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Ep000: Welcome to the Unofficial NCLEX® Prep Podcast for Nursing Students

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Welcome to our brand new . . . hot off the presses podcast.  This podcast is designed to provide you with a step-by-step outline for the majority of the key points the NCSBN wants nursing students to know before taking the NCLEX®.

Each episode is between 5-15 minutes and covers one bullet point from the NCLEX® Test Plan.

We do have a free download that goes along with this podcast outlining the points discussed. You can download that here at: NRSNG.com/NCLEXprep.

This document is an ever growing study guide that includes well outlined points.  Rather than outlining disease processes, meds, and other medical information, this podcast will focus on the nursing concepts and fundamental nursing information.

This podcast is sure to be a massive resource for you as a nursing student.  New episodes will be added every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

To help see this podcast grow the best thing you can do is subscribe, share, and review.

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Welcome to the Unofficial NCLEX Prep podcast, by nrsng.com, where our goal is to give you the tools and the confidence that you need to succeed in nursing school, on the NCLEX, and in your life as a nurse. To get the massive PDF guide that goes along with this podcast, head over to nrsng.com/nclexprep. That’s nrsng.com/nclexprep. Thank you so much for joining us today. We want you to succeed. We’re here to help you along in the process. Now, let’s roll in to the show.

 

What’s going on guys? This is Jon Haws RN CCRN, with nrsng.com. I am joined today with Katie [Clieber 00:00:37] RN CCRN, also with nrsng.com. What’s going on Katie?

 

Hey, guys. Thanks for having me.

 

You guys, we are super pumped. Katie and I have been working on this brand new podcast, this brand new resource, that when it’s all said and done, this is going to be nearly a 40-hour audio lecture series about the NCLEX. We’ve been working on this for maybe about a month now, just brain storming it.

 

I’ve had this idea in the back of my head for literally about 2 years now. I got Katie on the phone. We talked about a month ago, 6 weeks ago. We were like, “What are we going to do with this?” We determined that what we’re going to do is we’re going to make this massive, massive, audio resource, that’s going to be the end-all be-all of NCLEX Prep podcasts.

 

What we’ve actually done, guys, let me tell you what we’ve done. Early on, when I started nrsng.com I thought, okay, what’s missing from NCLEX Prep? We all know about Saunders. We all know about Kaplan. We all know about Hurst. We all know about the big guys, but what’s missing from them? Why are people taking those courses and still failing? Why are people going to school, spending $60,000 and still failing the NCLEX? Something’s missing, obviously, from what’s going on.

 

We have good students, good nurses, that aren’t able to figure out what they need to know for the NCLEX. What I did is I started doing a lot of research. This was, like I said, about 2 years ago. Right when we were going NRSNG going, and I stumbled on the NCSBN. If you guys aren’t familiar with the NCSBN you should be. The NCSBN is the company that actually creates the NCLEX test plan. Those 4 years of nursing school are all to conquer and to beat the NCLEX. That’s what we’re trying to learn, is how to beat this test so you can get that RN after your name. The NCSBN is who really controls that.

 

What they’ve done, is they actually have a whole section on their website … I mean their whole website’s really great. It has a lot of information about the NCLEX, what it is, etc. In a little corner, tucked away on their website, is this huge resource for educators. What I did is I went to that section of the website, spent a few weeks really digging in to what they think students need to know to pass the NCLEX.

 

One of the resources I found was they basically broke down the entire NCLEX test plan point by point, what are the high level things that students need to know? For example, Katie, what’s one of the high level things that they talk about in there?

 

Just some of the stuff is giving and receiving reports. Yeah, really high level. That’s like a huge topic.

 

Yeah. What is a student going to do with that? Yeah. Like a student can’t like, “Oh, okay got it. I’m going to pass the NCLEX today.”

 

“I could do that.” No. Prioritization, delegation. Those are huge topics, but those are definitely part of the points.

 

Yeah. There’s about, when we broke it down, there’s about 508 of these points that are so incredibly high level, like giving report. Okay, but what does a nursing student, what does a nurse need to know about giving report to actually make it work?

 

What Katie has done is Katie has gone in and really dissected each of those points and created this huge document and recorded, like I said, about 40 hours of audio lectures for you guys. If you guys want to get that, the first 30 pages of this document that Katie’s created, you can go over to nrsng.com/nclexprep. That’s nrsng.com/nclexprep and you’ll be able to download that for free and have that.

 

It’s like 30-page PDF. It’s got all the points that Katie has started working on with this. I hope I’ve shown you guys kind of what we’re doing here and what the point of this podcast is. This is going to be a huge resource. What I want you to do now if you’re on your phone, open up your little player app and subscribe. Leave a review. If this is helping, leave a review. Share it. It’s so easy to share from your phone. You just have the little share tab and you can share it on text, email, social media. Share this with people so they can have this resource too, you guys.

 

This is free. This is what, I believe, in my mind, differentiates us at NRSNG from everyone else’s is we truly want you to succeed and that means we’re going to give you a ton of free resources. This is one of them. This is the biggest one we’ve got here. Let’s talk to Katie. Katie’s the one who’s going to be heading up this show.

 

In our first episode here I want her to just get to know you guys, introduce herself, and introduce this show to you guys. Katie, let’s talk about what’s the purpose of this unofficial NCLEX prep podcast?

 

The purpose really, at the end of the day, is to get you to pass the NCLEX, but what I’m realizing when I go through this is yeah, this is important stuff to learn to pass NCLEX, but as I was going through all the points it’s like, “Man, this is all really important stuff just to be a nurse.” It’s not just stuff to learn for, just to check off a box and say, “I get this.”

 

I’m going through each of these points and I can think of patient scenario after patient scenario that I have gone through in my experience as a nurse that directly applied to this point. The first one is talking about advanced directives and hey, critical care nurse here, I’ve utilized advanced directives and seen situations where they don’t have them and how bad it is. When they do have them then we follow them.

 

It’s very valuable, and not just to pass the NCLEX, but just in your development as a nurse. I think this is going to be a really really important part and a way to hey, talk to a practicing nurse that has taken the NCLEX, that has been working at the bedside in various capacities, that has experienced not only how this looks on a test, but how it looks dealing with actual patients and people.

 

Yeah, I’m looking at episode 3 and the title for episode 3 is Organizing your Workload to Manage Time Effectively. We get that question through email probably 10 or 15 times a day like, “How do I manage my time?” We’re going to tell you all about that and we’re going to do it in a way that, like you said, that works for either the nursing student, the new nurse, or the experienced nurse. You’re nearly a decade of experience on the floor and …

 

I’m just looking through some of these episode titles like, there’s so much here you guys. Let’s see. Let me look at one here. Here, episode 27, Recognizing Ethical Dilemmas and Take Appropriate Action. You’re not going to get that anywhere else. The fact that each one is broken up. This isn’t this 1-hour long lecture, this is everything that they need to know about ethical dilemmas and taking the appropriate action. That’s what’s really cool.

 

It’s also not just like, “This is what an ethical dilemma is. You need to take care …” It’s like, “Hey. You know what. This happens.” I personally have seen ethical dilemmas and I actually put some links and things in there to … I’ve had my specific experience, but I tried to pull in some resources of more in-depth.

 

Here is, I’ve put in a link on a PDF of another website that just described a bunch of them because mine are pretty closely related to neuro and cardiac, but some other ones that you can really get an idea because these are so incredibly common, ethical dilemmas, that hospitals create ethics committees. Someone’s whole job is dealing with ethical dilemmas and those kinds of things. It’s something really important to notice when you’re experiencing one.

 

It’s one of those things where it’s not like, “Oh, okay. This is definitely an ethical dilemma.” It’s, “Hey. This feels kind of wrong.” I’m the nurse that’s here all day, everyday, and what this family member says when they don’t think anyone’s listening and what they’re doing and saying to other people, I’m picking up on and noticing that’s not the same thing that they’re communicating to the physicians. Ethical dilemma.

 

Those kinds of … That piece of these really important things.

 

Let me just this, too. How often does that happen?

 

I have personally been taking care of a patient where we formally had to consult ethics. Maybe five to ten times total in the last six years.

 

Those get sticky. Those get sticky.

 

Hairy situation …

 

The family sees you outside on the phone and like, “Who’s she calling? What are they doing?” Then all of the sudden the House Supervisor shows up, a new physician shows up. It’s like, “Hey, I’m the nurse.”

 

Yeah. It really pulls … That one especially, pulls in the other points because, you know what, at the end of the day you’re the patient advocate and when you notice something that is incongruent with what they would want or something just seems not right and you pull them in. It’s a great example of the multi-disciplinary approach. It’s me working with the physicians and we’re all working together to make sure the best thing is happening for the patient.

 

They’re hairy situations. They’re not great, but they really exemplify, “Hey. We’re putting the patient’s needs first regardless of anyone’s ego, who they are to the patient. Maybe a member of the health care team. At the end of the day, it’s what the patient wants, and I am the nurse and I am their advocate.” There is an episode about patient advocacy.

 

That, at the end of the day, that is what I need to do and that is the priority.

 

Again, like I was saying earlier, just to touch on it one more time, in a nursing fundamentals course that’s when you’re going to talk about this. It’s going to be talked about in 5 minutes and moved on in the midst of a 2-hour lecture. I think that’s what’s really cool about this podcast is it’s broken up and it’s a way that you can go back, search it. It’s up on the website. It’s in your phone. It’s where you can see this every time you’re like, “You know, Katie said a story about ethical dilemmas and I don’t remember what it was. Let me go and let me listen to it again and have it.”

 

We have this PDF document like you were talking about that’s nrsng.com/nclexprep, where you can go back and read what’s really going on here. Use the links and everything to really make this all sync and have it just massively organized.

 

With that … Sorry. Talk about the structure of it a little bit, what you’ve done with the structure of each episode.

 

Basically the way that this document is is it’s … The first section was, it’s called, I believe, Management of Care. Is that right, John?

 

Yeah.

 

The big section. It’s 17-23% of the NCLEX, so that’s this first section. The first episodes go into the beginning of that. You have the big section, 17-23% is on the management of care and that sounds very like, “Oh the management of care. What does that really mean?” Each episode is an aspect of that. We start with advanced directives go into delegation, prioritization, understanding every member of the health care team.

 

I really am passionate about us understanding how we fit into that, so I loved doing that one. Each episode is basically one of these main points that they say that the nurse needs to know … The person that is going to pass the NCLEX, they need to know this point. There’s an episode on that. Then I expand a little bit on that and I add in some of my experience. How it really practically like … Yeah, this says in this document, “You need to know this,” and I kind of was like, “Actually, yeah. I really do need to know this.” Not just to pass this test, but you really need to know this and here’s why.

 

Here’s the really important things because if you really go dive so so deep into these that you are learning unnecessary details, that kind of negates the learning and makes it so it’s not practical. Try to take the most practical important aspects of each point and expand on those in each episode. That’s kind of how the structure works. The first 29 episodes are just part of that 17-23%.

 

Awesome. I just want to really make sure people understand the guide, the text guide that you’ve created with is awesome. It has the most essential points with it. It has links to the other resources. Really having that guide as you’re listening to this or having that guide when you’re not listening and just being able to compare the two and work off the two.

 

Some people are auditory learners. I prefer auditory stuff because I can do it while I’m jogging or walking, or whatever. Some people really need that text and having that text there I think really will help supplement this a lot.

 

I’m definitely someone who has to have text and so I’m someone that would listen to this in the car and then again go through it on paper like it’s my second time going through and highlight and add notes. Add the thoughts I thought of while listening to it. I think the text is a really good compliment to it. The beginning ones are kind of dry in that it’s like, I don’t have cool pictures because I don’t know how I’m going to do pictures of …

 

Advocacy.

 

… yeah, of advocacy, other than someone like, “Advocate.”

 

Holding a hand, “I’m advocating.”

 

“Holding firm a hand, I’m advocating,” I don’t think that’s …

 

It’s not going to help.

 

No, it’s not going to help. It is very text heavy, but it’s for a purpose.

 

Right. You say text heavy, but when you say text heavy you’re not talking med surge book text heavy, 1800 pages of just text. It’s text heavy of what you need … People that know NRSNG and know what we do, they understand that. It’s text heavy on what you need to know and nothing else.

 

This is what I want you to think of it as, you have your med surge book and you’re in class and you’re highlighting the important things. This text is those highlighted things pulled out and put into one other thing. Granted it’s going to be extensive because that’s a really freaking big book, but it’s the important stuff and it’s not just my opinion important stuff. It’s, “This is what is on the NCLEX,” important stuff.

 

Exactly, yeah. Well said. Again, that’s over at nrsng.com/nclexprep and I really want you guys to have that as you listen to these episodes because … That document’s going to be growing as the show grows. You might have to download it a couple times, but right now, we already got the first 30 pages or so up there. When this is all said and done, that’s going to be a 200, 250 page document. It’s going to be huge.

 

I don’t want people to think, though, that this replaces nursing school and takes … It’s definitely a supplementation to your courses and everything like that in nursing school. I feel like if you understand the structure of things you learn better. When I was trying to explain report, report is such a big subject, but if I provide some basic structure so you understand expectations and understand how it’s structured it really facilitates learning and makes it much more doable. That’s what this is for.

 

I think that’s where you and I are a lot the same, Katie. I think that’s how we work well together, is we’re both into meta learning or whatever, which is kind of … I’ll go through 3 or 4 or 10 outlines before I actually start writing anything because I’m trying to say, “Okay …” I know once I have the outline right, it’s done. The job is done once I get the outline right.

 

That’s what I think this podcast is. It’s like, we’ve gone through, gone through, gone through two years of us looking at this coin through this. Now, boom, here it is.

 

I think it’s kind of that mental picture of like, okay there’s this big vast difficult subject that seems insurmountable, but once you put structure in it and once you have this framework, it is suddenly surmountable. It is suddenly something that, “Hey, I can start to work through and create something or understand a concept that previously seemed impossible.” That’s how I’ve written a few books and it’s how I approach that and how I approach working with NRSNG, getting all that stuff, making this impossible thing very very very possible.

 

This is a huge task. The fact that we’re putting this podcast out there, and I don’t want you guys to think this is some easy thing. This is a massive undertaking. That’s what this is all about. It’s giving you guys that information and hopefully from this, you guys start to think in that structured way and you start to break things down like that. That’s what nursing’s all about, right?

 

You don’t show up at a 12-hour shift, get report, and then freak out for the next 12 hours. You get organized and you get it done.

 

[inaudible 00:17:27].

 

You’re right, and that’s what we want you guys to avoid. When you show up at 7am you’re not worrying about the 6:30 blood draw like, “I’m going to worry about that at 6:00, when it’s time.” That’s what we want you guys to get from this. Let’s talk really quickly. We kind of touched on this and stuff, but let’s talk about how you want people to use this podcast with everything else that’s being thrown at them in nursing school.

 

I want you to use it the best way that you think is going to maximize your learning, but what I see, too, it this is something that you can start listening to day 1 of nursing school. Shoot, you can start listening to this before you start nursing school. You start to get through them and listen to them. Get your first exposure to what NCLEX expects. It’s not a big textbook for you to sift through and try to figure out what’s important and what’s not.

 

This is all important and just remember that, as you’re going through and listening to things and figuring out, “Hey, what’s more confusing? What concept made sense the first time I heard it?” Or, “Hey, I don’t really know what she’s talking about here.” Start working through them and then at some point take a NCLEX … One of those tests, it’s like a predictor, “Hey, these are your areas of deficit.”

 

For me, in school, I believe my area … I did great in mental health. I did great in foundations, but cardiac and respiratory, those were my, “I need to spend more time one those.” Figure out where your deficits are and really focus in and go back and listen to those more and then add in the NPQ, the nurse practice question. I’m sorry. The NCLEX practice questions into those so that you’re able to really focus on the areas that don’t make sense that you really need to focus on. Spend less time on the ones that, “Hey, those come easier to me. I get that. Maybe I don’t really need to listen to that one over and over again.” Really focus in on those ones that are not making sense.

 

That’s how I really want to encourage people to use it, as kind of a supplement. I feel like if you add this piece into the nurses practice question database, you really have a great situation.

 

That really might be a good place to start as to go over to nrsng.com, take some questions, just some random questions, from our nurse practice questions database. That’s over there, one of the main menus. You can take some questions and then if you go look at your statistics it’s going to tell you exactly where you’re struggling. Then you go to that section, yeah, the podcast, and you start listening to those.

 

Kind of what Katie said here, too. This is kind of the higher level stuff of nursing. This is the advocacy, the safety, the patient report. All that type of stuff. That’s such a huge part of the NCLEX, obviously. This is what’s on the test plan, but then we also have the EKG course, the cardiac course, the med surge course, the pharmacology course, the OB course, the [inaudible 00:20:26] course. We have all these courses to dive deeper in to …

 

Let’s say you don’t understand heart failure really well. Well, get the cardiac course and then pair that with this and all of the sudden you’re going to be busting out advocacy for a heart failure patient and you’re just going to get it.

 

Oh yeah. It’s like you go through, “Okay, I don’t understand heart failure. Let me go back, understand heart failure, and then let me go back to the NCLEX test plan and see now that I get this concept, what is it that the NCLEX wants me to know about it?”

 

I think that’s where the two really mesh is … The question on the NCLEX isn’t going to be what is patient advocacy, obviously. The question’s going to be, you have a patient with heart failure and the physician just ordered a two liter [inaudible 00:21:08] for this patient. You’re going to need to know from episode 12 on this podcast about advocacy really well, but you’re also going to have to know, “Okay, what is heart failure and how do I advocate? I know that that’s not good for a heart failure patient. How do I start advocating for them.”

 

Absolutely.

 

Yeah. I think that’s what this is. I think it’s going to be just an awesome resource. I’m really excited about it. Katie, what else would you like to leave your audience?

 

I just want to say pre-thank you for it. Give you a little preview, I do mention Michael Scott and Holly Flex and the Let’s get ethical situation, or episode. I’m really excited about it and I’m glad. I feel like this came to me at a very great time in my career where I’ve had some experience and … I haven’t gone through a point yet where I haven’t been like, “Oh, I’ve got something, a personal experience with that.”

 

I took the NCLEX in 2010 and took NCLEX prep stuff. Have utilized a lot of different resources and I really feel like this is so beneficial, the way that this is structured, and I really feel like this will enhance your understanding. I really just want to tell you how excited I am about it. How valuable I truly believe that this is. The earlier that you can get your mind around the structure of the NCLEX the better.

 

As you’re going through clinicals, as you’re going through nursing school, realizing and putting together, because I did not do this. I didn’t realize how this isn’t just checking off, “I know this.” This is really important stuff and I can say that to you as a practicing bedside nurse. This isn’t just in that test for no reason. All of this stuff that I have gone through is applicable to everyday patient care.

 

I want to leave you with that. I want to thank you for checking out this podcast episode and any of the subsequent ones, and I really hope this is a supplementation to your nursing education and really gives you a jumping off point, too, to things that, “Hey, I don’t really understand that. Hey, when I heard her explain report, I need to know more about that. That’s going to be something that I really need to focus on while I’m in clinicals is report and how it looks on this unit versus this unit and what are the different needs. Those kinds of things, you can really get some structure around what it is to be a successful nurse.

 

Absolutely. To find all the episodes, guys, if you’re listening to episode 1 right now, we’re releasing this podcast, the best thing you can do it subscribe. That doesn’t eat up any space on your phone or anything. It just lets you know when there’s a new episode. The plan right now is to release 3 a day … 3 a week, sorry, until we get to all of them, which is going to take us a while. The other thing you can do if you’re not on your phone at some point, you’re just up on the internet, go over to nrsng.com. We have a podcast tab and all the podcasts are there.

 

Under there you can find unofficial NCLEX podcast or NCLEX prep podcast and you can just listen to them right on the website. They’re there. They’re on Google Play. They’re on iTunes. They’re on Stitcher. They’re on any podcast app. You can listen on your phone, wherever you’re going, or you can listen on the website at any time in the future.

 

Of course, again, I’m going to play it one more time, make sure you go to nrsng.com/nclexprep to get this growing PDF document that’s going to end up over 200 pages with all the resources and everything that’s going to really accompany this podcast. With that said, thanks guys. We’re here for you. We want you to succeed. That’s our entire goal here, right? We’re actual nurses that actually care that really want to see you have success because we need more nurses. We don’t just need more nurses, we need more nurses that care and that want to see the profession grow, patients get better, all that stuff.

 

This has been another episode of the Unofficial NCLEX Prep podcast by nrsng.com. To get the massive cheat sheet PDF guide that goes along with this podcast head over to nrsng.com/nclexprep. That’s nrsng.com/nclexprep. Thank you so much for joining us today. Thank you for being a part of the NRSNG family. We appreciate you guys. We love you guys and we’re here to hold your hand and help you reach that goal of becoming an RN.

 

Our goal is to create a generation of nurses that is focused, that is dedicated, and that really understands what’s going on. Thank you for being here. Thank you for being a part of the NRSNG family. You guys know what time it is now. It’s time to go out and be your best self today. Happy nursing.

 

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