NCLEX-RN Exam Practice Questions Exam Cram

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If you want to be better prepared for your NCLEX-RN® exam, check out the NCLEX-RN Practice Questions Exam Cram. More than 1250 practice test questions will help you cover every topic that you wil encounter on the real exam, including some "new format" interactive questions. You will improve your chances of a better score with the included answer explanations, so that you can focus on weaker areas. Along with the Cram Sheet tearcard, a CD is included that simulates a computer-based NCLEX-RN® exam that covers every question from the book. Written by the same authors as the NCLEX-RN Exam Cram, this book of practice questions is sure to help you score higher!

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About the Author:

Rinehart and Associates is a provider of classroom training for students studying for the RN exam. The president, Wilda Rinehart, is an RN and has BSN, MSN, FNC, and FPNP degrees, and has was an instructor of surgical and obstetrical nursing at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Her colleague, Diann Sloan, is an RN and has BSN, MSN, FNC, and MS Ed. degrees, as well as a PhD in Nursing. She also has extensive teaching experience. Both Wilda and Diann currently reside in Booneville, MS and travel throughout the southern and southeastern US giving classes in both RN and PN exam studies.

 

Contributing Authors

 

Tammy R. Owens, MSN, RN. Doctoral Candidate, University of Phoenix, Online; Master of Science in Nursing, University of Phoenix, Online. Associate degree in Nursing, Paducah Kentucky. Tammy is an assistant professor of nursing at Kentucky Western Community and Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky.

 

Michael W. Rager, MSN, RN. Doctoral Candidate, University of Spalding; Master of Science in Nursing, University of Southern Indiana. Michael is an assistant professor of nursing at Madisonville Community College, a school within West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky.

 

Susan Taylor, MSN, RN. Master of Science in Nursing, University of Evansville; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Murray State University. Susan is an assistant professor of nursing at Paducah Community College, a school within West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky.

 

Rhonda Payne, MSN, RN. Master of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama, Mobile; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Medical College of Georgia.  Rhonda is an assistant professor of nursing at Bainbridge College of Nursing in Bainbridge, Georgia.

 

Linda A. Brown, MSN, RN. Master of Science in Nursing, Seattle Pacific University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Washington. Linda is a professor of nursing at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville, Georgia.

 

Rhonda Lansdell, MSN, RN, Ph.D. Ph.D, University of Mississippi; Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel, Master of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama, Birmingham; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of North Alabama. Rhonda is a professor of nursing at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Mississippi.

 

Rosemary Marcelle, MSN, RN. Master of Science in Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center College of Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama, Huntsville. Rosemary is a professor of nursing at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Mississippi.

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NCLEX-RN® Exam Practice Questions

NCLEX-RN® Exam Practice Questions

Introduction

Welcome to the NCLEX-RN® Practice Questions Exam Cram

This book helps you get ready to take and pass the Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. This portion of the book discusses the NCLEX-RN® exam in general and how this Exam Cram can help you prepare for the test. It doesn't matter whether this is the first time you're going to take the exam or whether you have taken it previously; this book gives you the necessary information and techniques to obtain licensure.

The NCLEX-RN® Practice Questions Exam Cram helps you practice taking questions that are written in the NCLEX® format. Used with the NCLEX-RN® Exam Cram, it will help you understand and appreciate the subjects and materials you need to pass. Both books are aimed at test preparation and review. They do not teach you everything you need to know about the subject of nursing. Instead, they present you with materials that you are likely to encounter on the exam. Using a simple approach, we help you understand the "need to know" information.

To be able to pass the NCLEX®, you must understand how the exam is developed. The NCLEX-RN® consists of questions from the cognitive levels of knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis. The majority of questions are written at the application and analysis level. Questions incorporate the five stages of the Nursing Process (assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation) and the four categories of Client Needs. Client Needs are divided into subcategories that define the content within each of the four major categories. These categories and subcategories are:

  1. Safe, effective care environment: 8%–14%
    Management of care Safety and infection control

  2. Health promotion and maintenance: 6%–12%

  3. Psychosocial integrity: 6%–12%

  4. Physiological integrity Basic care and comfort: 6%–12%
    Pharmacological and parenteral therapy: 13%–19%
    Reduction of risk: 13%–19%
    Physiological adaptation: 11%–17%

Taking the Computerized Adaptive Test

Computer-adaptive testing, commonly known as CAT, offers the candidate several advantages. The graduate can schedule the exam at a time that is convenient for him or her. It's also possible that you will not be tested on the entire 265-question range; if you answer the beginning questions correctly, the CAT might stop early in the session, with far fewer than the 265 questions you were expecting. The first questions will be difficult and should get easier. When the engine has determined your ability level and is satisfied that you are qualified to be a registered nurse, it will stop. The disadvantage of a CAT is that you cannot go back and change answers. When you make a decision and move on, that's it—no second guessing like on a paper exam.

The Pearson Vue testing group is responsible for administering the exam. You can locate a center nearest you by visiting http://www.pearsonvue.com. Because you might not be familiar with the Pearson Vue testing centers, we recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes early. If you are late, you will not be allowed to take the test. Bring two forms of identification with you, one of which must be a picture ID. Be sure that your form of identification matches your application. You will be photographed and fingerprinted upon entering the testing site, so don't let this increase your stress. The allotted time is 5 hours, and the candidate can receive results within approximately 7 days (in some states, even sooner). Remember, the exam is written at approximately the tenth-grade reading level, so keep a good dictionary handy during your studies.

The Cost of the Exam

A candidate wanting to write the licensure exam must fill out two applications, one to the National Council and one to the state where he or she wants to be licensed. A separate fee must accompany each application. The fee required by the National Council is $200. State licensing fees vary. For example, in Mississippi, the fee is $60. Licensure applications can be obtained at http://www.ncsbn.org. Several states are members of the multistate licensure compact. This means that if you are issued a multistate license, you pay only one fee. This information also can be obtained by visiting the National Council's website.

How to Prepare for the Exam

Judicious use of this book and its sister book, the NCLEX-RN® Exam Cram, either alone or with a review seminar such as that provided by Rinehart and Associates, will help you achieve your goal of becoming a registered nurse. As you review for the NCLEX® exam, we suggest that you find a location where you can concentrate on the material each day. A minimum of 2 hours per day for at least 2 weeks is suggested. In the NCLEX-RN® Exam Cram, we provide you with exam alerts, tips, notes, and sample questions, both multiple choice and alternate items. Using both books allows you to practice taking hundreds of questions much like those on the actual licensure exam. We have also formulated a "mock" exam with those difficult management and delegation questions that you can score to determine your readiness to test. Pay particular attention to the helpful hints and the Cram Sheet. Using these will help you gain and retain knowledge, and will help reduce your stress as you prepare to test.

What You Will Find in This Book

As seems obvious from the title, this book is all about practice questions! There are five full exams in this book, totaling 1,250 questions. Each chapter is set up with the questions and their possible answers first; the correct answers and rationales appear at the end of each chapter. In the margins next to each question, you will see a quick key to finding the location of its answer and rationales. Here's exactly what you will find in the chapters:

  • Practice Questions—These are the numerous questions that will help you learn, drill, and review.

  • Quick Check Answers—When you have finished answering the questions, you can quickly grade your exam from this section. Only correct answers are given here—no rationales are offered yet.

  • Answers and Rationales—This section offers you the correct answers, as well as further explanation about the content posed in that question. Use this information to learn why an answer is correct and to reinforce the content in your mind for exam day.

You will also find a Cram Sheet at the beginning of this book specifically written for this exam. This is a very popular element that is also found in NCLEX_RN® Exam Cram (Que Publishing, ISBN 0-7897-3269-6). This item condenses all the necessary facts found in this exam into one easy-to-handle tearcard. The Cram Sheet is something you can carry with you to the exam location and use as a last-second study aid. Be aware that you can't take it into the exam room, though.

Hints for Using This Book

We suggest that you score your exam by subtracting the missed items from the total and then dividing the total answered correctly by the total number of questions. This gives you the percentage answered correctly. We also suggest that you achieve a score of at least 77% before you schedule your exam.

If you do not, take the exam again until you do. The higher the score, the better your chance to do well on the NCLEX® exam!

You should also take advantage of the CD exam engine; it provides you with a computer-adaptive test, or CAT, very similar to the one you will experience during the NCLEX® exam. Every question in this book is on the CD, including the answer rationales.

Aside from being a test-preparation book, this book is useful if you are brushing up on your nursing knowled...

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