Published Jun 27, 2009
does anyone have any good advice or words of wisdom on this?
i am a cna in nursing school. i am starting to look at things differently in the hospital setting, so i am making baby steps to becoming a nurse. what i am having trouble with is the critical thinking and answering the good, better, best questions correctly. it seems like i am always finding the better answer, but just not the best answer. how do i make that next step & start thinking like a nurse?
Daytonite, BSN, RN
see the advice and weblinks on this thread: https://allnurses.com/forums/f50/looking-test-taking-stratagies-224581.html - looking for test taking strategies
many times these are what are called application type questions which involved pulling knowledge of a number of different subjects into answering correctly. what makes this complicated is that you are not told what subjects to consider in answering. in general, consider:
DolceVita, ADN, BSN, RN
You should search some of the threads on this site. They cover it in a number of places. Peek at:
Also, review the rationales of the answers. If, when you read them, you go "oh yeah I see why that is the best answer" fine. If not ask your professor to explain.
Be glad they are asking this type of question early one -- it helps you prep for the type of questions you will get on the NCLEX.
CrufflerJJ, BSN, RN, EMT-P
hello, does anyone have any good advice or words of wisdom on this? i am a cna in nursing school. i am starting to look at things differently in the hospital setting, so i am making baby steps to becoming a nurse. what i am having trouble with is the critical thinking and answering the good, better, best questions correctly. it seems like i am always finding the better answer, but just not the best answer. how do i make that next step & start thinking like a nurse?thanks.
you might try picking up a nclex study book such as kaplan or saunders. those books often explain why a certain answer is the "best."
don't feel bad - learning how to "read" nclex-style questions is a big step in nursing programs. these questions are often vastly different from the usual "memorize & regurgitate for tests" type of question you may have had in your prereq courses.
it is frustrating to be able to rule out the worst choice, then get stuck deciding between the remaining choices. you've got to learn how to not read too much into the questions. like i said, give the nclex study books a try.
you'll get it down - it just takes time & whacking your head against the wall enough.
I came from the same boat, and you don't realize how things are different now that you are in school and you look at things in a whole new light. I used to think as a benefit from my hospital experience but now that I am so close to the end and while I was going through the transformation...I realize that it kind of hurt me in the long run. To be a RN or real nursing as I like to put it you got to do the book time...Saunders is a great resource and the more questions I do the better I have gotten to it. Another tip, is to take yourself out of the scenario and you what have seen....you have probably heard this a lot, don't understimate the power of knowledge...and critical thinking...they will always be back and might as well master it now.
I started out as a CNA also and now am in my 2nd year of nursing school! Don't get discouraged! I think the critical thinking element of nursing school is one of the most difficult to master. What text book are you using? Our program requires Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing. This text came with a companion website and CD that offers NCLEX style questions for each chapter. You can set up a quiz for each chapter separately or choose several chapters at once. I found these practice questions invaluable. They all have rationales as to why a certain answer is the "best". I try to go through at least 25-50 NCLEX style review questions per day. This really helps me get in the "mode" of the types of questions that are on our tests. I have seen an improvement in my grades since doing this. I also have a Saunders NCLEX review book that came with a CD as well. My best advice is to just practice these types of questions over and over! Eventually, it will just start to click and you will be able to answer the questions with less difficulty. Good luck! Please let me know if I can answer any other questions or concerns about nursing school for you!
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