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Review NCLEX Questions
Now that you have made your schedule, it's time to actually study. We will begin with the second step which is to Review NCLEX questions on the subject you are
studying. You may think this step is improperly placed because traditionally we read a section and then test our knowledge by answering questions. However, if you review NCLEX questions first, you will stimulate your brain. Even though you probably won't know the answers, you will be exposed to the most important topics in that particular subject. This step will also familiarize you to NCLEX type questions. And while reading later, you will say to yourself, "Oh, that's why that question is right."
The NCLEX review books have a section of questions followed by the answer and rationales. Most of the NCLEX books I've seen even gave the rationale for the reasons why the wrong choices were incorrect. When you read the questions, you may be able to answer some correctly with the knowledge you have gained from previous sections. The main thing that is important is that you simply read everything. This includes the question, all the choices, and all of the answers and rationales. Do this fast, 15-20 minutes max, and don't worry about understanding everything.
So where do you get these questions? I used Mosby's Reviews and Rationales. But there are several NCLEX review books out there that are absolutely great. Other books are Saunders, Drexel, and Lippincott's. The NCLEX review book used while you are in nursing school is different than the one you use after you have graduated and are only studying for the NCLEX. The type of review book you need while attending school should be separated into four or five subject areas. These main sections are medical-surgical, pediatrics, psychiatric, obstetrics, and sometimes a fifth topic called community health.
The next thing you want to look for is that each main section is again broken down into smaller sections. For example, medical-surgical has sections labeled cardiovascular, respiratory and so forth. This is important because not every book does this. Many books just have a series of NCLEX type tests with a certain number of questions covering all subject matter in random order. This type of NCLEX review book will be most helpful for you after you graduate and are solely studying for boards. I suggest you check amazon.com or ebay.com to see if you can purchase slightly used books cheaply.
The book I used in this video is: NCLEX-RN Questions & Answers Made Incredibly Easy. By Wolters Kluwer/Lippincot Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 978-1-60831.
The reason I chose this one was because the table of contents I could tell the systems were clearly broken down and they had tons of questions.
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