The NCLEX® Exam
The NCLEX exam, also known as the National Council Licensure Examination, is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.
In order to take the NCLEX exam, you must apply for a nursing license from your state board of nursing. That board will determine whether or not you meet its criteria for NCLEX examination-eligibility. You must then register to take the exam.
Once you’ve applied for a license from your state board of nursing, you will receive an NCLEX Examination Candidate Bulletin in the mail. You may then register with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s testing service by phone, or by filling out a mail-in registration form.
Once your state board of nursing has verified your eligibility to take the NCLEX examination, you will receive an Authorization to Take the Test (ATT), along with a list of testing centers and instructions for how to schedule an appointment to take the examination.
The cost to take the NCLEX is $207.
NCLEX Exam Subject Matter
According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the NCLEX examination covers the following “categories of client needs”:
|Safe, Effective Care Environment||Psychosocial Integrity|
|· Management of Care· Safety and Infection Control||· Coping and Adaptation· Psychosocial Adaptation|
|Health Promotion and Maintenance||Physiological Integrity|
|· Growth and Development Through the Life Span· Prevention and Early Detection of Disease||· Basic Care and Comfort· Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies· Reduction of Risk Potential· Physiological Adaptation|
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $70,000 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,690, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $104,100.
In May 2017, the median annual wages for registered nurses in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
|Hospitals; state, local, and private||72,070|
|Ambulatory healthcare services||66,300|
|Nursing and residential care facilities||62,320|
|Educational services; state, local, and private||60,300|
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited November 16, 2018).
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