first of all, you should get yourself a good nclex review book. i think that one of the best is saunders comprehensive review for the nclex-rn examination
, 3rd edition, by linda anne silvestri. the reason is because it not only has these application type questions (the critical thinking part of the tests you are talking about), but it also gives you nice concise lists of physical assessment items you should be looking for (and why) for all kinds of different disease and problems along with nursing interventions.
secondly, you need to know the steps of the nursing process. with many questions you need to be able to identify where in the nursing process the situation you are being presented with lies. for example, if you can determine from the information you are given that assessment hasn't been done yet and some of your answer choices have gone right to nursing interventions, it would probably be more appropriate that the answer choice involving assess the patient first is going to be the correct response. you also need to know that there are priorities in performing nursing interventions. the saunders book can help you those.
here are two links that might also help you:
- study skills for the nursing student from daytona beach community college nursing department with some good advice.
- test taking skills also from daytona beach community college nursing department. a couple of sample questions and how to choose the correct answer for these application type questions.
- this is a website maintained by the nursing students at lane community college in eugene, oregon. for study and learning tips specific to nursing students click on "tips for learning" at the left side of this home page.
welcome to allnurses!