HESI Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination 4th edition eBook

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  • Published: 2013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455727520
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HESI Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination 4th edition eBook

1 INTRODUCTION TO TESTING AND THE NCLEX-RN® EXAM

Three cheers for you! You have made the wise decision to

prepare, in a structured way, for the NCLEX-RN.

A. You have already successfully completed a basic nursing

program and are well acquainted with your ability

to take and pass tests and to perform successfully in the

clinical area.

B. You have the basic knowledge required to pass the

licensing exam. However, it is wise to:

1. Organize your knowledge.

2. Review content learned during the years of your

basic nursing curriculum.

3. Identify weaknesses in content knowledge so that

you can focus your study time appropriately.

4. Develop test-taking skills so you can demonstrate

the knowledge you have.

5. Reduce your level of anxiety by increasing your

predictability.

6. Know what to expect. Remember: Knowledge is

power. You are powerful when you are well prepared

and know what to expect.

Test-Taking Tips

There are no absolute ways to ensure that exam questions

will always be answered correctly. These test-taking tips are

guidelines to help the student study and understand the

exam questions. On the NCLEX-RN exam, many different

areas are tested with each question. For example, a question

may on the surface be a medical/surgical or pediatric

question but included in the question can be such topics

as communication, nutrition, growth and development,

medication, client and family education, and safety.

A. Understanding the question

1. Determine if the question is written in a positive or

negative style.

a. A positive style may ask what the nurse should do

or ask for the best or first action to implement.

HESI Hint • Most questions are written in a positive

style.

b. A negative style may ask what the nurse should

avoid, which prescription the nurse should question,

or which behavior indicates the need for

re-teaching the client.

HESI Hint • Negative style questions will contain key

words that denote the negative style.

EXAMPLES

1. “Which response indicates to the nurse a need to

re-teach the client about…?” (Which information/

understanding by the client is incorrect?)

2. “Which prescription (order) should the nurse

question?” (Which prescription is unsafe, not beneficial,

inappropriate to this client situation, etc…?)

2. Find the key words in the question.

a. Ask yourself which words or phrases provide the

critical information.

b. This information may be the age of the client, the

setting, the timing, a set of symptoms or behaviors,

or any number of other factors.

c. For example, the nursing actions for a 10-yearold

1 day postop are different than those for a

70-year-old 1 hour postop.

3. Rephrase the question in your own words.

a. This will help you eliminate nonessential information

in the question and help you determine

the correct answer.

b. Ask yourself, “What is this question really asking?”

c. While keeping the options covered, rephrase the

question in your own words.

4. Rule out options.

a. Based on your knowledge, you can probably

identify one or two options that are clearly

incorrect.

b. Physically mark through those options on the test

booklet if allowed. Mentally mark through those

options in your head if using a computer.

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