Tips for taking the NCLEX exam.


The day before taking the NCLEX exam can be one filled with anxiety for nurses.

You have studied hard, gone through the study guides and used the flash cards but still feel anxious.

In this article I want us to focus on 5 things you can do the day prior to the exam.

  • No Studying

This is the day you put your books down. Realistically, you will always feel that there is stuff you do not know.

If by this time you have not grasped the concepts, then don’t worry yourself unnecessarily because last-minute memorizing will not help.

Trust what you know to be enough to help you pass.
Read something inspirational instead. You will feel at peace and this will put you in the right frame of mind.

  • Familiarize Yourself with the Location

Visit the place where you will be taking the exam. Do not leave it to chance and think that you know the area well enough.There might be a road construction taking place and a different route being used to get there.

You do not want to find this out on the day of your exam and arrive late. That will only add to your anxiety and you may not even take the exam.
When you are familiar with a place it adds to your confidence. Since once you know how long it will take you to get there, you can plan accordingly.

  • Take Care of Yourself

You are the most important person and nobody will take care of you but yourself.
Take time to relax and do an activity that you enjoy.
Pamper yourself like getting a pedicure or facial. If you love the gym or taking walks then go for it.
Watch an interesting and exciting movie. Avoid depressing movies as they will affect your mood in a negative way.

  • Eat Healthy

This is not the day you want to eat your favorite hot curry because your stomach may be growling the next day and make you uncomfortable.
Neither is it the day you get tempted to eat ice cream when you are lactose intolerant. You know this will mess with your stomach.
Eat healthy proteins, fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water.

  • Associate with Positive People

One thing you want to do is avoid talking to other nurses who have not taken the exam.
They may only add to you anxiety by asking you questions that may stress you out.
This is when you want to talk to people who will give you support and encourage you.
The day before taking the NCLEX exam is one that you want to be at your best physically, mentally and emotionally so that you reduce any anxiety that may set in.