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- by hunnybaby24 Mar 31, '09Hi all,
I'm having a difficult time with my psychiatric nursing class. I'm reading everything and going over NCLEX questions. Other students in my class don't even read and they get better grades than I do! Now I know each person is different in their study habits but a lot of people in my class are not doing well, that usually do well. The NCLEX questions that I review over seem a lot easier than the questions we have on tests. This is the class that many people fail and have to retake.
Do you have any pointers on things you did in psych that can be helpful?
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- Mar 31, '09 by mybrowneyedgirlI understand your pain. I'm in that class too. My suggestion is to review the test with your instructor. I asked my teacher today to please look at a question with me and tell me what I missed that would have made the answer C instead of A. Funny thing (and this is why I don't like this class) she agreed with me that both answers were correct and that if I needed the extra point at the end of the semester, she would give it to me. This happened on two different questions.
But my point in reviewing is to see where you read the question wrong or rather what they saw as important in the question that you missed as being important.. If the teacher can guide you it should help on future tests. To me, this material is more about interpretation of question than it is about memorizing black and white information.
Good luck to you.
- Mar 31, '09 by hunnybaby24thanks for the advice!
will try to set up an appt. with my teacher.
- Mar 31, '09 by tomyrmcHi my friend. You're right this is an easy class for some but a hard class for others. I had to retake pysch twice, which was a huge setback for me but I would strongly suggest to really look at what is the question asking you, doing some high application pysch questions from an nclex book and knowing the concepts of the material presented to you in class. Also know youre pyschiatric meds. Good luck!! Don't feel discouraged. Pysch is a hard class regardless of what anybody else might say to you.
- Sep 9, '09 by nursingiscoolI totally agree, i am in this class also and having a very difficult time. It's not like me to flunk a test so i have been very nervous. I will look around the internet and if I find any good info I will pass it along to you. Good Luck! We have to remember to stay possitive, we can do it, it's just going to be a little harder for us, but that's ok
- Jul 13, '10 by TWilsonRNI know that i'm a little late with a response, but in case this can help someone else...I just downloaded Iphone app called Nursing in a Flash that has 2,000 psychiatric nursing practice questions. If your looking for more questions, it's very helpful. There are other apps as well, having the questions on your phone makes it really easy to study.
- Sep 14, '10 by Brooklynqueenis it possible you could send some of your nursing notes for pschy this way? I really would appreciate it. Im taking it now, and with my lifestyle...it;s very difficult to read. help me please! thanks!!
- Sep 14, '10 by Brooklynqueenanyone studying psych mental health nursing right Now? if so, any tips on what i should focus on and what's extremely important. Iknow safety is 1 and I think clients feelings, and drugs are important. any advice on where to study on line for psych material. thanks! LPN pursuing RN 2010
- Sep 14, '10 by emtoh17I found during my psych clinicals, that the questions on the test were VERY subjective and that made it tough to pick the correct answer. Luckily we had great notes and PP's. I suggest knowing the what s/s of each disorder, the meds and the theraputic/toxic levels of the drugs as well as some history on psych nursing, the axis of mental dx's and theraputic communication vs non theraputic communication.
- Sep 14, '10 by ~Mi Vida Loca~RNQuote from emtoh17I found during my psych clinicals, that the questions on the test were VERY subjective and that made it tough to pick the correct answer. Luckily we had great notes and PP's. I suggest knowing the what s/s of each disorder, the meds and the theraputic/toxic levels of the drugs as well as some history on psych nursing, the axis of mental dx's and theraputic communication vs non theraputic communication.
I agree, today I had an exam and one was a multiple choice more than one answer can apply. It was a question on people you need to be more aware with when having suicidal ideation. So like one answer was "have a plan" "have the means to carry out a plan" Well the last one was "Feel they have a responsibility" So I went back and forth on that last answer. Because what did they mean by that? Like if someone feels they have a responsibility to family, kids etc. they might not commit suicide. Or were they meaning someone that feels they have a responsibility to kill themselves, like it will better others, or like suicide bombers.
In the end I ended up picking it even though my gut said not to. But our teacher isn't unreasonable on things either and if you can show them good rationale and back it up they will usually accept 2 answers. So if I do get it wrong I will bring up a suicide bomber mentality where they feel they have a responsibility to end their life.