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Davis Edge NCLEX Tip #4

Test-taking tip #4: Identify words in the stem that set a priority.

  • The correct answer is something that the nurse should do first.
  • Words in the stem that set a priority include first, best, main, greatest, most, initial, primary, and priority.
  • For example, a stem that sets a priority might say, “What should a nurse do first when administering a tube feeding to a patient?”
  • Study tip: After identifying the first step in the procedure for administering a tube feeding to a patient, place the remaining three steps in order of importance.

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Florence Nightingale Give-A-Way!

We know Florence Nightingale best as the founder of modern nursing but Barbara Dossy, author of Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer, suggests that is only one side of her many faceted life. Dossy does a fantastic job at illustrating Nightingale’s magnificent legacy. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the book:

“Nightingale’s vision has inspired me in a deeper, richer and more compassionate view of nursing than I had ever conceived. I believe this awareness is valuable not only for nurses, but for anyone who has ever been drawn to ease the pain and suffering of another.”

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“May Florence Nightingale change your life, as she has mine.”

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Davis Edge NCLEX Question of the Week #3

Question:
An immobile client reports dizziness when the nurse is transferring him or her from the bed. What is the immediate nursing intervention to be taken?

Question Options:
1. Move the client to the chair.
2. Place the client on the stretcher.
3. Return the client to a recumbent position.
4. Allow the client to steady himself for a moment.

Correct Answer(s): 3

Rationale:
Option 1: Shifting the client to the chair may aggravate the condition, especially if the vitals are abnormal.
Option 2: It is not an appropriate nursing intervention, because the condition may be aggravated further.
Option 3: If the client experiences dizziness during the transfer, the immediate nursing intervention would be to return him or her to the recumbent position and check the vital signs.
Option 4: This nursing intervention is useful if the client is experiencing postural hypotension.

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Davis Edge NCLEX Tip #3

Test Taking Tip #3: Identify options that deny patients’ feelings, needs, or concerns.

  • Options that avoid patients’ feelings, change the subject, offer false reassurance, or encourage optimism cut off communication.
  • Options that deny patients’ feelings, needs, or concerns are always distractors unless the stem has negative polarity.
  • For example, an option that says, “You will feel better tomorrow,” fails to recognize the patient’s concerns about the pain that the patient is feeling today.
  • If a stem with negative polarity says, “What should the nurse avoid saying when patients express concerns about the pain they are experiencing?” the option that says, “You will feel better tomorrow” is the correct answer. It is important to ensure that you identify the polarity of the stem.
  • Study tip: Construct additional options that deny patients’ feelings, needs, or concerns that relate to the scenario in the stem, such as, “Cheer up because things could be worse,” “Don’t worry; I promise that the pain will be less and less every passing day,” or “The pain medication you are receiving should be adequate to relieve your pain.”

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