The 10 Best NCLEX Books

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HESI Comprehensive Review
Lippincott Q&A Review
Kaplan NCLEX-RN Drug Guide

This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in May of 2017. Passing the certification exam to get your nursing license can be difficult, regardless of how well you did in school. The NCLEX books on this list are valuable aids in helping you get through this process, as they will provide you with a refresher on the things you already know, while equipping you with effective strategies for succeeding on the test. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best nclex book on Amazon.

10. Zerwekh's Illustrated Study Guide

9. Kaplan NCLEX-RN Drug Guide

8. Lippincott Q&A Review

7. HESI Comprehensive Review

6. Mosby's Comprehensive Review Of Nursing

5. Saunders Strategies For Test Success

4. Lippincott's Alternate-Format Questions

3. Saunders Comprehensive Review

2. Kaplan Prep Plus 2019

1. Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment

Editor's Notes

April 10, 2019:

The big shakeup on a list like this year after year is going to come mostly in the form of new editions as a variety of advances in the medical fields trickle down into nursing. Still, we can accurately rank these books not just by their content, but by their presentation and their modes of educating readers. That's why Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment stayed high on our list in its new printing, as it not only maintains, but improves on its system of increasing the complexity of its lessons so reads have a firm foundation in basic principals by the time the text gets more demanding. That's the kind of material that instills confidence in test takers. On the other end of the quality spectrum, the Kaplan Drug Guide continues to struggle with layout issues that prevent students from easily comparing the benefits and side effects of certain medications, as well as discrepancies between its index and its page content.


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