The NCLEX, or National Council Licensure Examination, is the licensing examination for nurses in the United States, Canada and Australia. This test is designed to measure the general knowledge and nursing skills that are essential for entry-level nurses. The NCLEX is largely a multiple-choice test, meaning it will test your recall of specific information and situations from nursing school.
This is where nursing mnemonics can come in handy. Mnemonics are word devices designed to improve memory and recall. These devices can be an incredibly useful study tool, particularly for nursing students, who need to memorize several multi-step procedures and treatments to pass exams like the NCLEX and receive their license after they have graduated nursing school.
All levels of nurses, from master’s students becoming nurse educators to RNs attaining a BSN degree, can benefit from having these nursing mnemonics in their back pocket. Here are some of the most common nursing mnemonics, sorted alphabetically, to help you study.