NCLEX success - page 2
by greentealover 6,110 Views | 24 Comments
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
- 4Dec 13, '12 by greentealoverBasic 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
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.
- 0Dec 14, '12 by dametrissHi. 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
- 0Dec 17, '12 by ::Goodie::Hi! Anyone have the link to the .pdf? Or, helpful cohort... would someone please send it to me at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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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.
http://allnurses.com/nclex-discussio...ex-750555.htmlLast edit by ::Goodie:: on Dec 17, '12 : Reason: Found it!
- 0Dec 19, '12 by greentealoverHi 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 .