If you want to become a licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse in the United States, then you must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). The NCLEX is the only national nurse licensing exam in the United States, and NCLEX-PN results are recognized by the boards of nursing in all U.S. states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The exam is administered using the computerized adaptive testing format, and you must be a recent accredited nursing school graduate in order to take the exam. The NCLEX-PN includes sections on Safe Effective Care Environment, Health Promotion and Maintenance, and Psychosocial and Physiological Integrity, with specific content tailored to client needs.
As you’re preparing for the NCLEX-PN, you can get comprehensive study help using Varsity Tutors’ free Learn by Concept Learning Tool. The material is set up like a syllabus to guide your exam review, with a series of main categories containing more specific topics. The interactive tool allows you to click on a category or topic, which brings you a series of multiple-choice questions about the subject. After looking through the possible answers, you can work through the problem, and then pick the answer you think is correct. An answer key is provided, allowing you to check and see if you were right.
Providing questions and answers alone would be helpful, but Learn by Concept does more. A detailed explanation is included with each problem, telling you not just what the answer is, but how to arrive at that answer. This way, you can see what conditions are being described in the various problems, and see what concepts are relevant to each scenario. These explanations can be viewed whether you got the answer right or wrong. This means that, if you get the answer right, you can make sure that your background knowledge and reasoning were sound. On the other hand, if you get the answer wrong, you can figure out where you went off track, and which material you should focus on to make sure you stay on track in the future.
As you prepare for the exam, you can use the Learn by Concept tool as a NCLEX-PN study guide. The tool takes you through the main categories of Conditions and Treatments; Ethics, Processing, and Care; and Pharmacology. You can all drill into topics that are specific to the NCLEX-PN. With nearly a thousand example questions available, there is material covering nearly every subject and scenario that could possibly come up on the exam.
The Learn by Concept tool is best used in conjunction with other free Varsity Tutors’ Learning Tools. You can start by taking one of the free Practice Tests, which includes both topic-specific tests and multi-subject problem sets. This way, you can review your work and determine which areas you may need to focus on. You can even create your own custom test to meet your study needs. You can follow up the Learn by Concept example questions by working through the Learning Tools Flashcards for the same topics. Just like with the Practice Tests, you can sort the Flashcards by topic or create your own. The Question of the Day tool gives you a random question that could be on any NCLEX-PN subject. Utilizing this tool on a regular basis will help you determine your overall preparedness. Using Varsity Tutors’ Learning Tools will keep you focused and calm as you get ready for the NCLEX-PN.