“Top 4 NCLEX PN Review Questions To Ask Yourself Now To Pass Quicker And With Less Effort”
Straight out of high school or after working as a healthcare aide for most of your life, you have gone to school for the past year to become a Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse (LPN or LVN). Now, all that stands between you and that coveted license is the NCLEX-PN questions you’ll face on testing day.
If you pass your LPN test, you will finally be able to practice as a licensed nurse. But as the test date gets closer, your fear and lack of confidence begin to get the best of you. You begin to wonder how you can beef-up your NCLEX PN review in order to guarantee a passing score. One of the best ways to prepare for the PN exam is to use this 4-step LPN preparation process.
What These NCLEX-PN Questions Will Do For You
In most surveys, nurses are the most trusted and respected people in the world. Although that is probably not why you are entering the profession. One of the reasons for this trust is that the public knows nurses have gone through a rigorous educational process and have been tested to ensure that they have the basic knowledge and skills to care for patients in any setting.
The pressure to perform well and pass the NCLEX PN exam is extremely high – and failure means that you will have to wait to take the exam at a future date. This 4-step preparation process will help your NCLEX-PN review for the exam and achieve your licensure as a practical or vocational nurse.
4 Step Process For Cracking Your NCLEX-PN Exam Review Questions
Know that you CAN pass the LPN exam using the “4 Step Process for Passing the NCLEX-PN Exam”.
Use the Knowledge Statements to predict NCLEX PN questions that will be on the test – Many studies have been done over time that predict what sorts of questions will appear on the NCLEX PN. These surveys have been organized by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) into “Knowledge Statements”. Be aware that the NCSBN is the organization that develops this standardized test so information from them is like gold!
The Knowledge Statements represent those areas of knowledge that are considered most and least important for a newly licensed LPN/LVN. There were 219 areas that were evaluated by newly licensed LPN/LVNs, educators, supervisors, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Each Knowledge Statement was evaluated on a 1-5 scale with 1 being “not important” and 5 being “Critically important” to the practice of a newly licensed LPN/LVN.
This survey can provide a good foundation for your beginning study for the LPN test. If you have a good comfort level with each of the knowledge statements, you are probably very well prepared. In particular, review those areas in which you know you are weak.
In the survey conducted in 2012, the following areas were considered the most important Knowledge Statements for a new LPN/LVN:
- Client safety
- Legal scope of practice
- Dosage calculation
- Adverse reactions
- Administration protocols
- Signs and symptoms of allergic reaction and hypoglycemia
- Client status and condition
- Infection Control and standard precautions
- Vital Signs
- Respiratory Status
- Client identification
- Code of ethics
- Wound care
- Signs and symptoms of complications
- Emergency procedures
- Abnormal findings
- Respiratory status
- Client physical observation
- Basic Life Support
Select a NCLEX review study guide with different types of questions – As you look for ways to review for your practical nursing exam, you will undoubtedly come across books and resources that contain NCLEX-PN practice test questions. Be sure the guide you select has all the different types of questions you might actually see on the test. Reviewing with different types of questions will ensure that you are not shaken on test day when you see a different type.
Even though you will practice using all the question types, be sure you also pay attention to the tutorial at the beginning of the computerized test on test day. It will provide a quick review of the question types you are likely to see.
In your search for study resources, look for NCLEX-PN questions that include:
Multiple Choice – The multiple choice question is the type of question that you will encounter most often on the NCLEX-PN test. This is also the type of question you probably saw most often in your nursing school program. In this type of question, there is a question or statement (the stem of the question) followed by four possible responses. You are required to pick the BEST response. Be aware that in this type of question all of the responses may be correct, so you will need to select the “most correct” answer.
Calculations – This type of question typically will be used for medication questions. Be sure to review how to convert pounds to kilograms and how to calculate drug doses. If you encounter this type of question, an online calculator will be included within the test so practice using a calculator on the computer during your review process.
Charts and graphs – This category of NCLEX-PN question evaluates your knowledge of how to use graphs in your practice. You might be presented with a series of vital signs and observations in a graphic. The question will be related to the data and the correct response will be based on your understanding of the data. Try not to get nervous if you see a chart – it is just another way of presenting you with information.
Ordered Response – This question type will require that you be able to prioritize responses based on what is most important, second most important, etc. The ordered response question assumes that all of the responses are correct but that they should be done in a specific order. For an ordered response question, think about the ABCs (airway, breathing, circulation) and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The correct order will always be based on ordering the needs from the most basic physiological needs to the higher level needs.
Forget what you learned if you were an aide – Many LPNs start their professional careers as an aide. If that includes you, start now to change your patterns of thinking so that you begin to think like a nurse. Prior to this point, you were required to observe and do tasks. Your work day probably consisted of bathing patients and passing trays and water. As a practical nurse, you may eventually be asked to supervise aides and volunteers. The PN exam will test your ability to do the tasks of a licensed practical nurse and provide some amount of leadership to those individuals that you will be supervising. Your scope of practice is changing so your way of thinking must change, too!
Know the scope of practice for the practical nurse – Every state will have a specific “scope of practice” that will guide what you can and cannot do as a practical nurse. NCLEX-PN questions will NOT test your knowledge of state-specific requirements for your scope of practice, but the nurse practice act in all states will have certain general things in common…and these are the things that will be tested on the NCLEX-PN exam.
For example, LPNs are supervised by an RN or a physician; however, these groups cannot delegate work to an LPN that is specifically reserved for a higher level of training. In your NCLEX PN review before the exam, you should look for sample questions that ask you about the work of the LPN within a scope of practice. For example, in-depth assessments and the creation of a plan of care are skills that are reserved for a Registered Nurse.
A response that indicates that an LPN is doing that sort of assessment or developing a plan of care will probably be the incorrect response. LPNs are generally not licensed to hang blood; a response that includes that task can usually be excluded as a correct answer. However, you WILL be responsible for doing more complex tasks and observing, documenting and reporting on the care you deliver as you help to implement the plan of care.
Practice with NCLEX-PN questions that ask you to select the task from a list that you can safely delegate to a trained aide. Read each question very closely and look at each answer separately. For each response, ask yourself the question: “Does this response really answer the question”.
Take the First NCLEX PN Preparation Step Now
The first step is to know the kind of information that will be on the test. Go to the NCSBN website now and begin to review the Knowledge Statements for Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses on that site. Using this information, determine where your weak areas might be. Once you know your areas of weakness, find a LPN prep book or online NCLEX-PN review resource that will give you practice questions that address that area of weakness. If a particular type of question is your weakness, practice those over and over.
Go to: Free NCLEX PN Preparation And Testing Taking Report
Official National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website, including: