5 Crucial Updates for the NCLEX 2021 Exam You Must Not Miss

If you have made your mind to choose nursing as your career, it’s critical to stay updated with any of the latest changes in this field. The NCLEX Examination Committee reviews and approves the test plan for NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN exams every three years.  The Committee ensures that the test plan is in compliance with nurse practice acts. By staying updated with the newest changes, aspirants can prepare for the examination more efficiently.

In this article, we have covered 5 essential updates for the NCLEX 2021 exam. Take a look!

1. The NCLEX Examination is going to be a Little Bit Difficult

The exam seems to be difficult, especially for those who will take it after a long time after completing their nursing school.

Earlier, the NCLEX questions were prepared based on the interview of nurses working in various hospital settings. As the clinical field has undergone several changes over the past couple of years to meet the expectations of the patients, the difficulty level of test questions is likely to increase in 2020. The NCLEX Examination Committee analyzes the recent practices of nurses and seeks opinions of experts, nursing regulatory bodies and National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) content staff to prepare the test plan.

Success Tips:

  • Volunteer at a local hospital to gain an understanding of fast-changing clinical settings and how nurses carry out their daily tasks to fulfill patients’ requirements.
  • Watch more videos that demonstrate how nurses respond to patients’ needs.

2. More Questions Centered Around Management of Care

In NCLEX examination 2020, more questions will be based on cultural diversity and health practices. In this section of the test, you will be supposed to demonstrate your skills and knowledge of incorporating client cultural beliefs and practices when planning and providing patient care.

Success Tip:

  • Learn diverse types of cultures and their impact on health practices.

3. The Format of Test Question Will Become Complex

With increasing complexities in patient care, potential nurses are expected to be more advanced in their knowledge and skills.

Success Tip:

4. NCSBN Clinical Judgment Model

In order to assess the clinical judgment of potential nurses, the NCSBN is likely to introduce Clinical Judgment Model in 2021 NCLEX exam. The NCLEX has named this project as the Next Generation NCLEX test that will use a complex mix of item types, including:

  • Multiple Section
  • Highlight
  • Matrix (Extended Multiple Response)
  • Dynamic Exhibit
  • Extended Drag-and-Drop
  • CLOZE (Drop-down)

5. NCLEX-RN 2021 Updates in Test Plan

No changes have been made in the NCLEX-PN 2021 test plan, and it looks similar to the 2016 test plan. However, some changes have been made in the NCLEX-RN 2021 test plan:

  • Minor editorial changes
  • The following changes have been made in the NCLEX-RN Activity Statements.
Added Activity Statements NCLEX-RN Activity StatementsUpdate
Psychosocial IntegrityProvide care for a client experiencing grief or loss
Pharmacological and Parenteral TherapiesHandle and/or administer high-risk medications
Reduction of Risk PotentialManage client during a procedure with moderate sedation
Maintain percutaneous feeding tube
Transferred Activity StatementsMoved from Management of Care to Safety and Infection Control Report unsafe practice of health care personnel and intervene as appropriate (e.g., substance abuse, improper care, staffing practices)
Moved from Basic Care and Comfort to Reduction of Risk PotentialApply and/or maintain devices used to promote venous return (e.g., anti-embolic stockings, sequential compression devices)

Source: NCSBN

  • One more term – Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) – has been added to the NCLEX Terminology.

For more details on the NCLEX-RN test plan, click here.

NCLEX-PN 2021 Test Plan

The NCLEX-PN test plan furnishes detailed information about the topics that are tested in the exam. It comprises of the following content:

Safe and Effective Care EnvironmentCoordinated Care18-24%
Safety and Infection Control10-16%
Psychosocial Integrity9-15%
Health Promotion and Maintenance6-12%
Physiological IntegrityBasic Care and Comfort7-13%
Pharmacological Therapies10-16%
Reduction of Risk Potential9-15%
Physiological Adaptation7-13%

For NCLEX-PN content overview, read NCLEX-PN Study Course Material

For more details on the NCLEX-RN test plan, click here.

Stay updated with the latest NCLEX 2021 changes and prepare well.

Good luck!