Med-Surg Nursing Overview and Certification Review
Preparing for Certification


Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, 2013

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Burtness Auditorium 


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This two-day course is an overview of interventions that medical-surgical nurses use to promote quality of life for their clients. Using the nursing process to enhance physical and psychological well-being in clients and their significant others is inherent in the role of the medical-surgical nurse. Taking this course will provide those taking the medical-surgical certification exam with information necessary for success and will include practice exam questions. For those not taking the test, the course provides an excellent review of the body systems and nursing interventions used as well as objective and subjective data to gather.


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe techniques for preparing for a Medical-Surgical Certification exam.
  • Relate the pathophysiologic basis of various disease states to the nursing assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation necessary.
  • Identify outcome criteria and evaluative criteria used by nurses to determine effectiveness of nursing care of various Medical-Surgical patients.
  • Outline the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities inherent in being a Medical-Surgical nurse caring for a variety of patients.


Saturday, September 7

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Topics Covered Include:

Sunday, September 8

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Topics Covered Include:

  • Exam information and test taking tips
  • Fluid and electrolytes
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Respiratory system
  • Hematology system
  • Integumentary system
  • Cardiovascular system and shock
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine system
  • Genitourinary system and cancer
  • Renal system
  • Musculoskeletal systems
  • Neurologic systems
  • Pain, post-op, and nutrition
  • Nursing practice issues


Caroline Ashman MSN, RN, CMSRN was recently appointed Director of Education for Eastside Medical Center near Atlanta, GA and also recently completed her MSN in nursing education from Brenau University, Gainesville, GA. She has been an RN for 26 years, and is certified as a medical-surgical nurse by MSNCB. Caroline has been presenting the AMSN Med-Surg Certification Review Course for 5 years. She was also an independent presenter for PESI Healthcare, traveling extensively presenting a seminar called "Current Trends, Treatments, and Issues”. She received her BSN from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ and her initial nursing education from the University of Wolverhampton, England. Caroline has worked in a variety of settings in hospitals including Clinical Educator and Charge Nurse, as well as a Sales Trainer and Nurse Advisor to the pharmaceutical industry. She moved to the U.S. in 1991 and is past Chapter President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of AMSN.

Preregistration is required.

Cottage Health System (CHS) employees and travelers: Register via Healthstream
    Employees: Free
    Travelers:  $250 (due upon registration)


Non-CHS employees:  Complete the registration form
    $250 (include with registration form)

This educational activity is being co-provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).


AJJ is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).


AJJ is a Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number CEP 5387. Licensees in the state of CA must retain this certificate for 4 years after the CE activity is completed.