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NCLEX-RN For Dummies Paperback – September 12, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471752844 ISBN-10: 0471752843 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471752843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471752844
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Includes example questions for every topic on the test

Your essential guide to passing your licensing exam on your first try!

Nervous about the NCLEX-RN? This friendly, plain-English guide demystifies the exam, helping you hone your skills in each of the different phases of the nursing process. You get savvy test-taking tips and a practice exam, as well as a bonus CD-ROM featuring an extra practice test that simulates the way the real computer-adaptive exam is given.

All on the bonus CD-Rom

A valuable practice exam, including

  • 250 sample test questions
  • Answers and helpful rationales for all the questions
  • A random mix of questions for all the NCLEX-RN topics
  • An assortment of the three major question types
  • See the CD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.

Discover how to

  • Apply for the exam
  • Approach the different question types
  • Assess which topics to study most
  • Strategize and prioritize to choose the best answer
  • Sign up for the exam if you're an international nurse

About the Author

Dr. Patrick Coonan is Dean and Professor at the School of Nursing at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, where he also went to nursing school, as he likes to say, "125 years ago." Throughout his career, Dr. Coonan has held senior patient care management positions at major medical centers in the New York metropolitan area. He was the Chief Nursing Officer in an academic medical center, a health system, and a teaching community hospital and was a fellow in the Johnson & Johnson–Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Coonan’s academic experience includes administrative and teaching positions at other academic institutions in the New York area, where he has developed technology-enhanced education programs and directed and taught informatics and critical care nursing as well as nursing leadership/management programs. Dr. Coonan received his Ed.D and M.Ed from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration/Health Care Administration (MPA) from Long Island University, and a B.S. in Nursing from Adelphi University. He has consulted, written, and presented extensively on nursing management, leadership, nursing education, emergency service and response as well as healthcare management. His educational and consultative work now includes leadership assessment and education, integrating technology into nursing management and educational systems, improving and developing educational delivery models, executive coaching, nursing systems assessment and improvement, and leadership development. After reviewing the many NCLEX-RN review books on the market and recognizing that his faculty wasn’t happy with any of them, he decided to develop a book that tackles the serious subject of nursing and the NCLEX-RN with a lighter touch but is no less effective than more serious, straight-laced study guides. This book is the result.


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Customer Reviews

Super easy to read and understand.
Raiza
Also, there are 4 or 5 questions on the practice CD exam that marked my answers as wrong, however in the rationale it said they were right!
V. Howard
In addition, QUESTIONS, ANSWERS, RATIONALES, and CD-ROM are included!
Stella Nwogugu

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tricia Sanders on June 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
'"NCLEX-RN For Dummies," by Patrick R.Coonan, is not only an insightful navigation tool necessary for preparing to take the NCLEX-RN exam, but also elucidates upon the blueprint and administration of the exam, which I was personally looking for.
The "Dummies" series Tips, Remember, and Example icon, used throughout the book, allow for easy retrieval of information, as well as, provides an overview of how the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) structures and prepares the NCLEX-RN questions.
Mr. Coonan goes behind the scenes of the exam to further explain the what's and whys of how the NCSBN goes about their arrangement of questions. He further orients and familiarizes you to the testing site, provides handy test taking tips (earplugs, breaks, etc.), clarifies some of the basic testing protocols, and calmly interprets the Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) program,which interprets a test taker's abilities, and therefore determines the level of difficulty and number of questions ask. The book also provides techniques for how to interpret the exam questions. Mr. Coonan clarifies how to go about keying into what's being asked of you, and how to identify the correct answer, especially when each answer option has the possibility of being correct. Reviewing the
basics of Maslow's Hierarchy, the Nursing Process, and Patient Care skills truly enables you to identify the stem of a question vs. the distractors, which go hand-in-hand in a test question. In addition, Mr. Coonan, goes far and beyond by providing a wealth of information for those who desire license-ship in other States (as many people do) and U.S. Territories by providing each State's Board of Nursing contact information. From all of the many other NCLEX review/study
books I've purchased, this book nailed it on the head.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By V. Howard on July 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is not a good NCLEX review book! There were quite a few errors I found in it, and if I hadn't been sure I was right and the book was wrong, it could have seriously messed me up on the exam (I passed on my first try). Also, there are 4 or 5 questions on the practice CD exam that marked my answers as wrong, however in the rationale it said they were right! So this book is seriously flawed and I would not recommend it to ANYONE! There are plenty of other NCLEX review books out there, any one of them is better than this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stella Nwogugu on November 4, 2007
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This NCLEX-RN review book by Patrick Coonan, simply put, is written from the test taker's perspective. I have looked through many other review books that I considered "good" until I came across this book; this book gives you more than questions, answers and rationales; it provides tips and strategies to decode NCLEX-style questions; done in a fun way too! Lots of comic relief; don't be surprised, if you find yourself smiling through the pages while mastering your most dreaded topics.
Patrick Coonan's approach carefully tackles the feelings (fear, nervousness) even misconceptions that the test taker has and offers ways of overcoming them. He breaks core concepts down to rules and tips that are easy to remember. In addition, QUESTIONS, ANSWERS, RATIONALES, and CD-ROM are included! Also includes information for registration (fees and requirements), foreign nurses, and more- the entire NCLEX prep package.

This book is also a guide to acing in-school-NCLEX-style exams.
The content is fun and easy to study. Get it, you'll be glad you did!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marissa Lepore on January 26, 2008
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This book provided information that no other review book has provided. It answered my questions about the NCLEX and now I have a better idea of what is to come! The review questions covered all the different areas without separating them. This book is a must have for your NCLEX prep collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Kreider on December 16, 2008
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The book is great. I love it. BUT...if you are paying the $$$$ with the CD as a priority and have Vista...think again. It was no where stated in the description that this CD would not work with Vista...not even on the Wiley website. I assumed, since Vista has been out for awhile and my book was purchased new off Amazon that it would therefore not be an issue. WRONG! The tech support at Wiley could only apologize and agree with me that someone should have updated that CD by now. At least he was more sympathetic than the lady at Wiley...who basically said..tough luck..if you are unhappy, complain to Amazon. So here I am!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Owens on June 20, 2008
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Easy to read. Packed with info. The CD NCLEX mock test has been very helpful to me in identifying my weakness. I'm an RT in a bridge program to nursing. I just started the program. I took 150 questions of the CD mock test so far. I got about 70% correct. My weakness seemed to be mostly in non respiratory pharmacology. I'm hitting that topic hard now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Barker on December 12, 2007
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I took a chance when buying this book 2 weeks before final exams and it helped my pass my exam. Although I'm just a 1st year nursing student I love this book and have found it easy to use and easy to understand, it helps break everything down. This book is a MUST have for Nursing students and I'm glad I took a chance!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karin Philpott on March 20, 2008
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This book has a totally different approach to the NCLEX than any of the other books. It does not consist of endless questions and long comprehensive explanations...it focuses on the NCLEX Exam itself and how to dissect a nursing question quickly and accurately. I would definately recommend this to anyone that wants another perspective on the NCLEX!
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