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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Book reviews Med surg I &II

Book That helped with my study
Medsurg: Adult health I

1) Kaplan NCLEX RN 2010 with CD
PROS:
great step by step test taking skills
two comprehensive NCLEx style exams

CONS:
Not grouped into nursing topics
Time consuming
Not a comprehensive review

2) NCLEX 4000 software

PROS:
excellent comprehensive review
over 4000 questions
grouped into categories or patient care
test taking in study mode( with rationals) and test mode(without rationales)
DO not need CD every time you use it.

CON:
Needs about 100MB space

3) AACN certification and Core review for high acuity and critical care

PROS:
multiple trauma questions that need critical thinking and prioritization
Contains 3 separate exams in one book
Answers with rationales

CONS:
Questions are not sorted out according to topics
Some questions are of a higher level of understanding for a nursing student
The CD that comes with it does not have a study mode setting for the exams


4) Study Guide to accompany Lewis medical surgical nursing 7th

PROS:
Great study questions
Rationales have reference pages from the Text book
Can be time consuming

CONS:
Some questions are more patho than nursing application

5)Medsurg Success
PROS:
Good knowledge based questions
Questions are grouped into sub categories per nursing topics
Answers have rationales

CONS:
Questions are too easy,definitely does not develop ones critical thinking skills

Hope this helps
Ojong Klages
GBANS Webmaster

1 comment:

  1. I have used some of these study books as well.

    #4 - Study Guide to accompany Lewis Med-Surg Nursing. It is helpful that the material coincides with the chapters that you are studying in the book. Study questions and rationales are beneficial. I found the multiple choice questions were more helpful than the crossword puzzles, matching, case studies, and fill-in-the-blank questions.

    #5 - Med-surg sucess - I found these questions were helpful at times. You have to search for the topic areas that you are covering for a test (which can be time consuming). I like how this book gives you the rationale for each answer choice. The rationales not only explain the correct answer, but they explain the reason why the other choices are not the best answer.

    I also used "Illustrated Study Guide for the NCLEX-RN Exam" by JoAnn Zerwekh and Jo Carol Claborn. I did not buy this book until the end of the semester, but I found it very helpful. It simplifies the material (breaks it down into an outline form). The book contains some pictures that I found beneficial. There are study questions to follow each section. There are not a lot of study questions for each section, but the book comes with a CD-ROM that has additional questions. The rationales do not always tell you why the other answers are wrong.

    I know that some other students have enjoyed the "Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination". This book also provides an outline view of the topics which simplifies the information and points out important information. These study questions are VERY helpful.

    Good luck studying! :)

    Crystal Webster
    GBANS President

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