Some of the questions I often ask to my future colleagues. I think, if you have mastered the material and be able to explain on your own, then you are set to take the exam. Explaining a certain disease or topic to someone is the best way to gauge you understanding of the topic. Remember, if you combine the three ways of studying: reading, writing, and speaking, the more information will be retained. Certain study practices are relative to the person. So if you are a kind of person who studies with the aid of pictures, stick to visuals.
I am posting some tips that I learned while studying for the same exam. I wish I had known it sooner or applied it during practice exams. I did not land in the top ten but was proud to earn a grade high enough to be accepted by any tertiary hospitals. I would like to share it to thousands of future RNs.
To successfully pass the NLE, the following are the breakdown of individual allotment:
~60% Study effort
~25% Determination to pass
~5% Support (emotional, spiritual, social, psychological)
~100% Passing rate
Miss Lilac's Tips
o Read each question and answer c a r e f u l l y!
o Eliminate atleast 2 wrong choices, go back and read the situation, then select the correct answer
o When given choices with dates, years or numbers, choose the 2 in between among the selection: For example: a) 1997 b) 1990 c) 1996 d) 1999. Probable answer is between the two red choices. Only use this if you have completely no idea of the answer.
o Nursing interventions always starts with an assessment.
o Be familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy, Erik Erikson, ABC’s, and Protocol in fire emergency, etc. As much as possible, master all the information in a table format in any nursing books.
o Communication Skills:
1) Check the statement if its TRUE
2) Check if the true statement is therapeutic. Eliminate all non-therapeutic statements.
3) If it is true and therapeutic, this is likely the answer
o Complete with general ideas or “umbrella” is usually the correct answer but not necessarily the longest answer. Most of the time, the longest choice is the correct answer.
o On the last week or 2 weeks before exam, practice answering on practice exams. Do not If you get 60% and above in all of the tests, there is a high possibility that you will pass!
o Be sure to have some knowledge listed below. The exam revolves on the eleven (11) core competency areas for nursing practice:
1. Safe and Quality Nursing Care
2. Management of Resources and Environment
3. Health Education
4. Legal Responsibility
5. Ethico-Moral Responsibility
6. Personal and Professional Development
7. Quality Improvement
9. Record Management
11. Collaboration and Teamwork
o Take a break in between studying time. Do not force yourself to memorize the material if the brain cannot take it anymore. Have a break, talk to someone, watch TV, eat, or take a long walk. The brain is like a sponge it will absorb and process all the information when it is ready.o Do not review on the last day before the exam. Take this time to relax and unwind.
o Get enough sleep the night before the major day. Prepare all the requirements before going to sleep.
o Last but not the least, write down your full name followed by (comma) RN in any sheet of paper like you really, really, mean it then smile.