Here’s your latest set of NCLEX study tips!
Focus on priority questions because they can be tricky for a number of reasons. But don't lose heart, if you have the right strategies, you will know the correct answers.
So, without further ado, here are your weekly tips from Ameritech (Source: NCLEX Wednesday #9 Priorities)
1. Remember: They might all be “right”
NCLEX priority-type questions often begin with something like “Which action should the nurse take first?” or “What is the priority nursing action?” The operative words here are first and priority. They’re tricky, because with questions like these often all answers are correct actions. In the scenario, you may have to perform all of the actions, but these questions test your knowledge about which to perform before the others. Even if they all look like proper clinical actions, they may be, but one of these actions will take priority over the others.
2. Consider these categories
As you’re studying the answer options, the first thing you should do is consider them in light of three categories: Client safety, the nursing process, and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. You can often use either of these to correctly choose which action to take first. This can make your deliberation over the options a lot less complicated.
3. Address physiologic first
In a given scenario, the client may be visibly distraught, and one of your answer options will probably involve calming her down. Remember that according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs the client’s physiologic needs come before psychosocial needs. This is where the ABC’s (airway, breathing, circulation) come into play.
4. The answer isn’t always “airway”
The hierarchy of needs will be extremely valuable throughout the NCLEX, especially with priority questions, but it can also lead you astray. When using the ABC framework, you should know airway is not always the correct answer, particularly if the question does not give you an airway problem. If airway and breathing are not the problem, then look to circulation and see if that applies.
5. Care should begin with the client
Client safety is of utmost importance when planning and implementing nursing care. This includes prevention of errors and accidents, standard precautions, and environmental safety. When analyzing NCLEX questions, think about first meeting the client’s basic needs (e.g., oxygen, nutrition, elimination) and then decide which option will benefit the client the most.
6. Assess first, unless…
When using the nursing process to answer questions, remember that the first step is assessment. Assessing the client and situation must be done first in order to plan and implement care. However, if in the question you receive data that indicates an assessment has already been done, it is now time to act! Read the stem of the question carefully to understand what is being asked. Is the question focusing on implementation or evaluation? This will help guide your answer. If you need help in applying for NCLEX, you may register at www.applyready.com for easier and quicker NCLEX processing. For NCLEX requirements for foreign or international nurses, apply online at applyready.com or to get approved for NCLEX with quicker results, go to applyready.com for your next NCLEX application steps.
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Source: NCLEX Wednesday #9 Priorities - Ameritech.edu