NCLEX Book Review

Hey y’all! It’s been a wild month, and some day I might elaborate on that. But for now, I am just glad it is over.

I had two exams so far this semester, and I want to tell you all about a book I purchased that has helped me prepare for the exams. The book is Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Nursing for the NCLEX-RN® Examination, and I am kind of in love.


The book is broken down into units and sub-units. I am going to lead you through the Childbearing and Women’s Health Nursing unit to give you an idea of what this review book has to offer.


Each unit is broken up into categories, such as the prenatal period, intrapartum period, and postpartum period. And each category includes sub-categories that explore complications, assessments, etc.

What I like about the review section of this book is that it gives you the important information in a concise and organized manner. After you have studied all you can from your lecture recordings, notes, and book, this is a great tool to turn to for a quick review.


It has great pictures and diagrams, too!

After I review the content, I can answer NCLEX-style questions directly related to the content I am being tested on by my nursing program. So, if my test covers the prenatal period but not complications during the prenatal period, I can choose to only answer questions about the uncomplicated prenatal period. Pretty cool, huh?!


The last positive note I want to make about this book is that the rationales are actual rationales! You know what I mean! How many times have you read the rationales in an NCLEX study book and realized that the rationale is just a restatement of the answer? It’s unhelpful and just plain pathetic. Mosby’s is not like that. The rationales are actual explanations! What?! No way!

The only beef I have with this book is that the answers are not on the same page as the questions. Instead of putting the answers in a column right next to the questions, you have to continually flip back and forth while reviewing the answers and rationales. Not a HUGE deal, but this book would be absolutely perfect if they would make this change.


I’m so ecstatic about this book, I might just do my first giveaway. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, I want to know your stand-by books or tools for intense exam cramming (not that we ever cram for exams, right?). 😉

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  1. Dianelsie November 22, 2014 @ 9:48 am

    Thank you for all of these great tips and suggestions! I’m bummed that I’m just now discovering this blog since I graduate in about 3 weeks, but I will be using some of these methods to study for my NCLEX exam!! I have this book in PDF form (which is not my favorite way to study, I prefer a book in my hand), but there are soooo many comprehensive review books for NCLEX and I have no idea which one to use or where to start. It’s very overwhelming. If you have any suggestions on how to study for the boards I would really appreciate it.

    • becomingrn November 22, 2014 @ 11:07 am

      You’re very welcome! I’m not sure how I am going to study for the NCLEX yet, but I imagine it will include millions of NCLEX questions, reviewing the tables I have made throughout the program, and going through a book like Mosby’s again. Check out this YouTube video for more NCLEX study ideas:

      Also, I’m thinking about doing a Christmas giveaway in a couple weeks for the Mosby’s book above, so stay tuned and you could possibly win a real copy of it so you don’t have to use that pesky PDF version anymore! 🙂

  2. Jo-Ann December 13, 2014 @ 6:38 am

    Thanks for this review. I actually don’t like the answer right next to the question. So, I think I’d like this book.

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