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QUESTION: How much time do I need to learn problem-solving skills?

JOAN: I recommend 2-3 hours of practice daily, ideally, 5 days a week for 8-12 weeks. No more than 4 hours a day of prep is needed or recommended.  The average minimum time needed for new graduates is 8 weeks. For repeat testers, 12 weeks. Those who work full time and have a family, often take a few additional weeks. If more time is needed to get comfortably above passing, that’s okay.

Training is set up for you and easy to follow. No planning is required. Training is delivered through demonstration and guided practice, live and on-demand.

I hold your hand throughout training until you are ready to let go and test strong.

Learning and practicing problem-solving skills is a process like learning any new skill. It takes daily practice over a period of several weeks. Training is low stress and testers actually enjoy the training.


QUESTION: How do you teach critical thinking?

JOAN: I follow the NCSBN Test Plans. NCLEX questions are written and evaluated using Bloom’s Taxonomy for the cognitive domain. I teach you to read questions using this process. It reduces anxiety, helps you to understand the question clearly, and puts you in the right place to apply your knowledge. You learn by demonstration and guided practice. It’s a skill set that’s easy to learn but like any skill, takes practice to improve. My curriculm is designed using NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model.


QUESTION: What do I need for training?

JOAN: You need internet access with the ability to stream video and join live webinars, have a test date, or at least, have your ATT or be in process to obtain Authorization To Test. If you are a nursing student preparing for an exit exam or you’re waiting for your ATT, contact us to help you decide the best time to start.

You do not need a Qbank in this training. All tasks include question practice. If you are using a Qbank, I provide research-based instructions to use your Qbank effectively to evaluate progress and readiness to test.

International Nurses need a functional level of English in oral, comprehension, reading, and writing skills. International Nurses can request a language assessment: email [email protected] or call 727 967 1891


QUESTION: I am interested in your program; however, I’m currently waiting for my ATT to retake the NCLEX for the 2nd time. Training is recommended for 8-12 weeks from registration. I still don’t have my ATT, but hope to receive it in the next few weeks. Would it benefit me to purchase your program now, or wait until I receive my official ATT?

JOAN: If you don’t have an ATT, let us know before you register and we’ll help you decide what to do. 


QUESTION: I just need to know if I will be able to access the training and coaching at my available time, which will be evenings after work everyday?

JOAN: Yes! Group Coaching demonstrations are held at different times to meet the needs of members and all are recorded. Training is self paced and personal coaching keeps you motivated, on your time.  


QUESTION: Is your program a “guaranteed” NCLEX pass like HURST or KAPLAN? Is there any way to add private sessions?

JOAN:  No money-back guarantee. I will work with you until you pass. Why is it that 90% of testers who come to me have failed several times, most having trained with big companies that offer a guarantee? What good is that guarantee? Keep repeating for free? It’s very expensive to have to repeat the NCLEX. Not just in fees but emotionally too. After a fail it’s another several months you are not earning a nurse’s salary. My mission is to end the cycle of repeat testing. NCLEX is a skills game, not a monster. Learn the rules and practice. That’s how problem-solving works. Most testers don’t need private session but if you do, we can arrange it. 


QUESTION: I’m worried that if I don’t pass this time… My mind is not concentrated, I don’t know why… I don’t know if the material I’m using enough. Using master RN, Lippincot 2016, Kaplan, Saunders

JOAN: The more materials you use the more confused and scattered you get. And research shows, the more materials used, the lower the pass rate. You’re spinning and creating more anxiety. You need to focus. You need to be organized, improve your concentration, and learn how to handle questions using the cognitive skills outlines in the NCSBN Test Plans.


QUESTION: Does the program have content? Is it a review or strategies?

JOAN: Of course training includes content! How is it possible NOT to learn content through question demonstration and practice? The problem is, the continued focus after graduation on “study” for NCLEX. The CONTENT of the NCLEX (according to the NCSBN Test Plan) is CLIENT NEEDS and NURSING PROCESSES. You need the ability to use problem-solving skills to apply your base of knowledge. If you’ve graduated nursing school, you have a base of knowledge. You need problem-solving skills for NCLEX because the exam is CONCEPT based.

There’s no need for lectures or textbooks. And yes, you will learn new content and concepts every day while learning to let go of the need to know everything, because it is impossible to know everything. This program prepares trains you in the problem-solving skills you need for a professional licensing exam and continuing education. It’s an essential switch to make. 


QUESTION: So you don’t study anything… Right? So from what I understand you learn problem solving skills.

JOAN: You learn in a way that allows you to retain new  information more effectively than the the way you’re used to studying- lectures, note taking, and cramming texts- as you did in nursing school. You’ll learn the way professionals learn in continuing education- through demonstration and guided practice.


Why You Can’t “Study” for NCLEX


QUESTION: What if I reschedule and want more time? How does a possible extension work? 

JOAN: I’m flexible with end dates within reason. Some members need more time because of work and family. That’s fine. You can also pause your membership if needed in case something unexpected comes up.


QUESTION: I have a question about the 2 hrs a day and 4-5 days a week coaching. It would be hard for me to do that since I work full time different hours everyday. Is there a way to do this 4 hrs a day, 3 days a week? I am a repeat test taker and I work 12-hour shifts. I graduated many years ago and have taken the NCLEX 4 times so I know that I need help. 

JOAN:   We’ll help you work out a schedule by making practice a priority while keeping your days in balance and you will no longer feel overwhelmed.


QUESTION: I don’t have much time. I just need help with critical thinking because I’m able to eliminate 2 but then I have 2 left to choose and I often I choose wrong. There are many questions I don’t know the content and don’t know to break it down to answer them right. I test in less than 3 weeks.

JOAN:  You need the required problem-solving skills and the ability to make an educated guess. If you’re often down between 2 you’ll get this fast. You can make good progress in a few weeks but most testers who start training realize they need to practice and decide to postpone testing for an additional few weeks. Taking time to practice problem solving is the difference between passing and being only near passing. If you have limited time because your ATT is set to expire, we can discuss adding private coaching, after setting up a needs assessment. 



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What is NCLEX Content?

Let’s clear up confusion about NCLEX Content. 

Nursing school is CONTENT based. The NCLEX is CONCEPT based.

NCLEX is not a test of academic knowledge. Your ATT proves you have a knowledge base. NCLEX tests if you can think.

Clearly, it is impossible to know everything. Nursing is an ever-expanding body of knowledge and you will be faced with something you don’t know when testing. Are you able to make a critical decision with the limited information given?

NCLEX is designed to test if you can think, if you can control your emotional response and use problem-solving skills to make an educated guess based on the limited information given in a question. 

NCLEX is a professional exam that requires clinical judgment. It tests “entry-level mental competence.”

You can’t study the way you did for academic tests when you were a student but train to manage each querstion, every situation, and the exam performance overall.

happyNCLEX training follows The NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model and is delivered by demonstation and guided practice, live and on-demand..

Learn to approach questions the way they are written and evaluated, using Bloom’s Taxonomy for the cognitive domain. This skill set is required for NCLEX as well as nursing certification exams, job interview testing, and continuing nursing education. Your investment in learning critical-thinking skills for NCLEX retains its value throughout your nursing career.

It’s so easy when you make the switch from study to practice, from student to professional.

End the cycle of study-fail-study-repeat and learn to apply critical thinking to NCLEX.

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See how learning problem-solving skills helped these testers.

More information on NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model