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Course Description

This one-day course is designed to provide nurses with the tools, confidence and knowledge to successfully complete the Medical-Surgical Nursing Exam. This is a condensed version of the 2-Day Medical-Surgical Exam Review. The exam content outlines and blueprints from the ANCC and MSNCB® were used to develop this program. Topics covered from the exam content outlines will include review of body systems, cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and diabetes. Pathophys-iology of disease processes, including signs and symptoms and treatment modalities, will be presented. The nursing process and nursing practice roles in the management of patient care will be discussed through case scenarios and sample questions. Aspects of the practice domains will be addressed, and strategies for test-taking will also be covered.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Report a change in practice and/or knowledge at a 97% rate.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • ANCC vs. MSNCB® 
    Initial and Recertification Criteria | Costs | Exam Blueprints
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
    Medications | Acute Coronary Syndromes | Heart Failure | Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disorders
    Medications | Aspiration | COPD and Asthma | Pneumothorax | ABGS
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
    Fractures and Immobilization Devices | Rhabdomyolysis
  • Behavioral Disorders
    Developmental Stages | Delirium | Substance Abuse Disorders | Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence | Suicide Risk
  • Professional Role
    Nursing Theories
  • Immunological Considerations
  • Hematologoical Disorders
    Sickle-Cell Disease | DVT | Blood Products
  • Endocrine Disorders
    Thyroid Disorders | DKA | Hypoglycemia
  • Renal & GU Disorders
    Fluids and Electrolytes | Renal Injury and Failure
  • Gastrointestinal and Multisystem Disorders
    GI Bleed | Acute Abdomen | Sepsis
  • Test-Taking Strategies

*MSNCB® is a registered trademark of the Medical-Surgical Nursing certification Board, which neither sponsors nor endorses MED-ED.