angie o'plasty's answer "i used to prioritize by reasoning out which scenario is going to kill the patient the fastest and tried to resolve them in that order" had me roflol
let me, however, add something else. test questions are usually designed to test your critical thinking skills. the instructors try to design the questions so that you take nursing theory, the facts you are presented and the nursing process into account and choose the best answer from the choices you have been given. this critical thinking is something that is very important to the practice of nursing. critical thinking is very simply making judgments based on facts rather than making random guesses based on nothing.
now, having said that, i have to confess that i answered a question earlier today that was one of these critical thinking things and it seems i may have been wrong.
the thread is here. go see how a 30-year veteran screwed up! and, to be honest, i double checked the nursing care of a patient with a cast and compartment syndrome in one of my nursing books before answering the question to be sure of my answer!
here are two other websites on studying nursing that you might find helpful. many students also recommend having at least one nclex review book to help in learning to prioritize care and study/prepare for exams.
- study skills for the nursing student from daytona beach community college nursing department with some good advice.
- test taking skills also from daytona beach community college nursing department. a couple of sample questions and how to choose the correct answer for these application type questions.
- this is a website maintained by the nursing students at lane community college in eugene, oregon. for study and learning tips specific to nursing students click on "tips for learning" at the left side of this home page.
see you on the nursing student forums. welcome to allnurses!