Quote from FNPhopeful
Ok I spend hours reading and reading and writing, but the exam always ALWAYS seems to be things I overlooked or thought wasnt a big deal. I soooo frustrated now I wanna turn in my nursing uniform.
I spent all weekend studying and it wasnt enough, (yes I study during the week too).
Whats the secret! Im reading some of you are getting A's on your exams. Im in fundamentals and its alot
of info. But the problem is I dont know what to focus on. Our teacher does a poor job of leading us in the right direction. We'll have stuff on the test Ive never seen in the book and she never talked about.
Ultimately its my own fault, but I'd like to correct it.
I did my reading, took notes in class and
as I read, supplemented with looking concepts up on the internet, did practice questions etc. I cant fail out now! ahhhhh
Is this your first semester? If so, there may be hope. The more nursing tests I take, the better I get. You really have to get used to/learn how to take nursing tests. Also, most of the things you learn in nursing (whether you realize it at the time or not) will apply to every area/aspect of nursing. So as you go through school, you should begin to attain more and more knowledge which you will be able to apply to your test questions, no matter what the content. (Does that make sense?)
Aside from that, here is my suggestion for studying. I'm in my 3rd semester of nursing school, and we just had a test over 17 chapters covered in 4 class days. Most people didn't do so hot, I made a 92.
This will take time, but it works for me. The best thing to do is work on this a little each day (or every couple of days) so it doesn't add up and become too overwhelming. For EVERY chapter that is going to be on the test, look at all the bold terms. Type out the bold terms and their meaning. Make sure you truly understand what that term means and how it relates to the reading in the chapter.
Also, look at all the headings in the chapter. Can you explain the headings? You may need to make notes on the headings as well, but keep your notes brief.
Make sure to note anything the book says the nurse should do in any situation (nursing interventions) and learn what is normal in any situation...
for example...if a patient is having some type of surgery, and abdominal cramping is common for several hours after that surgery and not of pathological significance, know that. That way, if your instructor throws in a question that says, for instance: The nurse is caring for a client who just had (above mentioned) surgery and notes that the blood pressure is 100/57 (baseline was 120/80). What should the nurse do? The first thing you will need to know is that this is not to be expected in this situation. You will then select the correct intervention.
If the question had been...the client is experiencing abdominal cramping after the surgery, what should the nurse do...the answer would be something like...chart the findings, or explain to the patient that this can be expected for the next few hours, etc...but not 'notify physician immediately.' Knowing the norm is very important.
Next, look at all the charts and figures in the book. Do you understand those? Make notes on them if necessary. Once you have done this for all of your chapters, you should have covered all the material.
Now look over your class notes. Did you miss anything? If so, look over it, make sure you understand it, and make notes for them in Word if necessary.
Print all of this out, and the day (or two) before the test, take several hours to review what you have printed. Make sure you understand everythig. Hi-light what you are having trouble with so you can go right to it. Take time before the test to look back over the tables/figures in the book again if you feel like you need to.
Wake up early enough the day of the test to read ALL of your printed notes at least one more time before the test.
This really works if you have a lot of material.
If you aren't covering that much material at a time, I would go ahead and read all the chapters making brief notes when necessary. I've never had the luxury of not covering much material at a time in nursing school, however...and I doubt you do.
Hope this helps!