Common Questions found on the NCLEX-RN Exam
NCLEX-RN Exam Overview
Before becoming a licensed registered nurse, all undergraduates in the nursing program must pass the NCLEX-RN or the “National Council Licensor Examination for Registered Nurse.” This lengthy, computer-generated exam is designed to evaluate the trainee’s critical thinking skills, analysis of information and ability to appraise information to formulate effective conclusions and determining the best answers to any given situation.
A study guide may help prepare for the test, but it’s not advisable to rely on the questions in the book as a resource to pass the examination. Do not rely on trying to memorize as many answers as possible. The real questions are never revealed, and will change in accordance with the answers the applicants give.
Solid preparation and developing a knowledgeable approach to the subject matter is the best guarantee for passing the examination. Take notes while listening to your instructor and underscore the primary points of the presentation. Organize the information, so it’s clearly defined and understandable from your perspective.
Do not worry if you are unable to answer the questions promptly. The test is a measurement of your ability to analyze and think critically, so the best recourse is to reflect carefully and even request unscheduled breaks if you feel your mind tiring. Here are some tips on the types of questions that will be asked.
The test will contain a number of multiple choice questions that will appraise your ability to think quickly in an emergency situation, such as correct procedure for assisting the physician with a patient who has gone into cardiac arrest, what to do if a patient suffers a seizure, or immediate care for an eye injury caused by solvents.
It will also include questions that show your ability to evaluate a situation, such as how much detailed information to give the family of a patient, priorities in patient treatment, and respecting cultural differences. While some may have exact answers, some may have more than one correct answer.
Good Management Skills
The examination will test your ability to manage a unit, prepare patients for surgery and instruct families on outpatient care. Questions may be asked concerning planned nursing assignments, developing an out-patient plan, and advice to give parents with new-born babies, or the family members of an Alzheimer’s patient.
The practicing RN is expected to be able to read the lab results of blood samples and their significance. Most of the questions will be centered around the type of lab results that are abnormal, conflicts in medications, whether the administered medication is too high or too low, and the nutritional needs based on lab results.
Correctly reading and evaluating the treatment needed based on the patient’s symptoms is an important aspect of the RN’s duties. Questions may be asked concerning the symptoms for head trauma, allergy reactions, types of rashes and their significance, or identifying complications arising from post surgery, blood transfusions and illegal drug use.
A practicing RN is expected to know how diseases are transmitted, how to treat patients with terminal diseases, recognize diseases in remission, and plan diets and exercises for controllable diseases. Most of the questions will be based on a nursing care plan for hepatitis A, Addison’s disease, diabetes and treatment after chemotherapy.
The limitations of movement in a patient are an indication of a medical problem. Questions may be asked concerning the type of limitations that can be expected to occur for undiagnosed injuries, the onset of scoliosis, or suspected stroke victims. Questions might also ask how to improve movement following myocardial infarction, stroke, or as part of the rehabilitation from a serious injury.
Several nursing programs are available at the bachelor's, post-graduate, master's, and doctoral levels.
- Nursing (BS)
A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.
- Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
- Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.
- Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration
- Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator
- BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Grand Canyon University - College of Nursing & Health Care Professions. Online & Campus - Bachelor's and Master's Degrees!
- B.S. in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)
- M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics (Bridge)
- M.S. in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)
- And more...
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
- MS in Nursing
- Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
- Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner
- And more...
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
- Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.
- Master of Science in Nursing
Start a great career in healthcare with Medical Careers Institute.
- Nursing (RN-BSN) - Bachelor's
- Nursing (RN) - Associate's
- Practical Nursing - Diploma
- And more...
Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.
- Practical Nursing Diploma
- Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Medical Assisting-Clinical Concentration
Give your career a boost with an education from Southern New Hampshire University.
- MS Nursing
- MS Nursing: Patient Safety and Quality
- MS Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
- And more...
At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.
* Programs vary by location
* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information
- Associate Degree in Nursing
- Practical Nursing
- Medical Assistant
As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.
- Nursing (BS)
Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.
- RN-BSN (Bachelor of Science) - Online
- Dual Degree: MSN-MBA (MSN-MBA) - Online
- MSN Nursing Administration & Leadership (Master of Science) - Online
Technology changes everything®
You’ve found Ashford University, where school comes to you
- BS/Nursing (RN to BSN)
Miller-Motte Technical College (MMTC) can help get you from here to a new career!
- Medical Assisting - Associate of Occupational Science