As I can best recall, when I sat for state boards, the test questions were majority "psyche" related. I'm not referring to the type patients and diagnosis you see on a psyche ward, I am referring more to therapeuatic communication between what is observed and what is subjective with each patient. Most of the patient diagnosis, treatments, and meds were those I recall taking care of on a med/surg floor as a CNA and throughout my clinical rotations. There were some drug calculations, matching of drugs to expected side effects and what the drug was used for, and many nursing measures to be applied with various ailments in patients.
I sat for the two day exams for state boards, and one had to achieve a minimum of 1600 points collectively to pass state boards. I passed the first try, and my college's pass rate with nursing students was anywhere from 98% to 100% five years previous to the year I sat for boards, so I know I gained a hell of a great education! All but one of my professors for both nursing and non nursing classes were Master Degree and above, and my one instructor who only had her BSN was working on her MSN because it was a requirement for her to continue teaching at that college. The reason they allowed her to teach was because she was the best at what she did, so she taught our OB/Mother-Baby/L&D rotation - both clinicals and didactics. Everyone of my psych instructors had doctorate degrees, and a few of my sociology instructors had their doctorate degrees as well. My college was number one in my opinion, and everywhere I worked as a nurse when doing traveling nursing, everyone wanted to know what school I went to because they were always amazed at how well I performed as a nurse for being just 6 months out of school. I owe it all to my wonderful instructors, and my motivation to succeed in the program!