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Table of ContentsNCLEX-RN Prep PlusCoverAlso from Kaplan NursingTitle PageCopyrightAbout the AuthorsFor Any Test Changes Or Late-Breaking DevelopmentsReaders’ CommentsHow To Use This BookSign Up For An Online Classroom EventPart 1: NCLEX-RN Exam Overview and Test Taking StrategiesChapter 1: Overview of the NCLEX-RN ExamWhat Is the NCLEX-RN Exam?Content of the NCLEX-RN ExamChapter 2: General and Computer Adaptive Test StrategiesStandardized ExamsWhat Behaviors Does the NCLEX-RN Exam Test?Strategies That Don’t Work on the NCLEX-RN ExamBecoming a Better Test TakerNCLEX-RN Exam Question TypesAlternate Format Test QuestionsMultiple-Choice Test QuestionsCritical Thinking StrategiesReword the QuestionEliminate Incorrect Answer ChoicesDon’t Predict AnswersRecognize Expected OutcomesRead Answer Choices to Obtain CluesChapter 3: NCLEX-RN Exam StrategiesThe NCLEX-RN Exam Versus Real-World NursingStrategies for Priority QuestionsStrategies for Management of Care QuestionsStrategies for Positioning QuestionsStrategies for Communication Questions

Your NCLEX-RN Exam Study PlanPart 2: NCLEX-RN Exam Content Review and PracticeChapter 4: Safe and Effective Care Environment: Management of CareAdvance Directives/Self-Determination/Life PlanningAdvocacyAssignment, Delegation, and SupervisionCase ManagementClient RightsCollaboration with Interdisciplinary TeamsConcepts of ManagementConfidentiality/Information SecurityContinuity of CareEstablishing PrioritiesEthical PracticeInformation TechnologyInformed ConsentLegal Rights and ResponsibilitiesOrgan DonationPerformance Improvement (Quality Improvement)ReferralsChapter QuizChapter Quiz Answers and ExplanationsChapter 5: Safe and Effective Care Environment: Safety and InfectionControlSafety BackgroundInfection Control BackgroundAccident/Error/Injury PreventionEmergency Response PlanErgonomic PrinciplesHandling Hazardous and Infectious MaterialsHome SafetyReporting of Incident/Event/Irregular Occurrence/VarianceSafe Use of EquipmentSecurity PlanStandard Precautions/Transmission-Based Precautions/SurgicalAsepsisUse of Restraints/Safety DevicesChapter QuizChapter Quiz Answers and Explanations

Chapter 6: Health Promotion and MaintenanceAging ProcessAnte/Intra/Postpartum and Newborn CareDevelopmental Stages and TransitionsHealth Promotion/Disease PreventionHealth ScreeningHigh-Risk BehaviorsLifestyle ChoicesSelf-CareTechniques of Physical AssessmentPrinciples of Teaching/LearningChapter QuizChapter Quiz Answers and ExplanationsChapter 7: Psychosocial IntegrityAbuse/NeglectBehavioral InterventionsChemical and Other Dependencies/Substance Use DisorderCoping MechanismsCrisis InterventionCultural Awareness/Cultural Influences on HealthEnd of Life CareFamily DynamicsGrief and LossMental Health ConceptsReligious and Spiritual Influences on HealthSensory/Perceptual AlterationsStress ManagementSupport SystemsTherapeutic CommunicationTherapeutic EnvironmentThe Nursing Process and Psychosocial IntegrityChapter QuizChapter Quiz Answers and ExplanationsChapter 8: Physiological Integrity: Basic Care and ComfortAssistive gical Comfort InterventionsNutrition and Oral Hydration

Personal HygieneRest and SleepChapter QuizChapter Quiz Answers and ExplanationsChapter 9: Physiological Integrity: Pharmacological and ParenteralTherapiesAdverse Effects/Contraindications/Side Effects/InteractionsBlood and Blood ProductsCentral Venous Access DevicesDosage CalculationExpected Actions/OutcomesMedication AdministrationParenteral/Intravenous TherapiesPharmacological Pain ManagementTotal Parenteral NutritionChapter QuizChapter Quiz Answers and ExplanationsChapter 10: Physiological Integrity: Reduction of Risk PotentialChanges/Abnormalities in Vital SignsDiagnostic TestsLaboratory ValuesPotential for Alterations in Body SystemsPotential for Complications of DiagnosticTests/Treatments/ProceduresPotential for Complications from Surgical Procedures and HealthAlterationsSystem-Specific AssessmentsTherapeutic ProceduresChapter QuizChapter Quiz Answers and ExplanationsChapter 11: Physiological Integrity: Physiological AdaptationAlterations in Body SystemsFluid and Electrolyte ImbalancesHemodynamicsIllness ManagementMedical EmergenciesPathophysiologyUnexpected Response to TherapiesChapter Quiz

Chapter Quiz Answers and ExplanationsPart 3: The Practice TestPractice TestYour Practice Test ScoresPractice Test: Answer KeyPractice Test: Answers and ExplanationsPart 4: The Licensure ProcessChapter 12: Application, Registration, and SchedulingHow to Apply for the NCLEX-RN ExamTaking the ExamChapter 13: Taking the Test More Than OnceYou Are Not AloneHow to Interpret Unsuccessful Test ResultsShould You Test Again?How Should You Begin?Chapter 14: Essentials for International NursesNCLEX-RN Exam Administration AbroadThe CGFNS CertificateWork VisasNursing Practice in the United StatesU.S.-Style Nursing CommunicationSample QuestionsSample Questions: Answers and ExplanationsLanguageKaplan Programs for International NursesPart 5: NCLEX-RN Exam ResourcesAppendix A: Summary of Critical Thinking PathsAppendix B: Nursing TerminologyAppendix C: Common Medical AbbreviationsAppendix D: State Boards of Nursing

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ABOUT THE AUTHORSBARBARA IRWIN, MSN, RNBarbara is emeritus Executive Director of Nursing at Kaplan Test Prep. Shesupervised development of the Kaplan courses for preparation for the NCLEXRN examination for U.S. nursing students and international nurses, as well asintegrated testing programs implemented by nursing schools. Irwindeveloped the Decision Tree, a framework of innovative test-taking strategiesthat help students achieve success on this high-stakes test. Her seminarsabout how to effectively study to achieve deep learning have guidedthousands of student nurses. Her seminars to nursing faculty have sharedimportant insights about the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations andhow to overcome the challenge of non-self-efficacious nursing students. Irwinreceived a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Oklahoma anda master of science degree in nursing and nursing education from KaplanUniversity. Her professional background includes experience as a nursingeducator and director of a home health agency.JUDITH A. BURCKHARDT, PhD, MSN, RNDr. Judith Burckhardt is former Dean of the Nursing and Health Programs forKaplan Higher Education Campuses, Vice President of the Kaplan School ofNursing, and head of the Nursing division at Kaplan Test Preparation. UnderDr. Burckhardt’s leadership, Kaplan introduced new methods of programprovision, including online delivery. She is currently Dean of NursingPrograms at American Sentinel University. She also presents test preparation

seminars to students, item-writing workshops to nursing faculty, and careerdevelopment seminars to students, nurses, and healthcare professionals inthe United States and abroad. Dr. Burckhardt received a bachelor of science innursing from Loyola University in Chicago, a master’s degree in educationfrom Washington University in St. Louis, a master of science in nursing degreefrom Kaplan University, and a doctorate in educational administration fromthe University of Nebraska at Lincoln.Kaplan thanks the following nursing professionals for their contributions to thisbook:Barbara Arnoldussen, RN, MBA, CPHQShawna M. Butler, RN, BSN, JDTamara Dolan, RN, MSN, OCNTerri Forehand, RNConstance Krueger, RNRene Jackson, MS, BSN, RN, LHRM, CPHRM

FOR ANY TEST CHANGES OR LATEBREAKING material in this book is up-to-date at the time of publication. However,the National Council of State Boards of Nursing may have instituted changesin the test after this book was published. Be sure to carefully read thematerials you receive when you register for the test. If there are any importantlate-breaking developments—or any changes or corrections to the Kaplan testpreparation materials in this book—we will post that information online

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