Deirdre G. Bauer, RN, CMSRN, is a Clinical Coordinator, Medical Cardiac Unit, Memorial Hospital North, Colorado Springs, CO, and Treasurer, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB), Pitman, NJ.
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The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) encourages certification for all registered nurses who provide care in a medical-surgical setting. Initial certification is achieved through successful testing by written examination. MSNCB regularly offers examination for certification in multiple areas across the country. The certification examination is based on Benner's Nursing Model. Questions on the examination fall within the seven domains of nursing practice: Helping Role, Teaching-Coaching Function, Diagnostic and Patient Monitoring, Effective Management of Rapidly Changing Situations, Administering and Monitoring Therapeutic Interventions and Regimens, Monitoring and Ensuring the Quality of Health Care Practices, and Organizational and Work Role Competencies.The examination is designed to assess comprehensive knowledge of medical-surgical nursing. The topic of caring for a patient who has suffered a stroke is a part of the comprehensive examination given by MSNCB. The medical-surgical practitioner must understand diseases, diagnoses, and treatment modalities to function as a caregiver and educator. The following scenario and questions offer an example that potential certificants may use to test their knowledge. For more information about MSNCB, visit www.medsurgnurse.org.