QUESTION: How much time do I need to learn problem-solving skills?
JOAN: I recommend 3-4 hours of practice daily, ideally, 4-5 days a week over several 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. Repeat testers usually require 12-14 weeks. If you have a fullt-time work schedule and family responsibilities, I will help you fit in training.
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 arrange meetings on your schedule.
I hold your hand throughout training until you are ready to let go and test strong. You improve as you go and you know when you are ready. Evaluations are provided.
Learning and practicing clinical-judgment 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.
If you have a test date soon and cannot reschedule, contact me for a private coaching session: [email protected]
QUESTION: How do you teach critical thinking?
JOAN: I follow the NCSBN Test Plans. I teach you to read questions using the NCSBN model. happyNCLEX training reduces anxiety, helps you to understand the question clearly, and puts you in the right place to apply your knowledge. You learn to process information the way you will on the job. This skill set is easy to learn but like any skill, takes practice to improve.
happyNCLEX 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 will need to purchase one text that also includes an adaptive Qbank for home practice and evaluation. You will get a publisher’s discount code when you register for happyNCLEX training. The text we use is Developing Clinical Judgement by Donna A. Ignatavicius (Elsevier Evolve)
International Nurses need a functional level of English in oral, comprehension, reading, and writing skills. To request a language assessment, email [email protected] or call/text 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. 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 the best time to start training.
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 so you don’t miss anything. Training is self paced and personal coaching keeps you motivated, on your time. I am here with you daily. You are not left on your own. I do one-to-one meetings throughout your training, as needed.
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 effectively. NCLEX is not an academic test. The way you studied for academic exams in nursing school- by listening to lectures, note taking, and cramming- doesn’t help you to prepare for a professional licensing exam.
happyNCLEX training is delivered by demonstration and guided practice- the way you would learn any new skill with a coach. 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. happyNCLEX trains you in the problem-solving skills you need for a professional licensing exam and continuing education. It’s an essential switch to make.
Research shows that fewer than 25% of nursing school graduates have the skills and abilities to do the job. happyNCLEX training addresses this preparation-to-practice gap. See Crisis in Competency (2017)
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, Lippincott, 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. Practicing questions on your own might have a negative effect. If you don’t know how to approach questions, you are simply getting better at missing them. To practice effectively, you first need to learn how to handle questions using the cognitive skills outlined in the NCSBN Test Plans.
QUESTION: I have a question about the 2-4 hours 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: Do no practice on the days you work 12-hour shifts. Practice consistently on free days and add extra weeks if needed.
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. You most likely won’t need more than 14 weeks if you are consistent with practice and paying attention. International nurses might need more than one cycle, depending on English-language skills.
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’ll get the basics in a few weeks but most testers who start training with a plan to test in a few weeks, soon realize they need more practice to be performance ready. Taking time to practice problem solving will be the difference between getting above passing or bouncing at near/below. If you have limited time because your ATT is set to expire, we can discuss adding private coaching.
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call/text 727 967 1891