Linda Silvestri, the most trusted name in NCLEX® review, is the author of what’s often called the ‘best NCLEX exam review book ever,’ Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination. Linda is a well-known nurse educator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist whose professional aspirations focus on assisting nursing students to become successful. She has been teaching nursing students for years at all levels of nursing education and currently teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Linda, alongside Donna Ignatavicius, serves as a leading NGN thought leader with Elsevier to help faculty prepare for the changes coming to the NCLEX as well as the critical need to have students patient-ready when they become new nurses. They have also recently co-authored, along with Angela Silvestri, “Strategies for Student Success on the Next Generation NCLEX® (NGN) Test Items”, a new textbook that will help students master NGN test-taking skills.
Linda has a diploma in nursing from Cooley Dickinson Hospital School of Nursing located in Northampton, Massachusetts, an associate degree from Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a BSN from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and an MSN from Anna Maria College located in Paxton, Massachusetts earning a dual degree in patient education and nursing management. She earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, conducted research on self-efficacy and the predictors of NCLEX success, and her findings are published in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. She says her desire to author NCLEX review textbooks stems from her own difficulties as a nursing student in studying and preparing for nursing exams.
“Taking tests was never easy for me, and as a student I needed to find methods and strategies that would bring success,” Silvestri said. “My own difficult experiences, desire, and dedication to assist nursing students to overcome the obstacles associated with testing inspired me to develop and write the many products that would foster success with testing.”
Linda is president of Nursing Reviews, Inc. and is a member of various nursing organizations, some of which include: the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, the Western Institute of Nursing, and the American Academy of Nursing. She has received several awards and honors. In 2019, Linda was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2012, she received the UNLV School of Nursing, Alumna of the Year Award. And, in 2010, Linda received the School of Nursing Certificate of Recognition for the Outstanding PhD Student.