Hi I am a first year rn nursing student. I desperatley need help! I am studying my butt off for tests and there are 2 right answers but 1 is the better of the 2. And yes i rarely pick the better one! any suggestions? Britt
you are running into application (critical thinking questions). the strategies for answering these kinds of questions are in the beginning of most nclex review books. but, basically, this is what it is. . .
know normal anatomy and physiology
know abnormal anatomy for the disease in question
know the resulting signs and symptoms when the disease occurs and how they proceed from mild to fatal - each sign and symptom can be related back to the pathophysiology of the disease
know how the doctor diagnoses and treats the disease in question
know nursing interventions for the signs and symptoms you are being asked about
know the steps of the nursing process and what goes on in each of the steps
know the principles behind the actions being done - there are many kinds of principles: principles of nursing, principles of biology, principles of chemistry, principles of physics, etc.
read the stem of the question carefully and answer that because the test makers try to trip you up by distracting you with conflicting information they give you in the answer choices that sounds good but has no relationship to what the question is asking for
ask yourself "why" a patient is experiencing some sign or symptoms to get at the underlying problem. nursing like other disciplines treats the problem/signs and symptoms.
you should review the links in this thread as well: