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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This book is designed to help students think more critically in testing situations and prepare for alternative form NCLEX questions.
Purpose: The purpose is to focus on relevant fundamentals, content, and test questions through the use of the Helix of Critical Thinking and the RACE model: Recognize what information is in the stem; Ask what is the question asking; Critically analyze the options in relation to the question asked in the stem; Eliminate as many options as possible.
Audience: This book is written for nursing students and their instructors. After publication of the authors' book, Test Success: Test-Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students (F.A. Davis, 2004), focus groups were conducted with nursing faculty and nursing students to determine their additional perceived needs. This book arose from needs identified during the focus groups. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: The core concepts in fundamentals of nursing are presented and grouped by keywords and 1,200 questions with rationales. The first chapter on the fundamentals of critical thinking sets the tone for the rest of the book. Using the techniques presented in this book, students maximize critical thinking skills, strengthen test-taking aptitude, studying skills, and problem-solving techniques, learn to analyze multiple choice and other test questions, recognize what is really being asked, and become skilled at eliminating incorrect options. The alternate question format chapter is a valuable asset. It gives the student, for example, an opportunity to practice fill-in-the-blank, matching, and calculations.
Assessment: This quality book can easily be used with other print, audio, and visual teaching materials.