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Terms in NCLEX-RN

So I took the Nclex-RN and sadly failed. It's weird sitting there and suddenly forgetting the basics, I guess I got scared. Now I got confused with these terms when I'm sitting on the exam. I mean I know them but once I'm there seated, I tend to forget them. Can someone please explain each terms to me since they always appear on the exam?

1. FOLLOW UP

2. CLARIFY

3. ANTICIPATE

Now I'm the one confused. You said you know these terms but tend to forget them when you are taking the exam, so how is explaining them to you now helpful? If these words are confusing you there must be a lot on the exam that is confusing you. all joking aside you need to work on English language skills in order to pass at all.

BSNbeDONE specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

So I took the Nclex-RN and sadly failed. It's weird sitting there and suddenly forgetting the basics, I guess I got scared. Now I got confused with these terms when I'm sitting on the exam. I mean I know them but once I'm there seated, I tend to forget them. Can someone please explain each terms to me since they always appear on the exam?

1. FOLLOW UP

2. CLARIFY

3. ANTICIPATE

1.FOLLOW UP: to check for effectiveness. "Did the medication relieve your pain?" If a person was given a blood pressure medicine, you would go back and recheck the blood pressure (follow up) to see if the blood pressure came down.

2.CLARIFY: to see if the message was delivered and/or received correctly. "Dr. Jones, I was calling you back just to make sure (clarify) you wanted Mr. Doe to continue on these IV fluids since he has a history of CHF. If you are not sure about something, you need to call the physician to make sure (clarify) that you understand completely what you are expected to do for your patient.

3.ANTICIPATE: to know ahead of time what the patient will need. You have a patient returning from having abdominal surgery. You already figure, know, (anticipate) that this patient will be experiencing pain, nausea/vomiting, and an elevated temperature. So, because of this, you check the room to make sure there is an emesis basin and incentive spirometer at the bedside; and you check with the recovery room nurse to make sure there are orders for pain and nausea control.

I hope these examples better help you to understand these terms and their definitions from a nursing standpoint.:up:

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