Find Out How To Learn Pharmacology For NCLEX

Are you preparing for a NCLEX exam?

If yes, it’s quite understandable that you may be worried about how to pass the Pharmacology section.

This is one of the hardest and trickiest sections of the entire exam. It has over the years barred many a graduate nurse from getting their NCSBN licensing on time.

NCLEX’s pharmacology section is daunting because of a number of reasons.
First of all, it constitutes a large chunk of the exam questions. This in itself is enough to give you jitters over potentially failing the test.
Secondly, pharmacology is a very very wide branch of medicines. There are thousands of drugs to learn and know about. Worse still, you cannot know which of these drugs you’ll be asked about in the NCLEX exams and which ones will not.
If you’re an upcoming NCLEX exam candidate, there’s some great news for you. You can pass pharmacology and get the certificate you’re seeking.
All you need to do is to just know the right way to study for the exams.
Below are four essential study tips. These will help you learn pharmacology in preparation for your NCLEX exam.

1. Learn drug classifications

This is the most important thing to do. Take your time and learn drug classifications.
You’ll need to know categories of drugs and their principal uses.
You’ll also need to know their mechanism of action, their side effects, rules and regulations governing their usage etc.
Additionally, it will also pay a great deal to know the prefixes and suffixes defining various drug categories.

2. Know all the commonly prescribed drugs

There’s no shortcut to this, you must have sufficient knowledge on commonly prescribed medication.
This is the only way you’ll be able to tackle the NCLEX pharmacological questions.
The internet can be of key help to you in learning about common drugs.
Various medical sites have annual lists of top 100-300 most prescribed drugs.
Try and have at least 100 of the most prescribed drugs at your fingertips.

3. Study smart

To be able to pass NCLEX’s pharmacology, you need to be very smart in your study approach.
Don’t just study in the traditional manner of using textbooks and going to the library, explore other modes.
You can try group discussions, online pharmacology courses, and online quizzes. 
Still in relation to studying smart, it is also important that you take enough time to rest.
Don’t wear yourself out reading all the time, take some bit of time to rest. This will replenish your mind and body, thereby leaving you better placed to understand what you’re studying.

4. Be confident

It’s important that you stay confident even as you prepare for your NCLEX.
Read and revise to the best of your ability.
Once you’ve done this, just have faith that you’ll do well in the exam.
Adequate preparation and confidence boost one’s chances of passing any examination paper.