Lippincott Certification Review Medical-Surgical Nursing


Medical–surgical nursing is alive and well! Once considered a basic skill required of all nurses, medical–surgical nursing has become increasingly complex, evolving into a vital specialty nurs ing practice. Medical–surgical nurses care for a growing number of health care consumers with complex medical needs as well as keep current with continuing developments in health care sci ence, technology, and economics. They overcome the challenges these developments can bring to providing patient care while continuing to provide high-quality nursing care to diverse patient populations in all stages of life. Specialty certification is the most important step a registered nurse can take in their career. It signifies a nurse’s commitment to professional growth and development and, most importantly, to provide safe, effective, timely, and high-quality patient care. Research by the American Board of Nursing Specialties confirms that certification validates specialized knowledge, enhances profes sional credibility and autonomy, indicates professional growth, and provides evidence of profes sional commitment. Lippincott’s Review for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification will certainly help you in your pursuit of certification as a medical–surgical nurse. This review book offers the most current con tent typically included in medical–surgical nursing certification tests by both the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The core content of this new edition has been attentively revised to reflect the best available practices that influence medical–surgical nursing. It includes review topics on the foundations of nursing, legal and ethical aspects of nursing, principles of medical–surgical nursing and wound care, and disruptions in homeostasis. It also reviews the different body systems and associated diseases that certification exams frequently cover and that medical–surgical nurses commonly encounter. The content includes cultural and ethnic beliefs and practices, evidence-based practice, safety issues, health maintenance and wellness, and lifestyle management. Covered are collabora tion, patient’s bill of rights and self-determination, the developmental theories of Jean Piaget and Abraham Maslow, nutrition, substance use, abuse and neglect, complementary therapies, herbal remedies, adult immunizations, and laboratory values. The posttest practice questions have been extensively revised along with new questions at the end of each chapter. Additionally, an all-new online quiz bank can be found on to provide you with extra practice as you review this book. Access this free learning tool using the code printed at the front of your book. Whether you’re a newly graduated nurse exploring the specialty of medical–surgical nursing, a displaced nurse reentering the nursing profession, or a seasoned nurse wanting to update your skills and knowledge in medical–surgical nursing or become certified in this prestigious specialty, I know you’ll find this book a valuable addition to your library. More importantly, this book will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to ace the medical–surgical nursing certification exam. I wish you well as you move forward in this major endeavor—becoming certified as a medical– surgical nurse.

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Laura M. Willis, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CMSRN Family Nurse Practitioner/Lead APC Bon Secours Mercy Health Wittenberg University Health Center Springfield, Ohio


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