Title: Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN Examination
Author: Linda Anne Silvestri
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012
Reviewer: Jane Brown, patient safety advisor, Worcester Acute NHS Trust
What was it like?
This is one book to prepare you for the NCLEX-PN exam. Written for nurses in the states, but extremely apt for any nurse who wants to pass their nursing exams. The book contains core content review, questions and exam taking tactics in order to pass the NCLEX exam from the author herself.
What were the highlights?
This is a valuable tool for studying with a code within the book to a website, which is really comprehensive. There are over 4000 practice questions on every aspect of nursing including midwifery.
The author is extremely passionate about nursing and her experiences as a nursing student, tutor and item writer for the NCLEX exams has helped her write this remarkable book. She has a doctorate in nursing from Nevada USA. There are a number of well qualified contributors from various universities in the states and a number of reviewers also.
This is the 5th edition and there is a new chapter around the health and physical assessment of the adult patient. Basic life support has been updated to reflect the new CPR guidelines from the American Heart Association and nutritional components of care, which can sometimes get overlooked when caring for a patient, has also been updated.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This is a nursing text book to end all text books as this is so comprehensive and the chapters are well set out and it does not take the reader long to navigate around the book.
There are some draw backs this is written so the reader will be aided to pass their NCLEX-PN exams, so it may not be entirely apt for the UK student.
The pyramid points and pyramid to success sections again are geared to what appears on the NCLEX test plan can be off putting for the UK reader.
If the reader from the UK ignores the fact this book is in preparation for a specific exam and concentrates on the content they will not be disappointed.
The index is set out well at the back of the book, but the reference section is only just over a page, which was surprising considering the content of this book.
Who should read it?
This is written especially for the nursing students to pass the NCLEX-PN exam. It is still a valuable resource for the nursing student in the UK. As this is so comprehensive, this is a book to refresh the newly qualified nurse and would be a valuable resource in any nursing university or hospital library.