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NCLEX-RN® EXCEL, Second Edition

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NCLEX-RN® EXCEL, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826128331

Test Success Through Unfolding Case Study Review


  • Ruth A. Wittmann-Price PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF
  • Frances H. Cornelius PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE
  • Brenda Reap Thompson MSN, RN, CNE

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This ultimate NCLEX-RN; review book that "helps you think like a nurse" has been fully updated to incorporate the 2016 test plan. Including more complex case studies to reflect the difficulty of the exam, this comprehensive review encourages active learning to master the content. Each evolving case study is broken down into realistic clinical problems that students can solve only by using the critical thinking skills necessary for the NCLEX-RN exam. Interspersed with over 700 interactive questions and rationales, audio-based questions, and electronic learning resources, the case studies mimic real-life nursing situations and provide models to help students problem-solve when taking the actual test.

The review is presented in an enjoyable format without the drudgery of question after unrelated question or medical terminology flashcards. Multiple-choice questions, select all that apply, hot spots, matching, true and false, prioritizing, gaming, and calculations replicate the actual NCLEX-RN exam and keep students engaged throughout the review process. Each nursing specialty features a chapter on its specific pharmacology principles, culminating in a stand-alone chapter solely dedicated to reviewing pharmacological principles. Beyond its utility as an exam review, this resource is also a unique case study book designed to assist instructors in delivering content in an innovative format.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Fully updated to mirror the new 2016 test plan
  • Reflects new changes in nursing, including prioritization, delegation, room assignment, The Joint Commission competencies, work-arounds, situation, background, assessment, and recommendation (SBAR) reporting, and value-based care
  • More in-depth case studies to reflect greater exam complexity
  • New chapters on gerontology nursing, men's health, and veterans’ health
  • New question types, including audio-based
  • New e-learning component
  • New responses to questions are defined by test plan categories and difficulty level
  • Includes many new interactive questions and answers

Key Features:

  • Uses unfolding case study approach, integrating all patient care content areas with practice and professional roles
  • Mirrors NCLEX test blueprint
  • Offers an enjoyable study option distinct from traditional Q and A
  • Provides over 700 questions and answers using varied NCLEX question styles
  • Includes references at the end of chapters for self-remediation
  • NCLEX-RN® is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. Test names are the property of the respective trademark holders, none of whom endorse or are affiliated with Springer Publishing Company.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 21, 2016
  • Page Count 672
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826128331
  • EISBN 9780826128348

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.

Frances H. Cornelius, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, is a clinical professor and department chair for advanced role master of science in nursing and complementary and integrative health programs at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is a board-certified nurse educator and has taught at the college and university level since 1990. She has an extensive clinical background in medical–surgical, psychiatric, oncology, and community health nursing. In addition, Dr. Cornelius has substantial experience in the design, development, and delivery of online, hybrid, and traditional course content as well as the integration of learning technologies into the classroom. Her area of research involves student learning, development of clinical decision-making skills, and clinical competency using handheld mobile devices.

In 2010, Dr. Cornelius was the recipient of the Outstanding Educator in Online Learning Award from Drexel University Online. She is currently a master reviewer for Quality MattersTM, a faculty-centered peer-review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. She is a National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Informaticist and a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics fellow. Dr. Cornelius is the coeditor of PDA Connections: Mobile Technology for Health Care Professionals (2007), an innovative textbook designed to teach health care professionals how to use mobile devices for "point-of-care" access of information. She is the coeditor and author of Ethical Health Informatics: Challenges and Opportunities (2016). She is also a coauthor of an innovative series of six National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) review books, published by Springer Publishing Company, designed to support development of critical thinking among nursing students using unfolding case studies infused with mobile decision support resources to replicate realistic clinical experiences.

Brenda Reap Thompson, MSN, RN, CNE, is an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a BSN degree from Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania (1982), and an MSN degree (Adult Health and Education) from Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania (1992). In 1990, she was the recipient of the Professional Nurse Traineeship Award at Villanova. Her clinical experience in nursing is in the areas of critical care and emergency health care and she has served as a director of cardiac rehabilitation. She has taught all levels of nursing throughout the past 15 years. Her expertise is in test development and she has had the opportunity to contribute to the development and review of test questions for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) under the direction of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Ms. Thompson was also a clinical safety coordinator in risk management and is an advocate for patient safety and quality improvement. She is a member of the American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS). She is the coeditor and author of Nursing Concept Care Maps for Safe Patient Care (2013); she has contributed five book chapters and two refereed abstracts, the latter on the use of standardized patients and the human simulation experience for undergraduate students. She has presented nationally and internationally on test development and construction and the human simulation experience. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, and president of the Nu Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Table of Contents 




Foreword Gloria Ferraro Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN


Share NCLEX-RN® EXCEL: Test Success Through Unfolding Case Study Review, Second Edition

1. Strategies for Studying and Taking Standardized Tests

Ruth A. Wittmann-Price, Brenda Reap Thompson, and Frances H. Cornelius

2. Medical–Surgical Nursing

Part I: Nursing Care of the Patient With a Cardiovascular Disorder

Karen K. Gittings and Brenda Reap Thompson

Part II: Nursing Care of the Patient With a Pulmonary Disorder

Nina Russell and Brenda Reap Thompson

Part III: Nursing Care of the Patient With Renal Disease

Karen K. Gittings and Brenda Reap Thompson

Part IV: Nursing Care of the Patient With a Musculoskeletal Disorder

Nina Russell and Brenda Reap Thompson

Part V: Nursing Care of the Patient With a Neurological Disorder

Nina Russell and Brenda Reap Thompson

Part VI: Nursing Care of the Patient With an Endocrine Disorder

Karen K. Gittings and Brenda Reap Thompson

Part VII: Nursing Care of the Patient With a Gastrointestinal Disorder

Karen K. Gittings, Ruth A. Wittmann-Price, and Brenda Reap Thompson

Part VIII: Nursing Care of Patients With Infectious Diseases

Nina Russell and Brenda Reap Thompson

3. Mental Health Nursing

Roseann V. Regan and Roberta Waite

4. Women’s Health Nursing

Mary Foster Cox and Ruth A. Wittmann-Price

5. Pediatric Nursing

Maryann Godshall

6. Pharmacology

Brian J. Fasolka

7. Community Health Nursing

Mary Gallagher Gordon

8. Leadership and Management in Nursing

Cheryl Portwood

9. Men’s Health

Tracy P. George

10. Geriatric Health

Deborah L. Hopla

11. Veterans’ Health

Karyn E. Holt