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Course Number:
NUR 244

Course Title:
Preparation for the NCLEX-RN Exam

Credit Hours:
2

Lecture Hours:
20

Lecture/Lab Hours:
0

Lab Hours:
0

Special Fee:
none

Course Description

Provides a comprehensive review and preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Includes test taking strategies and critical analysis of NCLEX type questions through guided learning. Explores content areas in nursing care management; maternal, child and pediatric nursing; psychiatric and mental health nursing; adult and geriatric health; and pharmacology.

Intended Outcomes for the Course

  1. Develop an individual plan for preparing for the NCLEX-RN exam
  2. Recognize and apply test-taking strategies to improve performance in taking multi-format style questions
  3. Employ an increased recognition of nursing concepts in nursing management, maternal, child and pediatric nursing; psychiatric and mental health nursing; adult and geriatric health; and pharmacology.
  4. Evaluate client situations and determine the best nursing response in a multiple choice computerized environment that is based upon on established nursing standards and principles.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Lecture
  2. Standardized computerized practice exams.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. 1. Pre and post class NCLEX style computerized exams.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. General Exam Preparation
    • The NCLEX-RN Blueprint.
    • Test-taking strategies
    • Pathways to success
  2. Leadership in Nursing
    • Cultural diversity
    • Ethical & legal concerns
    • Delegating & prioritizing care
  3. Fundamental Skills
    • Safe environment
    • Medications & IV solutions
    • Perioperative nursing
    • Positioning clients
    • Care of a patient with tubes or drains
    • Nutrition
    • Laboratory values
  4. Maternity Nursing
    • Female reproductive system
    • Obstetrical assessment
    • Labor & delivery
    • Postpartum period
    • Care of the newborn
    • Maternity & newborn medications
  5. Growth & Development
    • Theories of growth & development
    • Developmental stages
    • Care of the older adult
  6. Pediatric Nursing
    • Medication administration and calculations
    • Systems review
  7. Disorders of the adult client
    • Systems review: disorders and medications.
      • Integumentary
      • Endocrine
      • Gastrointestinal
      • RespiratoryCardiovascular
      • Eye/Ear
      • Neurological
      • Musculoskeletal
      • Immune
      • Acid/base and Fluid & Electrolyte disorders
    • Oncological disorders and medications
    • Mental Health Disorders and medications