Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Midwifery & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certification: Study Question Book (2Nd Ed.)

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Midwifery & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certification: Study Question Book (2Nd Ed.)

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Midwifery & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certifi cation: Study question book (2nd ed.) Beth M Kelsey (2012) ISBN: 978-1-44962970-0; 104 pages; Jones Bartlett Learning, Sudbury, MA, USA

This book is badged as 'the perfect guide for the AMCB or NCC exams' and consequently much of the content and the manner in which knowledge is organized pertains to midwifery in North America. The book is sectioned as: chapter 1 - Primary care; chapter 2 - Gynecology; chapter 3 - Obstetrics; and chapter 4 - Professional issues.

Each chapter contains a list of multiple choice questions; much of the knowledge tested is situtated in a specifi c practice context. For example, the drug names and procedural terms are North American. The abbreviations used are generally not explained. Additionally, many of the scenarios describe situations well outside the usual scope of Australian Midwifery practice (even advanced practice). For example, the reader is expected to be able to make a differential diagnosis between cholecystitis and a peptic ulcer.

The questions are grouped in sections labeled 'primary care, obstetrics, gynecology and professional issues' however, there is considerable overlap between sections and consequently the reader, who is presumably using this book to hone their examination technique, is required to move rapidly from one content area to another. The sequencing of questions appears random and this does not allow the reader to revise knowledge by beginning with easy (general) questions that gradually increase in acuity. …

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