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Test Success through Unfolding Case Study Review


  • Ruth A. Wittmann-Price PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF
  • Brenda Thompson MSN, RN, CNE

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NCLEX-RNÆ EXCEL-Learn to think like a nurse on the exam.

NCLEX-RNÆ EXCEL contains the single most effective preparatory tool for success on the exam: the unfolding case study review. Based on the successful NCLEX-RN EXCEL methodology used in the Drexel University program, this is the only review book to utilize the unfolding case study approach to help you master test content. This approach promotes interactive learning through case vignettes and simulation environments, providing a clear, conceptual basis for test content.

The unfolding case studies closely mimic real-life situations in nursing, providing situational models that assist students to problem solve, actively engage, and use critical thinking techniques when taking the actual test.

Unlike all competing books, this book helps you to contextualize the information you need to pass the test. This innovative methodology is more effective than just practice questions alone, and has resulted in exceedingly high success rates.

Key features:

  • A systematic review of content from the new client needs test plan and the updated 2010 test blueprint
  • Skill development in assessment, planning, and evaluation of patient care
  • Rapid Response Tips (RRT) to help master content quickly and easily
  • Key knowledge required for the test built into engaging case vignettes
  • Pharmacology and medication administration principles incorporated into each chapter
  • Full explanations of test answers at the end of each chapter

If you want to get past the drudgery of flashcards, endless practice questions, and test-taking tricks-if you want a deeper understanding of the test material-get NCLEX-RNÆ EXCEL."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 23, 2010
  • Page Count 576
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826106001
  • EISBN 9780826106018

About The Author(s) 

Ruth A. Wittmann-Price, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN, is dean of the School of Health Sciences and professor of nursing at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. She has been an obstetrical/women's health nurse for 38 years. Dr. Wittmann-Price received her AAS and BSN degrees from Felician College, Lodi, New Jersey, and her MS as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist (CNS) from Columbia University, New York, New York. She completed her PhD in nursing at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, and received the Dean's Award for Excellence. She developed a mid-range nursing theory, "Emancipated Decision-Making in Women's Health Care." and has tested her theory in four research studies. International researchers are currently using her theory as the foundation for their studies. Her theory is being used by researchers at the University of Limpopo, South Africa, in their campaign, "Finding Solutions for Africa," which helps women and children. Dr. Wittmann-Price was also the appointed research coordinator for Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and oversaw the evidence-based practice projects for nursing (2007-2010). Hahnemann University Hospital was granted initial Magnet designation in December 2009. Dr. Wittmann-Price has taught all levels of nursing students over the past 16 years and has completed an international service-learning trip. Currently, she teaches women's health to baccalaureate students and to students on the MSN nurse educator track. Dr. Wittmann-Price mentors DNP and PhD students and is on several committees at both Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Widener University. She has coedited or authored 14 books, contributed chapters to two books, and written over 20 articles. She has presented her research regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Wittmann-Price was inducted into the National League for Nursing Academy of Nurse Educator Fellows in 2013 and became a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2015.

Online Supplements 

Visit SpringBoard, the official blog of Springer Publishing Company, to read editor Ruth Wittmann-Price's article about inspiring nursing students.

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1: Strategies for Studying and Taking Standardized Tests

Chapter 2: Medical-Surgical Nursing

            Part I: Nursing Care of the Patient with Cardiovascular Disorders

            Part II: Nursing Care of the Patient with Pulmonary Disorders

            Part III: Nursing Care of the Patient with Renal Disorders

            Part IV: Nursing Care of the Patient with Musculoskeletal Disorders

            Part V: Nursing Care of the patient with Neurological Disorders

            Part VI: Nursing Care of the Patient with Gastrointestinal Disorders

Chapter 3: Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 4: Women’s Health Nursing

Chapter 5: Pediatric Nursing

Chapter 6: Pharmacology

Chapter 7: Community Health Nursing

Chapter 8: Leadership and Management Nursing


Appendix A: Health Care Abbreviations

Appendix B: The Process for Applying to take the NCLEX-RN® Examination

Appendix C: National Patient Safety Goals and Guidelines