Community-Focused Nursing Exam FAQ
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.
The exam has 130 multiple-choice questions and the pass rate is 89%.
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.
It is suggested that you take at least two to three months to prepare for the test.
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.
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 answers, gain confidence in taking exams via computer, and increasing your chances for a better grade.
It is very helpful to do the practice exams because it gives you a better idea of what the test questions might be and how Excelsior College writes questions. Practice exams also give you an idea of where you need to focus your studying.
The Test Administration staff reports that a score of 80% or better indicates you are prepared to take the exam and be successful.
Yes, you can register for the practice exam at the same time that you are registering for the actual exam. The practice exam set consists of two different 50-item tests and the cost is $75.00.
It is confined to the information presented in the outline and Healthy People 2010 though, Healthy People 2020 is now available
You will be able to find this information in the community nursing textbook and the supporting list of articles provided in the content guide. If you are searching for additional information related to cultural diversity, a good text is Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness by Rachel E. Spector.
It is not advisable to use study material not recommended or developed by Excelsior College (from sources such as Rue, Moore, College Network) when preparing for the written exam. It is possible to use a different textbook to assist you in obtaining a better understanding of the material.
No, but each content area within the exam is covered based on an assigned percentage. This information can be found on page 6 of the content guide for this exam.
Everything you can do to broaden your knowledge base and get more comfortable answering questions is useful.
A Public Health Nurse often refers to those employed in official government health agencies. A Community Health nurses focus on the health needs and issues of the community.
Chapter 29 in the text addresses chronic health problems and related psychological care.
Psychological adjustments lie in the main area of self esteem and self image, of course, these two areas of illness and related concerns overlap and can exacerbate. For example, a person diagnosed with diabetes might begin to feel depressed about the chronic condition and stops following the required diabetic diet.
Yes, the articles will help you focus on particular material being covered in the exam.
Home health nursing takes care of individuals and families in their home setting, while nurses in community health provide care to schools, work settings, and local health departments.
Yes, if you have any questions or concerns about the Management in Nursing exam, please email us.
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