So What is on Nclex Anyways?

You start studying for Nclex all bright eyed and bushy tailed. All your highlighters are in a row, pens in place, notebook pads ready to go, and a plethora of snacks at your side. You are radiating study time energy like a LED light bulb.

But after several days of endless studying, you realize that you may or may not have actually learned anything at all in nursing school. And suddenly you even question yourself; am I even enrolled in nursing school? Did I take the wrong classes? Someone must have mixed up their major with mine. Or is this all just a studying nightmare that you haven’t woken up from yet? Then you slap your self and remember- yes, why yes, I am a nursing student. And I have so faaaarrrrrr to go. You realize that you are no longer a ball of studying energy, all “ready, set, go”. You are not that LED lightbulb, rather a person fiddling around in the dark without matches, just trying to rub 2 sticks together to make a damn camp fire.

When you start studying for Nclex, you feel like you are on the last mile of your can see the finish line. Several days after studying, you realize that it wasn’t the finish line at all; you are actually only on mile 22 of 26. You have a mental breakdown, you throw yourself on the floor and began to look like Will Ferrell in the step brothers when he has a temper tantrum about his parents moving.You studied like a maniac and feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. You’ve even neglected some of your daily ADL’s for the sake studying for this test. You are still wearing your clothes that you were wearing from 4 days ago. You have forgotten what day it is. You are pretty sure you have developed a stage 2 pressure ulcer on your coccyx area from sitting so much while studying. You aren’t really sure if it’s you that smells or if it’s the stale food piling up insidiously near your study area. Your hair..well it looks like you got in a fight with it during the night. Your friends and family, well they think that you have secretly escaped to Puerto Vallarta to simply avoid this dreadful test. Let’s face it, you are a mess, moving at a snail pace, dramatically doubting yourself, and wondering “Why did I want to do this nursing thing again?”.

This is where you stop and picture  how you will feel the day after the test. This is where you start putting things into perspective.

The reality is, that you just don’t know where to start. You haven’t prepared to study. You have no idea what to expect and you are telling yourself, studying for Nclex is going to kill me! But its not, and you are signed up for this, have made it this far, and will keep making it. You know more than you think you do. But I understand why it’s so easy to feel lost when studying for this test. But never fear, MedMadeEz is here-we’ve got your back! We know that it can be quite overwhelming. And sometimes you just need some direction.

So where to start? What should you expect on the Nclex exam? And where do you find this out? Although you should never expect that you will know all (or any) of the exact question (that’s called cheating), you can at least focus on what areas to study. This can boost your confidence and just help you feel more motivated. And maybe even free up some time for you to throw out that stale food piling up, comb your hair, change your clothes, take a bath, and talk to your family! This is exactly why it is a great idea to do a little research beforehand to determine which areas to focus. So we have done this for you!

An absolutely perfect resource is the The National Council of State Board of Nursing website. They have an AWESOME  guide called: Detailed Test Plan for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses .

I highly suggest you visit this site and read this guide (Guide link) before you determine how you are going to start studying for Nclex. Don’t start yourself frazzle-dazzled trying to figure it all out alone in the dark. Pictured below are 2 charts (with the same info, just pictured differently) from this “Detailed Test Plan Guide” guide. These are extremely valuable. The guide goes over these areas in detail.

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Above is from:   Detailed Test Plan for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses Effective April 2016 through March 31, 2019
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Above graph is from: NCSBN -Detailed Test Plan for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses Effective April 2016 through March 31, 2019


We also have an Instagram-MedMadeEz that you can follow for studying questions. This can really help build your confidence as well. And help test what you know and what you don’t know.

Good luck in this journey to Nclex. You are almost there!! You’ve got this!


  1. Both of the above charts come directly from NCLEX-RN Examination, Detailed Test Plan for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse, Candidate Version

    Please visit this site for more information!


Super Nurse Poem

-I am a nurse and I think I might just have super powers

-I run my legs off saving lives on end for hours and hours

-I put on my watch, scrubs, penlight, and stethoscope too

– let me share with you my shift just a few things I do

-For the next 12 hours I pass meds but I also pass hope

– I do much more than just translate what I hear for that stethoscope

-I give my all using my skill, muscles, brains, and books

– I sometimes deal with rudeness, irritation, moodiness, and even dirty looks

-My back aches, my brains fried, I have given this shift my all

– I walk with you, talk with you and always run when you call

-I listen to your lungs and heart but this is just a small part of what I do

-I check your pupils, cranial nerves, vitals, labs, and X-rays too

-I clean your wounds, check for infection, and put in an IV line

-I get the things you need and try so hard to be on time

-I transfuse your blood and monitor how you do

-I am patient and kind and always wait until you are through

-I educate you on your meds and monitor you for side effect that may come

– I listen to your questions, concerns, complaints and never make you feel dumb

-I see you at your worst when you have great despair

– Of all people I understand that life sometimes is just not fair

– the cancer patient, I am there by your side, you lost your life too soon

-for the patient coming off NPO or clear liquids I will gladly grab you a spoon

– the stroke patient who is progressing and you get to share in their glory

-the suicide patient who cries and tells you their sad story

-the heart attack patient who stops smoking from that day forward

-Entertaining the patient who is waiting, anxious, and bored

-the kidney transplant patient who was just given another life to begin

-a “frequent flyer” who we all know well and actually call them a friend

-the patient in withdrawals with hallucinations, tremors, and sweats

– the patient near the end who shares with you their life’s sorrows and regrets

-I see families when they cry, anger, and grieve

-I have been at bedsides tearing with families when their loved ones leave

-I have this strange 6th sense that I cannot explain

-Some call intuition but I think there is a better name

– Empathy, patience, compassion, kindness, yes these thing are me

– What is my name? Super nurse is fitting, yes that’s what it should be