In the world today there are a lot of Registered and Practical nurses but not all of them can practice their profession. Now why is this? It is because they have to become licensed, this is where the NCLEX-PN (for Practical Nurses) and NCLEX-RN (for Registered Nurses) come in.
Upon completion of a 1 year course, a Practical Nurse before becoming eligible to practice must take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse). This exam gives the title of “Licensed” to the passing Practical Nurse and therefore giving them the right to practice. Without this licensing, having the title of PN is almost useless.
Don’t worry about not being able to take this exam since the NCLEX-PN is available in the 50 states of the USA. It is also available in the American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands as well as out-of USA testing centers but requires additional fees apart from the original test cost. The exam averages five hours to complete.
The exams are made and owned by the NCSBN – National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. The exam that they cater is not only to test knowledge but also to provide protection to the public, how? The exam will also test the ability to effectively and safely practice nursing (note that this is only an entry-level examination).
The exam itself is administered via the CAT (Computerized Adaptive Testing) format. With the test being adaptive, the number of questions is not static, with a minimum of 85 questions and a maximum of 205. The test will get harder or redundant depending on the takers right and wrong answers.
It is presently being held at Pearson Professional Centers (PPC) by Pearson VUE in their respective states and other testing centers. The exam is comprised of many contents particular to becoming an LPN and will always be veered towards client needs. Some specific topics are “Coordinated Care” and “Pharmacological Therapies”.
A Licensed Nurses’ duty does not end with just landing a job, they still have to adapt to their patients, co-workers, and nature of their work. It takes strong will and hard work to become helper to society.