Supplementary Materials

This area is comprised of supplementary materials (PowerPoint presentations, accompanying handouts and other audiovisual items). Feel free to access these optional materials to enhance your learning experience in this course. You may find the topics, Applying for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification, Preparing for the Exam and Test-Taking Tips to be particularly helpful if you are planning to sit for certification (and we hope you do)!

TOPICS

  • Applying for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification
  • Clinical Questions
  • Preparing for the Exam
  • Test-Taking Tips

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Objectives for Learning Outcomes

Applying for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification

After completing this presentation you will be better able to:

    1. Name the two organizations which certify nurses in medical-surgical nursing.
    2. For ANCC and AMSN:
       a. Explain the eligibility requirements.
       b. Explain the fee structure.
       c. Describe the type of exam administered.
       d. Describe the application process.
       e. Explain the recertification process.
   3. Discuss how to choose between ANCC and AMSN certification.
   4. Develop a plan for pursuing certification.


Clinical Questions

  • Part 1: Navigating Your Way Toward a Good Clinical Question

     After completing this presentation, you will be better able to:

  1. Describe how clinical questions arise.
  2. Explain the difference between a background and a foreground clinical question.
  3. Formulate a well-constructed foreground clinical question by using the mnemonic PICO.
  4. Identify resources to help with your understanding of PICO.
  • Part 2: Locating Clinical Information—FAST!

     After completing this presentation, you will be better able to:

  1. Describe types of reference materials that are best for answering background and foreground questions.
  2. Describe types of clinical foreground questions.
  3. Describe types of research studies most useful for answering the different types of foreground questions.
  4. Discuss basic search tips.
  • Part 3: Evidence-Based Resources for Answering Clinical Questions: Only a Click Away

      After completing this presentation you will be better able to:

  1. Describe web resources to use for evidence-based (EBN) practice.
  2. Identify strategies for improving your skills in searching for appropriate evidence on the web to improve patient care.


Preparing for the Exam

After completing this presentation you will be better able to:

1.     List ways to prepare intellectually, physically and emotionally for a test.
2.     Compare strategies for taking paper and pencil tests, as well as computerized tests.
3.     Analyze sample questions.
4.     Develop a plan for future study to prepare for an exam.


Test-Taking Tips

After completing this presentation you will be better able to:

1.     Identify the four parts of a test question.
2.     List the four levels of questions.
3.     Explain how to analyze a question.
4.     Explain how to analyze the answers.
5.     Discuss what to focus on to answer specific types of questions.
6.     Identify five ineffective and five effective test taking strategies.


 

Course summary
Available: 
05/12/2014
Expires: 
08/19/2015

Connie Hirnle, MN, RN-BC
Professional Development Specialist, Virginia Mason Medical center, Seattle

Vanessa A. Makarewicz, MN, RN-BC
Infection Control Operations Manager, UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center; Affiliate Instructor, BNHS, UW School of Nursing

Janet Schnall, MS, AHIP
Information Management Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of Washington

Joie Whitney, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
Professor, BNHS, UW School of Nursing

 

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