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Isolation Question

Hi. I know this may seem silly but I think I have confused myself on airborne/respiratory isolation precautions. I have researched alot on the CDC website but it's very indepth.

My question, I know Measles, TB and varicella require airborne/resp isolation but what about Herpes zoster/Shingles? it seems likely it would be included but.......Also, it's apparent that a N95 respirator is worn with TB, so is this the same for the other airborne diseases (measles, varicella)? or is a regular/surgical mask only required?

Can anyone please help clear this up for me?

Also, I'm wondering how everyone sits and takes 100-200 questions a day? I love to review, learn, find answers but I avoid doing a complete set of any amount of questions! I know this is what I NEED to do to pass and I can't figure out why it's so darn difficult for me to do.

Any suggestions? I feel like I'm the only one who can't do this after reading these posts, though they are motivating.


Double-Helix, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU.

Guidelines for Isolation Precautions in Hospitals

According to the CDC, disseminated herpes zoster, or localized herpes zoster in an immunocompromised patient requires airborne and contact precautions. Localized herpes zoster in an otherwise healthy patient requires only standard precautions.

I liked to break my questions down into a test format. I'd do 100 questions and pretend that it was part of one test. Then I'd grade myself, take a break, do some more reading/studying and do another 100 question test.

It's good to get in the habit of doing 100+ questions at one time, even if you have to take a 5-10 minute break in between the questions. Remember that your NCLEX could be 265 questions. You can take breaks, but you'll want to stay in a test-focused mindset for that entire time, so it's good to get practice. Try sitting down with a practice test in a quiet area. Pretend that you're taking the NCLEX. Start working through the questions, and if you get tired, take a short break to get up, get a drink of water, and stretch. Don't do anything that wouldn't be allowed at NCLEX, like eating or drinking during the test, or using your cell phone. After a few minutes, go back and start working on the questions again. I'd try to aim for 100 questions at a time, twice per day. Do this about half of the days you study. The other days, it's okay to just do a few questions at a time as you review the sections. But try to get in at least 100 questions throughout the entire day every day you study.

Thank you, I appreciate your feedback!

BTW, adorable dogs! We have two big yellow ones! I forgot to ask (I know everyone is different and I read all the posts here) how long would you suggest I do the above study plan? I keep re-scheduling my exam b/c I feel like I don't know everything, but I also know that I can continue to live this isolated life and study and more than likely it's not going to do me any good since the NCLEX RN is so random (I have taken it before which I'm sure contributes to my anxiety!). I now find myself needing to know EVERYTHING as well as questioning everything, which is really good for my nursing b/c I feel like I'm really understanding the path of it all but I can't seem to stop and start answering questions!

Anyhow, thanks again


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