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Community Focused Nursing Exam FAQs

What is the Community-Focused Nursing Exam?

The exam measures knowledge and understanding of community-focused nursing expected of the registered nurse who is transitioning to baccalaureate-level practice. The concept of client is expanded to include families, aggregates, and communities within the context of a complex and dynamic environment. Principles of epidemiology, demography, environmental sciences, and political organizations are integrated with nursing concepts and principles to provide a basis for community nursing practice. The exam requires analysis and application of selected theories and health promotion/protection and disease prevention strategies. It focuses on the synthesis of population-based health and public health concepts to promote, maintain, and restore health of families, aggregates, and communities. Knowledge from practice and readings is used to operationalize the core concepts of critical thinking, communication, research, role development, caring, and cultural competency.
How many questions are there and what is the pass rate for this exam?

The exam has 130 multiple-choice questions and the pass rate is 89%.
What books are required in preparation for this exam?

The recommended books for general information on community health nursing are Community Health Nursing: Advocacy for Population Health (5th ed.) by M. J. Clark and Health Promotion Throughout the Life Span (7th ed.)by C. Edleman & C. Mandle.

The recommended sources for epidemiology and environmental health are Public Health Nursing :Population-centered Health Care in the Community (7th ed.) by M. Stanhope & J. Lancaster, the article Epidemiology basics for occupational health nurses by E. Lukes (American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, 55(1), 26-31), and the Center for Disease Control’s Epidemiology in the Classroom: An Introduction to Epidemiology Web site.

What is the average time it takes to prepare for the exam?

It is suggested that you take at least two to three months to prepare for the test.

What is the best way to prepare for the exam?

Use the content outline in the content guide to guide you in reading the required books. As you read take notes then use the notes to study from. Make sure you understand the broad concepts as outlined in the guide, then think about the ways to apply the concepts to use with your knowledge of practice, and application in community-based practice. Learning the broad concepts and ways they are applied are more beneficial than trying to memorize individual facts or data.

It is best to break the content into chunks of information, similar to if you were taking a traditional class in the subject matter. Some students have found it helpful to place the page numbers of the text right next to the content in the guide, so when they begin reviewing the material it is easier to find it in the textbook.

Why should I consider taking a practice exam?

The practice exam gives you a sense of what the exam for credit will be like. Reasons for taking the practice exam include: sample questions used in the credit-bearing exam, honing your testing skills, practice testing in a timed environment, gain valuable feedback by reviewing the rationales for the practice test