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After being asked a series of questions by nurses who have been applying, failing and retaking the NMC CBT online test.  I want to put together a fact sheet with useful information that I have found on the web which are very useful.
Getting yourself organize to complete such an intense test is a real challenge, make no mistake it is not a matter to be taken lightly.  Nursing in the UK has very high standard and the NMC want to know that you understand this and that you are working at the highest possible nursing practice.  It is a profession where we are caring for the sick and people at most vulnerable stages in their lives.  View Jobs with sponsorships from

How Do We Get Started on your NMC CBT online test
The test itself is not an easy one,   it is like any other test that you have taken in the passed A-levels, degrees etc.  You have to study for it, and you have to study hard.

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For those of you who are sitting it I would advise reading all of the NMC codes, competencies and published guidance. The topics that these are available in include medication management, consent, confidentiality ethics etc. It may also be useful to read a short current text on UK health law and ethics and some case study books which were good to refresh anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and treatment.  (All Nurses)

You Must Study the NMC code of conduct for RNS

It is a recommendation that you download the NMC blue print.  The type of blue print you download depend largely on the area of nursing exam you want to apply for.  The list includes

Ø  Adult (general)
Ø  Children nursing
Ø  Learning Disabilities Nursing
Ø Mental Health Nursing

Click this link below to download the NHS Blue Print 

Preparing for the Adult Nursing NMC CBT online test.  In order to prepare for the adult nursing Computer based test by the NMC  you need to download 4 domains.  I have provided you with a link to these domains below.

Domain 1: Professional Values  

The nurses play an important role in which the must act in the best interest to care for and safeguard the public. They must show professionalism and integrity and work within recognized professional, ethical and legal frameworks.

Here are a  few videos that I have watched and found quite interesting and provides an insight as to the information needed for this domain. Please click the link below:

Legal and ethical issues of nursing Video 1

Legal and ethical in Nursing Video 2

Domain 2: Communication and Interpersonal Skills
All nurses must have an excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to be effective. Communication is the driving force for a successful relationship with their patients. One important aspect to remember is confidentiality and all the persons surrounding the patient is who you are communicating with. Nurses must be sincere, kind, and demonstrate courtesy.
The following article has been read by me and it expounds more on the communication domain. Please click the link below:
Communication in Nursing Article

Domain 3: Nursing Practice and Decision Making 

Nurses must be able to practice independently, compassionately, skilfully and safely, they must maintain some dignity while promoting health and wellbeing. The must be able to assess all the persons they come into contact with in spite of their age both physically and mentally. They must be able to provide the necessary care to patients before they are actually referred to a specialist. All decision making ideas must be shared with the necessary parties involved, these decisions should be generated from the best and up to date sources available.

Please click the link to get a more in-depth look of the decision making process under this domain.
Decision Making in Nursing
Domain 4: Leadership, Management and Team Working.
You must be able to respond freely and confidently to both planned and uncertain situations while managing themselves and others effectively. They must try to elevate themselves personally and professionally by learning from experience, through supervision, feedback reflection and elevation.

Please click the following link to book with some interesting facts that will help in this domain.

Leadership, Management and Team Working in Nursing



The information outline in this article is really good as the person break down in simple terms all the different section of the NMC blue print.  I found it very useful to understand the competencies required in order to pass the test.  It provides a lot of sample tests which gives step by step explanations, it is safe to say practice makes perfect.
Two great reference to use are the book The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures it includes all the UK standards and policies as it relates to clinical procedures.The NMC CBT Manual Blueprint is another book which contains important data in the blueprint all manually encoded for your convenience. The final page list topics you definitely should focus on.
The links to these books can be found on the nurse’s arena forum which also includes sample questions. Please click the following link:
Nurses Arena Forum

It is always best to remain calm and relax, it is also good to keep in mind that it is not possible to remember everything. Once you are prepared and get yourself familiarized with the UK practice everything will just fall into place.

Hope I was of much help to you and best of luck to you on the test.

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