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As a nursing student, your life is busy. We get it. That’s why we created Picmonic for Nursing.

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We’ve taken what science shows – picture mnemonics work – and boosted their effectiveness with an evidence-based approach that increases retention by 331% and exam scores by 50%. Save time when studying, boost your test scores, and get your life back with Picmonic.

Now, you can make sure you’re getting even more out of Picmonic as a nursing student.

Picmonic has partnered with BoardVitals to create the ultimate dynamic study duo! BoardVitals offers NCLEX® question banks with comprehensive explanations and rationales to help you prepare with confidence for your upcoming exams. Their NCLEX® Qbanks feature Computer Adaptive Technology (CAT for short) to help you simulate testing conditions and are packed with new features to help you combat test anxiety.

The BoardVitals NCLEX® Banks cover more than 3,000 practice questions — 2,800+ NCLEX-RN® and 900+ NCLEX-PN® questions — to help you pass your exam with confidence. These questions were written and reviewed with care by nurses who have recently taken the exam and educators who have experience writing real exam questions. Even better, BoardVitals gives you the ability to compare your performance against the national average and a 100% Pass Guarantee, plus new features to help you become better equipped to tackle the NCLEX®.

When you add BoardVitals to your Picmonic, you create a bulletproof study plan to help you conquer the NCLEX® the first time, and save yourself from study stress. Even better, Picmonic has a Pass the NCLEX Guarantee too ;)

How Picmonic and BoardVitals Work Together:

Picmonic supplements BoardVitals practice questions with absurdly memorable mnemonic flashcards to help you get even more prepared to take the NCLEX®.

Use Picmonic to supplement everything you learn in school from day one. Year two, start incorporating BoardVitals questions for every new subject. If you get a BoardVitals question wrong, read the rationale, then go back and rewatch the Picmonic to solidify the information in your memory!

Here’s an Example of BoardVitals + Picmonic in Action:

Can you answer this BoardVitals NCLEX® Practice Question?

A nurse is teaching a client who has a new prescription for valproic acid. The nurse should instruct the client he will need to have which of the following laboratory tests completed periodically while taking this medication? (Select all that apply.)

A. Platelet count

B. Hematocrit

C. Amylase

D. Liver function

E. Potassium

Correct Answers: A, C, D

A) Treatment with valproic acid can result in thrombocytopenia, or a decreased platelet count. The client’s platelet count should be monitored periodically.

C) Treatment with valproic acid can result in pancreatitis. The client’s amylase levels should be monitored periodically. If the client develops manifestations of pancreatitis, valproic acid should be discontinued.

D) Treatment with valproic acid can result in hepatotoxicity. The client’s liver function should be monitored periodically.

Incorrect Answers: B, E

B) Treatment with valproic acid should not affect a client’s hematocrit levels. However, the client’s WBC count should be monitored because valproic acid might cause leukopenia.

E) Treatment with valproic acid is not known to have an effect on a client’s potassium levels.

RN Practice Connection: Valproic acid is used to treat seizures, bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches. Gastrointestinal effects are the most common adverse effect, and are usually transient. Valproic acid is highly teratogenic. Valproic acid should be avoided by women who might become pregnant, unless it is the only anti-epileptic medication that is effective. Severe adverse effects of valproic acid are hepatotoxicity and pancreatitis.

BoardVitals Question

Whether you found the NCLEX® question really simple, or whether you struggled through, this Picmonic explains the topic in a fun and memorable way that will help you remember for the long term:

Valproic Acid (Depakote)

Remember the vault-pro acidic-lemon story, that mind-rain pouring down acid drops on the liver with toxic-green-glow? And that blood-cell disc-razor (for Blood Dyscrasias which includes thrombocytopenia) next to the pancreas who got set on fire when he was trying to warn them.

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Marlee Liberman

Marlee Liberman, RN, Master Nursing Scholar

As a registered nurse, Marlee understands the struggles that nursing school throws at you – not to mention the overwhelming pressure preparing for the NCLEX®! Marlee brings a unique skill set and perspective to Picmonic with her previous degree in broadcast journalism, her creativity in video production, and her wandering nomad lifestyle. Her blend of talents provides her with the knack for simplifying complicated concepts and demystifying the world of nursing.

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