Quote from joannefutureRN2006
Can I get some feedback on how much focus and what type questions NCLEX seems to "hit on" in Pediatrics and Women's Health.
These are areas I consider specialty areas and I have ABSOLUTELY no interest in ever working in. I just hate spending tons of time studying these topics if there is little NCLEX focus. If I could get some "historical trend" information this would be extremely helpful.
Well, I can tell you the very real trend is that if you are weak in any given area, that area will keep cropping up again and again, until you satisfy the computer that you are at or above the passing standard for that area. So someone may see only two or three questions in a given area, answer them correctly, and move on. And someone else will swear their test was full of nothing but that area, likely because they weren't answering at or above the passing standard. Also worth considering is that a question that has a pediatric patient in the scenario isn't necessarily a "peds" question: there is LOTS of extra information in most of the NCLEX questions, so you may think you're answering one type of question when in reality they're testing you on something else
The test is designed to make sure you are well-rounded, not that you are fantastic in one or two areas. ANY specialty is likely to show up on that test, which is why you should have a reasonable knowledge of what to do in situations that involve that area of practice. You might be destined for the ED, or oncology, or ?, but without peds or women's health basics you'd have a hard time.
I wouldn't kill myself trying to know every little thing about everything, but you should be familiar enough with the material so that you can competently answer. That's what the test does!
Best of luck to you!