The Official Magazine of MedPro International WINTER 2019
T I P S FO R U N D ER S TA N D I N G YO U R 401 (K ) HELP YOUR CHILD SLEEP WELL IN THEIR NEW HOME T H E I M P O R TA N C E O F W O R K- L I F E B A L A N C E NCLEX PREP TIPS AND TRICKS RECIPES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE V A L E N T I N Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S D AY FA M I LY C R A F T S THE BEST APPS FOR SENDING MONEY HOME HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR TRIP TO THE U.S.
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Letters from the Vice President and Editor-in-Chief 401(k) Explained How to Help Your Child Sleep Well in Their New Home
More tips for saving money
Valentine’s Crafts the Whole Family Will Enjoy The Importance of Work-Life Balance International Eats
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Preparing for Your Trip to the U.S.
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The 6 Best Apps for Sending Money Back Home
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Ace the Day: Tips and Tricks for the NCLEX
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Letter from the Vice President F
or the past two decades, the team at MedPro Healthcare Staffing, has helped thousands of registered nurses, therapists, and medical technologists achieve their American Dream. We are proud to be the industry leader in the international recruitment, training, and placement of foreigneducated healthcare professionals. We know that each of you have your own dreams and together, we can help bring them to life. Many years ago, my dream was to become a registered nurse. For me, that dream came true in 1983. For the next two decades I was fortunate to work as a clinician and leader within several South Florida hospitals. Over the course of my hospital career, I worked alongside countless hard-working, foreign-educated healthcare professionals. In 1999 I switched careers and began recruiting healthcare professionals overseas. I was thrilled to be in a position to help others achieve their American Dreams. For the past twenty years, my team and I have worked to help people like you build a successful life and career in the U.S. Each of us play a role in your
journey and are committed to your success. In October 2018, we launched MedPro International, a division of MedPro Healthcare Staffing devoted to the recruitment and placement of foreign-educated healthcare professionals. With the launch of this division came several exciting changes for MedPro International employees. This included expanding our recruitment team, updated pay-packages, specialized programs, and new job opportunities across the U.S. Whether you are a current MedPro International employee or are in the process of becoming one, you are part of the MedPro family. Our goal is to provide you with the support and resources needed to succeed in this new chapter of your life. With this in mind we are happy to introduce Journey, a magazine created to provide you and your family with information to help make your journey with MedPro International a positive and memorable one. PAT T Y J EFFR E Y V I C E P R ES I D EN T, I N T ER N AT I O N A L O P ER AT I O N S
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here are over seven-billion people in the world. Each of us have our own journey. My journey has led me to MedPro Healthcare Staffing, where I am currently the Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy which includes overseeing The MedPro Experience®.
U.S. both personally and professionally. Inside this first issue of Journey, you will find light hearted information on how to make Valentine’s Day crafts and quick weeknight dinners as well as more serious content such as understanding your 401(k).
Every day I set out to improve the experience of our deserving employees and customers. I am passionate about recognizing your accomplishments, sharing in your success and supporting you every step of the way.
One of our Core Values at MedPro is to “Share Information and Empower”. We have selected the articles in this magazine with that in mind. I hope that you find the content informative and fun and that you feel empowered on your U.S. journey.
I know that your journey to the U.S. is one that took careful consideration and a great deal of courage and I thank you for entrusting us with your American Dream.
Welcome to Journey magazine. STAC E Y EDWA R D S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
I am proud to share our first issue of Journey magazine with you. We developed this publication as a resource for MedPro International employees and those on the path to becoming one. Our goal is to provide you with information about how to succeed in the
When it comes to achieving your dreams as a medical technologist,
the sky is the limit.
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401(k) Explained: How to Plan For Your Future “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
ne of the many benefits you receive when working with MedPro International is the option to open a 401(k) retirement account. In the United States, a 401(k) is an employer sponsored plan that allows you to save for your retirement. While it may seem far away, it is important to establish a plan that will allow you to be financially secure in retirement. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions to help you understand 401(k). 401(k) plans are one of the most popular retirement-saving tools in the US. What is a 401(k) plan and how does it work? A 401(k) plan is an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan that allows an employee to contribute a portion of his or her paycheck into an investment account. The contribution that the employee makes is “pre-tax”, meaning it reduces the income that is subject to federal income tax. The earnings in the investment account are also not subject to tax. The contributions and earnings are taxed when funds from the 401(k) are withdrawn (usually during retirement). How are contributions made? Contribution are taken out of each one of the employee’s paychecks. Because contributions are made pre-tax, the impact on an employee’s net (take-home) pay is less. For example, a $50
weekly contribution to a 401(k) may result in a $35 decrease in net pay. (The actual impact on net pay depends on several factors.) What are the benefits of investing in a 401(k) plan? There are several benefits to contributing to a 401(k). • Many 401(k) participants anticipate being in a lower tax bracket in retirement compared to their peak earning years. In these cases, participants save more taxes when they contribute than what they pay when they withdraw the funds later in life. • The money saved in a 401(k) plan grows and compounds more quickly because the total balance in the account isn’t taxed on a yearly basis. • MedPro makes an additional contribution (a “match”) to its employee’s 401(k), which provides an immediate gain for each employee. • Contributions to a 401(k) are a form of “forced savings” because the funds are deducted from employee paychecks before they are spent in other ways. What is an employer match? As part of our employee benefits package, and to encourage employees’ retirement saving, MedPro will match 25% of the employee’s contribution, up to
1% of annual earnings. For example, if an employee elects to contribute 4% of their earnings into their 401(k), MedPro will contribute 1% of earnings. What is vesting? Vesting refers to the ownership of a 401(k) plan account balance. Funds contributed by the employee are fully vested (owned) by the employee. Contributions made by the employer under a match program are subject to a vesting period that specifies the amount of time an employee must remain employed before earning the rights to the employer contributions. Is there a limit to how much an employee and employer can contribute to a 401(k) plan? For 2019 an employee can contribute up to $19,000 to a 401(k) plan per year. (If an employee is 50 years or older, the employee can defer up to $25,000.) When can a participant begin drawing down a 401(k) plan? A participant can start drawing down a 401(k) plan, penalty free, once he or she is 59½ years old. Where can I find more help with understanding my 401(k) account? There are many resources available to assist you in understanding your 401(k). A great place to start is with your employer’s, Human Resources Department. You can also contact the company that manages your 401(k) plan. They will be able to walk you through all your questions. Lastly, if you would like to read more about 401(k) plans and additional retirement options, there are many books, news articles and blogs available whose focus is on this topic.
Ea sy T ip s to S a ve Mo re Mo n ey Meal Prep Planning and preparing your meals is often referred to as meal prepping. Meal prepping allows you to prepare your weekly meals in advance and makes it easier to bring your own food to work. Not only does this avoid the daily decision of what to eat, it will help you save money by not having to go out to eat or order in delivery. Write Grocery Lists It can be very tempting to walk into a grocery store and over shop based on all the selections you may see. To curb your spending, make sure to prepare a grocery list of only essential items before heading to the store. Eliminate Subscriptions In today’s world there are many different subscriptions that are available to us including Spotify, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. While the cost of these subscriptions may seem like a nominal expense, when you have multiple memberships the cost begins to add up. By eliminating unnecessary membership subscriptions you may save some serious cash. Visit Your Local Thrift Store You don’t have to give up your love for shopping in order to save money. A great way to find clothing and other gems like home decor, furniture, and handbags is to visit your local thrift store, where you can find all kinds of quality items for a very low price. Use Coupons There are many apps available that can help you find coupons for in-store purchases and online shopping. Check out apps like Coupon Sherpa, Yowza, and Honey. The sooner you begin using coupons, the sooner you can begin saving money!
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How to Help Your Child Sleep Well in T heir New Home
oving to the U.S. can be an exciting time for you and your family. For children, adjusting to their new home may take some time. Until a child is comfortable in their new home, you may notice a change in their behavior and sleeping habits. Here are some tips to help your child get a good nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rest in their new home: Shut off electronics before bedtime If a child spends time on electronics, such as a phone or tablet right before bedtime it can confuse their brain and make it difficult to fall asleep. The light that is emitted from these devices disrupts the creation of important hormones melatonin that make you feel sleepy. In order to make it easier for your child to fall asleep, put away electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Create a routine Creating a bedtime routine trains your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind and body to get ready for bed. Relaxing activities, such as a warm bath and reading together can help your child get ready for bed. A nighttime routine may help your child fall
asleep easily and stay asleep through the night. Make time for exercise If your child seems to be restless before bed, it may be a good idea to ensure they are getting enough exercise throughout the day. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that children between the ages of 6 and 17 get 60 minutes of exercise each day. Try a white noise machine or new lighting Children who are sensitive to sound can benefit from a white noise machine, which fills the room with a constant, calming sound. You can also try soft lighting or lighting that may be interesting to your child such as a star machine or character nightlight. There are many ways that you can create a comfortable sleeping environment for your children. With a little bit of experimentation, your child should be able to sleep peacefully.
Spread the Love V A L E N T I N E C R A F T S T H E W H O L E F A M I LY W I L L E N J O Y
COLORFUL PERLER BEAD HEARTS
Perler beads Heart-shaped pegboard Iron Ironing paper
HOW TO M AKE IT
Lay your pegboard in a flat surface and arrange your Perler beads any way you like! You can use any combination of colors to make your pretty heart craft.
2. Once you have filled your pegboards with beads, lay an ironing paper over the beads and help your child by ironing over the beads to get them to fuse into place and retain the heart shape! 3. Remove the fused heart from the pegboard and take off the ironing paper. Flip over and repeat step 2 on the other side of the heart. 4. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it! Let your colorful Perler bead heart cool and give it as a gift or place it somewhere special.
FROSTED HEART COOKIES
1 cup butter 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar Heart-shaped cookie cutter Frosting and sprinkles
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Beat butter, powdered sugar, egg, and vanilla with an electric mixer or spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Cover and put in the fridge for about 2-3 hours.
2. Heat your oven to 375 degrees (F) and roll out the dough on a floured surface. Cut into heart shapes with your cookie cutter. 3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Let the cookies cool for about 30 minutes. 4. Decorate with colored frosting and sprinkles and enjoy!
H A N G I N G H E A R T D ECO R AT I O N S SUPPLIES
Felt Heart stencil Buttons and other decorations Needle and thread
HOW TO M AKE IT
Cut two hearts out of a piece of felt and place one on top of the other.
2. Sew them together (parents, this is where you come in!). 3. Once the hearts are sewn together, your child can decorate them with whatever they like! Some great ideas include buttons, beads, gems, and glitter.
VALENTINE HEART NECKL ACES SUPPLIES
Felt in different colors Yarn or ribbon Scissors Glue Hole Puncher Beads Heart-shaped gem
HOW TO M AKE IT
Cut two hearts out of felt in different colors and glue them on top of each other.
2. Glue a heart button or gem in the middle of the hearts. 3. Punch a hole in the middle of the heart towards the top and string yarn or ribbon through the hole to create the â&#x20AC;&#x153;necklace.â&#x20AC;? 4. Add beads to your string of choice, tie at the top, and you are done!
The Impor tance of Work-Life Balance S
tarting your new life in the U.S. can be a very exciting time! While you may be super eager to start your new career, we want you to know the importance of a healthy work-life balance. Work–life balance is the term used to describe the balance that a person needs between the time they spend at work and the time they spend on other parts of their life including family time and leisure activities. When an individual’s work-life is imbalanced, there is a chance they may experience burnout which causes fatigue or stress. When these things occur it can negatively affect a person’s immune system and increase the likelihood of becoming sick. It is important that you take preventative measures to keep yourself healthy while adjusting to your new career. Some of the best tips for staying healthy as a healthcare professional include getting ample sleep and regular exercise.
Getting Ample Sleep Getting enough sleep is essential for your physical, mental, and emotional health. This is especially important for those who work night shifts, which can disrupt natural sleep cycles. Here are some great ways to help your mind and body relax and get ready for bed: • • • • • •
Put away electronics at least 30 minutes before bed Make time for a relaxing activity, such as light yoga or a hot bath or shower Use an eye mask or ear plugs when trying to fall asleep Make your room comfortable and relaxing, using scents and lighting Keep your room at a cool temperature Use blackout curtains that keep your room dark
Regular Exercise Making time for exercise is another great way to keep yourself healthy. Exercise has many health benefits including the release of the feel-good hormone’s
serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin. Exercise also helps to reduce stress and aids in weight loss. “Find meaningful activities outside of work,” says Liliana Mandiuc BSN RN, MedPro’s Clinical Nurse Liaison. “Although we spend a large amount of our time at work, we need to have other goals outside of the work sphere.” Some of Mandiuc’s favorite activities outside of work includes spending time with friends, going to the beach, reading, and going to art shows. Depending upon where you live, there are different activities you’ll be able to enjoy. However, no matter where you settle down in the U.S. you’ll always be able to grab coffee with a friend, watch your favorite movie, take a hot shower, or go for a walk. All of these activities may help you relax and lead to a healthy work-life balance.
International Eats Take a closer look at some of the most delicious dishes from around the world and learn how you can make them at home for you and your family!
Easy Pork and Shrimp Pancit Ingredients List: • 1 (6.75 ounce) package rice noodles • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 small onion • 1 clove garlic • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 1 1/2 cups cooked small shrimp, diced • 1 1/2 cups cooked chopped pork • 1 cup shredded bok choy • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce • 1/3 cup chicken broth • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1 green onion, minced Soak your rice noodles in warm water for about 20 minutes and drain. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute noodles in oil for 1 minute and move to bowl or dish and add the rest of the oil to the skillet. Saute onion, garlic, ginger, shrimp, and pork for about 1 minute. Stir in the bok choy, oyster sauce, and chicken broth. Season with pepper flakes and cover. Cook for one minute. Spoon over the noodles and garnish with green onion.
30 minute Indian Butter Chicken Ingredients List: • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, divided • 1 large sweet vidalia or yellow onion • 1.50 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces • 3 to 5 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed • 2 tablespoons garam masala • 1 tablespoon cumin • 1 tablespoon turmeric • 1 tablespoon ground ginger or 1+ tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1 cup heavy whipping cream • One 8-ounce can tomato sauce (I used no-salt added; see Notes below) Add 1/4 cup of butter and onion and saute over medium-high heat until onions caramelize. Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes until it is cooked. Add the garlic and stir. Add in the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, ginger, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper. Add the other 1/2 cup of butter and heat until melted, stirring every so often. Add heavy cream and tomato sauce and let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with rice and enjoy!
Tasty Jamaican Beef Patties Ingredients List: • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder • 1 dash salt • 1/4 cup margarine • 1/4 cup shortening • 1/3 cup water • 2 tablespoons margarine • 1 lb ground beef • 1 small onion, finely diced • 1 teaspoon curry powder • 1 teaspoon dried thyme • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon pepper • 1/2 cup beef broth • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs • 1 egg, beaten Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, and pinch of salt. Add 1/4 cup margarine and shortening until mixture starts to look like “crumbs.” Stir in water and shape dough into a log. Cut into 10 equal sections. Roll each section into a six inch circle (approximately 1/8 inch thick). Set aside. Melt margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until soft and fragrant, and stir in ground beef. Add in 1 teaspoon curry powder, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cook until beef is completly browned, stirring constantly. Stir in beef broth and bread crumbs. Simmer until mixture thickens and remove from heat. Spoon equal amounts of filling into each pastry circle. Fold over and press edges together, making a half circle. Use a fork to press edges. Brush the top of each patty with beaten egg. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Zesty Chicken Barbecue Ingredients List: • 6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast halves • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of BBQ sauce • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce Place chicken in your slow cooker. In a separate bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover your slow cooker and cook all ingredients together for 3 to 4 hours on a high setting or 6 to 8 hours on a low setting. Once the meat is cooked, spoon some into a toasted hamburger bun and enjoy with your favorite kind of potato chips!
Annual Report 2016/17
WE BELIEVE THAT KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Foreign-educated healthcare professionals who join MedPro International will be enrolled in our proprietary education system, MedProU®. In addition to assistance with testing and licensure necessary to work in the U.S, MedProU® includes comprehensive clinical training to ensure you succeed in the U.S. healthcare system. This includes: • • • • • • • • •
Skills Lab and Return Demonstration eMAR/ Electronic Medical Records Overview Code Blue Management & BLS/ACLS/PALS HCAHPS & Core Measures High-Risk Medications/Reducing Medication Errors SBAR Communication & Critical Thinking Infection Control/OSHA/ Risk Management/HIPPA Patient Safety/National Patient Safety Goals Patient Assessment
YOUR TRIP TO THE U.S.
oving to the U.S. can be a very exciting yet busy time. Our goal is to ensure your journey to the U.S. goes smoothly. It is important to take adequate time to plan for your trip so that your travel plans run smoothly. Check out some of our best travel tips and take a closer look at how you can prepare for your voyage to the U.S.
Tip #5: Be aware of customs regulations
Tip #1: Check the weather
Every country has different customs regulations, including monetary restrictions and guidelines related to food and agriculture. Be sure to check the customs regulations for the U.S. and any other countries you might be visiting on your trip. Tip #6: Know how to handle a missed or canceled flight
Before going to the airport, check the weather forecast for your destination, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Although you’ll be in South Florida where the weather is mostly sunny and warm, there are times when the temperature drops and you may require a jacket or sweater.
In the event that you miss your flight or it gets canceled speak to an airline representative and arrange to be put on the next flight out. If your scheduled flight was the last for the day, you should be put on the first flight out the next day. Always let MedPro International know of any flight delays.
You’ll also want to know if there is any expected rain. If there is, you’ll want to pack either a poncho or umbrella into your carry-on bag, and you might need to rethink your shoes as well.
Tip #7: Be sure to properly pack for your arrival to the U.S.
Tip #2: Know your flight itinerary Depending upon where you are flying from, your flight might not be direct, and you may have a connection. Every airport around the world is different, so do some research to familiarize yourself on the airport you’ll be connecting through. This will help ensure that you do not miss your connecting flight. Tip #3: Bring something fun to do on the plane You may be on the plane for quite some time depending on where you are departing from. Be sure to bring reading materials, music and headphones, or other activities you enjoy to help pass the time. Tip #4: Arrive at the airport early It is important to be at the airport on time, to avoid missing your flight. Check with your airline in advance to find out their recommendation. “If you are flying from the Philippines, it is a good idea for you to arrive 4 hours before your flight for America,” says Tom Madayag, a U.S. Transition Guide at MedPro International.
When packing for your trip, make sure to consider all of the items you may need when you arrive. Although MedPro International will provide you with household items such as bedding and towels, you are responsible for your own toiletries. Depending upon when you arrive in Sunrise, stores may be closed for the night, so it is a good idea to pack travel sized items such as toothpaste, shampoo, and soap. Tip #8: Pack some snacks for your arrival When you arrive in Sunrise the refrigerator in your housing will not be stocked with groceries. If your flight arrives early enough, you will be able to go to the store and purchase your groceries. However, if you arrive on a later flight, you may not be able to visit the store until the next morning. You should pack some snacks with you for your arrival to the U.S. Tip #9: Be aware of tipping in the U.S. In the U.S., it is customary to tip service providers such as restaurant servers and baggage assistants. We suggest bringing some cash with you so that you are prepared to tip. Generally, in the U.S. we tip between 15-20% of the total bill or $2-$5 for each bag handled.
The 6 Best Smartphone Apps for Sending Money Back Home
our new life and career in the U.S. can bring many new possibilities: new adventures, new ways to save money and plan for your future, and new ways to help your loved ones. Technology allows us to do so much more than we ever could before. This includes getting money quickly and securely to where it needs to go. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a way to send money overseas, but are not sure how, rest assured there are some great apps available to you! Here are some options: 1. Xoom Xoom is a service offered by Paypal that is rated as one of the best apps for transferring money overseas. Transfers through Xoom are usually delivered abroad within minutes. The maximum is $2,999 per transfer, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to send quite a bit of money home, Xoom may be a good option. The only downside? Exchange rates have a 1%-3% markup and there is a $4.99 fee.
2. Transferwise Transferwise is a user-friendly app that can save you loads of time. If you’re pretty tech-savvy and want your money sent home with the click of a button, you’ll love this app. The maximum for most states is $1 million, and you can transfer to 58 different countries. The catch? You’ll need bank account information for the person you’re trying to send funds to. 3. OFX If you’re okay with your transfer taking a bit longer than other apps, OFX may be your best option. While it can take a couple of days for the money to get to its destination, the exchange fees are less than most apps. With OFX, you can transfer money to 91 countries with no transfer fees. 4. Western Union This tried and true money transfer app is one of the best options to transfer money to over 200 countries. The Western Union app offers quick delivery with many different transfer options. The only downside is that the transfer limit is generally between $350 to $2,500.
5. WorldRemit The WorldRemit app offers a variety of ways to send funds including cash pickup, bank deposit, or mobile money. The amount you can send varies depending on the country you are sending to. The best part is that the money gets to where it needs to go fast, often instantly. The exchange rates and fees are fair too. 6. MoneyGram MoneyGram offers a fast way to get money where it needs to go, but at a higher cost. Same-day transfers are available, and funds can be sent to more than 200 countries. If you don’t mind paying a little more for the transfer, you can have it delivered lightning fast to your friends and family. At MedPro International, we understand the importance of family, and the need to financially assist your relatives back home. These apps are great for making sure that your money gets where it needs to go in a safe, secure, and effective way.
a c e t h e d ay Tips and tricks for doing well on the NCLEX
he National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) is a necessary step in starting your U.S. nursing career. The NCLEX is used to determine if a nurse is fit for practicing as an entry-level nurse in a U.S. healthcare facility. The NCLEX is used to assess your ability to apply what you learned in nursing school to real-world situations. There are four categories and eight subcategories that you will be tested on as part of the NCLEX. Most questions will have multiple choice answers, but your test may also include multiple-response, fill-inthe-blank, hot spots, chart/exhibit and drag-anddrop variations. You will have to answer 75-265 questions. Out of these questions, 15 will be experimental questions that do not count for or against you. That means they will not impact your score. Here are some tips to help you ace the day! Tip #1: Practice makes perfect There are resources available to help you practice for your exam. Study guides and online tools help you gain a better understanding of the types of questions you will encounter on the exam. “Nurses who have sat for the examination claim that their success was partly due to answering at least 100 practice questions each day,” says Tom Madayag, a U.S. Transition Guide for MedPro International. “There are several resources available that will give you feedback relative to your answer choice. Carefully studying your errors in these practice tests will help you identify deficits in your knowledge or errors in test-taking. It will also assist you in sharpening your critical thinking skills which is the essential component of success in the NCLEX.” Tip #2: Eliminate what you know is wrong One of the easiest ways to determine the correct answer is to eliminate the answers that do not make sense for the question. From there, you can compare the remaining answers to figure out which one makes the most sense.
Tip #3: Dress Comfortably Be sure to arrive to your testing location early and wear something that is comfortable. You don’t want uncomfortable clothing to distract you from your exam. Avoid wearing something that is too tight or causes you to feel too warm or too cold. Bring a jacket or sweater in case the room is cold. Be sure to leave noisy jewelry at home, as it can be distracting to yourself and to others. Tip #4: Eat before the exam Be sure to eat something prior to taking your exam. Eating a meal or a snack will give your body the fuel it needs to focus during the exam. Tip #5: Remain calm while testing The more anxious you are, the more flustered you will feel, which can make both focusing and recalling information more difficult. If you feel yourself getting anxious try doing some deep breathing exercises. Focus on the specific question and calmly review the possible answers. Tip #6: Don’t try to cram the night before Let’s face it, you can’t cram years worth of information into your head in just a few days or the night before your test. It is a best practice to space out your studying over a longer period of time in order to have the best results. Cramming can not only make you feel exhausted, but it can also cause confusion when trying to recall information. Instead, when going through your practice questions identify and focus on the areas you had the most difficulty with. Tip #7: Commit to a review plan A review plan ensures you take an organized approach to preparing for the NCLEX. “Make sure that you have a review plan,” says Madayag. “Commit to that plan. It will be to your advantage to participate in a formal review course for the NCLEX.” Madayag’s last piece of advice? “Preparation and commitment are the keys to success in the NCLEX.”
When you work with MedPro International,
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