Please recommend me the best LVN NCLEX review book

  1. That's out there.

    Our school uses the Orange Saunders one, but I spoke with alot of former students who just took the test and said that book didn't help them at all.

    My question is, whats the go to book for reviewing for this test?

    All help is appreciated.
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    Saunders is excellent for reviewing nursing content, whereas Kaplan is excellent for reviewing strategies for answering NCLEX-style questions even if you do not know the answer. I used these two books for review, and passed the NCLEX-PN on the first attempt.
  4. by   MyMysMum
    I just took (and found out I passed on Saturday!! YEAH!) my NCLEX. My school suggested teh following books:

    1. Straight A's in Nursing Pharmacology - this is really helpful to review the meds. I had a lot of questions on meds and stuff that I had never heard of.

    2. Incredibly Easy NCLEX-PN review - this is very simple and actually helps with concepts. That is what you need to knwo anyway. It will boost your confidence that you know your stuff.

    3. Lippencott's Review for NCLEX PN. There is a new version with new format questions. Get that one.

    4. NCLEX-PN 250 New Format Questions - this one helps with the questions that we did nto see in school (multiple choice, diagram, etc.)

    I found these helpful but no the "It" books for studying. I am not sure if one of those is out there.

    Know your meds and concepts. The books will help you to sharpen your concept knowledge.

    Oh, and the red Saunders book. It is hard but it is the best at getting your brain on a general topic. I will say that that book had a lot of stuff that I had never heard of before but it was still helpful.

    Good luck.
  5. by   Bala Shark
    Kaplan
  6. by   aj917
    Saunders
  7. by   lvnandmomx3
    I used Lippencott, Saunders and Del Mar but I found the cd's easier for me than the books. I think I was just too burned out on reading from school.
  8. by   npfield
    Quote from SMOOTH
    That's out there.

    Our school uses the Orange Saunders one, but I spoke with alot of former students who just took the test and said that book didn't help them at all.

    My question is, whats the go to book for reviewing for this test?

    All help is appreciated.

    Hi! I'm new to this forum.
    I'm using Saunders as well. I think Saunders is good for content--can be overwhelming but is really good from what I've heard. Kaplan for strategies.
    Also try Suzanne4's plan with the Saunders textbk--that's what I'm planning to do, she's got hundred's of positive reviews.
    Good luck!
    Last edit by npfield on Sep 25, '07
  9. by   dcrrlb8185
    Saunders!!!!!! Some of my boards questions were ver-batim from the saunders!
  10. by   mthrof3
    Quote from dcrrlb8185
    Saunders!!!!!! Some of my boards questions were ver-batim from the saunders!
    Saunders here. That is the only book I studied from. The chapetrs are divided into body systems. For example, there is the cardiovascular chapter. At the end is a mock test that you can take. Then, another chapter on cardiovascular meds is available to match the cardio chapter you just read. The CD-rom helps because you can time yourself and get into the mode of sitting at a computer and testing that way instead of just reading. It does make a difference.
  11. by   Gogetter
    Stay with your SAUNDER'S! Work the CD and by all means read,read, read! Pick out the things that are important in a disorder and pack it into your memory bank Read ,read,read. Good luck on your Boards.
  12. by   rizza
    Quote from MyMysMum
    I just took (and found out I passed on Saturday!! YEAH!) my NCLEX. My school suggested teh following books:

    1. Straight A's in Nursing Pharmacology - this is really helpful to review the meds. I had a lot of questions on meds and stuff that I had never heard of.

    2. Incredibly Easy NCLEX-PN review - this is very simple and actually helps with concepts. That is what you need to knwo anyway. It will boost your confidence that you know your stuff.

    3. Lippencott's Review for NCLEX PN. There is a new version with new format questions. Get that one.

    4. NCLEX-PN 250 New Format Questions - this one helps with the questions that we did nto see in school (multiple choice, diagram, etc.)

    I found these helpful but no the "It" books for studying. I am not sure if one of those is out there.

    Know your meds and concepts. The books will help you to sharpen your concept knowledge.

    Oh, and the red Saunders book. It is hard but it is the best at getting your brain on a general topic. I will say that that book had a lot of stuff that I had never heard of before but it was still helpful.

    Good luck.
    I used all those books too plus Delmar and Davis. I used there cd's to which were helpful because it gave you random exams on all of the material.I passed my Boards the 1st time I tried. Good Luck!
  13. by   pagandeva2000
    I didn't find any of them particularly helpful, but I used various CDs from Incredibly Easy, Lippincott, Saunders and Delmar's. I felt that to see questions in different styles, that would be more helpful. I used the Kaplan's book for strategy, and I guess it helped because when I came across some wild ones, I used Kaplan's suggestions to obtain the answer. I guess it worked because I passed with minimum questions on the first attempt. Good luck to you!
  14. by   caliotter3
    When I took the NCLEX PN, I used several RN NCLEX prep books (I had these b/c I was in an RN program). I would recommend all the books listed by the other posters, but start with Saunders. I also recently had the opportunity to look at a copy of Kaplan and agree that it has some good pointers for strategy. So, invest in as many as you can get through, if that is what you want to do. They say that doing hundreds of questions is the way to go. Or you can follow Suzanne4's plan as outlined in her sticky. She recommends only using the Saunders text, and gives a plan for study. I've not seen anybody say that Suzanne's plan did not work for them. Good luck.

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