Learning Assistance Center



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
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:  ttp://www.medi-smart.com/student.htm

Study Skills and Test Strategies for the New Nursing Student

Critical Thinking Strategies (links to software – includes free trials)

Homework Help
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.

  • Some NANDA diagnoses & care plans
NANDA-I (North American Nursing Diagnosis Association International) originated from a Nursing Conference in St. Louis, MO, in 1973. This conference had as a topic: "Classification of Nursing Diagnosis". In 1982, the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association was formed, and it became NANDA-I in 2002. According to their self-estimation, NANDA-I will be a global force for the development and use of nursing’s standardized terminology.

The importance of terminology? Nursing diagnoses define the knowledge of professional nursing. As a nursing student, you will already have a wealth of this knowledge in light of your nursing education, experience, and the country and culture in which you practice nursing. Your nursing knowledge, as expressed through standardized nursing diagnosis language, is what makes the NANDA-I taxonomy a global standard.

Several worthwhile resources for purchase. Check out the Glossary of Terms. Membership $.
NANDA Home: http://www.nanda.org/Home.aspx
NANDA History: http://www.nanda.org/AboutUs/History.aspx

  • Link to online help with calculations:
EKG Online Course (includes instruction and evaluation on how to read an EKG Strip):  http://www.rnceus.com/course_frame.asp?exam_id=16&directory=ekg

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/nursingcalculat...

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

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:
Help from various nursing programs - includes formulas and conversions for calculating medication problems.  Also includes formulas for ratio and proportion, IV drips rates and a drip rate short cut method.
Formulas: http://www.csufresno.edu/nursingstudents/FSNC/formulas.htm
Conversions: http://www.nurse-center.com/studentnurse/nur11.html
Martindale’s Calculators Online (I-N): http://www.martindalecenter.com/Calculators1B.html
Medical math simplified: (see sample conversion video – other resources for purchase): http://medmathsimplified.com/
Medication Math for the Nursing Student (online practice): http://www.alysion.org/dimensional/analysis.htm
  • Videos on lab skills (some audio based with slides)
Links provided by, but content not necessarily approved by, Indiana State University (page includes links to videos provided by other page authors – see list of “Skills Links: each one is a link to a videos or other resource”)

Martindale’s The “Virtual” ~ Nursing Center. Link jumps to “IV ACCESS PROCEDURES & INTRAVENOUS DILUTION STANDARDS” and provides links to multimedia clinical skills:  http://www.martindalecenter.com/Nursing_3_NPra.html#NC2-NU-IV

  • Resource for research!
ModernMedicine is an editorially neutral information resource; a diverse group of content affiliates provide the tools and information which populate over 65 resource centers on ModernMedicine—covering medical and surgical specialties, the business of medicine, and education/learning programs:
  • Online quizzes!! 
This site showcases a range of software to assist in teaching, learning, practice and research. All software is shareware which means that you can load it onto your computer, install it and even share it. Shareware is intended to be purchases for a nominal fee; however, you may try some tests on-line for free with no obligations whatsoever.  Quizzes are on metric conversions, tablet dosage calculations, fluid dosage calculations, IV Drop Rate calculations, etc. Check out the easy test creator for free sample tests.
  • Site of allnurses.com. (Includes testimonials which often contain links to useful information):
  • 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

WCU Nursing Program
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 student 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 – in Fall with an application deadline at the end of February 1 and in Spring with an application deadline the end of July 15. See link below to confirm these dates as they may change.
Helpful Links WCU Nursing Program

Taking the State Boards

Resources to help nursing students prepare for the NCLEX

  • NCLEX Test Details:
Taken from NurseZone.com site:  “You've studied hard, finished most of your clinical experience and now you're ready for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX examination), often referred to as the "State Boards." The State Boards exam is the culmination of all the hard work you completed in nursing school. The purpose of the exam is to test and ensure the knowledge, skills and abilities for safe, competent practice in the field of nursing.”  This link takes you to some helpful information.
  • How the Test Works:
Letter of Explanation (from a student who initially failed it) http://caring4you.net/concept.html
  • More on How the Test Works: From “Test Prep Review” site:
“Both the NCLEX PN test and the NCLEX RN test are variable length, adaptive tests that are given on a computer. The lengths of the examinations are determined by a candidate's responses to test items, so candidates will have varying examination lengths, as well as varying questions on the exams. Testing will stop when the minimum number of test items has been answered, and the candidate's ability is determined to be above or below a passing standard, within a 95% certainty. Candidates have up to five hours to complete the NCLEX PN test, and up to six hours to complete the NCLEX RN test. These time limits include any necessary breaks as well as any computer tutorial time. The NCLEX PN test will have between 85 and 205 questions, and the NCLEX RN test will have between 75 and 265 questions. Out of these questions, 25 questions on the NCLEX PN test are pretest questions, which are not scored. On the NCLEX RN test, 15 questions will also be pretest questions. All questions that are presented must be answered, and candidates are instructed to make their best guess if they do not know the answer to a particular test item. Most of the test items are multiple choice in format, but there are some other formats as well. Information about these other test formats can be found in the candidate tutorial on the Pearson VUE website or on the NCSBN website.”  (Summary from Test Prep Review site links to Free Practice Tests)
  • From the National Council of State Boards of Nursing - more on the current NCLEX test plan to help you focus on reviewing for NCLEX

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


Check out the Nursing review quizzes, downloadable materials and review resources (see right column links).


NCLEXPNprep  site – free sample test – must create account

Kaplan (leader in NCLEX prep – online courses  $)
Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination (buying paper prep books)
  • Amazon (www.amazon.com)  and search  under “NCLEX-RN” – and books new and used will return

Applying for the NCLEX

Links to all boards of nursing websites and contact information are available on the Contact a Board of Nursing page: https://www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm .
  • North Carolina Board of Nursing Website is Website: www.ncbon.com.

Legal Concerns


  • 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 Learning Extension
Online e-learning for the nursing community - these courses are not free.

NC Board of Nursing (includes information on legal concerns):

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)

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!