The Keys to NCLEX Success with Damion Jenkins: Ep 13

Welcome to a new episode of Mastering Nursing! This week, we are talking about a very important topic… success on the NCLEX. Our guest, who had a ton of insight to share on this, is Damion Jenkins.

Damion Jenkins is a nurse educator, mentor, tutor, blogger, content writer, and nurse entrepreneur. Damion is the founder and operator of The Nurse Speak, which is a boutique nursing education and consulting company that specializes in creating individualized consulting, mentoring, tutoring, and writing services. Damion’s passion for improving the nursing profession has led him to pursue a career in nursing education, where he helps nursing students, new graduate nurses, and professional nurses alike develop strategies for success.

Damion graduated from an associate degree nursing program in spring of 2010, and just six months removed from school figured out that he wished to pursue earning a Master’s Degree specializing in Nursing Education. In the spring of 2014, his MSN program was completed. From there he became an active member of several nursing organizations including: Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, The American Nurses Association (ANA), The National League for Nursing (NLN), and the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA). He’s also become a member of the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA).

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • That the NCLEX test plan is rewritten every 3 years and it’s important to understand how the changes impact test-taking preparation and strategies.
  • Self-care is important when preparing for a high-stakes, high-stress test (e.g.: sleep & rest, nutrition & hydration, exercise, and stress reduction).
  • The NCLEX has become more complex over the years, with even more aspects of critical thinking and multifaceted problem-solving.
  • There are no major differences between the LPN exam and the RN exam with the exception of differences in scope of practice. Also, the NCLEX-RN can go up to 265 questions and the NCLEX-PN can reach a maximum of 205 questions.
  • Plus so much more!

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Fast Facts for The Nurse Speak

Founded in 2011 by Damion Jenkins, The Nurse Speak, LLC. is a boutique nursing education and consulting company specializing in “creating individualized consulting, mentoring and tutoring services for nursing students, new graduate nurses, other healthcare program students, and healthcare related companies.”

When it comes to nurse education consultation services, Damion covers quite a bit of ground. Some of the services offered by The Nurse Speak include: Individualized mentoring and tutoring for nursing students and new graduates, licensure exam prep and tutoring, customized mentoring and tutoring for healthcare program students, content writing and blogging services, nursing education and consultation services.

If you’re interested in taking your nursing education and career to the next level, you can find contact information for The Nurse Speak below:

  • Location: 1201 W. Mt. Royal Ave Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Call: (410) 701-0433
  • Email: damion.jenkins – AT – thenursespeak.com

Nursing Organization of the Week: Endocrine Nurses Society (ENS)

Nursing isn’t just about medicine, it’s also about the community. Nurses who work together help drive the field forward and provide support, encouragement, and so much more for nurses all over the world. With that in mind, we here at the Mastering Nursing podcast want to highlight and recognize those that are doing a particularly great job of it.

We seek nominations from our listeners and other passionate nurses, and then decide on award winners each episode. If you have any nursing organization you think should be highlighted, don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail (or social media message) and let us know!

This week, we’re so pleased to recognize the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (or VNAA).

Founded in 1983, in Denver Colorado VNAA is a national industry association that supports, promotes and advocates for community- based, not-for-profit home-based care and hospice providers that care for all individuals regardless of complexity of condition or ability to pay.

The mission of the VNAA is to support, promote and advance nonprofit providers of home and community-based health care, hospice and health promotion services to ensure quality care for their communities.

Even though the VNAA was established in 1983, the history of Visiting Nurse Associations dates back to the 1880s in the northeast United States where free nursing care was provided to the sickest and poorest populations who otherwise would not have access to health care. The influx of immigrants to the Northeast spurred several VNAs to emerge and address the increased prevalence of illness and infectious diseases, such as polio and small pox. The pioneer of this form of public health nursing was Lillian D. Wald and VNAA’s members still embody Wald’s founding principles by sharing the desire to provide cost-effective and compassionate home health and hospice care to some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

Today, they do amazing work holding events, supporting quality, value, and innovation in home-based care and more. If you’d like to connect with them, you can click here to find them on Facebook. Congratulations are in order for their selection as our nursing organization of the week!

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