Remember, in nursing school when you urgently "crammed" right before your pharmacology test! Unfortunately, that technique won't work for the NCLEX-RN exam.
As you already know, the NCLEX-RN test is not as much about memorizing content as it is about understanding the nursing process. In order to master this exam, you must get familiar with NCLEX style questions. These 5 study tips will help you understand and master these specific questions.
The NCLEX-RN current question types include:
The NCLEX-RN will typically test you according to one of 4 cognitive levels: Remember, Understand, Apply, Analyze
(Here the nurse should be able to recall normal lab values in order to find the correct answer. Find the answer in the +1,000 qbank here)
(Here it is important to understand the indication for the stress test at a basic level. The goal of this test is to measure stress on the heart. Using this basic knowledge, the nurse should be able to answer the question correctly. Find the answer in the +1,000 qbank here)
(Here the nurse should be able to apply the knowledge of blood administration then demonstrate and interpret the proper procedure. Find the answer in the +1,000 Qbank here)
(Here the nurse should be able to discriminate between multiple variables of the patient's condition and prioritize. Find the answer in the +1,000 qbank here)
This test is based on the nursing process. When approaching a question, pay attention to which part of the nursing process it is asking you to complete:
This one is hard to miss since the NCLEX-RN bolds keywords such as: best, most, essential, first, priority, immediately, highest, initial, next, refute, increased, decreased, and support.
It's very important to apply all of the concepts through practice. You should not only be practicing critically thinking your way through NCLEX style questions but also setting aside time for mock exams. You can do this all with over 1,000 questions offered here.