Entries by erinnelson

NCLEX Exam Versus Real World Nursing

Some of you are LPNs or LVNs completing your RN studies, while others are EMTs. Some of you worked during school as student techs. All of you, however, spent time in a clinical setting during your nursing education. All of this adds up to a significant amount of experience. Experience will help you get a […]

NCLEX Strategies: Recognizing Expected Outcomes

You spent much of your time in nursing school learning about what might go wrong with clients and their care. This makes sense; after all, nurses need to deal with problems and illnesses. Many test questions that your nursing school faculty wrote focused on what was wrong with clients and their care. In order to […]

NCLEX Strategies: Using Answer Choices to Obtain Clues

Because the NCLEX-RN® exam is testing your critical thinking, the topic of the questions may be unstated. You may see a question that concerns a disease process or procedure with which you are unfamiliar. Most test takers who are “clueless” about a question will read the question and answer choices over and over again. They do […]

NCLEX Strategies: Eliminating Incorrect Answer Choices

One of the major problems of unsuccessful test takers is that they do not thoughtfully consider each answer choice. They react to questions using feelings and hunches. Unsuccessful test takers look for a specific answer choice. The following strategy will enable you to consider each answer choice in a thoughtful way.   Let’s practice the […]

NCLEX Strategies: Don’t Predict Answers

On the NCLEX-RN® exam, you are asked to select the best answer from the four choices that you are given. Many times, the “ideal” answer choice is not there. Don’t sit and moan because the answer that you think should be there isn’t provided. Remember: Identify the Reworded Question. Select the best answer from the choices given. […]

NCLEX Strategies: Critical Thinking & Rewording Questions

    The first step to correctly answering NCLEX-RN® exam questions is to find out what each question is really asking. Let’s practice rewording a question. We omitted the answer choices to make you focus on the question stem this time. The answer choices will be provided and discussed later in this chapter. Step 1. […]

What’s Tested on the NCLEX: Physiological Integrity

The last—and largest—NCLEX category we will discuss is physiological integrity: adequately tending to the everyday activities of a patient. The category is divided into four subcategories   The first subcategory for this client need is Basic Care and Comfort, which accounts for 9 percent of the questions on the exam. Nursing actions that are covered in […]

What’s Tested on the NCLEX: Psychosocial Integrity

Psychosocial integrity, along with physiological integrity, is a basic health need for all clients. It is the state of dynamic psychological and sociological homeostasis, which may be affected during periods of stress, illness, or crisis. Any threats to a person’s emotional, mental, and social well-being can disrupt this homeostasis. Any change in adaptive and coping […]

SAT Essay Scoring Rubric

Wondering about the SAT essay scoring rubric? We’ve got that, and more! It’s a fact of academic life that you need to write essays. You’ve done it in high school and you’ll write even more in college. Unless you’re in a creative writing class – and sometimes even then – you’ll be given directions about […]