you are being asked to use critical thinking, something that is often very new and different to most people. critical thinking is nothing more than making judgments based on facts rather than making random guesses based on nothing. to do this you are being taught to use principles of nursing and the nursing process. the nursing process is actually an adaptation of the scientific process. it is reasoned, logical thinking where each step of the process has rationale supporting it.
you should always review the questions that you missed on a test with an instructor to find out where you failed in your logic in answering. this will help you in correcting your critical thinking skills. many students also recommend using nclex review books as a way to become accustomed to the type of application questions that are asked on these exams as well as the questions that will be asked on the nclex licensing exam.
you should check to see if there is a companion website for your nursing textbook(s). many publishers have them now. within these websites are often nclex style questions and other activities to help with learning the material in the books. to access these site you usually need a pin number or special access code that your school gets when it buys the textbook from the supplier. your instructors or the bookstore manager will have these access codes. access to these websites is part of the price you paid for the textbooks, so use these resources if they are available to you.
here are a couple of websites that you may find helpful as well:
- 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 chose 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.
- question of the week. every monday a question from the online nclex-rn examination course from ncsbn and it's answer is posted here on this page.
- mosby's question of the week from mosby's comprehensive review of nursing
also, you should be posting in the student nurses area of allnurses. you will get more responses from student nurses, particularly about this subject.
- nursing student assistance forums
- the general nursing student discussion forum