My Nursing Specialty: Healthcare Simulation Educator
The NCLEX® exam is all that stands between you and your nursing degree. You’ve read, highlighted, notecarded and basically done everything you can to get all that knowledge in your head. Or at least, you hope you have. Because if there’s one thing our nurses have repeatedly told us, it’s that last-minute cramming the night before is not the way to go.
We recently asked our community of nurses on Facebook how they spent the night before their NCLEX exam. While everyone has their own study methods, there’s no question that preparing beforehand is the smart choice. That way you can relax, get plenty of sleep and remind yourself that you’re going to nail it. And remember, you’re not alone. Hundreds of thousands of nurses were in your same position – and went on to become extraordinary healthcare professionals! Check out their suggestions below for how to spend the night before:
1. Be Prepared.
Not surprisingly, studying as much as possible beforehand is essential. Last-minute cramming just isn’t going to do it. Study in the weeks and months leading up to the exam so you can feel confident and spend the night before relaxing.
“Do all the hard work and studying at least 48 hours before.” Ashley S.
“No cramming! You remember very little when you do that.” Diann T.
“If you have to – review notes while listening to relaxing music.” Lydia B.
“Played the NCLEX board game. Then SLEPT!” – Sami P.
“Double-check the directions to the testing center and then get a good night’s sleep.” – Kimberly S.
Nerves are completely common and understandable. And while relaxing might sound like the opposite of what you’ll be able to do – try it. Take some deep breaths, listen to music and remember how much you’ve studied. Never underestimate the power of believing in yourself!
“Relax and quit reviewing. You either know this stuff or you don't.” Joan V.
“Do some prayer and meditation to relax your mind and nerves.” – Karen W.
“Relax and sleep well. If you don’t have it by now, you won’t have it tomorrow.” – Derek H.
“Relax and have self-confidence.” – Lydia B.
3. Eat a Good Meal.
A good, nutritious meal can do wonders for the brain. Rather than munching on study snacks, take yourself out for a nice dinner and reflect on how far you’ve come. You’ve earned this.
“Take yourself to a nice dinner and then sleep like a baby.” – Bria W.
“Go for a nice, relaxing dinner with friends/classmates.” – Karen W.
“Eat seafood! It’s brain-food!” – Alicia W.
“Relax, go out to supper with some friends and go to bed early!” – Debra B.
4. Sleep, sleep, sleep.
As nursing students, you already know the importance of a good night’s sleep. Not surprisingly, this was our most popular suggestion. And while we’re only showing you a few comments – trust us that there were many.
“Get a good night’s sleep – do not take any sleep aids.” – Karen W.
“Get plenty of sleep and listen to classical music.” – Ashley S.
“Spend the night relaxing with a good night’s sleep.” – Tina G.
“Get plenty of sleep! Very important to be well rested.” – Lisa L.
So, however you’ve studied, when it comes to the night before the exam – take some deep breaths, get a good night’s sleep and believe in yourself. Good luck and we’ll see you on the other side!
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