The Registered Nurse Plan (RPN) involves four steps which must be completed in order to become a Registered Nurse (RN). First, you must achieve a specified minimum competency in basic nursing theory. Second, you must successfully complete a basic nursing course in one of the many approved universities or colleges. Third, you must successfully complete a supervised clinical training course (usually of around 200 hours) and study in a nursing school that is accredited by the Nursing Council of England. Finally, after you have passed the RNP examination, you must register with the Nursing Council to take the national test that is based on the NCLEX-RN examination.
At the end of this process there will be one final exam, which will confirm if you have passed. You must successfully complete a minimum of three sets of the NCLEX-RN written examination and two sets of practical exams in order to pass. These exams cover a variety of subjects in depth. In the first set you will be assessed on your ability to undertake basic tasks, analyse a medical record and complete detailed assessments relating to nursing matters. In the second set you will demonstrate your clinical skills by completing a practice question and completing a competency appraisal.
To pass the tea you will need to make sure you are tea-tying correctly. There are many books available to help aspiring teas and it is worth checking out some of these to get an idea of how you should perform. It is important to have a good grasp of anatomy, medical terminology, physiology, pharmacy and nutrition before entering into this final part of the entrance examination. If possible try to attend a college where they teach tea-making so that you can gain some real-life hands-on experience.
The next stage is the laboratory. Here you must demonstrate your skills using a number of different types of tea plants, some of which you may not be familiar with. Tea-making equipment is not usually available to students during this part of the course, so you will need to purchase your own teas and brewing supplies. Be sure to fully research all the equipment you will need before you buy anything. Tea-makers will need some specialist equipment, such as grinders, double boiler and kilns, in order to create high quality teas.
Once you have gained admission to the college, you will then receive your results. You will either be sent home or shown the results in person. At this point it’s important to note that the actual exam is much tougher than the subject matter that you studied. Previous exam takers have described it as ‘tough as a nail’!
Once you have passed the exam, you will be given a certificate which will show that you have successfully gained entry. The certificate should also show you have gained five years of general tea-making practice. This gives you a massive head start in terms of gaining more skills in an area which is increasingly important in the modern world.
By passing the tea’s entrance examination, you will be awarded a place at one of the colleges offering the course. The course will include a placement year, giving you the opportunity to shadow an apprenticeship as a tea maker while studying. This is a great opportunity for you to get some practical experience and hone your skills whilst still living at home.