if you go back through the other threads on this subject you will find this book often listed: saunders comprehensive review for the nclex-rn examination
, 3rd edition, by linda anne silvestri. the first chapters of the book are devoted to explaining how to answer nclex questions and how the nclex test is set up. however, the greater remainder of the book is a great reference of all things nursing. for all the patient conditions and diseases it lists the assessment items you need to look for and they are sequenced in order of their occurrence and severity as the condition or disease gets worse. they also list the nursing interventions. beside all that, which is what many use the book for in helping them as they are going through their nursing classes, it also has loads of nclex style questions. some are in the book following each section along with explanations on how to arrive at the correct answer. there is also a cd that comes with the book that has over 4,000 nclex type questions on it. definitely worth the money. make sure you get the exact title as there are other nclex books published by saunders and ms. silvestri. this one has 1240 pages and it is the best seller of the lot. when you go to a site like barnes and noble you can view the table of contents of these books. in some cases you can also view several pages (that may be on the amazon
site) before making any decision to buy.
you will also hear of one or two other books that students say are also very good. i cannot speak to them as i have never seen them. kaplan gets recommended a lot as well. i only know about this book because i have a copy of it that i use for reference.