LPN NCLEX Exam Preparation Resources

All aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs) must pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN), which is offered through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. To ready themselves for this test, prospective LPNs should complete a state-approved training program. Other study aids might include books or courses specifically focused on passing the NCLEX-PN.

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What Are the Available NCLEX-PN Preparation Resources?

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a mid-level nursing career that is a step below a registered nurse (RN). These professionals often use this position as a springboard to move up the ladder in the nursing field. In order to become a LPN, one must take and pass the NCLEX-PN exam.

Books

There is a number of study books created with the sole purpose of helping potential nurses pass the NCLEX-PN. Books often seek to teach test-takers how to take the exam not just through memorization, but with the test-taking skills required for excelling. Some companies who've created preparation books for this exam include Kaplan, Saunders Q and Delmar. Mometrix Media also offers a study guide that offers secrets to achieving a good score on the exam (www.mo-media.com).

Preparation Courses

There are a number of courses test-takers may become a part of if they'd like help preparing for the NCLEX-PN exam. Kaplan offers area courses for those taking the test for a first time and those who've taken the test but would like to raise their score. Other companies that offer test prep include Hurst Review, Pearls Review, Pearson VUE, RN Quiz, which offers classes online, and others. Potential test takers should find out if there are free classes offer within their community. Often, public health centers and other community center may offer test prep courses.

Exam Details

This test is given on a computer and is reported to state licensing boards as a pass-fail, meaning test takers will need a certain score to successfully pass the examination. Topics covered include effective care, health promotion, health maintenance, pharmacological therapies, risk potential and physiological adapting.

LPN Training Program

Students pursuing a LPN training program, which are typically available at vocational, junior and community colleges, may want to contact their state's board of nursing. This will provide them with a list of schools which have approved programs. These programs commonly include clinical and in-class work and cover subjects such as physiology, anatomy, patient care, geriatrics and others. This program takes one or more years and graduates are prepared for the NCLEX-PN exam.

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