taking boards

  1. Just took a "mock" board exam published by Mosby, which is a requirement in our last semester of school (about 300 questions). Our instructors say it is very comparable to actual boards. I expected the critical thinking questions, but a LARGE number of the questions were psych-related, esp schizophrenia and dissociative disorders. Also a lot of intrapartum questions. To those who have recently taken boards- would you say there was a lot of psych and OB content as compared to med-surg?
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  3. by   hollykate
    Janine,
    I can tell you that the Mosby assesstest, in my experience, does very well predict how you will do on boards. The questions, however, are not similar. In addition, since the boards are computer generated, and of variable length now, everyone has a different test. My boards exam didn't seem to have much peds or OB, but others had a lot of peds, OB. They can ask a lot of questions regarding drugs/safety/delegation with almost any scenario. You might get a "psych" question that is really asking about the 5 rights of med administration/recognition of escalating symptoms/ and delegation all wrapped into one on the "real" boards. Mosby sort of had one question per question- if you know what I mean. But, it is an excellent predictor of strengths and weaknesses. Good Luck!
  4. by   RN2B7-01
    Janine
    I don't take my boards til July , However the director of our school always gives us tips, (we have a very high success rate for passing the first time around) and she just told us that the boards are really stressing PRORITIES,delegation and med safety. Good Luck!!
  5. by   kennedyj
    The computer test seems to be different for everyone. I took a assessment test at school and did poorly on it as many others. We later didn't have any trouble on the NCLEX. I would advise taking a prep course- not because the questions will be alike but because it gets you in the right mind set. After the prep course get together with some friends and study together, have fun, drink beer (as we did), and discuss things. We got together about 6-7 times for 4 hours at a time. Sometimes I had to wait a little longer to drive home! We used the green NSNA book which was from our prep course. This is a good one. Some questions similar but I think we were more than ready. I had a lot of assessment and management questions on my NCLEX. Prioritization ones of situations which patient to assess first, who to designate to the LPN, stuff like that. I bought a software package ( dont remember the name but was in a purple/black box) terrible one- super hard not like on the test. Smile & don't stress.
    Good luck,
    Jared
  6. by   Y2KRN
    Hello,

    First of all I would like to congradulate all the new grads of 2001, Way to go!!!! I would like to welcome you into the profession!! Thank-you all for choosing nursing, we need you!

    My experience with boards was much the same as you are all feeling right now. I too took the "mock boards" required by the program I went to. I too did very poorly and I was called into the office and told that I should take a prep course. I organized a prep course for my class, and because my daughter became ill was unable to attend the three day course.

    When I went to take my boards, I remember what the director of our program said to us, she told us she had confidence in our program and that if we made through the program we had already met the basic knowledge that we need to begin our career in nursing. She was right, I answered 75 questions, the computer shut off and I passed my boards.

    I think a prep course is good, it will be a good review of the harried two or four years you have just completed, but the best advice I can give you is give yourself some down time. Utilize the computer disc's that come with the review books, make a goal for yourself and answer questions once a night, do not cram the night before you take your boards, do something fun, go out with friends, rent a movie, whatever you enjoy and get a good nights sleep!!!

    The questions are very similar to the ones that you have been answering all along in school. Another tid bit don't read too much into the question, read the question twice and go with your first instinct! Good luck to all!!!!! This is a very exciting time for you!!!! Take some down time you all deserve it, you have worked hard, so reward yourselves!!!!

    Y2KRN

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