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How to Pass the Medical-Surgical Nursing Board Certification Exam and Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Examination, using our easy step-by-step Medical Surgical Test study guide, without weeks and months of endless studying...

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On a beautiful late spring afternoon, this past year, a young woman received the devastating news. She had just gotten back her result on the Medical-Surgical Nurse Test. It was not what she had hoped for. In fact, it was not even close to the expectations she had considering her past experience and educational background.

She had failed.

Then she remembered her friends and felt even worse. She did not look forward to having to tell them the embarrassing news, especially after she had boasted that it was no big deal. She had been procrastinating about taking the exam because she hated standardized tests, and this only confirmed her hatred.

"What will I do now?" she thought with dismay, slowly realizing the harsh reality of her predicament and its upsetting implications on her future.

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Unfortunately, this hypothetical situation occurs all the time. Someone thought they were going to breeze through the examination, told all their friends, made plans for their future, and then got an embarrassing reality check from the Medical-Surgical Nurse Test.

The Medical-Surgical Nursing Board Certification Exam and Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Examination are quite simply an objective assessment of a test taker's requisite foundation of knowledge and skills.

Medical-Surgical Nurse Test scores are used by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) as a uniform standard of qualification. While it may not be fair, all of a person's plans for the future may be dependent upon needing a certain Medical-Surgical Nurse Test score.

That is the whole purpose of the Medical-Surgical Nurse Exam Secrets study guide: to give test takers the keys to understand how to succeed on the Medical-Surgical Nurse Test.

Our Medical-Surgical Nurse Test Study Guide Is Unlike Any Other

If you'd like to get the Medical-Surgical Nurse Test score you deserve, to quit worrying about whether your score on the Medical-Surgical Nurse Test is good enough, and to beat the test taking game so you can become a Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse, then this might be the most important message you read this year.

Our comprehensive study guide for the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Exam is written by our test experts, who painstakingly researched the topics and the concepts that you need to know to do your best on the Med-Surg Exam. Our original research into the Medical-Surgical Nursing Board Certification Exam, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Examination, offered by the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB), reveals the specific content areas and the essential skills that are critical for you to know on the Medical-Surgical Nurse Test. We've taken the information and developed a study guide that is guaranteed to help you be successful on the Medical-Surgical Nurse Test.

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  • Learn why, when, and how to guess to your advantage. Many test takers use exactly the wrong strategy, but you can avoid the pitfalls with the help of our standardized test experts.
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  • Our benchmark method for deciding which of the answer choices you should pick.
  • What to do about the tough questions that you have no clue how to answer. Don't just give up, use the advice we offer to make sure you give yourself the best chance of getting the right answer.
  • Learn how to group your answer choices into families that often narrows down the pool of correct answers. This is a quick way to immediately eliminate one or two of the answer choices and increase your odds of getting the question right.

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  • Nursing Process
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  • Geriatric Pharmacology
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  • Psychosocial Pharmacology
  • Education Topics
  • Patient Safety Measures
  • Non-Pharmacologic Treatments
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  • Health and Wellness Promotion

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  • Nursing Ethics
  • Nursing Research
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How hard is the medical surgical certification exam? ›

You'll take the computer-based certification exam at a Prometric testing center in your area. The exam includes 150 multiple-choice questions, and you have three hours to complete the test. To earn medical surgical certification, you must get a score of 95, which equates to getting about 71% of the questions correct.

What is the pass rate for the Med-Surg certification exam? ›

The pass rate for the Medical-Surgical Nurse certification test is currently 81%. What is a passing score for the Medical-Surgical Nurse exam? A passing score for the Medical-Surgical Nurse exam is a 95, which means you must answer 71% of the questions correctly.

How many questions are on the medical surgical certification exam? ›

The Medical-Surgical Nurse exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions, 25 of which are unscored, and you are given a time limit of 3 hours. The unscored questions, which are unmarked and mixed in with the scored questions, are “pretest” questions that are used to evaluate the quality of questions for future exams.

How many questions do you need to pass Cmsrn? ›

To earn either certification, you will need to pass a 150-question exam, 25 questions of which are unscored. The exams are computer-based, and you'll have 3 hours to complete either exam. To apply to take the exam, visit the ANCC or MSNCB website. Both the RN-BC and CMSRN exams are offered at Prometric testing centers.

Is medical-surgical nursing hard? ›

Yes, med-surg is difficult, for SURE! There's a lot you need to know and study, and it requires a lot of dedication and time.

How many times can you take the Cmsrn exam? ›

Candidates who fail the CMSRN certification exam can apply to retake the exam one week after their last exam date. They must submit a new application and fee with each subsequent attempt.

What is the hardest nursing exam? ›

The National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, is a critical exam that every nursing student must take to become a licensed nurse. Passing the NCLEX is essential to begin your nursing career, but it is also one of the most challenging exams you will ever take.

Is Med-Surg nursing the hardest? ›

Medical-surgical nurses must rely heavily on their critical thinking skills, collating and comparing numerous data sets, and past knowledge to determine and anticipate clinical scenarios. Medical-surgical nursing she summarized, is so much harder than critical care nursing.

Is Med-Surg the hardest nursing class? ›

It is hard because a lot of memorization is needed. You will have to apply all of those facts and treatments to patients. You will be challenged, but not overcome. Med-Surg classes are not so difficult that you will not get through them.

What is the highest paying nurse? ›

CRNAs also safely deliver pain management care, particularly where there are no available physicians. According to Medscape's 2022 APRN Compensation Report, CRNAs earn, on average, $217,000 annually, making this specialty the highest-paid nursing job.

How many hours do you need for Med Surg certification? ›

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification open_in_new (RN-BC)

Eligibility requirements: active RN license, two years of experience as a registered nurse, 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty and 30 hours of continuing education in the past three years. Fees: $295 for American Nurses Association members.

Which Med Surg certification is better? ›

The Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) certification is slightly better than the Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC) certification. The main contributing factor to this is that the CMSRN certification is endorsed by a specialty nursing organization, while the RN-BC is not.

Is Med-Surg certification worth it? ›

Receiving certification in Med-Surg nursing may also boost your chances of being hired or receiving a higher salary. This can be especially useful if you have a two-year college nursing degree or if you have less than three years of clinical experience.

What is the difference between a nurse and a CMSRN? ›

Any RN who passes the exam becomes a CMSRN. The CMSRN credential identifies a nurse as one who specializes in medical/surgical nursing. It's available to anyone who has a BSN, an associate degree (AD), or a nursing diploma.

How long does medical surgical certification last? ›

This credential is valid for 5 years. You can continue to use this credential by maintaining your license to practice and meeting the renewal requirements in place at the time of your certification renewal. The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification accredits this ANCC certification.

What is the hardest exam in medical school? ›

The board exams

The board exams to become a certified medical doctor are universally regarded as one of the most difficult parts of medical school. The first exam, the USMLE Step 1, is one of the hardest. Luckily, your knowledge of basic medical science will be about as good as it's ever going to be at this point.

How many hours do you need for Med-Surg certification? ›

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification open_in_new (RN-BC)

Eligibility requirements: active RN license, two years of experience as a registered nurse, 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty and 30 hours of continuing education in the past three years. Fees: $295 for American Nurses Association members.

What score do you need to pass the MSNCB? ›

The passing score for the MSNCB Medical-Surgical exam is a score of 95 which is roughly 71%.


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