Newbie saying hello -- already has a question

  1. Hello everybody, I'm Jay from Western MA. I'm as "green" as they come.. I've deciding to pursue the local RN program, and will start school in the fall.. my first year will be gen. ed. classes, and fall 2005 I'll start to the two year program.

    One thing I've wanted to jump right into doing is going over a NCLEX study guide... I figure if I'm going to ultimately end up taking it in three years, I might as well study it when I can, for the next three years. My question is: what is the mainstream or most recommeded book for studying.. I checked out what the local barnes and noble had the other day, and just kinna stood in a gaze at the dozen or two varieties that put out a study guide.. are they all the same? Should I look for a book with anything more than just lists of questions and answers? Will it become out-dated --- will I have to buy a new one each year?


    TIA

    -j
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Rhoresmith
    I am not sure I would study any NCLEX book until you have at least one semester of actual nursing classes under you belt you could just get yourself very confused. Nursing is a process and the first thing you need to learn is how to think in that process. We had one student with no medical backround and he had 3 NCLEX books the first day of class asked the teacher which was better and she told him to finish first semester then study of course he did not and he was so obnoxious because he studied ahead that he failed because he was in trouble so much. Not saying you would be this way but he also was very confused because he was trying to run before he had learned to walk. Most school also recommend a guide they like and that helps in the other semesters. Hope this helps you
  4. by   hypnotic_nurse
    What might help you more at this point is working or volunteering in a hospital or nursing home. Good luck!
  5. by   suzy253
    I wouldn't start with a NCLEX review book--yet. Agree with after your 1st semester of nursing school.
  6. by   LouisianaNurse2006
    I also am anxious to get started, so I bought a cheap NCLEX review book from ebay, it was a couple years old and I bid 99 cents on it and won, so basically I got it for shipping fees ($3.89 total). Also, amazon.com has alot of used ones for cheap.
    I was curious as to what they contained.
    Of course, it is going to be "over my head" at this time. But I will just add it to my "collection" of all the other info I have that is "over my head"!
    Anyway, you could always use it later, basic nursing and physiology doesn't change that much, but pharmacology does.
    Just get one that is divided up by body systems or topics (ped/ob/med/surg), that way you could use it as a study tool when you get in the nursing program.
    You will be able to practice as you cover each section.
    Just don't let the info scare you. Sometimes if you look at the big picture it is overwhelming. Take it a little at a time.
    Remember, yard by yard it will be hard, but inch by inch, it will be a cinch.
    Good Luck,
  7. by   suzanne4
    You will just be starting school, I would stay as far away from the review books as possible right now. You will get more confused. I would wait until you are acutally in your second year of the nursing program to even look at it.
    You are going to have so much material "thrown" at you, it will be overwhelming for many. You need to concentrate on the material that your instructors give you................

    Your choice, but I also put in a vote for "NO."
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    Quote from suzanne4
    You will just be starting school, I would stay as far away from the review books as possible right now. You will get more confused. I would wait until you are acutally in your second year of the nursing program to even look at it.
    You are going to have so much material "thrown" at you, it will be overwhelming for many. You need to concentrate on the material that your instructors give you................

    Your choice, but I also put in a vote for "NO."
    Ditto. No sense frying your brain . Nursing school is that proverbial elephant that needs to be eaten with a teaspoon.
  9. by   suzy253
    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    . Nursing school is that proverbial elephant that needs to be eaten with a teaspoon.
    That's certainly a good way to put it....although now I feel like I bit off more than I can chew. :stone
  10. by   dedjim
    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    Ditto. No sense frying your brain . Nursing school is that proverbial elephant that needs to be eaten with a teaspoon.
    Yeah, Couldn't agree with that more. The NCLEX review book is going to do nothing for you but make you anxious. In a year you'll understand why. Trying to get a job in a hospital is the best thing you could do right now. For one thing it'll help you decide if this is REALLY what you want to do. There's TONS of opportunity in nursing to be what you want to be but it isn't for everyone. Nursing school is intense but it can also be alot of fun. You'll make friends that you'll know the rest of your life. Chill and settle into it. And Welcome to the Club :-)
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    Hi jay! Welcome! I wanted to tell you that I was as anxious as you, asked generally the same question, got the same answer and now I'm just biding my time until I can talk with my instructors about their recommendations.

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