One sample NCLEX-RN question asks for the most important aspect that the nurse should keep in mind when talking to children. The answer choices for this question are development level, physical development, nonverbal cues and parental involvement. Another sample question asks which of four medications, conjugated estrogen, furosemide, ceclor or Benadryl, the nurse should give first to a patient suffering from dysphagia.
The NCLEX-RN test is an examination for people who want to become entry-level nurses. The questions are designed to teach a person's knowledge of nursing terminology and practices through application and analysis questions. The questions combine information on medical, pediatric, surgical, psychiatric and obstetric topics and are broken up into four major categories: safe and effective care environment, psychosocial integrity, health promotion and maintenance, and physiological integrity. There are also several subcategories, including management of care, safety and infection control, reduction of risk potential, and physiological adaptation.
Most of the questions are multiple-choice questions with four possible answers, but some questions can have multiple response, fill-in-the-blank, chart, exhibit, or drag-and-drop formats. The test length ranges from 75 to 265 questions with a maximum time allotment of six hours. The exam is not graded on a numeric scale but on a pass-or-fail basis, depending on the level of difficulty of the questions and the amount answered correctly.