Best of luck to you, do many practice questions and make sure to read the rationales for ALL the answer choices, the right AND the wrong ones to gain knowledge. Brush up on your content if you feel the need to review some topics and do questions pertaining to those topics (i.e. Saunders Comprehensive has questions at the end of each chapter). Use those mnemonics for infection control, modes of transmission...NCLEX wants to make sure you wont start another epidemic, know your lab values, know your electrolyte values (what does it mean when its lower than normal or higher than normal, which manifestations occur and possible causes, management)--> for example, potassium 3.5-5.0meq, possible cause of hyperkalemia is cell destruction, acidosis and what the clinical picture (how do you see the patient present himself) seizures and/or EKG changes, cardiac arrhythmias, neuromuscular irritability. Know the common meds and their side effects (i used memory aids prefixes, roots, suffixes to memorize common ones), drug calculations is a must (break your math anxiety if you got one, practice makes perfect), know the ECG cardiac rhythms/appearance and management ( i had a question), different therapeutic diets, burns, 5 rights of delegation, cranial nerves ( i had a question).
Try to relax the day before the exam, get yourself together, make sure to have breakfast :), think positive and believe in yourself, trust in G-d. You have studied hard enough, you can and will do it...Best of luck!
Memory Aid for some drugs (Prentice Hall)
-ase, -plase - thrombolytic agent (-ase usually indicates enzyme) ex: alteplase, streptokinase, reteplase
- azole - antifungal antimicrobial ex: fluconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole
cef-, ceph- cephalosporin, antibiotic: check allergy to this class and penicillins ex: cephalexin, cefazolin
-cillin - penicillin, check allergy ex: amoxicillin, penicillin
-dipine - calcium channel blocker, antianginal, antihypertesive ex: amlodipine, nifedipine, nicardipine
- olol, -lol - beta adrenergic blocker, antianginal and/or antihypertensive ex: propranolol, atenolol, labetolol
nitr- - nitrate, vasodilator, antianginal ex: nitroglycerin, isosorbide dinitrate
-parin -anticoagulant, heparin
-phylline -Xanthine type of bronchodilator ex: aminophylline, theophylline
-prazole - GI proton pump inhibitor, antiulcer ex: omeprazole, lansoprazole
-pril - Angiotensin converting enzyme(ACE) inhibitor ex: captopril, enalapril, lisinopril
-sone, -lone, pred- corticosteroid ex: prednisone, betamethasone,
-statin lipid lowering agent ex:pravastatin, simvastatin
-vir antiviral, antiinfective ex: acyclovir, cidofovir
-zepam, -zolam benzodiazepine, antianxiety, sedative/hypnotic ex: diazepam, lorazepam, midazolam
-know the medication administration rights as well...know the therapeutic drug levels (i.e. digoxin 0.5-2.0)
Neurovascular Status: checking the 6Ps
Pain, Pallor, Polar, paresthesia, paralysis and pulse...