Finally......ATT arrived...need encouragement

  1. Finally, my ATT arrived today. I scheduled to take boards on June 10th. I am nervous and have been studying everything I can get my hands on. The bad part is we did not have alot of Pharm in our curriculum, it was not a required course for us. They say they just incorporated it into the program. NOT...I feel so inept in that subject that it is not even funny. If anyone can give me some pointers on where to find some good study material for boards I would greatly appreciate it. Also if anyone has recently taken boards and can give me some pointers.
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  3. by   teelaticeNY
    I just purchased the Kaplan flip o mat. It contains a lot of drugs and the really cool thing about it is that each drug is presented like flashcards with side effects on back. It was about $19.00 at my school. I haven't graduated yet (Dec 04), but I am challenging the LPN this summer. By the way my school does the same thing and that is a great fear of mine too, but this book is great. Good luck!!!


    Can't wait until its over!!!! Dec 04
  4. by   PCGrad06
    keep looking over the books. you will do fine. best of luck to you and keep us posted
  5. by   icesk8ie
    I just got my ATT too and I started having a mild anxiety attack . I plan to keep studying my books. I also only had pharm incorporated into the curriculum. If you are really worried, the Kaplan Flip-o-matic drug book is really good. Otherwise, just keep doing what you're doing. I'm using the Lippincott book, which is just straight questions and rationales. I love it. You should do fine on the NCLEX. Good luck to you...

    --icesk8ie
  6. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    Glad to hear some of you are getting your ATT. I'm still waiting. I hope we all do well.
  7. by   J Lynn
    Just got my ATT also. I'm scheduled to take the NCLEX-PN June 14.
  8. by   JacelRN
    Nurseizme,

    The important thing is to go over frequently given drugs. Examples are Dig, Cardizem, Propanolol, Lasix, etc. Heart drugs are commonly tested because they can greatly affect your patient. Know these well enough to say "Oh I need to check the apical pulse" or "what is the blood pressure prior to giving this Labetolol." Drugs like that that have side effects are what you should go over.

    Remember also, any drug questions will be few if you get any. Don't spend forever learning every one, focus only on the important ones.

    You'll do wonderfully, believe in yourself,

    God Bless,
    JacelRN
  9. by   Nurseizme
    Quote from JacelRN
    Nurseizme,

    The important thing is to go over frequently given drugs. Examples are Dig, Cardizem, Propanolol, Lasix, etc. Heart drugs are commonly tested because they can greatly affect your patient. Know these well enough to say "Oh I need to check the apical pulse" or "what is the blood pressure prior to giving this Labetolol." Drugs like that that have side effects are what you should go over.

    Remember also, any drug questions will be few if you get any. Don't spend forever learning every one, focus only on the important ones.

    You'll do wonderfully, believe in yourself,

    God Bless,
    JacelRN
    Thank you for those words of wisdom. I am going to do just that and focus on the main ones...
  10. by   pattiec
    This is my first time posting, hope I'm doing it right!
    Got a question - I'm a recent (May 2004) grad. Wondering how long it should take me to hear about when I can sit for the NCLEX. I've submitted all MY paperwork, gone for fingerprinting, etc.

    Thanks for reading!
    Pattie
  11. by   suzanne4
    Welcome to allnurses.com...............

    It all comes down to which state that you are in, and you didn't post that.
  12. by   BabyRN2Be
    I'm glad that you received your ATT. Just go over everything you can get your hands on. I'm heard that they've added a lot of pharmacology to the test. Can you ask an instructor on what's best to do? Possibly, it doesn't sound like the school had your best interests in mind. Ask them and see what they say.

    This might not be much help to you.

    I hope that you do well, good luck!
  13. by   pattiec
    Thanks for the response, suzanne - I live in NJ and will be testing there.
  14. by   ksfrn66
    Quote from Nurseizme
    Finally, my ATT arrived today. I scheduled to take boards on June 10th. I am nervous and have been studying everything I can get my hands on. The bad part is we did not have alot of Pharm in our curriculum, it was not a required course for us. They say they just incorporated it into the program. NOT...I feel so inept in that subject that it is not even funny. If anyone can give me some pointers on where to find some good study material for boards I would greatly appreciate it. Also if anyone has recently taken boards and can give me some pointers.
    Don't fret....if you made it through nursing school that is half the battle! Be confident in yourself! I teach in an ADN program and we drilled the suffixes of meds.
    Examples:

    Generic names ending in "olol" - those are beta blockers. They can affect blood pressure, lower the heart rate, reduce the myocardial demands, and can also be used to treat angina. The "prils" are ACE inhibitors - they are renal protective in diabetics but can cause hyperkalemia in non-diabetics. They are used to reduce blood pressure for the most part. They stop angiotenin I from converting to angiotensin II which is a powerful vasoconstrictor. The "nitrates" are used to lower BP, lower HR and treat angina. Calcium channel blockers are the "pines" but also include Cardizem which doesn't follow the rule. They also lower BP, dilate the coronary arteries, convert fib to sinus (hopefully ) and are particularly used to treat Prinzmetal's angina. I don't know if I've helped you or not but good luck and have faith!!

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