Thursday, June 13, 2019

How is making NCLEX Test Prep Accessible to Diverse Learners

The NCLEX examination represents the culmination of many years of hard work dedicated to the study of nursing. It is the final obstacle between studying and actually working as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. The NCLEX is a challenging, application-based exam, where traditional rote-learning study techniques will likely be minimally effective. Testers with learning difficulties may find preparing for the NCLEX particularly overwhelming – testers like Robert, for example.

Robert is a nursing student with ADHD who finds it challenging to focus on one task for extended periods. This affects his ability to recall specific details and to manage his time effectively. These ADHD-related symptoms have in the past made it difficult for Robert to be successful on standardized tests, and he is concerned that they will also affect his success on the NCLEX. Since the NCLEX is a computer-adaptive test that can last for up to six hours, testers are required to be deliberate in how much time they allot to each question. For testers like Robert, it can be frustrating to prepare independently for such an exam, particularly when many test preparation resources do not account for testers with learning difficulties.

This doesn’t mean that students like Robert can’t be successful on the NCLEX, or that preparing for the NCLEX has to be an exercise in frustration. There are resources that can help students with learning difficulties; the extremely comprehensive NCLEX preparation resource developed by is one such example. The NCLEX resource is much more than just a practice test – it’s really more of a practice hub, designed with all variety of learners in mind.

To begin with, both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN study guides are more than just topic outlines and key word definitions. In fact, each guide is a fully-developed curriculum that supports each of the concepts tested on the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN exams. The guides are broken down into distinct chapters, each centered on a different aspect of nursing. Within each chapter are video lessons that elaborate on the principal ideas relative to each chapter’s theme, flash cards for reviewing key terms, and quizzes and practice tests.

For test takers with learning difficulties, particularly those that affect executive functions like attention, memory, and organization, this compartmentalized approach makes preparing for the NCLEX much more manageable. All lessons are marked with a timestamp, so testers can organize their study time before even beginning a study session. The videos are close-captioned and can be sped up or slowed down to better suit the needs of each learner; this feature is particularly useful for testers who face challenges with reading or with auditory processing, as it allows the viewer to simultaneously read and hear the information. There are also well-organized written transcripts for the video lessons available just under the video player.

When it comes to preparing for the exam itself,’s NCLEX resources help establish a strong foundation of knowledge by including quizzes within each lesson. The lesson quizzes are comprised of 30 multiple choice questions, with the ability to skip and come back to certain questions as necessary. There is a timer embedded on the quiz page, to provide learners like Robert a visual reminder that can help them regain focus and manage their time efficiently. That each quiz targets only one major concept at a time is also an effective way to target students’ attention and boost recall, which can be areas of difficulty for students who face learning challenges.

Finally, each NCLEX preparation guide offers a 50-question cumulative practice test. The practice test covers all topics previously addressed during the course and, like the shorter lesson quizzes, comes equipped with a timer. Wrong answers receive a detailed video explanation to clear up misunderstandings, and a link back to the lesson where the topic was initially covered for further review of potentially tricky material.

Of course, the NCLEX preparation guides are not just for test takers with learning difficulties. However, they are unique in that they account for the needs of an increasingly diverse candidate pool and ensure that all aspiring nurses go into the NCLEX as prepared and equipped for success as possible.  

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Meet the Rollin' RNs!

Nothing stopping these two nurses!!!!

Rollin' RN Patty states, 

"As a 1983 graduate, I've been nursing for quite a while. In 2009, my husband and I were in a car accident that left me paralyzed from T3-4 complete paraplegic. I wasn't ready to hang up my nursing cap, so I created the Rollin RN on Facebook and write in an easy to understand manner on medical topics that the spinal cord injury folks may have difficulty understanding." 

"In 2015, another RN with a spinal cord injury joined me in writing articles. We write purely from our heard on topics we find that lead to confusion on SCI Facebook groups. We are now "The Rollin RNs"."

The Rollin RNs can be found on Facebook at

Bravo and Roll on!