Saunders Strategies for Test Success, 2nd Edition

Saunders Strategies for Test Success, 2nd Edition


An essential resource for any nursing student, this invaluable guide gives you the tools you need to overcome text anxiety and develop effective study habits. Key topics include time management, critical thinking, and problem solving, with tips to help you tackle any nursing test — from a routine quiz to the NCLEX® examination. You’ll learn how to confidently evaluate and identify the correct answer for a variety of test question types, including alternate item formats, with chapters on the nursing process, prioritization methods, and safety strategies. The book and companion CD offer 500 practice questions to help you practice the skills you are learning and gain realistic test-taking experience.
  • Coverage of detailed critical thinking methods offer valuable clues to help you analyze and uncover the correct answer option for all question types, including multiple-choice, true-or-false, and alternate item-format questions
  • Chapters on specific question content, such as prioritization, pharmacology, management, and delegation, provide numerous examples to prepare you for higher cognitive level questions
  • A fun, two-color design features cartoons and bold designs to help visual learners become better overall test-takers.
  • Linda Silvestri’s hallmark Pyramid Points in the margins highlight the most important concepts you need to learn for exam success.
  • A companion CD includes 500 practice questions that allow you to apply the strategies learned from the text in a realistic electronic testing environment.
  • Refocused content emphasizes comprehensive test preparation to help you develop, refine, and apply the reasoning skills you need to succeed throughout nursing school and on the NCLEX® examination.
  • A new chapter on reducing test anxiety offers simple strategies you can use to control test-induced stress and gain the confidence you need to pass exams.
  • A new chapter on developing a structured study plan provides helpful tips for improving time management for more efficient exam preparation.

PART I: Study and Test Preparation

Chapter 1 Preparing for Nursing Exams

Chapter 2 Developing Study Skills

Chapter 3 Reducing Test Anxiety

Chapter 4 NCLEX Preparation

PART II: Strategies for Success

Chapter 5 How to Avoid "Reading Into The Question"

Chapter 6 Positive and Negative Event Queries

Chapter 7 Questions Requiring Prioritization

Chapter 8 Leading and Managing, Delegating, and Assignment-Making Questions

Chapter 9 Communication Questions

Chapter 10 Pharmacology Questions

Chapter 11 Additional Pyramid Strategies

PART III: Practice Test

Chapter 12 Fundamental Skills Questions

Chapter 13 Adult Health Questions

Chapter 14 Mental Health Questions

Chapter 15 Maternity Questions

Chapter 16 Child Health Questions

Chapter 17 Pharmacology Questions

Chapter 18 Delegating/Prioritizing Questions

Chapter 19 Leadership/Management Questions

PART IV: Appendices

Appendix A Pyramid Points for Using Test-Taking Strategies

Appendix B Cultural Characteristics and Practices

Appendix C Pharmacology Strategies for Answering Test Questions

Appendix D Commonly Used Units of Measure and Medication and Intravenous Calculations Formulas

Appendix E Laboratory Values

Appendix F Guidelines Related to Positioning

Appendix G Therapeutic Diets

Linda Anne Silvestri, PhD, RN, Instructor of Nursing, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI; President, Nursing Reviews, Inc. and Professional Nursing Seminars, Inc., Charlestown, RI and Angela Silvestri, MSN, RN


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