Tools for Certification Success - OPTIONAL (Med-Surg Onsite 2016)

UWCNE Tools for Certification Success in Medical-Surgical Nursing.

Enhance your certification exam planning experience by reviewing the optional topics, Applying for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification, Preparing for the Exam and Test-Taking Tips. This section also includes links to AMSN and ANCC Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification application forms and test content outlines.


  • General AMSN and ANCC Exam Information
  • Applying for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification
  • 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.

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

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

Vanessa A. Makarewicz, MN, RN-BC
Infection Control Operations Manager, HMC; Affiliate Instructor, BNHS, UWSON

BNHS=Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
HMC=UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
UW=University of Washington, Seattle
UWSON=UW School of Nursing, Seattle


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