Latest Likes For FocusRN

FocusRN 11,309 Views

Joined Dec 8, '04. Posts: 876 (20% Liked) Likes: 444

Sorted By Last Like Received (Max 500)
  • Apr 28

    Okay so these are all of the NCLEX prep tools at my disposal:

    1. Learningext.com
    2. 4th Ed Saunders
    3. Princeton Review book and CD
    4. REA NCLEX Flashcard book
    5. Kaplan 2011-2012 Strategies Book
    6. Kaplan NCLEX-RN Meds book
    7. Old Kaplan DVDs
    8. Kaplan Qtrainer
    9. Old Feuer CDs
    10. LaCharity
    11. Exam Cram NCLEX-RN and CD
    12. Hurst Review Online
    13. And of course all my Nursing school books (my notes are long gone)

    So I have skimmed through all of these and will given my opinion. But, first know, that I now that I need a content review, as I finished most of my actual nursing studies in 2008, and am just now tieing up the loose ends of my degree. So keep that in mind.

    Learningext.com is more of an outline that gets a little detailed on content. At the end of each module you get 20 questions that are real NCLEX style of course, because that is who made the site. Some modules are way longer than others. There is so much info here that I have decided to print it out. Because like I said this focuses more on content, and because I need a sold overview of content, I will use other things first and come back to this as a kind of check-off to make sure my knowledge is where it should be. And that is really what I think it is good for.

    Saunders is really all content in outline form. I don't think the questions in the book are very Nclex style. I will answer the end of chapter questions and if I score higher than 70% I will move on to the next chapter, if not I will read and study that chapter, until I am confident in that area.

    Princeton Review book and CD I will just be using the CD for more questions after everything else.

    REA NCLEX Flashcard book seems pretty good. I will use it for whenever I am out to do questions, before I finish my content review. Breathe, sleep, eat NCLEX right?

    Kaplan 2011-2012 Strategies Book of course i chock full of strategies to answer the questions, and has a lot of practice questions in the book and on the CD. I will use this after I feel confident in my core content.

    Kaplan NCLEX-RN Meds book is in flashcard format with 2 per page. Has a lot of meds in it, which I don't really care for, BUT the fact that the drugs are listed by category make it a keeper for me. I will be using this mostly on the go like the REA.

    Old Kaplan DVDs
    I am converting these to MP3s so that listen whenever I am in the car (I hate listening to the radio), but when I am in I will listen & make notes, then listen again to reinforce content. Then I will go and tab and highlight my notes to make them more concise, and easy access. I will do one section per day if possible. And also I will try to make this coincide with my Feuer and Hurst as much as possible.

    Kaplan Qtrainer self explanatory

    Old Feuer CDs I am using them the same as the Kaplan DVDs. I like them and they are organize according to med surg, maternity, ect.

    LaCharity is a book with 3 parts. Part 1 is only a few pages and explains, what priority, delegation, and assignment really mean. Part 2 is the largest section of the book (really workbook) with questions in sections according to care area (pain, cancer, infection control, ect) really thought provoking. And part 3 is 21 case scenarios, each dealing with patients with different health issues. It gives a few paragraphs of background info, and then 15-20 questions. I am doing a section a day, and then really spending time understanding the rationales. I really like this book!

    Exam Cram NCLEX-RN and CD
    I really like this book. Firth the pharm section really tries to make meds simple, according to type, and the general s/e. It is really a too the point content review (unlike Saunder's who, which want's to explain every detail). The end of chapter questions are pretty good, and I also like the fact that at the end of each chapter it give you pharm categories to review for that area. And lastly though I have yet to use the CD it is supposed to e CAT like NCLEX, and I think that its important not only to answer loads of NCLEX questions, but also to see what happens where you get the correct and incorrect. I will use the CD toward the end of my study. I will use the book for reinforcement after I have listened/watch the lecture based reviews and done Saunders on each particular content area, and feel confident.

    Hurst Review Online some like it and some don't. I have only gone through 3 vidoes so far (one was an introduction, and the other two Fluids and Electrolytes). They are about an hour each give or take. But, I love it. Marlene Hurst does most of the lectures herself, I am a southern girl and love the accent, and she really has a funny bubbly style, that helps to retain info. Some say that she is more content less critical thinking, but I would have to say that is untrue. She teaches the true meaning of a priority question, and tells you to look out for the killer, which may not hold true for every NCLEX question, but for most I think would, the lecture goes along with a handbook, with blanks that you fill in throughout, and she really follows it during the lecture, so when itis all said and done you have a little handbook, that you have heard, read, and helped to write that is called the "core-content". Marlene says if you know this stuff (not just memorized) you will pass. She gives the example of the easy questions on NCLEX being things that you just memorized (like Curling ulcers in burn pts), but the harder questions (which you want on NCLEX, because that means you are passing) have to come fromyour long term memory of he core concepts that you know. So I like it, and I will try to do 1 content area per day, which in today's case was 2 videos. I would vote for the online because I have kids and don't have time to spend hours away from home, because I can pause to make sure I write good notes in my margins, because I can rewind to get something I didn't get the first time, and because I can go over an area over and over again if needed.

    And of course all my Nursing school books to look up anything I need that Google can't tell me.

    And so far out of these sources Feuer and Hurst gave me some pretty good tips for answering questions as far as priority goes. And they are remeber the ABCs, "call the doctor" is almost NEVER the correct choice what can YOU do FIRST, look for the killer (if you don't do the pt WILL decline further and will die fast or slow), and if presented with a problem question and an assessment or an eval are one of the answer choices, it is probably the right answer.

    My

  • Jan 14

    I know what you mean. I am a CNA, and I worked in LTC. As you said all LPN's do is pass meds, do accu-checks, and do wound care or dressings if they are any to do. I worked the 11-7 shift and most of the nurses were usually either sleeping on the unit, or they would come in clock in and leave until around 4:30am, when it was time to start getting people up, so they could pass meds.

    Usually being a LPN at an LTC is a pretty easy and laid back job, but it does show in the pay. But since you are going back to school I would ecommend staying put until your last semester inschool. I say that because, you won't get too worn out at work so studying shouldn't be a problem when it comes to school, but as soon as you get into your last semester, you can go somewhere else and gain some real experience in those last 4 months. And that will benefit you in more ways than one:
    #1 Your new employer will see, that you are likely to stay around for a while
    #2 You gain experience
    #3 You'll be okay and not burnt out while going through school


    Hope I Helped

  • Jan 14

    Whether I am a nurse or not, I know what was done in my facility. The nurses didn't change anyone during that night, that was done by CNA's. And I have worked the floor by myself a many of times in a locked Alzhiemer's unit with 40 rooms, and all of them full, (full meaning 2 patients each room), when then nurse would not get off of her a**, to help me change these people doing rounds on patients that A. were not in my section and B. that I did not get paid for. The nurses didn't do med re-stocks, the ward clerk would do that when she came in a 6. The nurses didn't get patients, up at 5am unless they had to give them meds, CNA's did that. I can honestly say that I worked harder than all of the nurses in my LTC, esp. on 11-7. I was six months pregnant, changing a 320 man every night, and getting him up in his wheelchair every morning. And did the nurse see fit to help? No. She was too busy watching the 5 o'clock news. You need to understand that every hospital and LTC is different, and just b/c you may be a hard working nurse at your place of employment doen't mean that all are. And just off the top of my head I can give you a list of about 40 LPN's and Rn's, that don't do anything but sit around, and direct there work to others during their shift. Just because I am not a nurse doesn't mean that I don't know what nurses do, and it doesn't mean that I don't know what hard work is. It is my personal opinion from what I have seen that nurses that work in LTC esp the night shift have it easy, and until I see different for myself that is all I will ever believe.

    As for the other post up there, the ADON and DON don't care that the nurses sleep, as long as they have a body on the unit. How do I know this? Becasue I heard my ADON tell a PRN nurse that she should come in eventhough she had to get sleep for an exam, because she could sleep on the unit. One of my nurses was asleep on the unit when a patient unlocked the door in front of her face and got out. Did she get fired? NO! So I don't work there any more, I couldn't take it. And when state would come it was a joke. The didn't do anything either.

  • Dec 24 '16

    Melissa is so right about the content in Hurst. Like I said I need a content review, and I really tink that Hurst can be used who may have been out of school for quite sometime, not only to pass NCLEX, but also for getting ready to go on the floor and work. I think someone else referred to it as "Nursing school in 4 days." , and I totally agree. Marlene teached in a way that is very easy to retain. Saunders has a lot of content, but I think using it I went into overload because it wants to tell you about every single thing you may or may not see in the real world or on NCLEX. What I am doing is after I watch Hurst, and study my packet a little I take the corresponding Saunder's end of chapter test. If I get 70% or better I move on if not, I read that chapter in Saunders.

  • Dec 23 '16

    Melissa is so right about the content in Hurst. Like I said I need a content review, and I really tink that Hurst can be used who may have been out of school for quite sometime, not only to pass NCLEX, but also for getting ready to go on the floor and work. I think someone else referred to it as "Nursing school in 4 days." , and I totally agree. Marlene teached in a way that is very easy to retain. Saunders has a lot of content, but I think using it I went into overload because it wants to tell you about every single thing you may or may not see in the real world or on NCLEX. What I am doing is after I watch Hurst, and study my packet a little I take the corresponding Saunder's end of chapter test. If I get 70% or better I move on if not, I read that chapter in Saunders.



close