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Test Success : Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students

Test Success : Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0803611627

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ISBN13: 978-0803611627
ISBN10: 0803611625
Edition: 4TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: F. A. Davis Co.
Published: 2004
International: No

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Test Success : Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students - 4TH 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0803611627

Patricia M. Nugent and Barbara Vitale

ISBN13: 978-0803611627
ISBN10: 0803611625
Edition: 4TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: F. A. Davis Co.
Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Are you a beginning student faced for the first time with tests requiring critical thinking or a returning student who could use some help relearning test-taking skills long since forgotten? Test Success is the only book that offers you solid, reliable, classroom-tested advice about studying for nursing exams to maximize your success. Learn time management, effective studying habits, and critical problem solving. The book's proven techniques for maximizing your productivity -- along with more than 750 multiple-choice questions (including questions addressing recent developments and trends in nursing and the new NCLEX alternate-formats) with rationales to practice and enhance test-taking techniques -- will guide you through the mastery of the examination process.

Table of Contents

Illustration Credits
How to Use This Book to Maximize Success

1 Empowerment

Develop a Positive Mental Attitude
Establish a Positive Internal Locus of Control
Challenge Negative Thoughts
Use Controlled Breathing (Diaphragmatic Breathing)
Desensitize Yourself to the Fear Response
Perform Muscle Relaxation
Use Imagery
Overprepare for a Test
Exercise Regularly
Establish Control Before and During the Test
Manage Your Daily Routine Before the Test
Manage Your Study Habits Before the Test
Manage Your Travel the Day of the Test
Manage the Supplies You Need for the Test
Manage Your Personal Comfort
Manage the Test Environment
Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude
Manage Your Physical and Emotional Responses
Summary

2 Critical Thinking

Definition of Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking in Nursing
Left-Brain and Right-Brain Hemisphere Information Functioning
Clinical Judgments
Levels of Critical Thinking
Practice Critical Thinking
Apply Critical Thinking to Multiple-Choice Questions
Summary
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 2

3 Time Management

Time Management Equals Self-Management
Take the Time to Assess Your Time Management Abilities
Assessment of Inconsistencies Between Values and Behavior
Personal Time/Activity Journal
Self-Assessment of Barriers to Productivity
Maximize Your Productivity
Identify Goals and Priorities
Get Organized
Develop Self-Discipline
Saying No
Time Traps
Motivation
Achieve a Personal Balance
Delegate
Overcome Procrastination
Summary

4 Study Techniques

General Study Techniques
Establish a Routine
Set Short- and Long-Term Goals
Simulate a School Environment
Control Internal and External Distractors
Prepare for Class
Take Class Notes
Identify Learning Domains
Cognitive Domain
Psychomotor Domain
Affective Domain
Capture Moments of Time
Use Appropriate Resources
Balance Sacrifices and Rewards
Specific Study Techniques
Congitive Levels of Nursing Questions
Knowledge Questions
Memorization/Repetition
Alphabet Cues
Acronyms
Acrostics
Comprehension Questions
Explore "Whys" and "Hows"
Study in Small Groups
Application Questions
Relate New Information to Prior Learning
Recognize Commonalities
Analysis Questions
Recognize Differences
Practice Test Taking
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 4

5 The Multiple-Choice Question

Components of a Multiple-Choice Question
The Stem
The Stem That Is a Complete Sentence
The Stem That Is an Incomplete Sentence
The Stem with a Positive Polarity
The Stem with a Negative Polarity
The Options
The Option That Is a Sentence
The Option That Completes the Sentence Begun in the Stem
The Option That Is an Incomplete Sentence
The Option That Is a Word
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 5

6 The Nursing Process

Assessment
Collect Data
Verify Data
Communicate Information About Assessments
Analysis/Nursing Diagnosis
Cluster Data
Interpret Data
Collect Additional Data
Identify and Communicate Nursing Diagnoses
Planning
Identify Goals
Project Expected Outcomes
Set Priorities
Identify Interventions
Ensure That Health-Care Needs Will Be Met Appropriately
Modify the Plan of Care as Needed
Collaborate with Other Health Team Members
Implementation
Implement Nursing Care
Evaluation
Identify Patient Responses (Actual Outcomes)
Compare Actual Outcomes with Expected Outcomes to Determine Goal Achievement
Analyze Factors That Affect Actual Outcomes of Care
Modify the Plan of Care
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 6
Assessment
Analysis/Nursing Diagnosis
Planning
Implementation
Evaluation

7 Test-Taking Techniques

Specific Test-Taking Techniques
Identify Key Words in the Stem That Indicate Negative Polarity
Identify Key Words in the Stem That Set a Priority
Identify Clues in the Stem
Identify the Central Person in the Question
Identify Patient-Centered Options
Identify Specific Determiners in Options
Identify Opposites in Options
Identify Equally Plausible or Unique Options
Identify the Global Option
Identify Duplicate Facts Among the Options
Identify Options That Deny Patient Feelings, Concerns, and Needs
Use Multiple Test-Taking Techniques
General Test-Taking Techniques
Follow Your Regular Routine the Night Before a Test
Arrive on Time for the Examination
Bring the Appropriate Tools
Understand All the Directions for the Test Before Starting
Manage the Allotted Time to Your Advantage
Concentrate on the Simple Before the Complex
Avoid Reading into the Question
Make Educated Guesses
Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude
Check Your Answers and Answer Sheet
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 7

8 Testing Formats Other Than Multiple-Choice Questions

Structured-Response Questions
Multiple Multiple-Choice Questions
True-False Questions
Matching Questions
Restricted-Response Questions
Completion Questions
Short-Answer Questions
Extended Essay Questions
Learning to Write
Writing to Learn
Performance Appraisal
The Performance of a Procedure
The Performance of Part of a Procedure Via a Realistic Image
Alternate Question Formats Reflective of NCLEX
Summary
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 8

9 Computer Applications in Education and Evaluation

The Computer as a Resource Tool
The Computer as an Information Manager
The Computer as an Instructor
The Computer as a Tool for Distance Education
The Computer as a Simulator
The Computer as an Evaluator
Summary

10 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice Tests

Introduction to Practice Tests
Practice Test A
Answers and Rationales for Practice Test A
Practice Test B
Answers and Rationales for Practice Test B
Practice Test C
Answers and Rationales for Practice Test C

11 Analyze Your Test Performance

How to Use the Test-Analysis Tools
Identify Information Processing Errors
Identify Knowledge Deficits
Corrective Action Plan
Corrective Action Guide for Information Processing Errors
Corrective Action to Address Problem Personal Performance Trends
Summary

12 Practice Questions with Answers and Rationales

The World of the Patient and Nurse
Questions
Rationales
Common Theories Related to Meeting Patients' Basic Human Needs
Questions
Rationales
Communication and Meeting Patients' Emotional Needs
Questions
Rationales
Physical Assessment of Patients
Questions
Rationales
Meeting Patients' Physical Safety and Mobility Needs
Questions
Rationales
Meeting Patients' Hygiene, Comfort, Rest, and Sleep Needs
Questions
Rationales
Meeting Patients' Fluid and Nutritional Needs
Questions
Rationales
Meeting Patients' Elimination Needs
Questions
Rationales
Meeting Patients' Oxygen Needs
Questions
Rationales
Administration of Medications
Questions
Rationales
Meeting the Needs of Perioperative Patients
Questions
Rationales
Meeting Patients' Microbiologic Safety Needs
Questions
Rationales
Meeting the Needs of Patients in the Community Setting
Questions
Rationales
Pharmacology
Questions
Rationales

Bibliography
Index

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