Aug 18, 2009

National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Information

What is the NCLEX examination?
Registration Process overview
Examination Fee and Registration Information
Directions for Completing the NCLEX Examination Registration Form
How to Schedule your NCLEX Examination Appointment
Procedure for Changing your NCLEX Examination Appointment
The Day of the Examination
Additional Information about the NCLEX® Examination
NCLEX® Test Plans
Client Needs Categories Covered on the NCLEX® Examination
Scoring the NCLEX® Examination
Registration Time Limit
How to Register for the NCLEX® Examination
Registering on the Internet
Registering by Mail
Registering by Telephone
No Refunds
Failure to Pay
Workforce Exception Program
Procedures for Requesting Special Accommodations
Directions for Completing the NCLEX® Examination Registration Form
Sample Name Entry on an NCLEX® Registration Form
Sample Address Entry on an NCLEX® Registration Form
How to Schedule Your NCLEX® Examination Appointment
Authorization to Test (ATT)
Scheduling Your NCLEX Examination Appointment
Group Scheduling
Scheduling Procedure
Candidates Seeking Examinations Accommodations
Procedure for Changing Your NCLEX® Examination Appointment
Personal Identification
Acceptable Identification
Additional Precautions
Examination Security
Test Center Regulations
Grounds for Dismissal or Cancellation of Results
Confidentiality
The Day of the Examination
Additional Information about the NCLEX® Examination
NCLEX® Test Plans
Client Needs Categories Covered on the NCLEX® Examination
Scoring the NCLEX® Examination
Examination Items
Abbreviations for States, Territories, and Canadian Provinces
International Country Codes
Education Program Codes
U.S. and Territories
International


What is the NCLEX® Examination?

In April 1994 nurse licensure candidates began taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) on a computer at test centers located across the United States and select international sites. The change to computerized adaptive testing (CAT) for the nurse licensure examination came about as a result of a decision made in August 1991 bythe National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

The NCLEX® examinations are only provided in a computerized adaptive testing format.

The NCLEX examination is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. NCLEX examination results are an important component used by boards of nursing to make decisions about licensure. Only boards of nursing can release NCLEX examination results to candidates.

The NCLEX examination is given on a computer. You are not expected to know how to use a computer before you take the examination. A tutorial will be included as part of the examination. The tutorial will instruct you on the use of the mouse and how to record an answer.

Even after the examination starts, you will be able to request assistance at any time regarding the operation of the computer. In addition to the traditional four option multiple-choice items, the tutorial will include information on how to respond to different types of item formats called alternate items.

Another computer function is the on-screen optional calculator. Again, the application of this calculator will be reviewed in the tutorial prior to the beginning of the examination. The tutorial can be reviewed any time prior to the examination at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex.

Pearson Professional Testing provides test development and test administration services for the NCLEX examination.

Registration Process Overview


1. Submit an application for licensure to the board of nursing where you wish to be licensed.

2. Meet all of the board of nursing’s eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX examination.

3. Register for the NCLEX Examination
with Pearson VUE.

4. Receive Confirmation of Registration from Pearson VUE.

5. The board of nursing makes the candidate eligible to take the NCLEX.

6. Receive Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE.

If you choose to provide an e-mail address at the time you register for the NCLEX examination (whether by mail, telephone, or via the internet), please note that all of your correspondence from Pearson VUE will arrive ONLY by e-mail. If you do not provide an e-mail address when you register, your correspondence from Pearson VUE will arrive ONLY through U.S. mail.

If more than two weeks have passed after you have submitted a registration for an NCLEX examination and received confirmation from Pearson VUE, and you have not received an ATT, please call Pearson VUE at the appropriate number listed on the inside front cover.

Examination Fee and Registration Information

Fee

The fee for taking the NCLEX® examination is $200.

You may also have to pay other fees for licensure required by the board of nursing in the jurisdiction in which you are
applying. You must check with your board of nursing to find out about these fees. If you choose to schedule your NCLEX
examination at a test center outside of the United States*, you will have to pay an international scheduling fee of $150, and

where applicable, a Value Added Tax (VAT). These fees will be charged when you schedule your examination appointment.

Registration Time Limit

All NCLEX examination registrations will remain open for a 365-day time period during which a board of nursing may determine the candidate’s eligibility.

The time period begins when the board of nursing receives the candidate’s registration from the test service. Once a candidate is made eligible, he or she must test within the validity dates printed on the Authorization to Test (ATT).

* United States includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands,
and the US Virgin Islands.

If the board of nursing is unable to make you eligible within the 365-day time period, you must wait until your current registration expires before re-registering. A candidate may not have two NCLEX examination registrations (of the same exam type) open at the same time.

If you re-register before your current registration expires, your second registration will be processed and denied, and the fee collected is non-refundable.
Candidates who are not made eligible by their board of nursing within the 365-day time period will forfeit their registrations, including the registration fee. Candidates who wish to take an NCLEX examination will need to re-register and re-pay the examination fee.

How to Register for the NCLEX® Examination

1. Submit an application for licensure to the board of nursing where you wish to be licensed. Be sure to meet that board of nursing’s application deadline.

2. Register for the NCLEX examination using one of the following methods.
If you provide an e-mail address when registering for the NCLEX examination, all subsequent correspondence from Pearson VUE will arrive ONLY BY E-MAIL. If you do not provide an e-mail address, all your correspondence will arrive ONLY through the U.S. mail.

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Aug 16, 2009

NURSING TEST TAKING STRATEGY V: G. Steps of the Nursing Process - PLANNING

V: Questions that Require Prioritizing

5. PLANNING


a. Planning questions require prioritizing nursing diagnosis, determining goals and outcome criteria for goals of care, developing the plan of care, and communicating and documenting the plan of care.

b. Regarding nursing diagnoses, remember that actual client problems rather than potential or at risk client problems will most likely be the priority.
c. Remember that this is a nursing examination and the answer to the question most likely involves something that is included in the nursing care plan, rather than the medical plan.

PRACTICE QUESTION: The Nursing Process – Planning

A nurse develops a plan of care for a client with a cataract. Which nursing diagnosis is the priority?
1. Fear related to lost of eyesight
2. Social isolation related to decrease ability to mobilize in the community.
3. Disturbed Sensory Perception (visual) related to ocular lens opacity.
4. Risk for injury related to decrease vision.
Answer: 3
Test-Taking Strategy: This question relates to planning nursing care and asks you to identify the priority nursing diagnosis. Use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory to answer the questions. Remembering that physiological needs are the priority will direct you to option 3. Although Risk for Injury is a potential rather than an actual problem, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory, safety is the second priority. Fear and Social Isolation are psychosocial needs. Remember planning is the third step of the nursing process.

Aug 14, 2009

NURSING TEST TAKING STRATEGY V: G. Steps of the Nursing Process - ANALYSIS

V: Questions that Require Prioritizing

4. ANALYSIS

a. Analysis questions are the most difficult questions because they require understanding of the principles of physiological responses and require interpretation of the data based on assessment.

b. Analysis questions require critical thinking and determining the rationale for the therapeutic interventions that may be addressed in the question.


c. Analysis questions may address the formulation of a nursing diagnosis and the communication and documentation of the results of the process of analysis.

PRACTICE QUESTION: The Nursing Process – Analysis

A nurse is reviewing the laboratory results of an infant suspected of having hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. Which of the following laboratory findings would the nurse most likely expect to note in this infant?

1. A blood pH of 7.50

2. A blood pH of 7.30

3. A blood bicarbonate of 22 mEq/L

4. A blood bicarbonate of 19 mEq/L

Answer: 1

Test-Taking Strategy: An understanding of the physiology associated with hypertrophic pyloric stenosis and that metabolic alkalosis is likely to occur as a result of vomiting is necessary. Next, the nurse must know which laboratory findings would be noted in this acid-base balance condition. Analysis of this data will direct you to the correct option. Remember analysis is the second step of the nursing process.


Aug 9, 2009

June 2009 Nurses' Oathtaking Ceremonies Advisory

For Press Release

Initial Registration Schedule for Nurses – June 2009/Deadline for Filing of Applications for Nov. 29-30, 2009 NLE.

June 2009 Manila Schedule Only

PRC Lucena Sched of Registration

June 2009 Davao Schedule Only

June 2009 Cebu Schedule Only

Please be informed that the Initial Registration of Nurses (June 2009 Baguio Passers) is being conducted in PRC Baguio starting on July 31, 2009.

PRC Tuguegarao -Initial Registration schedule starts on August 10, 2009 in PRC Tuguegarao. The oathtaking will be held on August 31, 2009.


Also, Initial Registration of Nurses (June 2009 Legazpi Passers) is being conducted in PRC Legazpi starting on August 3, 2009. The oathtaking will be held on August 21, 2009 at AQ Dome, Aquinas University of Legazpi.

Initial Registration

Instructions:

Initial registrants should come personally to the PRC Central Office or to the nearest Regional Office to file his/her application for registration and to affix his/her signature in the registry book.

All Registration Certificates and PRC ID shall be claimed by the licensee personally at the Central Office or the Regional Office where the application for the same has been filed. If there is an unavoidable need for a representative, he must present his/her identification paper with picture and a Special Power of Attorney.

Requirements

1. Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
* Download Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal.
2. Current Community Tax Certificate (cedula)
3. Two pcs. passport size pictures with name tag (for Oath Form and Certificate of Registration)
4. One pc. 1”x1” picture in plain background with complete name tag (for Registry of Professionals)
5. Two sets of metered documentary stamps (for Oath Form and Certificate of Registration)
6. One (1) short brown envelope with name and profession

Fees to be paid at PRC:
Php 600.00 - Initial Registration Fee
Php 450.00 - Professional ID
documentary stamps


Deadline for Filing of Applications for November 29 - 30, 2009 NLE

Filing of applications is now ongoing in the Central Office and in the Regional Offices of PRC. The following are the deadlines of filing of applications:

*New/First Timers: September 16, 2009
*Repeater: October 16, 2009

Application shall no longer be accepted after these deadlines.

source: www.prc.gov.ph

Aug 4, 2009

August 18 & 19 2009 Oathtaking Ceremony School Schedules

August 18 & 19 2009 Oath Taking Ceremony School Schedules

Source: http://www.bonphilippines.org/

Initial Registration for Nurses - June 2009 (Manila Examinees Only)/Oathtaking Ceremonies

Initial Registration for Nurses - June 2009 (Manila Examinees Only)

Initial Registration

Instructions:

Initial registrants should come personally to the PRC Central Office or to the nearest Regional Office to file his/her application for registration and to affix his/her signature in the registry book.

All Registration Certificates and PRC ID shall be claimed by the licensee personally at the Central Office or the Regional Office where the application for the same has been filed. If there is an unavoidable need for a representative, he must present his/her identification paper with picture and a Special Power of Attorney.

Requirements

1. Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
* Download Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal.
2. Current Community Tax Certificate (cedula)
3. Two pcs. passport size pictures with name tag (for Oath Form and Certificate of Registration)
4. One pc. 1”x1” picture in plain background with complete name tag (for Registry of Professionals)
5. Two sets of metered documentary stamps (for Oath Form and Certificate of Registration)
6. One (1) short brown envelope with name and profession

Fees to be paid at PRC:
Php 600.00 - Initial Registration Fee
Php 450.00 - Professional ID
documentary stamps

Source: www.prc.gov.ph