So, today was the big day. Welcome.
I would not get the dosage book. I never used mine. It is very, very basic math in that book. In nursing !, they will have a Dosage Boot camp where they will teach you what you need to know. So save your money.
Also, you are told to get the Davis Drug guide. Barely touched it in Nursing one, could have shared a copy, or goggled what info I needed. In Nursing 2, we have to research alot of meds. The book is written really small print that is hard for me to read, so I would look it up online anyway. THEN we are told they hate Davis and rather we used our Pharm book to look up meds. Sooooo....
I am sure they told you what chapters to start on. If not, Chapte4rs 31, 33, 29, 30, 32, 44, 9, 15, 26, 10, 36 are some that might be on your first test. Yes, all of those. Mine were in that order. This term might be different.
Alot to read? Yes. How to study? Read the chapter, focus on the stuff in colored blocks to 'memorize". IF you feel the need to memorize. Testing is different then any sort of test you have ever had. They are logic questions. What would you do first, etc? So the best thing is to actually read the chapters. You are taking in more then you realize. You do not have time to memorize every detail or to keep re reading the chapters. Look at that list of chapters.. NO TIME.
Nclex 3600. Free, online. It has practice questions and rationales. That is how you study and learn nursing. You can pick and chose your topics. You will be doing Fundamentals, of course. Pick from there. Go check out how the questions are set up and practice doing those sorts of questions. READ the rationale. That is how you learn. Do these, and you will have a clue to how you will be tested. And you will know how you need to study. You will not be asked to memorize and repeat lists, etc. You will be given situations and asked what should YOU do.
I know you will feel like you are not doing enough to get ready. But seriously, just read the chapter once, and go on to the next one. Do it when your paying attention, not when your bored tired.