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Preparation for licensing exams for Nurses

 

 

NURSES: Preparation Course for CNAT (Canadian Nurses Association Test)and US nursing licensing exams CGFNS and NCLEX-RN. KRC has developed specialized programs for international nurses who wish to practice in Canada and the USA. Our experts can help you meet the requirements for licensing .

ursing has many definitions, but the essence of nursing is that nurses combine the art of caring with the science of health care. Nursing places its focus not only on a particular health problem, but on the whole patient and his or her response to treatment. Care of the patient and a firm base of scientific knowledge are indispensable elements. Nurses work in many different areas, but the common thread of nursing is the nursing process - the essential core of how a registered nurse delivers care. This process involves 5 steps:

  • assessment: collecting and analyzing physical, psychological and sociocultural data about a patient;
  • diagnosis: making a judgment on the cause, condition and path of the illness;
  • planning: creating a care plan which sets specific treatment goals; 
  • implementation: supervising or carrying out the actual treatment plan; 
  • evaluation: continuous assessment of the plan.


Nursing is a rewarding but highly technical field. Nurses must know not only the health sciences, but also how to plan, organize, and educate patients and their families. Students who wish to prepare for a nursing career should give particular attention to math, biology, and chemistry, computer science, and the behavioral and social sciences. Registered Nurses must graduate from an accredited school of nursing. Nursing education includes studies in nursing theory and techniques, the science and treatment of disease, and several specialty areas. It also includes hands-on clinical practice in hospitals or other settings. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year university degree. It is strongly recommended as the basis for the full range of nursing practice and responsibilities in the widest number of settings. The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a two-year program which prepares individuals for a more defined range of practice settings and roles. It is usually offered through community colleges. Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) have received further education, usually at the Master's level, in advanced roles, specialty areas or research. Not all people enter nursing studies directly from high school. Today's students often enter nursing later in life, have degrees in other fields, or are changing careers. Many can only attend college part-time. For this reason, many nursing schools offer joint degree or ladder programs, or credit for relevant experience. Flexible scheduling is also more common. Check with your nursing school for exact requirements. Every nurse must pass a national examination to obtain a license to practice and use the title of R.N. State Boards of Nursing administer these exams in the USA; the CNA test in Canada. Continuing education to maintain competency throughout your career is recommended, and even required in some states.

There is a wide variety of nursing specialty areas; you will certainly be able to find one to fit any interest you have. Examples include: surgery, emergency, pediatric, psychiatric, school, public health, nurse-midwives, and others. Note that some specialty areas require additional experience, study or certification. The rapid changes in our nation's health care system also mean changes in nursing. Some traditional areas of nursing are currently cutting back, while new opportunities are arising in others. Nurses are needed not only in hospitals, but in home health agencies, long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, managed care centers, and community health services. Educating patients & their families in preventive care is very important. Demands for advanced practice nurses are growing in many areas; Nurses have never been more important to health care than they are today. They must be well-educated, adaptable, and able to act as patient advocates. Nurses should be prepared for leadership roles in managing resources to promote better health care for their patients, whatever the location or setting.