What is Emotional Readiness & Why Does it Matter?

Content Review & Emotional Readiness: You cannot have one without the other. Period.

As nursing graduates consider writing the NCLEX-RN, NCLEX-PN and CPNRE, their focus is (nearly 100%) on reviewing content from all of their years in nursing school. This is a key learning approach in preparation for the exam. Content matters; but it isn’t all that matters.

It is equally important to strategically prepare for the exam in terms of emotional readiness.

Why does a nursing graduate need to be emotionally ready to write the NCLEX-RN, NCLEX-PN and CPNRE?

Graduates need to anticipate how they will emotionally respond to questions they do not know how to answer.

Graduates need to anticipate how their nervousness might impact their abilities to critically think and respond to questions correctly.

Graduates writing in your vicinity may become distracting to your concentration.

Graduates need to recognize when they need to take a break and refocus their mind and energy.

Without this prior preparation, the stress of difficult questions can lead a nursing graduate to lose focus and control of their thinking. This in itself can lead to a loss of confidence during the exam writing experience which could bring the exam to an abrupt halt. This can occur despite the extent of content review undertaken.

Lack of emotional readiness, in fact, can render strenuous content review pointless when it comes to exam day (when left unchecked).

If you have prepared yourself and are emotionally secured to your task, these situations will not rob you of your own momentum in completing your exam.

Review Content, YES! Be Emotionally Ready – ALSO, YES!


Linda & Ashley
Your On-Call Professors of Nursing

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