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Med-Surg Exam Cram

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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. 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. Pathophysiology 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:

  • Differentiate between the ANCC and the MSNCB exams, and determine which will best suit the nurse’s practice.
  • Understand how this exam validates and empowers the nursing practice.
  • Successfully complete the certification exam with a passing score.


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 4:00 pm

  • ANCC vs. MSNCB
    Initial Criteria | Cost | Recertification | Membership
  • Test-Taking Strategies
  • Common Electrolyte Abnormalities
    Electrolytes | Fluids
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
    GI Bleeds | Bowel Obstructions | Infarction
  • Pulmonary
    Aspiration | ABGs | COPD and Asthma | Medications | Pneumothorax
  • Cardiovascular
    Anatomy and Physiology | Acute Coronary Syndrome | Myocardial Infarction | Heart Failure | Hypertension
  • Diabetes
    DKA, HHS