Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Success, A Course Review Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Test Taking eBook
This ebook is designed to assist the student nurse in being successful in nursing school and in taking examinations, particularly the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse.
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Success: A Course Review Applying Critical Thinking to Test Taking focuses, as the title implies, on critical thinking as it pertains to test-taking skills for examinations in the psychiatric/mental health nursing field. It contains practice test questions found in review books, but it also provides important test-taking hints to help in analyzing questions and determining the correct answers. Like the other, books in Davis’s Success Series, this book focuses on how to use the thinking processes and test-taking skills in answering questions specifically addressed on the NCLEX-RN examination.
Test-taking skills and hints are valuable, but the student and future test taker must remember that the most important aspect of taking any examination is to become knowledgeable about the subject matter the test will cover. There is no substitute for studying the material.
GUIDELINES FOR USING THIS BOOK
This book contains 16 practice tests and a final comprehensive examination. This introduc- tory chapter on test taking focuses on guidelines for studying and preparing for an exami- nation, specifics about the nature of the NCLEX-RN test and the types of questions contained in it, and approaches to analyzing the questions and determining the correct answer using the RACE model.
The 16 practice tests that follow focus first on basic concepts of psychiatric/mental health nursing (Chapters 1 to 6) and then on psychiatric disorders as established by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) (Chapters 7 to 16). Each of these 16 tests is divided into two major sections—“Practice Questions” and “Practice Questions Answers and Rationales”—and subheadings within each of these larger sections help the student tailor review sessions to specific topics and the amount of time available for study. Keywords are listed at the start of each test.