1. Poorman, Susan G. PhD, RN, CNS-BC, ANEF
  2. Mastorovich, Melissa L. MSN, RN, BC
  3. Liberto, Terri L. MSN, RN
  4. Gerwick, Michele PhD, RN


For some nursing students, the stress of preparing for and taking the NCLEX can lead to maladaptive behaviors such as poor test performance and inadequate preparation. A different approach to NCLEX preparation for at-risk seniors is described. A 3-credit course that combines cognitive behavioral techniques, metacognitive strategies, test-taking strategies, and simulated NCLEX experience with practice questions is presented. Students also develop an individualized plan of preparation from graduation until they take the NCLEX.