to memorize content and complete in-depth pharmacological and disease management review.

The goal of this program is to provide you with learning strategies based on educational theory that will in turn help you to develop your evolving nursing practice.

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My nursing program recommends other NCLEX-RN® resources. How can I tell which resource is the best one to use to prepare for the NCLEX-RN®?

This study program provides feedback regarding various NCLEX-RN® preparation tools from an undergraduate educator’s perspective who has worked extensively with candidates who struggle on the exam. There is not one set tool or resource that will fully prepare you for this exam. You need to learn to combine various resources to better increase your chances for success on the exam. This study program helps to identify relevant NCLEX-RN® resources and provides strategies for their use. This study program strongly recommends the NCSBN Learning Extension NCLEX-RN® course for the practice questions in this site. These questions are well written and are aligned with the content outlined on the current NCLEX-RN® Test Plan. There are also questions in this study program and a 165 question practice exam. The goal of the 165 question practice exam is to test you on content areas that candidates find challenging on the exam and to make you stronger in common areas of vulnerability. The NCSBN Learning Extension NCLEX-RN® course is a great resource to use in study groups after you have completed this program.
One piece of advice that Dr. Kramer-Kile offers to students looking for NCLEX-RN® resources is to ensure that they are aligned with the current 2016-2019 NCLEX-RN® Test Plan and that the course is taught by a nursing educator who is familiar with undergraduate curriculum and the needs of a learner who is just entering into practice. A reputable NCLEX-RN® review website should always contain who the author is and their credentials. Please see the About the Author tab on this website to find more about the author of this Study Program.

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Why is it important to know the Current Test Plan for the NCLEX-RN®?

Many candidates take the NCLEX-RN® without ever looking over the Test Plan. The Test Plan tells you exactly which content is an area of priority on the exam. This study program is designed to help organize your study notes in direct alignment with the current Test Plan and provides ways to help you apply and critically think with the content you study. It is important when you are studying to address all 4 of the client needs areas addressed on the 2013-2016 NCLEX-RN® Test Plan. Use the order presented in the chapters of this study program to help build your knowledge for the NCLEX-RN®. It is helpful to take a large binder and divide it into the four client needs areas. Print off the educator’s version of the 2016-2019 NCLEX-RN® Test Plan and put it in the front of your binder so you can reference it as needed (linked below).
NCSBN (2015). Detailed test plan for national council licensure examination: Item writer/item reviewer/nurse educator version. Chicago: Author. Retrieved from https://www.ncsbn.org/1287.htm

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Why are the answers not provided immediately to the worksheets in this Study Program?

Real learning does not occur through memorization, it occurs through active engagement with content. The worksheets and review exercises are designed to help direct your studying towards particular content. They are best utilized when you answer the review questions and download the linked documents. It is up to you to make study notes within each of the worksheet areas in order to understand the key content addressed. The goal in completing these worksheets is to increase your exposure to important concepts that are frequently understudied but central to the exam competency framework.

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What if the links are broken in the Study Program?

Start by typing the title of the article/resource in your web browser. If you are still unable to find the document notify the system administrator via the email on this site. We try our best to keep up with any link changes.

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Is the author affiliated with Canadian provincial or territorial regulatory colleges or State Boards of Nursing?

No, the author is a Canadian-based undergraduate nurse educator. She is not affiliated with any of the provincial or territorial nursing colleges in Canada or State Boards in the United States of America. If you have specific questions regarding registration or licensure you need to contact your appropriate nursing college or state board.

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