NCLEX success - page 2

So I promised myself that I would write my success story after passing the NCLEX because this forum truly helped me when preparing for the NCLEX. I want to give back to the allnurses community. List of main resources I used: ... Read More

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    Basic info:

    Angiotensin converting enzmes (ACE) – treat HTN and HF
    - End w/ PRIL ex. Enalapril (Vasotec)

    Antilipidemic – treat cholesterol
    - End w/ statin ex. Atorvastatin (Lipitor)

    Antivirals – treat viral infection HIV/AIDS
    - Contain VIR ex. Ritanovir

    Benzodiazpines – anxiety-reducing, sedative hypnotic, anticonvulsant
    - End w/ PAM

    Betablockers – HTN, angina, dysrhythmias
    - End w/ LOL ex. Atenolol

    CCB – treat HTN, angina, dysrhythmias
    - End w/ PINE ex. Amlodipine (Norvasc), cartizem, verapamil

    Glucocorticoid, steroids – suppress inflammation, adrenal insufficiency
    - End w/ SONE ex. Prednisone

    H2 inhibitor – suppress gastric acid, prevent ulcers, treat GERD
    - End w/ DINE ex. Cimetidine (Tagamet)
    - Biggest s/e: confusion
    - Less common s/e: HA, drowsiness, dizziness, hallucination

    NITR – nitroglycerin, nitrostat
    - Have nitro

    PPI – suppress gastric acid secretion, prevent ulcers
    - End w/ zole

    Sulfanomides – treat infection
    - Have sulfa ex. Sulfasalazine
    - Ok to take w/ food

    Thiazide diuretics – treat HTN and peripheral edema
    - End w/ zide ex. Hydrochlorithiazide

    Thrombolytics – Dissolve clots
    - End w/ ASE ex. Altaplase, actiplase

    Thyroid hormones – treat hypothyroidism
    - Have thy in name ex. Levothyroxine

    Bronchodilators – treat resp disorders (asthma, bronchoconstriction/spasm, COPD, emphysema)
    - End w/ line ex. Theophylline
    - SE - tachycardia

    Restlessness, increased HR

    GI and ocular disturbance

    Lethargy, hand tremors, muscle weakness
    GI disturbance

    Muscular incoordination, nystagmus, diplopia

    With this basic knowledge, along with the meds you come across while doing ?'s, I think it is sufficient. I bought the Kaplan NCLEX-RN Medications You Need to Know for the Exam (4th edition) but I didn't even read through it. For me, I accepted the fact that I probably would never, ever be able to know all these drugs so I think as long as you know what drugs can be used to treat certain diseases, you study that super helpful PDF on the forums, or you study drugs you tend to see a lot during practice questions, then you at least have some pharm knowledge to hopefully get you through the exam. Sorry that I can't be more helpful, I really didn't focus on pharm like I should have.
    fabjulev, sandra agas, jpinay28, and 1 other like this.

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    Where did you get the audio reviewers for the pharma? thank you.
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    Hi, I listened to the Saunders CD that came with the book! Good luck
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    Hi. Question. I am currently a certified pharmacy technician. And I'll be starting school in jan 2013 for RN. I'll be taking pre requisites. Should I start going over some nursing books to familiarize myself and possibly get a headstart?? Or will it be useless? I'm shooting to make the best GPA possible. TIA
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    Can you share the PDFs you got in this forum? Kindly send it to
    God Bless you!
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    yes that answers it. thanks! did you have a lot of pharm on the test?
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    Congratulations, I am planning on taking the NCLEX mid-February, If possible I would also appreciate the PDF's
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    a very big congrats to you! planning on taking mine January, could you please send the PDF to me on Thank you
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    Hi! Anyone have the link to the .pdf? Or, helpful cohort... would someone please send it to me at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    T I A

    edited to add: I found this link and there are two helpful docs to take a look at - it may very well be the .pdf (+ another doc) we were all looking for. No exact questions, just good basics, folks.
    Last edit by ::Goodie:: on Dec 17, '12 : Reason: Found it!
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    Hi Goodie, that is the forum I looked at for the .pdf! Thank you for kindly posting it on here.

    Dametriss, I recommend that you focus on the classes you are taking. If they are pre-nursing (chem, micro, anatomy, physio) focus on those subjects, as those are very different and hardly overlap too much in nursing classes. Plus, nursing will teach you a different way to test and think and that may become frustrating. Take it as it goes. I know a lot of my classmates during 1st semester were frustrated because nursing is a lot different in that you can't just memorize, you need to be able to critically think and apply, choosing the best answer.

    I had maybe 5-6 pharm questions, 2-3 on very common medications SE/patient teaching. One pharm question was SATA where they gave you the medication and disease/condition. That question was a bit more difficult than the others. For pharm, I suggest you know common medications' SEs and patient education.

    I had 1-2 OB and peds. NO med calculations. TONS and TONS of SATA. Like 1/3rd - 1/4th of my test and I must admit that SATA are NOT my favorite. I also had many priority questions. My best advice for that is ABCs and know your expected findings and complications!

    Anyways, to everyone going to take it, study hard and efficiently. While taking the test, don't stress yourself out. Give yourself a break if you start getting anxious or you keep dwelling on some question you could not find the answer to. I passed with 75 ?'s on the first try, and I admit I had some questions that were so basic that I was sure I was barely threading along the pass/fail line. Stay positive everyone .

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