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12 Steps Surviving Tips to Nursing Exams_new

12 Nursing Students Survival Guide


steps to Multiple-Choice Tests

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Maslow Hierarchy When the question says FIRST, INITIAL, BEST,
PRIORITY, MOST IMPORTANT - Physiologic needs
of needs must be addressed first, e.g. ABC (Airway, Breathing,
Circulation). Measures that promote safety next.

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Hippocrates said
When the question says FIRST, INITIAL, BEST,
PRIORITY, MOST IMPORTANT -

"Above all, do no harm" Start with the least invasive intervention first
& the one least likely to cause harm.

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When the question says FIRST, INITIAL, BEST,
PRIORITY, MOST IMPORTANT - Actions that can
Prevent the Problem prevent the problem are desirable before waiting for
the problem and then treating it.

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When the question says FIRST, INITIAL, BEST, PRIORITY,
Nursing Process MOST IMPORTANT - Assess before acting (ADPIE).
If having all the assessment, ACT. If one step of the process
is completed, use the very NEXT step of the nursing
process.

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Scope of Practice
Determine the priority intervention that can
be done by RN, RPN or UCP. Calling a doctor is
an UNLIKELY option, unless ALL possible
actions were taken.

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Know Priority Patient Look for the patients that are at the
greatest risk, the most physiologically
unstable. They get care first.

7
Plans & Interventions that empower
Patient-Centered-Care patients & are patient-centered are
preferred over the ones that
reinforce dependency.

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4 Questions to Consider 1. Does the question have + or - focus?
2. What are the key words? (highlight them)
When Answering 3. What does it say in own words? (rephrase)
4. What options are to be ruled out?

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Test Taking 1. Cover the options, answer, uncover, match with response.
2. Avoid options that state 'only', 'never', 'always', 'all','none'.
Skills 3. Do not think about clinical situation but rather textbook &
evidence based knowledge.

10 Don't ask "Why" -choose therapeutic.


Avoid traps Don't leave the patient -safety first.
Don't say "Do not worry"-giving false assumptions.
Don't read into a question - never assume.
Don't pass the buck - take responsibility.

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100% In the 'testing world' unless otherwise stated, you
have an unlimited amount of time, staff,
medications & equipment.

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And remember, no matter what,
you always have your breath.
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