Archive for October, 2009

Nursing Board Exam Tips O5: The Power of Elimination

Monday, October 19th, 2009

I believe Multiple Choice is the hardest type of exam because you are given 4 seemingly similar choices that you need to analyze from. With that, I give you… The power of ELIMINATION.

Take note of the STRATEGIC words. When you are being asked about or when the question contains these words:

  • PRIORITY– Use the principle of ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
  • INITIAL- Use the principle of Nursing Process (Assessment, Diagnosis, Prioritization, Implementation, Evaluation)
  • MOST IMPORTANT– Use the principle of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Physiologic Needs, Safety Needs, Love and belongingness, Self-Esteem, Self- Actualization)
  • BEST- Look for the option that also speaks of the other options combined, universal, broader, general— the “Umbrella Effect”. At times, it is the longest option

Beware of the tricky phrases. Determine if it is a positive or a negative query. If it is positive, then select the positive option. If it is negative, then select the negative option. Here are some examples:



Which of the following…. is appropriate Which of the following…. inappropriate
The most appropriate response/action All of the following…. except
All of the above None of the above
Indicates understanding Needs further teaching

Eliminate the absolute and same words in an option. Some options have the same idea, which are definitely considered wrong, so erase them in you choice. The words “all, always, every, must, none, never, only” indicates fixed and extreme meanings which are usually incorrect. Options with “may, usually, normally, commonly, generally” should be considered as possible correct answer.

Take note of the subject in the question. The gender, age (developmental stage), disease condition or medication. Put it in a box because it is of big point for consideration. This tip is most effective when you are being asked on the action of a certain drugs—just refer to what type of disease and you’re good.

Often times, the correct answer is between the 2 opposite option. Example:

a. Low BP

b. High BP

c. High PR

d. Low RR

2 opposite option are letters A and B so most probably, the correct answer is between the 2.

Read all of the choices before choosing one. When you already eliminated all the possible wrong answers, you may probably be in a dilemma of choosing between the last 2 very similar options. When you do, re-read the question again, apply all the techniques, then if all else fails trust your instinct, call up to God and believe in the power of intelligent guessing.

That’s another round of tips. Hopes this would be of help, even just a bit. LOL!


Reference for some of the tips is Saunders NCLEX-RN book.

Nursing Board Exam Tips 04: On questions…

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Since critical phase in a Nursing Licensure Exam review program is approaching, I might as well give you “some” tips regarding test-taking strategies.

Here are some FACTOIDS:
Fact Number 1: Some questions in the board exam are easy but have complicated choices
Fact Number 2: Some questions are so long that you get lazy in reading it but have the shortest options
Fact number 3: Sometimes, the second best answer is the correct answer because the “true” best answer (the one they taught us in schools and review centers) is not given as a choice
Fact number 4: Some of the questions are out of nowhere. Which surprises you and makes you peevish. (true for me!)
Fact number 5: Most of the questions needs analysis and in-dept comprehension. When I say comprehension, it also goes with “Common Sense”. Memorization is just of a little priority.

Read the ENTIRE question. The most basic rule in test taking. Read each word/phrase carefully. Before looking through the options, do a quick think on what is the correct answer. You can translate the question to Filipino or to any other language you are most comfortable with to better understand the question.

Be aware of the time. Your watch has a purpose (to wear it and to tell you the time). Take note of the time you started and the tie you should finish. In the actual board exam, you will be given 2 hours to answer 100 items, so you have roughly 1.2 minutes in answering each item. Have a habit of approximating the time for each number. Skip the difficult questions. Don’t consume all your time (and neurons) in one item only.

Don’t Overanalyze. Avoid asking yourself “Well… What if…” or in Filipino “Ehhh… Paano kung ganito, Paano kung ganyan…”. Read Read the question as is. Don’t add anything to the story/situation. Answer the question with an answer and not with another question, also goes with this tip.

Don’t be afraid to mess up your questionnaire. Underline keywords and phrases essential in arriving to the correct answer. You can even encircle, box cross or whichever you like —not only the questions but also the options. It helps you focus as to what is being asked.

Answer per situation (and not by each item). In the board exam, it is a given fact that you’ll answer situational questions. Fact number 5 is the key to answering this type of question. Seems pretty hard right? BUT there’s a trick for this… The questions are most probably interrelated which means that the answer for a particular question can be found or is stated on the next question. So if you’re stuck up with a particular number, just read through the next. Answer in bundles to avoid mistakes and even erasures.

Stay tuned for more for the tips about the power of Elimination.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!


Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The  person I am really thankful of…


(She likes it that way!:])


Here comes the “EMO slash CHEESY” part…

Be ready in 3… 2…. 1….

If everyone above isn’t around, I would survive as long as you are around. Thank You for being such a good provider— (you name it she provides it) for us. Thank You for the support, understanding (late-sleepless nights, tons of overnights, “gastos”), “lecture/discussion sessions”, tips, prayers, encouragement, love and inspiration.

I ran out of ideas as to how I can show my love and gratitude to you if not by the simple gestures (yes, we know, we’re not showy and not verbal) but through this achievement. I offer and dedicate this license (though it’s still invisible by now) to you, Mama.


I told God, “I am doing this for Mama, this is how I will show my love for her. She doesn’t deserve any other disappointment. She only deserve happiness. So please God, MAKE THIS HAPPEN.” Well, I God really heard me.  Love you Ma! Thank You Soooo Much! THIS IS ALL FOR YOU (only!:D).

I kept thinking and asking myself if I had thanked you for this… I cant find the answer when I searched through each lobe of my brain. Hope this one counts.


My friends admired you so much for making this all possible for me and for them also (in helping us do our case presentation, thesis etc.). I would never trade you for any other “MUM”.




Read my Mum’s blog post for me here. :))

Read the 10 Things I am thankful of here

This post is also for the National Thank You Day.

*I would really like to post a picture here with my RN License but unfortunately, the release was delayed because of Typhoon Ondoy. (will post it as soon as I got it already)

10 Things LittleNars (Dianne) is THANKFUL OF…

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Since July 2009 (yes, after I passed the NLE), I’ve been meaning to make a blog post on the people, event, things that made me thankful for my life…I don’t know why I am finding it hard to write it. Anyway, In coordination with the National Thank You Day to be celebrated on October 20, 2009. Here is mine (trying my best).

10 Things LittleNars (Dianne) is THANKFUL OF..:

10. Destructors/Temptations/Pains
Well, Let’s say, you are one hell of a motivator for me. Enough said.

9. Little Angels
This goes to the random people who made my everyday as less stress and worry as possible. The person who washes and irons my uniforms and clothes, the jeepney driver who brought me safely to my destination, the owner of the canteen in which I ate frequently, the security guard for assisting me whenever I ask for directions etc., the person who offered me his seat at the LRT, my anonymous crush during the review (yeah, I didn’t got the chance to know his name. LOL), to those person who send text messages that made me smile and many more…

8. Technology
I never would have survived the stress and pressure that my academics and review proper brought me without the help of technology. Particularly the world wide web (blogging), which help me unload the most unbearable things, the TV series that I diligently follow and the music, which boost up my mood during travelling, sleeping and free time…

7. SMACC (St. Mary’s Academy of Caloocan City)
My High School Alma Mater, which helped me develop my comprehension and analytical skills. It reaaaally helped me a lot and I think, this has a big percentage that made me pass the 4 toxic years of BS in Nursing and most especially the Nursing Licensure Exam.

6. R.A GAPUZ Review Center
My Nursing Review Center (my mum’s choice though). Thank you for polishing my knowledge, skills, abilities and attitude as I take the Nursing Board Exam. Thank You for the tips and strategies you’ve given me. I also found new friends and made my stay there worthwhile.

5. Far Eastern University
My College Alma Mater, My training ground, my home. To the school, the administrators, the coordinators and my professors/clinical instructors… Thank you for teaching and leading me to the field that I have chosen— Nursing. Thank You for providing me the things that I need to be the great nurse that I envision it to be.


Brinknotes Entertainment Daily: Best Podcast in 2009 Philippine Blog Awards

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

This blog post is solely dedicated to Congratulate my brother, Jeric Peña (Brinknotes Entertainment Daily Podcast) for winning Best Podcast at the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards.


Brinknotes—- I don’t know why all his websites were named that way. I think he bought the entire “dots” that can be affixed to Brinknotes but WTH My BROTHER Won! 😀

Few weeks back, I received a fortune cookie message twice…


Well, finally Facebook has  predicted something right for me…

He really deserved it. He deserves this recognition (though he’s not into that —humbled).

He was podcasting for years and take note, at the early age (please refer to my mum’s “emo” blog post here. LOL). He had been a finalist for two consecutive years and now, his moment has arrived.

Our mum almost cried at the Gateway escalator when we heard the GREAT news. We weren’t able to attend the event though, I was really prepared to attend it due to my brother’s academic stuff.

Philippine Blog Awards is not just any other award giving body, it is like the FAMAS of the world wide web in the Philippines. I mean, its nationwide and that is definitely HUUUGE!

Honestly, I don’t listen to his podcast episodes (he also doesn’t want us to listen to it. How Ironic right?) But I can see and hear him recording it (mind you, it’s not that easy). To be awarded and recognized with something you love to do I think is the best gift ever.


and to the other winners

One Proud Ate you got here. :))

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