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We know that not everyone will be taking the NCLEX® at the
Imagine that the NCLEX® is
same time, so we’ve taken all of the information presented and
a marathon… a marathon of
spread it out through a 4-week, time-manageable schedule,
questions. And you wouldn’t run
allowing you to tailor your study sessions to your own
a marathon without training first.
individual needs. We want you to feel empowered to use this
We suggest selecting a practice
planner as a tool to get your studying in while actually allowing
question bank that allows you to
yourself to have a normal life (crazy, right!?)
separate questions into subject
areas. You’ll need to practice
Our study sessions last anywhere from 30 minutes to just over
as many questions as possible
4 hours. It’s all about versatility here. Can you stack days on
before your exam date, and
top of each other? Absolutely. Should you? Well, that’s on you.
we suggest doing intervals of
If the content is too much, or you feel burnt out, maybe it’s
50-55 questions each day. We
time to take a break or call it a day. The main idea is knowing
recommend doing a total of 1,500
what to expect time commitment wise and plan ahead. This
questions in addition to Picmonic.
way, you’re not cramming until 3am the night prior. As with any
If you aren’t killing the questions
deadline, the sooner you begin, the easier time you’ll have.
then you may need to do as many
as 2,500-3,000 before you’re
Picmonic offers a lot of content that will assist you in making
considered a master.
sure those hard-to-retain, must-know important facts remain
with you come NCLEX® time. That’s why we’ve also taken
webinars from our Picmonic Lecture Series and incorporated
them into the 4-Week Study Planner when relevant.

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SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

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DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3
WEEK 1

TODAY’S
TODAY’S

TODAY’S
FOCUS
FOCUS

FOCUS
Dates: ____________________

6am 6am 6am


MY GOAL THIS
WEEK IS TO DO ____ 7am 7am 7am

PRACTICE QUESTIONS 8am 8am 8am

9am 9am 9am

10am 10am 10am


WORDS OF 11am
11am 11am
INSPIRATION:
12pm 12pm 12pm

“If we’re growing, we’re 1pm 1pm 1pm


always going to be out 2pm 2pm 2pm
of our comfort zone.”
3pm 3pm 3pm

- John Maxwell 4pm 4pm 4pm

5pm 5pm 5pm

6pm 6pm 6pm

7pm 7pm 7pm

8pm 8pm 8pm

9pm 9pm 9pm


THINGS I NEED TO
WORK ON: 10pm 10pm 10pm

1. ___________________ 11pm 11pm 11pm


2. ___________________
12am 12am 12am
3. ___________________
4. ___________________
PATHWAY: Fundamental PATHWAY: Fundamental PATHWAY:
5. ___________________ Review > Nursing Basics Review > Foundations Pharmacology
61 PICMONICS: 3HRS for Practice Basics > Medication
50MINS 11 PICMONICS: 55MINS Administration
FF Nursing Basics (3) FF Patient Safety (6) 9 PICMONICS: 45MINS
ADVICE: Don’t skip FF Assessments and FF Infection Prevention FF Basics of Medica-
high-yield content Vital Signs (7) & Control (4) tion Administration
FF Communication (3) FF Delegation (1) (3)
and “hope” you don’t FF Routes of
FF Culture (5)
get questions about FF Lung Sounds (4) > Perioperative Care Administration (2)
it. You probably will FF General Tests and 6 PICMONICS: 35MINS FF Medication
and we want you to Procedures (7) FF Perioperative Care Administration (4)
stay calm. FF Lab Values (32) (4)
FF Drain & Device > Pharmacology Basics
Besides, there’s Webinars: Care (2) 25 PICMONICS: 2HRS
probably a Picmonic FF Tips and Tricks to 5MINS
Mastering NCLEX- FF G Protein Coupled
for that.
Style Questions Receptors (2)
FF Fundamental FF P450 Interactions (2)
Concepts FF Toxicities & Reversal
Agents (13)

Webinar:
FF Pharm: Know Your
Endings (Parts 1-3)
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TODAY’S
TODAY’S
TODAY’S

TODAY’S

FOCUS
FOCUS
FOCUS

FOCUS
6am 6am 6am 6am

7am 7am 7am 7am

8am 8am 8am 8am

9am 9am 9am 9am

10am 10am 10am 10am

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12pm 12pm 12pm 12pm

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12am 12am 12am 12am

PATHWAY: Fluid, PATHWAY: Respiratory PATHWAY: Cardiovascular PATHWAY:


Electrolyte, & Acid Base System > Assessments System > Assessments Cardiovascular System
Imbalances > Fluid 13 PICMONICS: 1HR 8 PICMONICS: 40MINS > Pharmacology
Imbalances 5MINS FF ECG (5 ) 24 PICMONICS: 2HRS
FF Cardiac Enzymes (3)
5 PICMONICS: 25MINS FF Respiratory FF Antihypertensives
FF Infusion Therapies Assessments (5) Webinar: (9)
(5) FF Lung Sounds (4) FF ECG/EKG Review FF Antiarrhythmics (4)
> Electrolytes FF Oxygenation (4) FF Inotropes (5)
> Disorders
19 PICMONICS: 1HR 41 PICMONICS: 3HRS FF Dyslipidemia
35MINS > Disorders 20MINS Medications (6)
FF Electrolyte Lab 21 PICMONICS: 1 HR 45 FF Hypertension &
Values (7) MINS Hypotension (6)
FF Electrolyte FF Respiratory FF Angina (2)
Imbalances (12) Disorders (21) FF Myocardial Infarction
FF Acid Base (5)
Imbalances (5) > Pharmacology FF Heart Failure (4)
7 PICMONICS: 35 MINS FF Inflammatory Heart
Conditions (7)
Webinars: FF Anti-TB
FF Heart Murmurs &
FF Master Acid Base Medications (2) Malformations (7)
Like a Pro FF Respiratory FF Vascular Disorders (7)
Pharmacology (5) FF Shock & Sepsis (3)
Webinar:
FF Blood Flow and Heart
Failure Rapid Review
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WEEK 1 ACTIVITIES

1. Fill in the Blank


1. The normal range for potassium (K+) is typically ________ to ________.
2. In the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), a score of _____ is the highest awarded to a fully alert
person; the lowest possible score is ______. A GCS of less than _____ often indicates coma.
3. The normal pulse rate for an adult ranges from ______ to ______ beats per minute.
4. The normal range for calcium (Ca2+) is typically ____ to _____.
5. The contrast that is used with an MRI does/does not pose a risk to patients with iodine
or shellfish allergies (circle one).
6. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the base of the pyramid is labeled _____________ needs.
7. The normal range for sodium (Na+) is typically ___ to ______.
8. ______ are the primary acting leukocytes in the body.
9. The normal hemoglobin (Hgb) lab values in men typically range from ____ to _____, and
for women typically range from _____ to ______.
10. Patients on airborne precautions should be placed in a _____________ pressure room.
11. The onset of myoglobin release is ____ hour(s).
12. ________________ are a type of leukocyte that assist in engulfing antigen-antibody
complexes during an allergic response.
13. The approximate range for PT is typically ____ to _____ seconds.
14. The normal range for magnesium (Mg2+) is typically _____ to ______.
15. The normal fasting blood glucose range is typically between ______ to ______.
16. Before a patient goes in for an operation, the _____ is responsible for explaining the
surgical procedure and obtaining an informed consent.
17. The 6 categories in the Braden Scale include: _____________, _____________, _____________,
_____________, _____________, and _____________,
18. A medical order for the use of restraints must be obtained within ______ minute(s)/
hour(s)/day(s).
19. The “C” in the RACE acronym for remembering the proper order of actions to be
initiated in the event of a fire emergency stands for ________________.
20. Generally, a 3/8 or 5/8 inch needle would be used for a _____________ injection.

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4. Match the Lung Sounds!

Description: High-Pitched, Musical


1 Due to: Air Moving Through Narrowed
Airways
Location: Throughout Entire Lung
Example: Heard in Asthma Exacerbations

Rhonchi
Rattle

Description: Fine: Hair Moving Through


2 Fingers, Course: Velcro
Due to: Air Moving Through Fluid or
Mucous
Location: Lower Lobes
Example: Associated with Pulmonary
Edema

Crackles
Crackers

Description: Low- Pitched Rumbling,


3 Gurgling
Due to: Narrowed Airways
Location: Trachea and Bronchi
Example: Can Be Heard in Chronic
Bronchitis
Pleural Friction Rub
Pearl

Description: Dry, Rubbing, or Squeaking,


4 Due to: Inflamed Pleura
Location: Anterior Lateral Lung
Example: Associated with Autoimmune
Disorders

Wheezes
Weasel

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5. Fill in the Picmonic: Right Heart Failure Assessment

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