NCLEX: In 7 days, please give me your steps in answering Q's

  1. Hi all!
    I'm sitting here ready to do yet another practice test. Can someone post the simple steps to answer questions and decipher, etc.... I've got my system and the systems listed in books, I just want a new view that I can print out this morning. Thanks for your time.
    K
    Last edit by redwinggirlie on Jun 12, '03
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   neneRN
    Remember the very basics.

    A lot of scenerios ask what should the nurse do first, and list several actions. ALWAYS ASSESS FIRST!

    Prioritizing questions: Remember your ABCs. Always prioritize these in the correct order.

    Maslow's hierarchy: KNOW THIS and you will see what is most important for the pt in each scenerio.

    NCLEX is by the book: Remember that you can only do NURSING INTERVENTIONS without a doctor's order.

    Don't read more into the question than it says, use only the information presented.

    What I always did for exams was read the question and answer it in my head before looking at the possible answers provided. Your first instinct is usually right.

    I hope this is the kind of info you're looking for. GOOD LUCK!
  4. by   redwinggirlie
    Perfect, thanks!
    I've done a billion questions and have a couple of lists like yours taped all over my desk. Just needed a fresh view. Much appreciated.
    K
  5. by   funnygirl_rn
    neneRn gave you excellent answers! Good post! Best of luck redwingirlie! As she stated...don't read into the questions. Go with your first instinct.
  6. by   Mkue
    Good advice neneRN

    Good Luck redwinggirlie
  7. by   Angelica
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by neneRN
    [B]Remember the very basics.

    NCLEX is by the book: Remember that you can only do NURSING INTERVENTIONS without a doctor's order.

    I haven't taken the test yet (I'm scheduled for June 19th), but I read in Kaplan that you should assume you have a doctor's order. I guess I'll find out next week for sure.

    Also- don't ask questions of a pt that can be answered with yes or no.

    Good luck!!
  8. by   RN NascarFan
    good luck redwinggirlie!!!
  9. by   nadia562002
    I am getting that you need to toss out similar answers. Look at the opposites and its likely to be one of those. Most of the time, if it says call the doc as an option, do that. But be sure to make sure you have done everything you need to do first. My test is on the 30th. Using Lippincott
  10. by   Katnip
    Kaplan says in NCLEX you always assume you have the orders for any intervention in the answers. same goes for having the equipment and personnel you need. They are magically there.
  11. by   Angelica
    I think Kaplan also suggested being careful about choosing 'call the doctor' answers, because they want to know what you, the nurse, would do, not the doctor.
  12. by   redwinggirlie
    Yeah, those ask the doc questions can be tricky. I've only got four days!! Taking tests and doing review q's all day long until Friday. Then I'm going to do absolutely NOTHING that has to do with the NCLEX, except, perhaps, get rid of all these books in my room! Thanks everyone for the help. It's really helped settle me down. I'll keep you posted, and should know my results by Tuesday next week. Then, well, guess I'm gonna have to tell you ... I HAVE to go away to Kauai for eight days. Yes, I know..... woe is me.... lol (woe is my credit card!)
  13. by   zambezi
    When I took the nclex, one year ago...the "ask the doc questions" almost always had a nursing answer because there is alwalys something that can be done first nursing wise, re: assessment, abcs, etc...just my experience...great advice nenern...good luck!!!
  14. by   frann
    and if all else fails go with the longest answer or "c"

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