Test Success : Test-Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students

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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.

Table of Contents

Practice Tests Answer Sheetsp. i
How to Use This Book to Maximize Successp. xvii
Empowermentp. 1
Develop a Positive Mental Attitudep. 1
Establish a Positive Internal Locus of Controlp. 2
Challenge Negative Thoughtsp. 2
Use Controlled Breathing (Diaphragmatic Breathing)p. 3
Desensitize Yourself to the Fear Responsep. 3
Perform Muscle Relaxationp. 5
Use Imageryp. 5
Overprepare for a Testp. 6
Exercise Regularlyp. 6
Establish Control Before and During the Testp. 6
Manage Your Daily Routine Before the Testp. 7
Manage Your Study Habits Before the Testp. 7
Manage Your Travel the Day of the Testp. 7
Manage the Supplies You Need for the Testp. 7
Manage Your Personal Comfortp. 7
Manage the Test Environmentp. 8
Maintain a Positive Mental Attitudep. 8
Manage Your Physical and Emotional Responsesp. 8
Summaryp. 8
Critical Thinkingp. 9
Introductionp. 9
Definition of Critical Thinkingp. 10
Critical Thinking in Nursingp. 10
Left-Brain and Right-Brain Hemisphere Information Functioningp. 11
Clinical Judgmentsp. 12
Inductive and Deductive Reasoningp. 12
Levels of Critical Thinkingp. 12
Practice Critical Thinkingp. 13
Thinking Aloudp. 14
Review of Patient Scenariosp. 14
Written Assignmentsp. 14
Computer-Assisted Learningp. 14
Videotapingp. 15
Clinical Process Recordsp. 15
Examinationsp. 15
Apply Critical Thinking to Multiple-Choice Questionsp. 15
Conclusionsp. 18
Bibliographyp. 18
Study Techniquesp. 19
General Study Techniquesp. 19
Establish a Routinep. 19
Set Short- and Long-Term Goalsp. 20
Simulate a School Environmentp. 20
Control Internal and External Distractorsp. 20
Prepare for Classp. 21
Take Class Notesp. 21
Identify Learning Domainsp. 22
Cognitive Domainp. 22
Psychomotor Domainp. 22
Affective Domainp. 22
Capture Moments of Timep. 22
Use Appropriate Resourcesp. 23
Balance Sacrifices and Rewardsp. 23
Set Realistic Demands on Time and Energyp. 24
Specific Study Techniquesp. 24
Cognitive Levels of Nursing Questionsp. 24
Knowledge Questionsp. 24
Memorization/Repetitionp. 25
Alphabet Cuesp. 26
Acronymsp. 26
Acrosticsp. 26
Comprehension Questionsp. 27
Explore "Whys" and "Hows"p. 28
Study in Small Groupsp. 28
Application Questionsp. 28
Relate New Information to Prior Learningp. 29
Recognize Commonalitiesp. 30
Analysis Questionsp. 30
Recognize Differencesp. 31
Practice Test Takingp. 31
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 3p. 33
The Multiple-Choice Questionp. 35
Components of a Multiple-Choice Questionp. 35
The Stemp. 36
The Stem That Is a Complete Sentencep. 37
The Stem That Is an Incomplete Sentencep. 37
The Stem With a Positive Polarityp. 38
The Stem With a Negative Polarityp. 39
The Optionsp. 40
The Option That Is a Sentencep. 40
The Option That Completes the Sentence Begun in the Stemp. 41
The Option That Is an Incomplete Sentencep. 42
The Option That Is a Wordp. 43
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 4p. 44
The Nursing Processp. 49
Assessmentp. 49
Collect Datap. 50
Verify Datap. 54
Communicate Information About Assessmentsp. 54
Analysisp. 55
Interpret Datap. 55
Collect Additional Datap. 57
Identify and Communicate Nursing Diagnosesp. 58
Planningp. 58
Identify Goalsp. 59
Set Prioritiesp. 60
Identify Interventionsp. 61
Project Expected Outcomesp. 62
Ensure that Patient's Health Care Needs Will Be Approximately Metp. 63
Modify the Plan of Care as Neededp. 63
Collaborate With Other Health Team Membersp. 64
Implementationp. 65
Implement Nursing Carep. 66
Evaluationp. 70
Identify Patient Responsesp. 71
Compare Actual Outcomes With Expected Outcomesp. 72
Analyze Factors That Affect Actual Outcomes of Carep. 72
Modify the Plan of Carep. 73
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 5p. 74
Assessmentp. 74
Analysisp. 75
Planningp. 76
Implementationp. 78
Evaluationp. 80
Test-Taking Techniquesp. 81
Specific Test-Taking Techniquesp. 81
Identify Key Words in the Stem That Indicate a Negative Polarityp. 82
Identify Key Words in the Stem That Set a Priorityp. 83
Identify Clues in the Stemp. 85
Identify the Central Person in the Questionp. 86
Identify Patient-Centered Optionsp. 87
Identify Specific Determiners in Optionsp. 88
Identify Opposites in Optionsp. 89
Identify Equally Plausible or Unique Optionsp. 91
Identify Duplicate Facts Among the Optionsp. 93
Identify Options That Deny Patient Feelings, Concerns, and Needsp. 94
Use Multiple Test-Taking Techniquesp. 95
General Test-Taking Techniquesp. 96
Follow Your Regular Routine the Night Before a Testp. 97
Arrive on Time for the Examinationp. 97
Bring the Appropriate Toolsp. 97
Understand All the Directions for the Test Before Startingp. 98
Manage the Allotted Time to Your Advantagep. 98
Concentrate on the Simple Before the Complexp. 99
Make Educated Guessesp. 99
Maintain a Positive Mental Attitudep. 99
Check Your Answers and Answer Sheetp. 100
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 6p. 101
Testing Formats Other Than Multiple-Choice Questionsp. 107
Introductionp. 107
Structured-Response Questionsp. 108
True-False Questionsp. 108
Matching Questionsp. 112
Restricted-Response Questionsp. 114
Completion Questionsp. 114
Short-Answer Questionsp. 115
Extended Essay Questionsp. 116
Learning to Writep. 117
Writing to Learnp. 118
Performance Appraisalp. 118
Summaryp. 119
Answers and Rationales for Sample Items in Chapter 7p. 120
Computer Applications in Education and Evaluationp. 125
The Computer as a Resource Toolp. 126
The Computer as an Information Managerp. 126
The Computer as an Instructorp. 126
The Computer as a Simulatorp. 127
The Computer as an Evaluatorp. 127
Summaryp. 128
Fundamentals of Nursing Practice Testsp. 129
Practice Test Cp. 149
Answers and Rationales for Practice Test Cp. 153
Practice Questions With Answers and Rationalesp. 159
The World of the Patient and Nursep. 160
Common Theories Related to Meeting Patients' Basic Human Needsp. 174
Communication and Meeting Patients' Emotional Needsp. 188
Physical Assessment of Patientsp. 201
Meeting Patients' Physical Safety and Mobility Needsp. 215
Meeting Patients' Hygiene and Comfort Needsp. 229
Meeting Patients' Fluid and Nutritional Needsp. 242
Meeting Patients' Elimination Needsp. 256
Meeting Patients' Oxygen Needsp. 271
Administration of Medicationsp. 286
Meeting the Needs of the Perioperative Patientp. 300
Meeting Patients' Microbiological Safety Needsp. 314
Meeting the Needs of the Patient in the Community Settingp. 328
Pharmacologyp. 344
Indexp. 357
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