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Where can I get my NCLEX results?Please know that is a total myth about you passing or failing whether or not the computer shuts off at 75 or goes to the end at 265. It is also a myth about students that stop at 75 usually always pass. These ideas are put into your heads by your NCLEX Review Instructors. These people are good intentioned but they could not be more wrong.

I took the Boards 3 times myself. 1st time, it shut off at 75 questions. 2nd time, it shut off at 265 questions. The third time, I passed and it shut off at 193 questions. Click here to understand how the NCLEX works and why and where it shuts off.

You Are A Nursing Student by Anneliese Garrison, RN
© written 12/20/95


You will be mentally stressed.
You will be emotionally challenged.

You will learn how to work together.
You will learn to work alone.

You will learn when to speak.
You will learn when to be silent.

You will learn when to lead.
You will learn when to follow.

You will be constructively criticized.
You will be praised.

You will shed a few tears.
You will share in each other's laughter.

You will learn the need to help eachother.
You will learn to help yourself.

You will learn to be part of a group.
You will learn to be yourself--an individual.

You will learn responsibility.
You will learn disipline.

You will learn these things because
someday someone's life will depend
on you.

You are a nursing student
you will graduate------

You will be,
in all it's wonder and glory,

a Nurse.


Index of Poems

  • This Area of Content Will Cover:
  • What to expect the day of the actual test:
  • What type of document to expect in the mail after the test:
  • Please Be advised that all information below is based on my personal experience...........

    ~~The day of the Test~~
    Please be sure to file to take your exam in plenty of time so that you will receive the information needed for the actual test taking. On the day of the test, a thumbprint will be needed and a photo will be taken. This photo will appear only on the document that you receive in the mail with regards as to whether you passed or not. This photo will not be on your actual nursing license. Your nursing license will be a 3 by 5 piece of paper that will: 1) consist of your name. 2) your nursing license number and 3) the date received and renewal date of your nursing license. I don't know what I was expecting but for all the hardship I had, for some reason, I was expecting a gold plaque or something. That being said, let us get back to the actual test taking center. Please do not bring any valuables with you because you will NOT be allowed to take anything in the actual room where you are taking the test. Please also be aware and advised that you will be video and audio taped during the time you are taking your test. This sounds more threatening then it really is. They do strive to make your test taking experence as "pleasant" as possible. If indeed, that is possible at all. After an allotted period of time, the computer will shut off saying it is time for a 10 minute break, please be sure to be back on time. Because after 10 minutes the computer will begin keeping track of your time again and please do remember that this is a timed exam. 5 hours sounds like a lot of time, but it really is not under these circumstances where every minute may count! Once you are finished taking the exam. You will not be able to find out your test results immediately. Yes, they do have them in front of them, but you will not be advised of your status at this time. I have received several emails with regard to a site on the computer that you can find out your result within 24 hours? I have checked this out, I do not find this to be the case. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, no, I am sorry. You CANNOT find out your test results online. So, just how long does it take for one to get their results? This differs tremendously and the reasoning is unknown to me but I have had friends that have gotten their results in 5 days and I myself personally, it took 4 weeks. So, in my experience, you should receive your results in a range from 5 days to 4 weeks. On average, I really would say 1 to 2 weeks.
    I have recieved email from a friend regarding this issue and invite you to read the following:

    NCLEX RESULTS

    First, you have to find your State Board of Nursing site and see if they offer that kind of service online:

    http://caring4you.net/BoardsofNursing.html

    Look for LICENSE VERIFICATION

    You may also want to view what other people have said about the NCLEX you may email them as well, here:

    http://caring4you.net/success.html

    I am sure there will be someone that posted from your area.

    You may or may not have any luck with finding results online. As mentioned above only a few States have them available. If all else fails, and they really do not like it but it is your life on the line--not theirs, contact your local Board of Nursing by phone:

    http://caring4you.net/BoardsofNursing.html


    I took my exam in Newport News, Virginia at the Sylvan Learning Center.  They give you a little lavender pamphlet that says "You've completed the NCLEX exam - but if you still have questions..."  The pamphlet explains about the length of the test and what to expect in the mail and what to do if the candidate does not pass.  It also explains about challenging the test.  It appears to be provided by 1998 National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc., 676 N. St. Clair, Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60611
    The number I called was (804) 662-9909, which is the VA Board of Nursing.
    I'll go back to the site and be happy to tell of my ordeal.  Maybe that would give other "overanxious" people some hope.
    I stopped by the Naval hospital where I work (I'm in the Navy) and everyone just ran up and hugged me and were so happy.  It was a great day.
    Thanks again,
    Julie
     
    NCLEX® Examination Results-By-Phone
    Call and find out your unofficial NCLEX® results. You must wait three business days before you can call and get unofficial results. The cost to make this call is $7.95 FLAT, regardless of the length of the call. The charge for the call appears on the user's telephone statement. To get your unofficial results call: 900.225.6000. There are easy to follow instructions once the call has been made, technical support can also be found by calling 800.551.1912. You can later get official results from your state board. The following states participate in the NCLEX® Results-By-Phone Program:

    Colorado, Delaware, Georgia-PN, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia PN, Wisconsin

    The results-by-phone service cost $7.95. Regardless of the length of the call the charge will automatically appear on your next phone bill. Your results won't be avalable until 3 business days after you take your test.
    IE: If you take your test on Monday, Call on Thursday. If you take your test on Tuesday, call on Friday. If you take your test on Wednesday, call on Monday. If you take your tests on Thursday, call on Tuesday. If you take your test on Friday, call on Wednesday. If you take your test on Saturday, call on Wednesday. If you take your test on Sunday, call on Wednesday.
    *Please note depending on the day the test is taken. The time frame may be longer then 3 days. This is R/T the weekend . But no longer then 5 days. Anneliese, I copied this word for word from the paper i received from the board of nursing in Albany NY. I hope this info will help some.

    TiaNY :-))))


    ~~What to Expect In the Mail~~
    Let me start by addressing the notion that if you pass, you get a small envelope and if you fail, you get a big envelope. I don't know if this is true. What I do know is that if you fail, you receive an information packet with instructions on how to take the test again. And if you pass, you receive a copy of the Nurse Practice Standards. To me, the envelopes looked the same and it may have been because I was scared. You receive the same Diagnostic Profile whether you pass or fail.
    ~~What is My Diagnostic Profile?~~
    You will receive in the mail a white piece of paper that will state "NCLEX-RN CANDIDATE DIAGNOSTIC PROFILE" It will consist of: 1) your test date, 2) testing center, 3) candidate number, 4) date of birth, 5) social security number, 6) program code 7) pragram name and finally, your status as to whether you have passed or failed your NCLEX. If you have passed, your license number will be stamped near your picture at the top of the page and then, shortly thereafter you will receive a letter in the mail with your temporary license number. This letter is only good for 30 days and is to only be used while you are waiting for your actual license to come in the mail. However, if you have not passed, you will see several scales. On these scales you will see an X. Depending on where this X is on the scale, this determines your overall performance in that paricular area. The scales consist of 4 basic areas: 1) overall performance assessment, 2) number of items taken, 3) phases of the nursing process (this area rates overall how you did in the areas of assessment[17-23%of the test]; analysis[17-23% of the test]; planning[17-23% of the test]; implementation[17-23% of the test] and evaluation[17-23% of the test]) and 4) categories of clients needs. (this area rates overall how you did in the areas of safety[15-21% of the test]; physiological integrity[46-54% of the test]; psychosocial integrity[8-16% of the test] and health promotion/maintenance [17-23% of the test]. Having said this, this is why it is important to go over Ways to Choose the Right Answer on the NCLEX again. This is the way they broke it down when I took the exam. For updated information, keep reading........

    NCLEX-RN® Examination Definitions
    Valid for NCLEX-RN® Examinations Taken ON or AFTER April 1, 1998

    Test Plan Structure

    The framework of Client Needs is used for the NCLEX-RN® examination because it provides a universal structure for defining nursing actions and competencies across all settings for all clients. The following concepts and processes fundamental to the practice of nursing are integrated throughout the four major categories of Client Needs: Nursing Process, Caring, Communication, Cultural Awareness, Documentation, Self Care, and Teaching/Learning.

    Client Needs

    Four major categories of Client Needs organize the content of the NCLEX-RN® Test Plan. These client needs are further divided into subcategories that define the content contained within each of the four major Client Needs categories. These categories and subcategories as well as the percentage of test questions allocated to each subcategory are described below.

    A. Safe, Effective Care Environment

    1. Management of Care (7-13% of the test questions) - providing integrated, cost-effective care to clients by coordinating, supervising and/or collaborating with members of the multi-disciplinary health care team.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Advance Directives; Advocacy; Case Management; Client Rights; Concepts of Management; Confidentiality; Continuity of Care; Continuous Quality Improvement; Delegation; Ethical Practice; Incident/Irregular Occurrence/Variance Reports; Informed Consent; Legal Responsibilities; Organ Donation; Consultation and Referrals; Resource Management; and Supervision.

    To prepare for this subcategory, you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing leadership and management, ethical/legal issues, medical/surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, and maternal/child nursing.

    2. Safety and Infection Control (5-11% of the test questions) - protecting clients and health care personnel from environmental hazards.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Accident Prevention; Disaster Planning; Error Prevention; Handling Hazardous and Infectious Materials; Medical and Surgical Asepsis; Standard (Universal) and Other Precautions; and Use of Restraints.

    To prepare for this subcategory you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing fundamentals of nursing and medical/surgical nursing.

    B. Health Promotion And Maintenance

    3. Growth and Development Through the Life Span (7-13% of the test questions) - assisting the client and significant others through the normal expected stages of growth and development from conception through advanced old age.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Aging Process; Ante/Intra/Postpartum and Newborn; Developmental Stages and Transitions; Expected Body Image Changes; Family Planning; Family Systems; and Human Sexuality.

    To prepare for this subcategory, you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing maternal/child nursing, obstetrical nursing, pediatric nursing, geriatric and/or gerontological nursing, and caring for families.

    4. Prevention and Early Detection of Disease (5-11% of the test questions) - managing and providing care for clients in need of prevention and early detection of health problems.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Disease Prevention; Health and Wellness; Health Promotion Programs; Health Screening; Immunizations; Lifestyle Choices; and Techniques of Physical Assessment.

    To prepare for this subcategory, you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing health and/or wellness promotion, community nursing concepts, and physical assessment.

    C. Psychosocial Integrity

    5. Coping and Adaptation (5-11% of the test questions) - promoting client's ability to cope, adapt and/or problem solve situations related to illnesses or stressful events.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Coping Mechanisms; Counseling Techniques; Grief and Loss; Mental Health Concepts; Religious and Spiritual Influences on Health; Sensory/Perceptual Alterations; Situational Role Changes; Stress Management; Support Systems; and Unexpected Body Image Changes.

    To prepare for this subcategory, you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing mental health, health promotion, religious and spiritual beliefs, and stress.

    6. Psychosocial Adaptation (5-11% of the test questions) - managing and providing care for clients with acute or chronic mental illnesses.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Behavioral Interventions; Chemical Dependency; Child Abuse/Neglect; Crisis Intervention; Domestic Violence; Elder Abuse/Neglect; Psychopathology; Sexual Abuse; and Therapeutic Milieu.

    To prepare for this subcategory, you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing mental illness, psychiatric nursing, therapeutic communication, and crisis intervention.

    D. Physiological Integrity

    7. Basic Care and Comfort (7-13% of the test questions) - providing comfort and assistance in the performance of activities of daily living.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Assistive Devices; Elimination; Mobility/Immobility; Non-Pharmacological Comfort Interventions; Nutrition and Oral Hydration; Personal Hygiene; and Rest and Sleep.

    To prepare for this subcategory, you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing fundamentals, medical/surgical nursing, nutrition and diet therapies.

    8. Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies (5-11% of the test questions) - managing and providing care related to the administration of medications and parenteral therapies.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Administration of Blood and Blood Products; Central Venous Access Devices; Chemotherapy; Expected Effects; Intravenous Therapy; Medication Administration; Parenteral Fluids; Pharmacological Actions; Pharmacological Agents; Side Effects; Total Parenteral Nutrition; and Untoward Effects.

    To prepare for this subcategory, you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing medications, pharmocology and medical/surgical nursing.

    9. Reduction of Risk Potential (12-18% of the test questions) - reducing the likelihood that clients will develop complications or health problems related to existing conditions, treatments or procedures.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Alterations in Body Systems; Diagnostic Tests; Lab Values; Pathophysiology; Potential Complications of Diagnostic Tests, Procedures, Surgery and Health Alterations; and Therapeutic Procedures.

    To prepare for this subcategory, you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing medical/surgical nursing, and laboratory values/ diagnostic tests.

    10. Physiological Adaptation (12-18% of the test questions) - managing and providing care to clients with acute, chronic or life-threatening physical health conditions.

    Related content includes but is not limited to: Alterations in Body Systems; Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances; Hemodynamics; Infectious Diseases; Medical Emergencies; Pathophysiology; Radiation Therapy; Respiratory Care; and Unexpected Response to Therapies.

    To prepare for this subcategory, you may want to review information contained in, but not limited to, nursing textbooks addressing medical/surgical nursing and emergency care.

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    Having said all of this, I trust you will find this helpful. The important thing is that you relax on the actual day of your test. Trying to remain calm will be extremely important.

    Email: anneliese@caring4you.net