Assumptions

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We were told in class that NCLEX makes changes every few years so I would like to address the following: I saw an old thread about whether you can assume that you have doctor's orders to choose an answer on NCLEX. In the '14-'15 edition of a Kaplan RN strategies book I found":

"Dependent interventions are based on the written orders of a physician. On the NCLEX-RN® exam, you should assume that you have an order for all dependent interventions that are included in the answer choices."

Does that mean the question needs to state "prn"?

Does that include LPN/LVN?

Kaplan also states there is no trickery involved. If that's the case why doesn't NCLEX officially put out explanations instead of leaving students to the guise of publishers selling their wares?

I can't wait to be done with this process!

I agree!! I found one on Kaplan that I truly was confused at who they were referring to.

I'm not dumb! I have a BS in Education and taught Pre-K through adults for 20 years! I hope that it was just a Kaplan thing and the NCLEX isn't that ambiguous!

rob4546, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ICU/ Surgery/ Nursing Education. Has 7 years experience.

This is a very important point about the NCLEX.

there are some questions in which the multiple choice answers state something like "Administer diuretics", "Provide a CPM machine", etc. When you read the question it isn't specifically stated that you have an order for such a practice so you may automatically assume "Well I DON'T HAVE A DOCTORS ORDER FOR DIURETICS, I THEREFORE CANNOT CHOSE TO ADMINISTER THE DIURETICS."

This is the point, if you have the option of selecting the multiple choice answer then you can assume that you have the orders in had for the intervention. So go ahead and administer the diuretics.

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rob4546, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ICU/ Surgery/ Nursing Education. Has 7 years experience.

Computer problem, sorry. Anyway, yes it does pertain to PN test as well. Once you understand this then it isn't a big deal. You should also assume this throughout nursing school because most all tests and quizzes use this rule.