First year NCLEX Questions

  1. I am a first year student in a two year RN program and so far so good. I was wondering if there are any NCLEX guides that breakdown information into categories some how. Our tests are all designed like NCLEX questions but many of books I've looked through are in prep for the NCLEX exam and I am certainly not ready for that yet. Any hints? Thanks!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   RC1
    Study your ass off during the program and make a concerted effort to overly-understand everything. Use the internet to google extra information. Don't be content to learn only what they teach you in class. Make tables with your word processor that organize everything into neat and tidy little note cards for convenient storage in your brain and quick refrence when that fails. Challenge yourself during clinicals. Don't take the same old things over and over again. Your clinical experiences over the next year or two will be infinitely more useful than any review course you take in the weeks prior to the NCLEX. When it truly comes time to worry about the NCLEX, I recommend the Kapplan review. If you're doing what you're suppsoed to be doing in your program, it won't matter which review you take. Likely as not, you won't even need one; although, I would recommend taking one anyways.
  4. by   KatieBell
    Saunders, I believe is organized in the way you are asking (Cardiovascular, Endocrine) you can pop in the CD and it asks if you want a test on just cardiovascular or Psychiatric or OB....
  5. by   suzanne4
    Saunder's Comprehensive Review is broken down into individual sections, an excellent review if you do not understand something in your class.
  6. by   Bambury
    Saunder's Comprehensive Review is the way to go. I bought that book at the start of my nursing school, and did really well. As one of my professors would say: "Go by the book, not by the class notes." All nursing school exams, as well as NCLEX, are textbook! Meaning, they are source based. So go to a reliable source to study them from.

    Also, another thing that I did that was beneficial was studying extra questions before the exam. Saunder's will provide a limited number of questions to study, say 10-50 questions per topic. But if you feel you need more, go buy another Questions and Answer book (not a Review book, b/c one is enough) that is divvyed up into systems like Psych, Maternal and Newborn, GI system. A good one I would recommend is Lippincott Questions and Answers which is divided up quite nicely. The questions average in the 100-140s per system (or more in the CD-ROM). the only thing that Lippincott doesnt have are some of the other essentials that you might find in the Saunder's like Leadership and Management, Delegation. These are just peppered in different section of the body/nursing systems in the Lip'tt book.

    I would bet on those two books to do well.

    Good luck and study hard to become not a good nurse, but a GREAT nurse!
  7. by   oldnurse newnurse
    Quote from RC1
    Study your ass off during the program and make a concerted effort to overly-understand everything. Use the internet to google extra information. Don't be content to learn only what they teach you in class. Make tables with your word processor that organize everything into neat and tidy little note cards for convenient storage in your brain and quick refrence when that fails. Challenge yourself during clinicals. Don't take the same old things over and over again. Your clinical experiences over the next year or two will be infinitely more useful than any review course you take in the weeks prior to the NCLEX. When it truly comes time to worry about the NCLEX, I recommend the Kapplan review. If you're doing what you're suppsoed to be doing in your program, it won't matter which review you take. Likely as not, you won't even need one; although, I would recommend taking one anyways.
    I graduate in December BSN-RN I'm thinking about registering for the Kaplan NCLEX review so you say that's the way to go?, Hunh.
  8. by   RC1
    Quote from oldnurse newnurse
    I graduate in December BSN-RN I'm thinking about registering for the Kaplan NCLEX review so you say that's the way to go?, Hunh.
    I didn't even take the review; I just used used the Kapplan Question Trainer software and the Kapplan Review book that comes along with the review that you pay $400 for. I also talked to a few of my smarter friends who took the Kapplan and the NCLEX and asked them for input. I mentioned the usefull apects of the Kapplan Q-trainer as well as my overall NCLEX strategy here: http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=122611.

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