The links chosen here are those considered most helpful to a current SCC student pursuing a career in nursing. Some links are general and relate to skills needed at SCC; other links pertain to licensing and preparation for the state boards. We want to give thanks to a nurse currently associated with the SCC Nursing Department for help in selecting these links!
General Help that Comes to Mind First
How to Succeed in Nursing School: http://www.wikihow.com/Succeed-in-Nursing-School
How to Pass the NCLEX RN Exam: http://www.wikihow.com/Pass-the-NCLEX-RN-Exam
Tips for Surviving Nursing School and list of top online nursing schools: http://www.nursingdegrees.com/nursing-articles/nursing-school/tips
Study Skills and Test Strategies for the New Nursing Student
Critical Thinking Strategies (links to software – includes free trials)
- MindMapper http://www.mindmappingstrategies.com/mind-mapping-software.aspx\
- Flowchart http://www.smartdraw.com/specials/flowchart.asp
- Concept Draw http://www.conceptdraw.com/
- Inspiration http://www.inspiration.com/productinfo/Inspiration/index.cfm
- Knowledge Master http://www.knowledgemanager.us/KM-KnowledgeManager-eng.htm
These links have been provided to encourage current SCC students to reach out to the wider world of nursing in their endeavor to pass current and anticipated curriculum courses.
- Medical Dictionary: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mplusdictionary.html
- Quizlet (http://quizlet.com/) is an online site that provides free study tools. You can either enter a subject of interest in the search box or use the “Create a Set” link to enter your own terms and definitions for study, for example, by creating flash cards to help with memorization of terms. The application is also mobile and web friendly (http://quizlet.com/mobile). Below are some example searches:
Quizlet Fundamentals of Nursing Help: http://quizlet.com/subject/fundamentals-of-nursing/
Quizlet Nursing Math: http://quizlet.com/subject/nursing-math/
Quizlet Nursing Procedures: http://quizlet.com/subject/nursing-procedures/
- Link to online help with calculations:
Nursing Calculators (includes dosage calculators, IV rates, infusion time, clinical calculators, conversion calculators, and drug calculators): http://www.manuelsweb.com/nrs_calculators.htm
Nursing Calculations (decimals, fractions, numbers, and percentages): https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/C_SET/nursing/nursingcalculations.html
School of Nursing Tutorials from UNC Chapel Hill (includes quizzes on metric conversions, tablet dosage calculations, fluid dosage calculations, and IV flow rate calculations): http://www.unc.edu/~bangel/quiz/quiz5.htm
More School of Nursing Helps from UNC Chapel; Hill: See search results (when using search term “bangel”) from UNC Chapel Hill site: http://unc.edu/search-unc/search-results/?q=bangel&sa=Search&hq=inurl%3Awww.unc.edu
Dosage Help – Helping Nursing Students Prepare for Med Exams by explaining Dosage Calculations: http://www.dosagehelp.com/practice_questions
- More help with math and calculation practice:
Martindale’s Calculators Online (I-N): http://www.martindalecenter.com/Calculators1B.html
Medication Math for the Nursing Student (online practice): http://www.alysion.org/dimensional/analysis.htm
- Videos on lab skills (some audio based with slides) http://www.learnerstv.com/Free-Nursing-Video-lectures-ltv184-Page1.htm
- Online quizzes!!
- PDA formula program (freeware which you must download):
- APA Style is followed by over a thousand research journals in psychology, education, and other fields. The style is documented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.; 2009). Here are three pages of the same site so that you can choose which works better for you. The crib sheet is really handy!. The pdf file is about 12 pages long.
Continuing to Nursing School
Finding a School
- Guide to finding nursing schools and degree programs. In the first tab, select Nursing; in the second tab, select the desired program; in the third tab, select the desired state. Note that some programs are not offered in all states.
WCU Nursing Program
- School of Nursing Homepage: http://www.wcu.edu/academics/departments-schools-colleges/HHS/hhs-schools-depts/nursing/index.asp
- About the School of Nursing: http://www.wcu.edu/academics/departments-schools-colleges/HHS/hhs-schools-depts/nursing/about-the-school-of-nursing/index.asp
- Various WCU Academic Nursing Programs
- WCU Undergraduate Pre-Licensure Options
· Traditional Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program A traditional, four-year pre-licensure track
· Accelerated BSN Option (ABSN) The ABSN is designed specifically for bachelor's prepared individuals who want to pursue a career in nursing. The curriculum for the ABSN option is the same as those for the Traditional BSN but is offered in four contiguous semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall), allowing students to complete the program in an accelerated time-frame.
· WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (WNC RIBN): A four-year A.D.N. to BSN Dual Enrollment course of study offered in collaboration with A-B Technical Community College, Blue Ridge Community College and SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
- WCU Degree Tracks for RNs (See WCU site for specific links)
- WCU Graduate and Certificate Options (See WCU site for specific links)
- The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure program prepares you to begin the practice of professional nursing. Before applying to the School of Nursing, all students MUST first apply and be accepted by WCU Admissions. Admission to WCU does not guarantee admission to the BSN Program. Admission to the BSN Program is granted twice a year – for Fall semester with an application deadline of the preceding February 1 and Spring semester with an application deadline of the preceding July 15. Confirm these dates as they may change.
- Admission Requirements to the BSN Pre-Licensure Program (the one SCC students would enter)
This following link takes one to an application for the junior year of the BSN pre-licensure program. This packet is for applicants seeking admission to the four-semester (two-year) Traditional BSN Pre-licensure program. See webpage for application date deadline. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) and apply to their State Board of Nursing for Registered Nurse licensure.
- BSN Pre-Licensure Application (Nursing Application Packet pdf download)
- Which Nursing Program to Choose
- Nursing Academic Programs Overview
- Comparison of the four BSN Programs
- Future Students Nursing FAQs
- Applications, handbooks, guides, and required forms for WCU nursing programs
Taking the State Boards
Resources to help nursing students prepare for the NCLEX
- NCLEX Test Details:
- How the Test Works:
- More on How the Test Works: From “Test Prep Review” site:
- From the National Council of State Boards of Nursing - more on the current NCLEX test plan to help you focus on reviewing for NCLEX
- What You Need to Know About Nursing Licensure and Board https://www.ncsbn.org/Nursing_Licensure.pdf
- Study Tips: http://www.nursezone.com/Student-Nurses/study-tips.aspx
- Test Anxiety: http://www.testprepreview.com/test_anxiety.htm
- Test Timing: http://www.testprepreview.com/test_timing.htm
NCLEX Practice Tests
- Test Prep Review (free online practice test – includes column links to many different test types and also sample questions from NCLEX & HESI Self-Assessment Modules)
Helpful resources – items that were on the NCLEX test http://caring4you.net/tests.html
Check out the Nursing review quizzes, downloadable materials and review resources (see right column links).
NCLEXPN prep site – free sample test – must create account http://www.nclexpnprep.com/?gclid=CLPVupjv-q4CFYuK4AodJBuWzw
- Test Prep Review ($ NOT free)
- Free Test (must create account): http://www.kaptest.com/NCLEX/Learn-About-NCLEX/nclex-rn-practice-test.html
Applying for the NCLEX
- NCLEX Examinations:
- Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.ncsbn.org/2321.htm
- Application & Registration: https://www.ncsbn.org/2911.htm
- Before the Exam: https://www.ncsbn.org/2915.htm
- Passing Standard: https://www.ncsbn.org/2630.htm
- Computerized Adaptive Testing: https://www.ncsbn.org/1216.htm
- North Carolina Board of Nursing Website is Website: www.ncbon.com.
- The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing.
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing Learning Extension
NC Board of Nursing (includes information on legal concerns):
- NC Board of Nursing (Home): www.ncbon.org
- Note link to Live Scan fingerprinting for In-State exam applicants: http://www.ncbon.com/dcp/i/licensurelisting-criminal-background-checks-live-scan-application
- Note link to
- “Laws and Rules”(see navigation menu on top for link)
- Publications/ Forms (see navigation menu on top)
- Licensure Verification Services (link to verify a license): http://www.ncbon.com/licenseverification/index.aspx?id=2088
Other Helpful Resources
Professional and External Organizations
- North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA)
- National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) — includes licensure exam information
- National League for Nursing (NLN)
- National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
- American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN
- RNtoBSN.org A group of professional nurses, educators, writers and editors committed to furthering nursing education, particularly as it concerns RNtoBSN and standard/accelerated BSN programs.
- Online RN to BSN Degree Programs Directory – A comprehensive online resource for registered nurses considering a bachelor's degree in nursing. Our team has collected all the unbiased, research based information you need to make informed decisions about your education.
- NANDA Home Our mission is to facilitate the development, refinement, dissemination and use of standardized nursing diagnostic terminology, worldwide. In support of that mission, we actively seek and participate in alliances with colleagues working in areas related to nursing diagnosis.
- RN Central - 100 Really, REALLY Useful Web Sites for Nurses – includes listings for news & reference, communities, organizations, education, blogs, nursing history, employment, care, and entertainment
Because the internet is a constantly changing environment, in time, some of the links on this page will no longer access the intended information. Often times using a search engine (such as Google) can get you back on track in finding the intended information. Perhaps enough information is provided in the descriptive portion associated with each of the above links so you can navigate to the intended web page. Finally, if you know of some “must include” links that should be on this page for the benefit of your colleagues, please let the LAC Coordinator know. Thanks. Happy hunting!