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From The CriticsReviewer: Kathleen Diane Pickrell, BSN, MSN (Indiana State University)
Description: This 2003 edition of NCLEX-RN review book provides 3,500 practice questions incorporating the most current nursing knowledge, trends, and practices. As with previous versions, this edition presents questions that are based on the current NCLEX-RN test plan. The book includes a content review and information about the NCLEX-RN test and how to prepare for it. General test-taking strategies, practice questions with answers and rationales for both correct and incorrect responses, and a CD-ROM with additional questions are provided.
Purpose: The purpose is to help graduates of nursing programs prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination. The book contains a content review for each nursing specialty area and includes leadership and management, communication skills, and critical decision-making. The book also incorporates information from basic sciences, nutrition, pharmacology, and rehabilitation into nursing.
Audience: According to the authors, the book highlights topics relevant for future practice. The book is written for students who have completed a basic nursing program and are now preparing for the registered nurse licensure examination. The authors have collaborated on the most recent editions of the book.
Features: The authors cover test-taking strategies for successful completion of the NCLEX-RN. Content is organized by assessment, analysis/nursing diagnosis, planning/implementation, and evaluation/outcomes. The authors believe that content organized in this manner avoids repetition and recognizes individual learning needs. Questions are analyzed as to level of difficulty, critical thinking and professional decision-making, nursing process, area of client needs, and category of concern.
Assessment: This book is updated, worthwhile, and a necessary resource for candidates preparing for licensure examination. The book contains two comprehensive exams that provide candidates with general application questions. The tests simulate the NCLEX-RN examination by reflecting both the minimum (75) and maximum (265) number of items to provide a parallel experience for candidates.