NCLEX-RN EXCEL: Test Success through Unfolding Case Study Review

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NCLEX-RN? EXCEL-Learn to think like a nurse on the exam.

NCLEX-RN? EXCEL contains the single most effective preparatory tool for success on the exam: the unfolding case study review. Based on the successful NCLEX-RN EXCEL methodology used in the Drexel University program, this is the only review book to utilize the unfolding case study approach to help you master test content. This approach promotes interactive learning through case vignettes and simulation environments, providing a clear, conceptual basis for test content.

The unfolding case studies closely mimic real-life situations in nursing, providing situational models that assist students to problem solve, actively engage, and use critical thinking techniques when taking the actual test.

Unlike all competing books, this book helps you to contextualize the information you need to pass the test. This innovative methodology is more effective than just practice questions alone, and has resulted in exceedingly high success rates.

Key features:

  • A systematic review of content from the new client needs test plan and the updated 2010 test blueprint
  • Skill development in assessment, planning, and evaluation of patient care
  • Rapid Response Tips (RRT) to help master content quickly and easily
  • Key knowledge required for the test built into engaging case vignettes
  • Pharmacology and medication administration principles incorporated into each chapter
  • Full explanations of test answers at the end of each chapter

If you want to get past the drudgery of flashcards, endless practice questions, and test-taking tricks-if you want a deeper understanding of the test material-get NCLEX-RN? EXCEL.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826106001
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 525,833
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Reap Thompson, MSN, RN, CNE is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the College of Nursing & Health Professions at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and has previously developed and reviewed test questions for NCLEX under the direction of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Ms. Thompson also has an interest in Patient Safety, Infection Control and Legal Issues and served as a Clinical Safety Coordinator in Risk Management. She has over 25 years experience in nursing and has worked in the areas of Critical Care, Emergency Department and was the Director of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. Ms. Thompson has published two book chapters and two refereed abstracts, the latter on the use of standardized patients and the human simulation experience for undergraduate students. She has presented widely on test development and construction and the human simulation experience, nationally and internationally. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau the Nu Eta Chapter and the National League for Nursing.

Ruth A. Wittmann-Price, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, is chairperson and professor at Francis Marion University, Department of Nursing, in South Carolina. Dr. Wittmann-Price has been an obstetrical/women’s health nurse for 35 years. She received her associate of applied science (AAS) and BSN degrees from Felician College in Lodi, New Jersey (1978, 1981); and her master’s in science as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist (CNS) from Columbia University, New York, New York (1983). Dr. Wittmann-Price completed her PhD at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania (2006), and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence. She developed a midrange nursing theory, Emancipated Decision-Making in Women’s Health Care. She was the coordinator for the nurse educator track in the DrNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) program at Drexel University in Philadelphia (2007–2010) and the director of Nursing Research for Hahnemann University Hospital (2007–2010), overseeing all evidence-based practice projects for nursing. The Hahnemann University Hospital was awarded initial Magnet status (American Nurses Credentialing Center) in December 2009. Dr. Wittmann-Price has taught all levels of nursing students over the past 15 years (AAS, BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD) and is a part of three dissertation committees on decisional science. At Francis Marion University, she developed the simulation program, the MSN program, an interprofessional rural health initiative, and is on the steering committee that is developing a physician assistant program. She has published over 20 articles and is coeditor and chapter contributor to 12 books and series editor of Nursing Test Success, a series of unfolding case studies, published by Springer Publishing Company. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Strategies for Studying and Taking Standardized Tests

Chapter 2: Medical-Surgical Nursing

Part I: Nursing Care of the Patient with Cardiovascular Disorders

Part II: Nursing Care of the Patient with Pulmonary Disorders

Part III: Nursing Care of the Patient with Renal Disorders

Part IV: Nursing Care of the Patient with Musculoskeletal Disorders

Part V: Nursing Care of the patient with Neurological Disorders

Part VI: Nursing Care of the Patient with Gastrointestinal Disorders

Chapter 3: Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 4: Women’s Health Nursing

Chapter 5: Pediatric Nursing

Chapter 6: Pharmacology

Chapter 7: Community Health Nursing

Chapter 8: Leadership and Management Nursing


Appendix A: Health Care Abbreviations

Appendix B: The Process for Applying to take the NCLEX-RN® Examination

Appendix C: National Patient Safety Goals and Guidelines

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