Okay so these are all of the NCLEX prep tools at my disposal:
- 4th Ed Saunders
- Princeton Review book and CD
- REA NCLEX Flashcard book
- Kaplan 2011-2012 Strategies Book
- Kaplan NCLEX-RN Meds book
- Old Kaplan DVDs
- Kaplan Qtrainer
- Old Feuer CDs
- Exam Cram NCLEX-RN and CD
- Hurst Review Online
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.