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Nurse Executive Exam Review (Basic)

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Course Description

The Nurse Executive Exam Review (Basic) is designed to provide an overview of those subjects which are included in the ANCC certification exam. Subjects include professional practice including nursing theory, research, quality improvement, process improvement, change theory and ethics. Healthcare economics is reviewed, as well as the healthcare environment. Lastly, delivery of care including regulatory, process outcome, Magnet recognition, benchmarking, charts and graphs are described. The course is a fast-paced, intense presentation and review of the exam blueprint along with preliminary study is recommended prior to attending. After attending, participants are encouraged to create a study plan individualized to meet their needs to successfully pass ANCC’s certification exam.

Who is eligible to take this exam? All requirements must be completed prior to application for the examination.

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing.
  • Hold at least 2,000 hours of experience in a leadership, management or administrative role with a primary responsibility for the daily operations and outcomes of one (1) or more unit(s)/departments within the last three years.
  • Completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last three years. This requirement is waived if you have a master’s degree in nursing administration.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Nurse Executive Exam (Basic), test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each 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.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

  • Test-Taking Skills
  • Professional Practice
    Written, Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication | Conflict Management | Crisis Management | Team Dynamics | Documentation | Informatics | Teaching and Learning Principles | Adult Learner | Competency | Interviewing | Nursing Theory | Nursing Research | Evidence-Based Practice | Critical Thinking | Human Resources and Labor Relations | Nursing Licensure | ADA | Corporate Compliance | HIPAA | Labor Management Relations | Unionization | Principles of Leadership | Change Theory | Time Management | Stress Management | Stress Reduction
  • Healthcare Environment
    Customer Service | Cultural Competence | Diversity | Organizational Climate and Culture | Organizational Structure | Corporate Governing Body | Strategic Planning | Communication

Day 2, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

  • Legal, Regulatory and Ethics
    Legal Terms | Ethics | Ethical Theories | Regulatory | Federal Acts | Laws | Other Legal Issues (Sexual Harassment, Affirmative Action, COBRA) | How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • Healthcare Economics
    Fiscal Management | Budget Process | Types of Budgets | Reimbursement | Cost Containment | Materials Management | FTEs and Staffing | Nursing Care Delivery Models
  • Delivery of Care
    Healthcare Errors | Healthy People 2010 | Structure, Process and Outcome Standards | Transparency | Program Evaluation Models | Institute of Health Improvements | CMS Core Measures | Performance Improvement | Quality Improvement | Baldrige and Magnet | Outcome Criteria | Benchmarking | Charts and Graphs | Patient Safety | NPSG | Sentinel Events | Employee Safety | Marketing
  • Q & A Session