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- Prepare for the Exam
The following references will be helpful in preparing for the examination.
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. AMSN Certification Review Course On-the-Road. Arrange to have AMSN faculty present the Certification Review Course to your facility/group at your location. The course is a two-day event offering 14 contact hours. Please contact AMSN for more information.
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. (2007). Scope and Standards of Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice (4th ed.). Pitman, NJ.
Craven, H. (Ed.). (2009). Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing. (4th ed.). Pitman, NJ: Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.
Pasero, C. & McCaffery, M. (2011). Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management. St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby.
Roberts, D. (Ed.). (2008). Medical–Surgical Nursing Review Questions (2nd ed.). Pitman, NJ: Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses.
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. (2009) Medical-Surgical Nursing Overview and Certification Review Course CD-ROM. This CD was recorded at the national AMSN convention. It includes a review of anatomy and physiology as well as objective and subjective data to gather. A review of all the body systems and important nursing interventions are covered. Presented by CMSRN faculty. Please contact AMSN for more information.
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. (2009). Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Review: A Self-Study Program. This independent study was compiled from the Certification Review Course (CRC) that AMSN provides at the AMSN Annual Convention and at sponsoring sites. The contents are the slides and notes used by the CRC faculty. It is designed as a review for preparing for the medical-surgical nursing certification exam. Practice questions are included. This text is recommended as a companion to the AMSN Certification Review Course CD Rom. Please contact AMSN for more information.
Current Medical-Surgical Nursing Textbooks, such as.:
Black, J.M. & Hawks, J.H. (2009). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Clinical Management for Positive Outcomes (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Elsevier/Saunders.
Ignatavicius, D.D. & Workman, M.L. (2010). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Patient-Centered Collaborative Care (6th ed.). Philadelphia: Elsevier/Saunders.
LeMone, P., Burke, K.M., & Bauldoff, G. (2011). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Lewis, S.M., Dirkse, S.R., Heitkemper, M.M., & Bucher, L. (2010). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems (7th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.
Smeltzer, S.C., Bare, B.G., Hinkle, J.L., & Cheever, K.H. (2010). Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Pathophysiology Textbook for Nurses, such as:
McCance, K.L. & Huether, S.E. (2009). Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in
Adults and Children (6th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby.
Porth, C.M. (2009). Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Nurse’s Drug Guide, such as:
Skidmore-Roth, L. (2011). Mosby’s 2011 Nursing Drug Reference (24th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby.
Wilson, B.A., Shannon, M.T., & Shields, K. (2011). Nurse’s Drug Guide 2011. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Professional Journals, such as:
American Journal of Nursing
MEDSURG Nursing Journal
Nursing Clinics of North America
Updated April 2011