LS2 Help please!

  1. hi everyone, i have been having trouble studying for ls2.... i am having trouble with the mental health/psych section of it. i feel it's just way too broad... i'm not sure what to focus on and where to put most of my energy. i have all of the books, study guide, and some nclex books but still i feel like i am struggling. should i narrow down on the study materials-?? im hoping to take the practice exam in one week and the second part before my exam. i want to take my exam in two weeks so that i can move on to ls3 and then fcca but i feel stuck... please help!! thank you
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  3. by   medictorninfl32
    I'm studying for LS2 right now as well. I have taken the first practice exam, and I got a 60. I test on Friday. I feel the psych is also broad/vague as well- there is a lot of info. My advice is to use your content outline- for each mental disorder know the basic definition, clinical manifestations (pt's signs/symptoms) what the interventions would be for each and the nursing diagnosis for each disorder. Know the psych meds and therapeutic serum level- Lithium- particularly. Know the negative/positive symptoms of schizo- and the difference between psychotropic and atypical meds and how long it takes to reach peak effect. Also keep in mind with psych that pt. safety is always the RN priority diagnosis. I hope this helps- Good Luck!!!
  4. by   medictorninfl32
    Oh- one more thing- use your practice tests to supplement your notes- whatever you get wrong- know why you got it wrong-it has always helped me and I got an A on Repro and LS1....
  5. by   jerez01
    Thanks!
  6. by   PomPomRN
    I tried to study multiple times and was having difficulty focusing, I rescheduled the test twice and finally, with minimal study into it, I just went and took the test. I passed, only with a C, but at least I don't have to retake it. Also, it sometimes seems like I study for months and only pull a B or a C, so I am just glad I passed. Good Luck!!
  7. by   jerez01
    Thank you both! I'm just going to schedule it and use the study guide to guide me so I can move on!
  8. by   nursemami4
    Good luck with your studying! I'm scheduled to take ls2 on the 18th. Took LS1 & LS3, transitions, health safety already. Im don't like mental health too much, but ready to finish it and move on to the next! Good luck and keep us posted!
  9. by   jerez01
    Quote from nursemami4
    Good luck with your studying! I'm scheduled to take ls2 on the 18th. Took LS1 & LS3, transitions, health safety already. Im don't like mental health too much, but ready to finish it and move on to the next! Good luck and keep us posted!
    Thanks good luck to u too!!
  10. by   medictorninfl32
    Any advice on LS3? I test on Monday- so ready to be done with this!!
  11. by   jerez01
    UPDATE: passed LS2!! on to the next exam =>LS3 ( which I heard is the most difficult )...good luck to all!
  12. by   Peterjoy93
    I take this on Tuesday 9/11 ( What was I thinking??) How was your test?
  13. by   jerez01
    Quote from Peterjoy93
    I take this on Tuesday 9/11 ( What was I thinking??) How was your test?
    The exam I felt was more difficult than LS1 mostly because there were alot of "select all that apply"... But definitely do-able!! I used diff materials to study with but the practice exams def helped and so did doing nclex style questions on the specific topics, with saunders or mosby. Do as many practice questions as you can! Good luck!
  14. by   BarbaraNM
    Quote from jerez01
    The exam I felt was more difficult than LS1 mostly because there were alot of "select all that apply"... But definitely do-able!! I used diff materials to study with but the practice exams def helped and so did doing nclex style questions on the specific topics, with saunders or mosby. Do as many practice questions as you can! Good luck!
    I am totally DREADING LS2... taking it next Saturday. Before I even started studying, I took the first practice test and got a 66, which didn't seem too bad. But I am HATING all the psych!! Looking forward to studying the rest of it. Oh NO.......... 'select all that apply'!!!!!!!!!!! Now I am really getting nervous!

    Of all the exams I have taken so far, I liked LS1 the best, got my highest 'A'.... this one has me scared!


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