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Med-Surg Certification (CMSRN) Exam Prep Course

Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, CMSRN, LNC
14 Hours 35 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jul 16, 2022
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Pass the Med-Surg Certification Exam...The First Time

Preparation for the exam has just become easier and more effective!

With this innovative online course, we will cover the entire exam blueprint included in the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board and the American Nurses Credentialing Center Medical-Surgical certification exams. With an in-depth review of systems and a refresher on current best practices, you will be prepared for success. You won’t just be reviewing key concepts, but you’ll take it an important step further to reinforce them through realistic test questions! You'll also gain valuable test-taking strategies and tips that will aid in your quest to become a certified Med-Surg nurse.

Join expert Cyndi Zarbano, MSN, CCRN, CEN, PCCN, LNC, for this comprehensive online course that includes a powerful practice exam and unlimited access to all online resources. You can finally achieve your dream of becoming certified — the first time you take the exam!

Here's what you will get with this online course:

  • Ability to watch the course videos on your own pace and schedule
  • No cramming, stress, or fear
  • Relevance to your everyday work situations and challenges
  • Most importantly...EXAM SUCCESS!

Get started immediately! This dynamic course will increase not only your medical-surgical knowledge, but has the potential to expand your earning potential and employment opportunities!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Program content is reviewed periodically per accrediting board rules for currency and appropriateness for credit. Credit approvals are subject to change. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. 
For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before purchase.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see the statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 14.5 contact hours. Expires: 05/16/2025.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 14.5 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 14.5 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 14.5 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 14.5 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, CMSRN, LNC's Profile

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Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, practices at Mayo Clinic in MN as an ICU nurse. Through her 25 years of clinical practice, she has drawn expertise from a variety of intensive care/critical care roles. Her insights have been sought in legal cases for the past 12 years. Cyndi has been a requested presenter, speaking to diverse healthcare audiences throughout the country.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cynthia Zarbano is the owner of Clinical Review Consultants and has employment relationships with Science 37 and Mayo Mankato. She receives a speaking honorarium, book, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Cynthia Zarbano has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Determine the differences between the ANCC and the MSNCB exam and choose which will best suit current practice.
  2. Evaluate the anatomy and physiology of common disorders for each body system. 
  3. Apply treatment modalities and nursing interventions to include outcomes and evaluation criteria of common disorders of each body system. 
  4. Determine the normal values for commonly ordered labs. 
  5. Determine the underlying etiologies of disruptions in physiologic homeostasis. 
  6. Analyze key components of a comprehensive review of systems, including diagnosis and rationale for treatment. 
  7. Categorize the most common medications ordered by disease process. 
  8. Substantiate legal and ethical implications of professional nursing issues and concerns. 
  9. Anticipate the needs of special populations during acute illness. 
  10. Incorporate effective test-taking strategies. 
  11. Develop a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  12. Anticipate pearls and pitfalls in both preparing for and taking the medical surgical nurse certification exam. 
  13. Prioritize nursing actions for specific neurological, cardiac, respiratory and endocrine emergencies. 
  14. Investigate early assessment findings in clinical syndromes that may progress rapidly and cause life-threatening conditions.


  • System Review    
  • Spectrum of coronary ischemia
    • From unstable angina to sudden cardiac arrest
  • Rhythm analysis and dysrhythmia’s 
  • Heart blocks
  • Hypertension
  • Heart failure
  • Endocarditis
  • Valve disease
  • Pericarditis
  • Tamponade
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Aneurysms
  • PVD
  • System Review
  • Cerebral vascular accident (CVA)
  • Cerebral Aneurysm (SAH)
  • Increased intracranial pressure
  • Seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s 
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Guillain-Barre
  • Migraines
  • Temporal arteritis
  • Meningitis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Review
  • Fractures
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Arthritis (RA/Osteo/Gout)
  • Skin Cancer
    • Basal Cell
    • Melanoma
  • Staging Decubitus Ulcers
  • Review
  • Diabetes – Type one and two
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Diabetic ketoacidosis
    • Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state
  • Adrenal diseases
    • Addison’s
    • Cushing’s
    • Conn’s Syndrome
    • Tumor
  • Thyroid
  • Diabetes insipidus
Fluids and Electrolytes
  • Isotonic solutions
  • Colloids
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Review
  • Emphysema + Chronic Bronchitis = COPD
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Aspiration
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • ARDS
  • Epiglottitis
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Inhalation injury
  • Lung cancers
  • Trauma
    • Pulmonary contusion
    • Rib fractures
    • Ruptured diaphragm
    • Chest tubes
  • Review
  • CBC with differential
  • Blood products
  • Anemia
  • HIV/Aids
  • Sickle Cell
  • DIC
Shock States
  • Review types and interventions
    • Hypovolemic
    • Cardiogenic (covered in cardiac section)
    • Distributive
    • Obstructive
  • Review
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Benign Prosthetic Hypertrophy (BPH)
  • Renal Failure and Lab Clues
    • Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
      • Review three category of causes
    • Chronic kidney disease
  • Review
  • GI bleeds
  • Peritonitis
  • Liver Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Crohn’s
    • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Trauma
Special Populations
  • Pregnancy
    • Ectopic pregnancy
    • HELLP
  • Elderly
    • Safety
    • Multiple co-morbidities
  • Morbid obesity
    • Surgical interventions
    • Dumping Syndrome
Professional Issues: Legal and Ethical
  • Patient education
  • Consent
  • Ethical principles
  • Nursing negligence
Exam Review
  • Differences between the two exams (ANCC and MSNCB)
  • Test taking strategies
  • Domains of practice and test blue prints

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists


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