I just wanted to post and tell those of you starting that most all of the books that Excelsior recommends can be purchased used from Amazon
.com and/or Ebay. When I studied for these NC1-7 tests, I used my old nursing books and got the texts that I felt I just had to have like the Pediatric text and the Management texts. I didn't pay over $20 for any of them.
You can down load the study guides for FREE. I think, but am not sure, that you don't have to be enrolled in Excelsior to get NC 1 and NC 2 guides, but you do for NC 3-7. Excelsior will also mail them to you if you call and request them.
The NC tests are worded to test your knowledge of assessment, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation----the nursing process. You will have to use your knowledge and be able to apply it to the nursing process. Many of the questions will ask you what is the PRIORITY. Watch for the word "EXCEPT" in the questions.
The tests are divided into categories. For example NC 2, 20% of the test is related to nutrition, 15% to elimination, 20% to oxygenation, 25% to fluid and electrolyte balance, 10% to Activity and Mobility, and 10% to rest and sleep. You must pass in all areas to pass the test. If you fail oxygenation and do outstanding on all the other areas, you still fail. All tests are 160 questions, but only 100 count---you do not know which 100. So, nutrition will have 32 questions, but only 20 count.
I'm giving an example from the study guide to show you that you don't need too many extra books if you still have your nursing texts. For elimination, they recommend: Drugs for Urinary Tract disorders (the test questions will be related to pt teaching and side effects, drug interactions and cautions) Diarrhea and constipation. (think about your nursing care plans
, pt history, interventions, evaluations,) Fecal elimination and Urinary elimination (think of your risks and anatomy/physiology of norms vs abnorms and interventions) and when it comes to infant/child in these questions, you are concerned with growth and development and coping of family and pt. So, this would be toilet training---so a lot of anatomy/physiology, assessment, pt/family teaching and psych.
I hope this helps some of you in your studying. College Network study guides do not teach the nursing process.