Recently while doing the required tests and writing of rationales for test questions missed in preparation for our graduation and impending NCLEX-RN exams, I became rather frustrated due to the inconsistency between study guides and the answers they gave. I decided to write to the NCBON and inquire about one source that I could definitivly trust. I sent them an example using a Maternal/Neonate scenario.
...This is the letter I recieved in return.
There will always be conflicting data available. Certainly, there is not 1 true source. Information is continually expanding and we are learning how to manage the information we obtain. THe NCLEX exam is not a fact spitting out type of test. Its a what should I do first type exam. You can rest assured that wherever there is sufficient information available that is conflicting that would impact your choices on the items, the items on the test pool have been pulled off until there is resolution.For example, we always placed infants in a face down to side lying position post feedings to prevent aspiration. Now it is back to sleep due to the ? increased risk of SIDS. What is the answer? Research will eventually demonstrate the correct answer and lucky for you(as well as appropriate), you will not be asked this type of question on NCLEX. HOpe this information helps!!!
Barbara J. Knopp, RN, MSN
(919) 782-3211 Ext. 251
...Just thought I'd share!
Feb 21, '03
Just do it when the time comes and stop wasting your time and energy worrying. You'll not be part of the design of the test-- whatever the questions, whatever the format.
Nobody at any BON cares what you think, and they never will, so just go through a few of the reviews and then forget about it.
Over 2 million RNs in the US have passed that test or its equivalent. What does that tell you?
Last edit by sjoe on Feb 21, '03