Saunders Strategies for Test Success

Passing Nursing School and the NCLEX Exam


  • Linda Silvestri, PhD, RN, Instructor of Nursing, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI; President, Nursing Reviews, Inc. and Professional Nursing Seminars, Inc., Charlestown, RI
  • Angela Silvestri, MSN, RN

An essential resource for any nursing student, this invaluable guide gives you the tools you need to overcome text anxiety and develop effective study habits. Key topics include time management, critical thinking, and problem solving, with tips to help you tackle any nursing test — from a routine quiz to the NCLEX® examination. You’ll learn how to confidently evaluate and identify the correct answer for a variety of test question types, including alternate item formats, with chapters on the nursing process, prioritization methods, and safety strategies. The book and companion CD offer 500 practice questions to help you practice the skills you are learning and gain realistic test-taking experience.
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Book information

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  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-5150-1

Table of Contents

PART I: Study and Test Preparation

Chapter 1 Preparing for Nursing Exams

Chapter 2 Developing Study Skills

Chapter 3 Reducing Test Anxiety

Chapter 4 NCLEX Preparation

PART II: Strategies for Success

Chapter 5 How to Avoid "Reading Into The Question"

Chapter 6 Positive and Negative Event Queries

Chapter 7 Questions Requiring Prioritization

Chapter 8 Leading and Managing, Delegating, and Assignment-Making Questions

Chapter 9 Communication Questions

Chapter 10 Pharmacology Questions

Chapter 11 Additional Pyramid Strategies

PART III: Practice Test

Chapter 12 Fundamental Skills Questions

Chapter 13 Adult Health Questions

Chapter 14 Mental Health Questions

Chapter 15 Maternity Questions

Chapter 16 Child Health Questions

Chapter 17 Pharmacology Questions

Chapter 18 Delegating/Prioritizing Questions

Chapter 19 Leadership/Management Questions

PART IV: Appendices

Appendix A Pyramid Points for Using Test-Taking Strategies

Appendix B Cultural Characteristics and Practices

Appendix C Pharmacology Strategies for Answering Test Questions

Appendix D Commonly Used Units of Measure and Medication and Intravenous Calculations Formulas

Appendix E Laboratory Values

Appendix F Guidelines Related to Positioning

Appendix G Therapeutic Diets