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  1. hey guys, so i start school january 14th, orientation is jan 9th, and i already purchased all my stuff, got my badge, and since i have been reading on here i have noticed alot of people talkin about the nclex review books can be helpful during all of nursing school!

    im interested in purchasing:
    saunders comprehensive review for nclex-rn exam

    kaplan nclex-rn 2007-2008 w/ cdrom: strategies for rn licensing exam

    saunders q & a review for the nclex-rn exam

    nclex-rn q&a made incredibly easy

    nclex-rn review made incredible easy

    davis nclex-rn success(pda version)

    lippincotts review for nclex-rn(pda version)


    now would i be stupid to buy all of these, im not worried about money so would they all be helpful for preparing for "weekly" exams? also my other question is i have palm pda and dont know if it would just be better to buy them all as pda formats or have a mix of books, and pda format stuff! idk, any help would be greatly apprechiated!

    thanks in advance
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Jamie2887
    I don't think you need quite all of those...I would buy the comprehensive, and its accompanying Q and A book (I own both of these) also...my favorite is one a fellow graduating student gave me, its "NCLEX-RN review 5th edition by Alice M.Stein" the ISBN is 1-4018-3752-2 and it comes with a CD for your computer w/questions, I just loves its format...I also invested in the "springhouse nclex RN review cards third edition", and it has lippincott williams and wilkins in the bottom right hand corner. Purchased them at books a million, they comes on a giant metal ring, and I have found that some of these exact questions or very similar have ended up on my test, their broken down into sections, because the stack is about 3-4 inches tall, for instance we just had a comprehenseve fundamentals final, and i just took out the section on fundamentals and put them on a smaller book ring. If you have health assessment, I would invest in "health assessment made incredibly visual" (got mine at books a million) its fantastic! and when your thinking in class during lecture "i wonder what that looks like" then this is the book to have! hope this helps
  4. by   ZooMommyRN
    I use Saunders review and one from Princeton review that was concentrated soley on Med/Surg which is the bulk of our ADN program and they have helped immensly over the past few semesters as they are both broken down by system so I could concentrate my studies to the current lecture topic
  5. by   mixyRN
    I have Saunders and Lippincott...they are both comprehensive and give scientific rationales for each answer. I only have these two and I would highly recommend them both. I do questions in both books on specific content before exams and it has helped me maintain an A average on my exam scores.
  6. by   futurecnm
    Quote from Nurmom86
    hey guys, so i start school january 14th, orientation is jan 9th, and i already purchased all my stuff, got my badge, and since i have been reading on here i have noticed alot of people talkin about the nclex review books can be helpful during all of nursing school!

    im interested in purchasing:
    saunders comprehensive review for nclex-rn exam

    kaplan nclex-rn 2007-2008 w/ cdrom: strategies for rn licensing exam

    saunders q & a review for the nclex-rn exam

    nclex-rn q&a made incredibly easy

    nclex-rn review made incredible easy

    davis nclex-rn success(pda version)

    lippincotts review for nclex-rn(pda version)


    now would i be stupid to buy all of these, im not worried about money so would they all be helpful for preparing for "weekly" exams? also my other question is i have palm pda and dont know if it would just be better to buy them all as pda formats or have a mix of books, and pda format stuff! idk, any help would be greatly apprechiated!

    thanks in advance
    definately do not buy all of those!!! that is hundreds of dollars!! My advice is to first ask any people you know who are already RN's (passed NCLEX recently) and see if they still have their books and if they would borrow them toyou. Most people will be happy to lend them to you. If you don't know anyone you could borrow NCLEX books from, then look into buying them used online. Much cheaper. My sister in law borrowed me the Saunders (both) and the ATI DVD's. They have been helpful to me in studying for tests. I have heard good things about the study cards but do not have them. I do not have a palm so I don't not have advice for you there. But I like to have real books to study.
  7. by   Nurmom86
    thanks guys for all the input, nobody recommends the nclex made incredibly easy series?
  8. by   futurecnm
    Quote from Nurmom86
    thanks guys for all the input, nobody recommends the nclex made incredibly easy series?
    I haven't really heard of those, I know everyone in my class seems to use Saunders.
  9. by   Alternator81
    I don't know about everyone else, but I think that there is no need for an NCLEX book the first semester. You can't begin to really answer any questions till the end of the semester because you are still learning the basics.

    I think that it is a good purchase at the end of the first semester. Although, it would be good of you to look at the questions to see what they are like.

    Anyone else agree?
  10. by   mixyRN
    Quote from Alternator81
    I don't know about everyone else, but I think that there is no need for an NCLEX book the first semester. You can't begin to really answer any questions till the end of the semester because you are still learning the basics.

    I think that it is a good purchase at the end of the first semester. Although, it would be good of you to look at the questions to see what they are like.

    Anyone else agree?
    I bought my NCLEX books the summer before I started NS and began working in it right away. I believe that my test grades were definitely impacted by working through the sections on specific course content prior to each exam. First, it exposed my weak areas and allowed me to focus in on what I needed to study in further detail. Second, it prepared my mind for the types of q's to expect on my exams (prioritization, critical thinking, nursing process, etc.) Third, I earned A's on every exam my first semester of nursing school and whenever I recommended the book to others they would always comment that it helped them on their exams. I mainly used the Saunders book, but also the Lippincott NCLEX as well.
  11. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from Alternator81
    I don't know about everyone else, but I think that there is no need for an NCLEX book the first semester. You can't begin to really answer any questions till the end of the semester because you are still learning the basics.

    I think that it is a good purchase at the end of the first semester. Although, it would be good of you to look at the questions to see what they are like.

    Anyone else agree?

    Not true. I also purchased my Saunders Book prior to first semster. It is great to use while studying along with each semester.

    You can anwers the questions right off the bat-you will have tests in nursing school that will be similiar in nature to the book. So why not start now and get into the habit?

    To the OP, I'd get the Saunders now. It's the only one you'll need.
  12. by   MB37
    I have 4 general NCLEX books (Saunders, Mosby, Mosby Illustrated, and HESI), 2 strategies books (Kaplan is much better than Saunders), a Reviews and Rationales for Fundamentals and Med-Surg, and a Lippincott Med Surg book. I use all my books regularly, and my lowest test grade through 2 semesters is a 91. Med surg is next semester, and I may accumulate a few more books before I'm done. If money isn't an issue start investing now. My friends and I all have different books, so we even get together and go through each others'. I get whatever study guides accompany my texts as well, and I do all the questions there. It's the main way that I study, and it obviously works for me. I would definitely NOT say that Saunders is the "only" one you'll need, although it is probably the most comprehensive one that I've found. No one at my school uses PDAs, so I can't advise you on that part of it. I think your list is a great start though, and I'd definitely get and read that Kaplan strategies book before you start first semester!
  13. by   mysterious_one
    Quote from mixy
    I bought my NCLEX books the summer before I started NS and began working in it right away. I believe that my test grades were definitely impacted by working through the sections on specific course content prior to each exam. First, it exposed my weak areas and allowed me to focus in on what I needed to study in further detail. Second, it prepared my mind for the types of q's to expect on my exams (prioritization, critical thinking, nursing process, etc.) Third, I earned A's on every exam my first semester of nursing school and whenever I recommended the book to others they would always comment that it helped them on their exams. I mainly used the Saunders book, but also the Lippincott NCLEX as well.
    I also recommend Saunders Reviews. It might not give you that many practice questions for first semester, but in the beginning of the book it teaches you strategies on how to successfully master NCLEX type questions. Then it will help you for the rest of the semester. It covers everything. If you need a book that covers just Fundamentals. I always recommend " Fundamentals Success" http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-S...7660118&sr=8-1 This book covers every subject in Fundamentals with tons of questions.
    By the way, if you go on Amazon for both of these, you can get them used much cheaper, just make sure you get the CD for Saunders.
    Also, if you would like something for you PDA, why not get the Lippencot review. The classmates in my class that don't have Saunders, have Lippencot and like it. I personally don't have it,also, I have heard mixed reviews about Kaplan and Nursing made incredibly easy ( by the way, that name should tell you something :spin.
  14. by   future L&Dnurse
    If you only buy one, I would make it the Saunders comprehensive. There is a new version that either just came out or will be out very soon, I'd go for that one.

    I have the Saunders comprehensive, the Saunders Q&A, and the Kaplan comprehensive. So far so good . I bought them in L1 and have done at least a few questions a week all year. I think it has helped my studying and I know it helped me on my HESI score.

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