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.

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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.

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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.

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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?!

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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.

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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: http://youtu.be/jAtg0zYEeK4?list=LLV1z51E6XzG-h_vBBx92r5w.

      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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