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Change the way you think about and prepare for exams. Reduce your anxiety and develop confidence in your test-taking abilities. Develop invaluable test-taking techniques that work. Manage your time, study more effectively, and problem-solve. And, because Test Success integrates study and test-taking strategies with nursing theory and fundamental skills, you'll also strengthen your knowledge of nursing fundamentals.

"...teaches beginning students to prepare for & successfully take all types of nursing examinations, emphasizing knowledg application...contains 721 MCQs with rationales, as well as 3 simulator exams with a total of 90 questions."

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Written for beginning nursing students and focusing on fundamental physiological knowledge, as well as ethics, legal issues, pharmacology, and basic management issues, this text explains strategies students can use to navigate multiple choice tests that are used at various levels of nursing education. Over half of the work is devoted to the presentations of sample tests with explanations for correct answer choices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803605244
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 359
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Practice Tests Answer Sheets i
How to Use This Book to Maximize Success xvii
1 Empowerment 1
Develop a Positive Mental Attitude 1
Establish a Positive Internal Locus of Control 2
Challenge Negative Thoughts 2
Use Controlled Breathing (Diaphragmatic Breathing) 3
Desensitize Yourself to the Fear Response 3
Perform Muscle Relaxation 5
Use Imagery 5
Overprepare for a Test 6
Exercise Regularly 6
Establish Control Before and During the Test 6
Manage Your Daily Routine Before the Test 7
Manage Your Study Habits Before the Test 7
Manage Your Travel the Day of the Test 7
Manage the Supplies You Need for the Test 7
Manage Your Personal Comfort 7
Manage the Test Environment 8
Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude 8
Manage Your Physical and Emotional Responses 8
Summary 8
2 Critical Thinking 9
Introduction 9
Definition of Critical Thinking 10
Critical Thinking in Nursing 10
Left-Brain and Right-Brain Hemisphere Information Functioning 11
Clinical Judgments 12
Inductive and Deductive Reasoning 12
Levels of Critical Thinking 12
Practice Critical Thinking 13
Thinking Aloud 14
Review of Patient Scenarios 14
Written Assignments 14
Computer-Assisted Learning 14
Videotaping 15
Clinical Process Records 15
Examinations 15
Apply Critical Thinking to Multiple-Choice Questions 15
Conclusions 18
Bibliography 18
3 Study Techniques 19
General Study Techniques 19
Establish a Routine 19
Set Short- and Long-Term Goals 20
Simulate a School Environment 20
Control Internal and External Distractors 20
Prepare for Class 21
Take Class Notes 21
Identify Learning Domains 22
Cognitive Domain 22
Psychomotor Domain 22
Affective Domain 22
Capture Moments of Time 22
Use Appropriate Resources 23
Balance Sacrifices and Rewards 23
Set Realistic Demands on Time and Energy 24
Specific Study Techniques 24
Cognitive Levels of Nursing Questions 24
Knowledge Questions 24
Memorization/Repetition 25
Alphabet Cues 26
Acronyms 26
Acrostics 26
Comprehension Questions 27
Explore "Whys" and "Hows" 28
Study in Small Groups 28
Application Questions 28
Relate New Information to Prior Learning 29
Recognize Commonalities 30
Analysis Questions 30
Recognize Differences 31
Practice Test Taking 31
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 3 33
4 The Multiple-Choice Question 35
Components of a Multiple-Choice Question 35
The Stem 36
The Stem That Is a Complete Sentence 37
The Stem That Is an Incomplete Sentence 37
The Stem With a Positive Polarity 38
The Stem With a Negative Polarity 39
The Options 40
The Option That Is a Sentence 40
The Option That Completes the Sentence Begun in the Stem 41
The Option That Is an Incomplete Sentence 42
The Option That Is a Word 43
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 4 44
5 The Nursing Process 49
Assessment 49
Collect Data 50
Verify Data 54
Communicate Information About Assessments 54
Analysis 55
Interpret Data 55
Collect Additional Data 57
Identify and Communicate Nursing Diagnoses 58
Planning 58
Identify Goals 59
Set Priorities 60
Identify Interventions 61
Project Expected Outcomes 62
Ensure that Patient's Health Care Needs Will Be Approximately Met 63
Modify the Plan of Care as Needed 63
Collaborate With Other Health Team Members 64
Implementation 65
Implement Nursing Care 66
Evaluation 70
Identify Patient Responses 71
Compare Actual Outcomes With Expected Outcomes 72
Analyze Factors That Affect Actual Outcomes of Care 72
Modify the Plan of Care 73
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 5 74
Assessment 74
Analysis 75
Planning 76
Implementation 78
Evaluation 80
6 Test-Taking Techniques 81
Specific Test-Taking Techniques 81
Identify Key Words in the Stem That Indicate a Negative Polarity 82
Identify Key Words in the Stem That Set a Priority 83
Identify Clues in the Stem 85
Identify the Central Person in the Question 86
Identify Patient-Centered Options 87
Identify Specific Determiners in Options 88
Identify Opposites in Options 89
Identify Equally Plausible or Unique Options 91
Identify Duplicate Facts Among the Options 93
Identify Options That Deny Patient Feelings, Concerns, and Needs 94
Use Multiple Test-Taking Techniques 95
General Test-Taking Techniques 96
Follow Your Regular Routine the Night Before a Test 97
Arrive on Time for the Examination 97
Bring the Appropriate Tools 97
Understand All the Directions for the Test Before Starting 98
Manage the Allotted Time to Your Advantage 98
Concentrate on the Simple Before the Complex 99
Make Educated Guesses 99
Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude 99
Check Your Answers and Answer Sheet 100
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 6 101
7 Testing Formats Other Than Multiple-Choice Questions 107
Introduction 107
Structured-Response Questions 108
True-False Questions 108
Matching Questions 112
Restricted-Response Questions 114
Completion Questions 114
Short-Answer Questions 115
Extended Essay Questions 116
Learning to Write 117
Writing to Learn 118
Performance Appraisal 118
Summary 119
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 7 120
8 Computer Applications in Education and Evaluation 125
The Computer as a Resource Tool 126
The Computer as an Information Manager 126
The Computer as an Instructor 126
The Computer as a Simulator 127
The Computer as an Evaluator 127
Summary 128
9 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice Tests 129
Practice Test C 149
Answers and Rationales for Practice Test C 153
10 Practice Questions With Answers and Rationales 159
The World of the Patient and Nurse 160
Common Theories Related to Meeting Patients' Basic Human Needs 174
Communication and Meeting Patients' Emotional Needs 188
Physical Assessment of Patients 201
Meeting Patients' Physical Safety and Mobility Needs 215
Meeting Patients' Hygiene and Comfort Needs 229
Meeting Patients' Fluid and Nutritional Needs 242
Meeting Patients' Elimination Needs 256
Meeting Patients' Oxygen Needs 271
Administration of Medications 286
Meeting the Needs of the Perioperative Patient 300
Meeting Patients' Microbiological Safety Needs 314
Meeting the Needs of the Patient in the Community Setting 328
Pharmacology 344
Index 357
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